I’ll admit the title of this post sounds a bit ridiculous because, as a reader, I might think … do I really need advice on how to NOT do something? True: it sure is easy to get in the shower and just not wash your hair, but this guide will walk you through the tools you need to get your hair to go along with your goal of washing your hair less. I’ll explain how to avoid looking like a little oil ball by midday, the products you’ll need to get you there, and the styling techniques to avoid.
STEP 1: Acknowledge that your hair won’t look squeaky clean, decide no one cares as much as you do, and grab a pony wrap.
I have a hair style for each day i’m extending a wash. It looks like this:
day 2: curly tousled hair (my favorite)
day 3: top knot
day 4: braided up-do
When you’re just starting to skip shampoos, don’t expect your hair to look fabulous down and with no product in it, but do take advantage of the grip second and third day hair has. It holds both curls and an updo WAY better than squeaky clean hair. If you have hair that is too soft and fine to hold curls, you need to stop washing it everyday. You will be amazed at what your hair can do once it’s not freshly washed.
STEP 2: Meet Your New Best Friends | Your Product Arsenal
1. Cleansing Conditioner
These mild, sulfate-free shampoo-like hair care products help ease hair into needing fewer and fewer sulfates, which are the main cleaning agent in shampoos. The less of them your hair and scalp comes into contact with, the less your scalp is signaled to produce more oil. In the beginning, just use a cleansing conditioner on day two instead of trying to skip a wash altogether. Here’s a review for the main, drugstore cleansing conditioner that I suggest picking up. It’s 4.99. This process doesn’t have to break the bank.
2. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos are amazing. They’re a dry, styling aid that absorbs oil without the use of water. Here’s a whole post on how to use them and which I suggest. The batiste pictured above is amazing.
(These images are very Lisa Frank to me. Sigh.)
3. Dry Conditioners
Style-extending surprise: your roots will be oily and your ends will be dry. Hair is cray. Dry conditioners, like dry shampoos, do some of the work you thought could only get done in the shower. They can refresh dry ends and help smooth frizz as you stretch each wash further. I suggest KMS’s Dry Touch-Up and Bed Head’s Spoil Me, which can both be lightly sprayed throughout hair, then brushed through to refresh a style.
STEP 3: Avoid Heat
Avoid the following:
- high heat showers
- blow-drying hair
- using excessive heat tools on hair
Why the hate for heat? Heat damages hair and signals to the scalp the need for more oil. In other words, more heat = more oil production. During winter, you’ve probably noticed how your scalp can sometimes get itchy right after you blow-dry your hair. That’s your scalp saying “cut it out.” Blow-drying is especially bad for extending a style.
Skipping shampoos really is possible if you have patience, start slowly, grab the right products, and drop the heat. If you feel frustrated in the middle of this process, remember that washing hair less increases the health of your hair over time and makes growing long, healthy hair easier. And if you have questions, post them below in the comments! We can chat. :)