A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my secrets for growing my hair long. Washing my hair less frequently has made a huge difference in the health of my hair. Plus it significantly cuts down on my getting ready time as a busy mom. I got quite a few questions about how often I wash my hair and how to use dry shampoo so I thought I’d dedicate a whole post on the topic of my lazy girl hair routine.
Like many of you, I used to feel like I had to wash my hair everyday. And the result was that my naturally curly hair was often overdry, brittle, and frizzy. Now I spray dry shampoo on in the morning to keep my hair from getting greasy at the roots and keep it smelling fresh. I love this dry shampoo. It’s inexpensive and effective and available at Target and most drug stores. I also really like this brand but it is pricey.
Train Your Scalp
I didn’t just switch from washing my hair everyday to suddenly going ten days without hair washing. It was a gradual process. Your scalp has to get used to producing less oil to compensate for the natural oils that are lost from frequent hair washing. It takes time for your hair to adjust but eventually it will.
If you currently wash your hair every day and want to stretch it out I would suggest switching to every other day hair washes for two to three months. It might feel weird and disgusting at first (I said hair washing not showering) but after a while your body will adjust. You probably will begin to notice that your hair doesn’t feel as greasy on day two as it once did.
Once you’ve reached that point, try spreading out your hair washes to every two to three days for another couple months. Continue the pattern. Your hair may not last the same amount of time between washes every time. Lifestyle factors such as the time of year can make a difference. In the heat and humidity of a D.C. summer I need to wash my hair more frequently. I won’t be able to stretch my hair washes out quite as long. This winter I noticed that the serums and oils I used on my face to compensate for dry skin made my hair feel greasy and I’d have to wash my hair more often.
Don’t Overuse The Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is great for keeping your hair fresh but be careful not to overuse it because it can be too drying for your hair. A little goes a long way. Eventually you may also notice that in the first few days you won’t even need your dry shampoo because your scalp just isn’t producing as much oil. I find I reach for dry shampoo now on the third or fourth day after washing my hair.
Styling Tricks Help Extend Hair Washes
I definitely have a few styling tricks that I use between hair washes. As I mentioned above, three or four days after washing my hair I’ll start using dry shampoo. By day five or six, to prevent my hair from looking too limp, I curl it to give it some more fullness and body. Dirty hair accepts curl better than fresh clean hair so if I take my time and do a good job, I can go another few days before I need to retouch the curls. Then the last couple of days I wear a lot of hats!
Keep Your Hair Back From Your Face When You Workout
I got a lot of questions about how I workout without my hair getting all greasy. First, I don’t get hugely sweaty unless it’s the middle of the summer or if I’m excercising outdoors. Second, when I exercise, I pull my hair up in a pony tail with a teletie so it is back from my face (and the teletype doesn’t leave a dent in my hair). I use a shower cap when I shower after my workout.
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