Do you wash your hair every day? I used to, but I discovered a few tricks, and now I can stretch out the time between washes to three days.
Keep reading to learn how to stop washing your hair every day, plus get a bunch of gorgeous hair styling ideas!
Has your stylist ever told you that you shouldn't wash your hair every day? Mine certainly has. The problem is that my hair is very fine, plus I have an oily scalp and dry ends ... not a good combination.
And I love the look of a fresh blow out!
I still love a blow out (read my tips for the perfect at home blow out), but now I save time by washing my hair every other day, or preferably every third day. It's totally possible, if you follow my tips!
Here's how to stop washing your hair every day:
- Wash your hair with products that won't weigh down your hair. I use a light shampoo and conditioner that's nourishing, but not too heavy. My favorites are BUDGET/Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner or SPLURGE/ABBA Moisture Care Shampoo and Conditioner.
- If your ends are dry like mine, apply a leave in conditioner ONLY to the ends/bottom third of your hair. Avoid the roots or your hair will get greasy fast. I use Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream.
- Go easy on the styling products and remember to concentrate them at your ends. If you gunk up your hair with a lot of products, it will feel gross if you try to skip a wash. I like to apply a couple pumps of Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil before blow drying, and that is it.
- Invest in a good hair dryer. I love my Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Brushless Motor Dryer. It drys my hair quickly and has technology that minimizes frizz, which is a problem with my hair.
- After blow drying apply a light anti-frizz product if needed; I use John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-up Crème. Then finish with a touch of light, flexible hairspray, like Garnier Fructis Style Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
That might sound like a lot of products, but I only use a little bit of each. If your hair has a thicker/coarser or drier texture than mine, you can probably get away with applying more product.
At night, I gather all my hair into a ponytail on the top of my head, wrap it with a no crease elastic band a couple times, then pull the ends halfway through. This keeps my hair from tangling and adds a little body the next day, but it's not totally necessary if your hair is shorter than mine is.
Day two has arrived! If your hair is feeling oily apply a little dry shampoo to your roots. My favorite is brand is Suave; it's cheap and gets the job done.
If you've ever tried dry shampoo and didn't think it worked, follow these tips:
- Brush out your hair if it's really tangled or has a lot of product in it.
- Shake the dry shampoo really well, then spray it around your hair line. I keep my hair in that high ponytail for this part.
- Lift your hair in sections and spray dry shampoo on your roots, avoiding your scalp as much as possible. Repeat, until you get all the oily spots. Make sure to shake the dry shampoo can frequently in between spraying.
- MOST IMPORTANT: Let the dry shampoo sit on your roots for up to 5 minutes. This will help it absorb the oil on your roots, and is the key to getting dry shampoo to work.
- After a few minutes, massage the dry shampoo through your roots using your fingers. Focus on any white spots; you want to make sure there's no residue showing in your finished style.
- Comb out any tangled ends.
- Style your hair as desired. Apply a touch of anti-frizz product if your ends are dry or frizzy.
So that's my secret for how to stop washing your hair every day: dry shampoo! Earth-shattering, I know, but it really does work. I recommend waiting to use dry shampoo until you really need it. For me, I usually wait until day three, because dry shampoo adds a lot of texture to my hair.
I have to admit that I'm the queen of the ponytail - just ask my co-workers - but there are tons of other ways to style hair that hasn't been freshly washed! Here are some of my faves.
Soft, Loose Waves
If you've ever felt like all thumbs when using a curling iron, then you need to get a curling rod. They are so easy and fast to use.
Waves and Braids
I told you I was queen of the ponytail! This braided ponytail tutorial takes minutes to do, and the braid adds some extra polish to a simple pony.
Guys, I LOVE a fishtail braid, and they are so much easier to do than you'd think. Watch my step-by-step fishtail braid video tutorial.
If my ends are looking a little rough, I like to pull my hair into a bun. This braided bun tutorial is super simple, yet very pretty. You could also turn this style into a top know.
For a bigger bun (mine's a little petite), use a hair donut in a color that matches your hair.
Side Twist Updo
For a style that's little fancier, yet still simple to do, try this pretty side twist updo! I used a scünci Hollywood roll to create this style, but you could get a similar look with an elastic band or headband (just tuck your hair around the band/headband).
Now you know how to stop washing your hair everyday, plus you have some great styling ideas. Let me know if you skip a wash or two and how it goes, or if you try any of these hair tutorials!
How much time do you spend on your hair every day?
P.S. Check out my roundup of pretty summer hair accessories! Most will actually work year round, plus they perfect for adding a little style on days you skip a hair wash.
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