Hey girl hey! One of my quarantine goals has been to retrain my hair to go longer in between washes. Washing your hair every single day, regardless of your texture, just isn’t good for it. Since I now have time to spare and no one to impress, it’s the time! In today’s post, I’m talking all about how I’ve been able to only wash my hair once a week, and my future goals for washing my hair as well. If you’re interested, keep on scrolling!
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First things first, I hear you…
I’m sure you’re saying to yourself right now “OMG, I have to wash my hair everyday. My hair would be so greasy if I didn’t!” and you’re right, it will be. In fact, it’s gonna get reaaaal greasy before it can ever get better. But trust me, you can do it. Eventually, you’ll be left with gorgeous, soft, growing hair that you will love if you just stick it out. I hope this blog post can help guide you through some of the tricky parts.
Now that we have that out of the way…
Benefits of going longer between hair washes
You might be asking yourself why ANYONE would aspire to go a week without washing their hair. Simply put, it’s better for your hair! Washing your hair daily strips your hair of the natural, healthy oils that keep it strong. Using shampoo daily can be extremely damaging to the hair due to the sulfates that are typically in the shampoos we use.
Now, if you are currently washing your hair everyday, that’s okay! No judgement whatsoever. I understand if you have shorter hair, this may not be possible. However, I guarantee you will love your hair if you try this out.
My hair type
I think it’s beneficial to note that I have naturally thick, course hair. My hair can easily handle not being washed for a week. I do get it colored frequently, so color care is very important to me. Not washing your hair as often obviously helps with color protection, as you aren’t washing the color out as quickly.
Like I mentioned, different hair types require different needs. If you have thinner hair, this will definitely be more of a journey. You don’t have to go a full week if that sounds insane to you. Try just going every other day and watch your hair transform!
What you’ll need
- A clarifying shampoo
- A dry shampoo
- A texturizing spray
- Scrunchies or coil ponytail holders
- Bobby pins
- A brush (doesn’t matter which kind!)
- Styling tools (blow dryer, curling iron, straightener, etc.)
Here are some of my faves of each category for you to check out!
The process of going longer without washing your hair
First, make sure you’re washing your hair with some sort of clarifying or exfoliating shampoo. My two favorites are the Kristin Ess Daily Cleansing Shampoo (click HERE!) and the Briogeo Scalp Revival Exfoliating Shampoo (click HERE!) The Kristin Ess shampoo is a great clarifying shampoo that helps to truly clean your hair, and is more like a traditional shampoo versus the Briogeo shampoo. The Briogeo shampoo is a little different in that it comes in a jar and you scoop it out. It’s almost like a face scrub for your scalp. You’ll need something like that along this journey, as your scalp will need some TLC. Be sure to use conditioner if you typically do.
Once your hair is washed, style it as you normally would on a day to day basis. For me, I notice my hair can stay unwashed longer if I use my Revlon One Step Blow Dryer (click HERE!) and curl it with my Hot Tools Curling Iron (click HERE!) For some reason, my hair just styles better throughout my non-washing time if I have it curled, but that decision is totally up to you!
Here are some of the styling products I use the day I wash my hair!
Day 2, I usually don’t need dry shampoo. My biggest tip is to wait as long as possible to use dry shampoo. If you don’t get super greasy, wait until at least day 3. The reason why is because we don’t want to add too much to our scalp right off the bat. However, if you are someone who is only going to stretch out your wash days to washing every other day, or every two days, go ahead and dry shampoo. My best dry shampoo tip is to only add it where you really need it. Don’t go all out and spray all over your scalp. Do quick, short targeted applications only where you get oily. Let it sit on your scalp for about 15 minutes, then massage it into your scalp.
Another tip I have is to get out your blow dryer when you use dry shampoo! I like to spray it, let it sit, and then blow dry for some volume. It works so well for giving you that clean hair feeling!
At around day 3, I will usually add some dry shampoo to the areas I need it. I will also get out my texturizing spray (THIS one is my fave!) and try to bring back some volume. If I need to, I will curl some pieces. Nothing crazy. This is pretty much how it is until day 5! At this point, you will probably want to wash your hair. Try to fight the urge!
One thing to note is that I brush my hair every single day, and I make sure to always get the tangles out. I feel like any grease is more noticeable when you don’t brush your hair. I like Wet Brushes the best, but really any brush you have will work!
Day 5 is when I start to wear it up. During this time period, utilize messy buns, updos, ponytails, and headbands like crazy! I also love scrunchies as well! I truly think messy buns are my saving grace when I’m trying to extend my wash days. For the best messy bun, I like to use scrunchies or coil pony tail holders. I’ll spray a little dry shampoo at the roots and pop it up.
I have some of my favorite accessories down below for you to check out!
Once I get to day 7, usually it’s time for me to wash again. Ideally, I would like to train my hair to go even longer, just because I know it’s possible. But I think 7 days is good enough for me. I’ve noticed since I really started committing to this over the past few months, my hair has grown so much longer, and I feel like it’s so much healthier. I also notice that my color looks amazing. I’m going on almost 2 months without color, and with the exception of my roots, I feel like it looks like I just got it colored. Even my hairstylist has noticed a huge difference!
That is my hair washing routine! As I mentioned before, this isn’t for everyone! But I think everyone can benefit from at least stretching their wash day out a day or two. Do you think you could go longer without washing? Let me know in the comments below!