Ok ladies, let’s get down and dirty! How many of you are still washing your hair every day? I’m sure the answer is a lot of you. Which I am sure takes up a good 45 minutes of time during your morning routine, not to mention how much shampoo and conditioner you go through a week. Well I am going to give you a few tips and tricks on how to keep your hair looking better longer without washing it and how to get back that 45 mins every morning!
I am sure some of you are washing your hair everyday because it is just routine. For most of you, it is because your hair gets greasy or your scalp is too oily. So here are a few reasons why this may be happening. Your scalp produces oil, which is actually the best natural conditioner for your hair. When you wash that oil away every day, your scalp is going to over produce to try to maintain a balance of moisture. It will take a few weeks for your scalp to adjust to not being washed every day but trust me it’s worth the wait! My suggestion is to start with every other day.
Now believe it or not, your scalp may not be as oily as you think. The biggest culprit to that dirty feeling hair after just 24 hours of washing, is the shampoo and conditioner that you have in your shower. I bet that at least 50% of you are using the wrong products to cleanse your hair. We have a tendency to pick shampoo because we like the smell or even because it is inexpensive. Here’s the thing, you may be paying less for that bottle of Pantene but you have to use twice as much to get that lather. Not to mention what comes with using that “cheaper” shampoo. That cheaper bottle of shampoo is stripping the hair and over cleansing, then using a ton of other ingredients to try to replace the moisture. Which in turn, not only isn’t helping your hair, but causing it to feel greasy and limp.
I decided to do a little research to compare a shampoo from my favorite product line vs a shampoo that you can buy at your local grocery store. I decided to look up the first few ingredients in Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo which is a professional product and the first few in Pantene Pro V Sheer Volume and my mind was blown by the difference. When researching Pureology I discovered that the ingredients included very mild cleansers that derive from coconuts and are used to not only condition, but help reduce irritation. While the ingredients in Pantene include very harsh detergents, perfumes, ingredients designed to strip the hair of all oils, much more than necessary, lathering agents that can be irritating to the skin, eyes, AND lungs. Some I the ingredients can also be found in floor and car cleaners!! Pantene also has a very high water content. Pureology is very highly concentrated and contains much less water than other products. You only need to use a small amount and by adding water you will activate the product getting an amazing lather. You can get a nice lather using Pantene, but you will need to use at least twice the amount. So you may be paying a little less when you purchase Pantene but at what real cost? I don’t know about you, but I was sold at car cleaner!
So let’s get back to how we can go longer between washes. To make this transition a little easier I am going to tell you about some of my favorite products to help you feel better about your hair.
First of all, dry shampoo is going to be your new best friend!! I love the Pureology Fresh Approach. It will help absorb the oils and take away that “dirty” feeling leaving it smelling amazing as well! It is also great for when you are looking to get a little extra body whether your hair is clean or dirty. If you ask your hair stylist how often she washes her hair I can guarantee you that it will probably be once or twice a week and buy looking at her hair you would never know it hasn’t been washed in days. Dry shampoo is the best thing ever invented if you ask me!
Another one of my favorite products is Prime by Living Proof. This is style extender and is alcohol free! There is a spray and a cream. You apply it to your hair before you blowdry and it creates a weightless shield that will block out dirt and oil allowing you to get more time between washing. So pretty much it keeps your hair cleaner longer! I started using this about 2 months ago and the difference is amazing! Before I found this product I could only wear my hair down the first or second day. Now I can pretty much have my hair down everyday between washing and it still looks great!! And you are talking to someone who washes their hair once every 5 days!
Now just because you’re not washing your hair doesn’t mean it has to look that way. On day two why not try throwing some curls in your hair. On day three maybe a braid. And you don’t have to be great at braiding. I personally like when they look a little tasselled. Maybe try pinning the front back off of your face or mixing it up with a cute headband. There are plenty of things you can do with your hair on those “dirty days” that will keep your hair looking fabulous!