When someone comes to me for a consultation, I usually include the question, "How often do you wash your hair?" The answer varies, but the more often my client is washing, the more hesitant they are to answer the question. Today is not a shame post about how often you are washing your hair, but instead a guide to begin washing less if you would like to give it a try. At the end of the day, you should wash your hair as often or not as you are comfortable AND be aware that it might vary from season to season.
Would you like to be one of those girls who hardly washes their hair? Would you like to have more time in your day that you are not spending working endlessly on your locks? If YES says you, then dive in!
Steps to reprogram your hair to wash less:
1. Invest in a great dry shampoo.
This is going to get you through the times that you think wow, my hair feels really dirty and heavy. Instead of reaching for your shampoo bottle and wetting your hair, you will instead reach for your bottle of dry shampoo and give your dry hair a blast with it. If you get a dry shampoo that leaves a little whitish film on your hair, don't toss the bottle. After spraying, shake the area you sprayed into place or give it a quick run through with your comb. Here is my routine:
Day One: Today I have washed my hair. No need for dry shampoo.
Day Two: Today I will use dry shampoo and spray only in my front hairline/bang and crown area.
Day Three: Today I will use dry shampoo and spray all over my hair
Day Four: Dry shampoo before I throw it up into a bun and then spray it again when I get my bun in place.
Day Five: Your hair is smelly and needs to be washed. Dry shampoo will not fix that.
Some of my favorite dry shampoo brands: Amika, Davines, Oribe, and for the baller on a budget use Dove.
2. Commit to try not to wash and follow my schedule above. But read on:
Now, there is a trick to this. Start SLOW- begin by washing your hair from everyday to every other day then every two days, then three, and so on. This will also give your scalp a chance to not go into shock. Also, just because you don't shampoo everyday, that doesn't mean you have to skip your shower. Throw your hair up in a bun or put on a shower cap if you are wanting to keep it out of the way. If you are still just craving product, you can skip the shampoo and just condition it only. Most conditioners still have a cleaning agent, it just won't be lathering much. Also, if you are tempted to try something DIY, a lot of the homemade shampoos are not PH balanced and could be damaging to your hair over time, which kind of defeats the whole purpose. Am I right?
3. Try to stick to the schedule of only washing once or twice a week for at least three weeks so that your hair has time to "reset".
When you wash your hair everyday, you are washing away your hair oils. So, your scalp says, "oh! We need more oil." then makes more oil. You see it is oily and wash it again. - The cycle never stops. So what I always tell my clients, when you skip your washing, your scalp doesn't need more oil and eventually it will begin to produce less and less leaving you longer and longer for your hair to remain unwashed. Then you have began a new cycle of being able to wash less and have happy hair that isn't getting killed with your cheap shampoo and rough washing.
4. When you do poo again:
When you do shampoo again, be sure to pick a shampoo that is sulfate- free and paraben-free. Oh, and smells good.
So what say you? Go and give it a rest and see what happens when you try to not wash your hair all the time.