Let me tell you a secret: I hate washing my hair. It’s not that I hate how clean my hair feels, it’s more so the process that happens in order to dry and tame my hair. And although there is a constant debate that you should actually be washing your hair more often, I still stand by washing it less often and here’s how I do it.
A little background: I typically average going 3 days without washing my hair and sometimes can push it to 4 (but that’s really pushing it). My hair is also very thick and I have to blow dry and flat iron it. (Fun fact: at my last haircut appointment, it took 2 people to blow dry my hair just to speed up the process).
Invest in quality products.
I mentioned in one of my previous posts about my hair woes that my favorite brand of hair products is Living Proof, and when I say that, I mean 90% of my hair products are by them. I did not realize that drugstore shampoos and conditioners were actually making my hair oilier faster until I bought a travel size of the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner and noticed that my hair still looked freshly washed after two days. I have used a bunch of this haircare range and trust me it’s all good. #notsponsored
Dry shampoo is your best friend.
I did not discover dry shampoo until college and the first thing I said was, “Why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?!” Dry shampoo is such a game changer to prolong not washing your hair. Some of my favorite drugstore options are Psssst! and the Batiste, but now that I’ve tried out my options, it’s no surprise that my top pick is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. It provides a lot of grit to mattify any oil and adds a lot of volume. Plus, it has a fresh and clean scent.
My tactic is to use a dry shampoo I like on day 3 and break out the Living Proof one on day 4. I’m currently testing out the IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo and the Ouai Dry Shampoo—both of which do the job and smell good. Sometimes on day 4 of not washing, I’ll add in a texturizing spray into my roots to add even more volume and ~hopefully~ mask how greasy my hair might look. I’ve used and liked the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, but I’m currently using yet another Living Proof product (surprise, surprise): Full Dry Volume Blast. I didn’t think it would do much for my hair, but it really does a great job of absorbing any oil while plumping up my roots.
Avoid products on your roots.
Be cautious of products that go into your roots because anything heavy and moisturizing will create oil. It’s pretty common knowledge to use conditioner only on the bottom half of your hair, but I even go so far as to wash my hands with soap and water after applying my facial moisturizer or body lotion just for good measure.
Utilize different hairstyles.
I’ll be honest, I have a hard time wearing my hair down when I reach day 4 of not washing—it’s very rare that I can actually pull it off. Because I have short-medium hair, my options are a bit limited. I usually opt for a half-up bun or a French braid ponytail hybrid. Plus I know at this point that my hair needs to be washed and I just want it up and out of my face until I am able to tend to it.
Let your scalp breathe.
I normally wear my hair down because I’ve noticed that adding anything to my head for an extended period of time will make my hair oily, including headbands, ponytails, and hats. I never tie my hair up while sleeping because it not only decreases a chance of breakage in your tresses, but I’ve noticed that it allows my head and scalp to breathe and does not retain oil. It should also be advised to not touch the roots of your hair so much because the oil from your fingers will transfer to your scalp.