Are you still washing your hair every day? If so, here is the ultimate guide on how to give up shampooing daily and why you actually should stop! Plus, there are many benefits that come along with “doin’ the dirty.” Keep reading to break the vicious cycle, with the help of a professional stylist!
Why Shampooing Daily Isn’t an Option
Contrary to what you might think this post is about, it is, in fact, about not washing your hair. How often do you shampoo your hair? This is a question I always ask when consulting my clients. There are many who are shocked when they answer “daily” and see my reaction of disapproval! I try to be nice but often cringe at the thought. The truth is that shampooing too often is not good for your hair. I know some of you are reading this and thinking, “I have to wash my hair every day; it feels dirty, if I don’t.” In my opinion, this is a stigma in North America that we feel the need to be very clean. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying to go on a bathing strike here. I don’t want you to get that ripe! But, if you are shampooing your hair every day, you are stripping it of all its natural oils, which will leave your hair feeling dry. Not only that, but you will also begin to overproduce oil to try and replenish what was stripped away, resulting in really greasy hair.
So, why, you ask, should you stop shampooing daily? I mean, if it’s just making your hair greasy, can’t you just continue the vicious cycle? Umm, NO! First of all, if you are someone who dyes your hair, don’t you want it to last? Nothing is permanent. That’s right. Even “permanent” hair color will eventually fade. The less you shampoo, the longer your hair color will last.
Also, let’s talk about shine. The more your hair gets to soak in its own natural oils, the more shiny it will become. And, personally, I just love seeing some shiny, healthy hair! Speaking of health, if you are shampooing only a few times a week, that’s less styling. Besides the convenience of that last part, less styling means less damage due to less heat from a blow-dryer. This really is for the health of your hair!
How to Start Washing Your Hair Less
How do you break the cycle and do the dirty? There’s two ways you can go about this. The gradual, ease-yourself-in way, or the savage, balls-to-wall way, which requires shampooing once a week. You will be greasy, and it might be scary, more so for the people who see you. I recommend lots of hats. This will be the quickest way to train your hair to stop overproducing oil. But, I actually do recommend the gradual approach. Start with shampooing just every other day. After a week, add another day of not washing, so that it’s every two days. You get the gist. Personally, I shampoo my hair only twice a week. Everyone, of course, is different. If you have more coarse hair, you may be able to only shampoo once a week. Finer hair might need three times a week. Give it a try and see what works for your kind of hair.
10 Tips for Extending Time Between Hair Washes
Now, here are some tips and tricks to help you with this process.
- Do not rinse your hair, thinking it will help you feel cleaner. By getting your hair wet and then rinsing, that will actually only spread the oils around, creating a greasy outcome. Instead, try putting your blow-dryer on the cool setting and give your hair a quick whoosh to remove any dust and debris.
- If grease is your struggle, try some dry shampoo. There are so many on the market now; currently I love Design.Me Quickie.Me. You literally just spray it on your roots to absorb any excess oil.
- Try using dry shampoo on clean hair to get ahead of the grease.
- Once in a while, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup from products (including your new best friend — your dry shampoo) and to extend the time between washes.
- Always wear a shower cap when you’re not shampooing in the shower. This simple hack will help you avoid frizziness.
- Try conditioning only the ends of your hair for moisture, without involving the scalp area.
- Learn how to make easy and quick updos to pull your hair back as often as possible.
- Avoid oils in your hair-care routine. Switch to styling creams or serums that don’t leave hair greasy.
- Try using a natural boar-bristle brush to distribute the natural oils from scalp to ends.
- And, lastly, don’t touch your hair too much. Along with our scalp, our bodies have natural oils everywhere. If you’re touching your hair all the time, the oils on your hand will transfer onto your hair.
And, so, there it is — the good, the bad and greasy truth about washing your hair. I still think the benefits outweigh the greasy process, especially when you’re working in the beauty industry, and you’re a mom of two littles, not shampooing daily is a huge timesaver! So, now I ask, Are you going to try “doin’ the dirty?” Head over to my Instagram @jenmorenobeauty and share your experience with me.
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