Learn To Wash your hair less with this technique!

Washing your hair is quite often something of a chore especially if you have really thick hair like mine! I have friends regularly ask me how often hair washing should go down since it varies for so many of us. There isn’t really a correct answer to this, some people have hair that gets greasy far too quickly and others can go days without needing a wash and its all down to how you manage it!

Did you know that you can go days, even up to a week of not washing your hair? I mean I totally understand why it sounds a bit terrifying and cringeworthy BUT its really not as bad as you think. Believe it or not your hair can actually learn to clean itself and on top of that, not washing those locks quite so often has some amazing benefits to the overall health of your hair!!

If you’re someone that washes you hair fairly often, say every to every other day, you’ll probably find that your hair gets greasy in a really short space of time and this is why you feel the ‘need’ to wash your hair, but the more regularly you wash your hair the more greasy it will become!! This is because when you’re washing it so regularly you’re stripping out all of its natural oils, your scalp then tries to compensate for the lack of them thus over producing oils and suddenly your hair looks like you’ve been caught out in the rain somewhere!

Unfortunately there is no magic remedy, the cycle will undoubtably continue unless you make the decision to go cold turkey and train your hair! I can usually go 5-7 days now before I absolutely need to wash my hair and its all down to this training technique!

Day one

This is the day you wash your hair like any other normal time that you would. Shampoo and condition until you’re satisfied its clean. When it comes to drying avoid using any heavy duty, greasy products. I dry my hair naturally, that way theres no need to apply any heat protection or serums. If you do choose to apply products as part of your routine absolutely do not apply any to your roots!!

Day two

 The day after you’ve washed your hair it should still look relatively clean and non-greasy, however if you feel like your roots are growing a little oily try using a spritz of dry shampoo and tossle it through. Dry shampoo is a game changer and leaves your hair looking fresher even if it doesn’t quite feel it. I’m aware that some people don’t get along with dry shampoo so if thats you try using a little talcum powder but go easy especially with dark hair, as it’ll leave a white residue for everyone to see!

Day three

 You might start to wonder what you’re doing and why you haven’t washed your hair yet or it might still feel okay for some of you. However you feel at this point continue using your dry shampoo and try not to touch your roots too much throughout the day. You should still be able to wear your hair down at this point but if you feel less confident with that idea or you’re starting to resemble a soggy dog try a simple up-do.

Days four & five

 Over these next couple of days you might find it difficult not to give in to washing your hair, but you’ve made it this far so keep going!! You should keep going strong with the up-dos now, try plaits like french or dutch braids they’ll disguise any greasy roots that would otherwise be really obvious if you were to wear your hair down!

Day six

 Its wash day again, Hooray!! After a good old wash you should continue on in the same way you did the previous week, your hair will soon become accustomed to the new routine and you’ll find that going longer between washes feels a lot more comfortable. You’ll soon begin to notice that your hair stays cleaner and non-greasy for longer and you’ll start to develop a natural, healthy shine to your hair. This technique will also help with dryness and another perk, your shampoo and conditioners will last much longer now too!

For those of you that wash your hair every single day, you might need to work up to the six day technique gradually, start with 3 days and stretch it out a day extra every time the cycle starts again.

And those of you that like to work up a sweat and visit the gym regularly will still have to wash your hair after each session, just try not to wash it in between visits following through with some of the above steps.



  1. Stephanie Merry May 8, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Love this routine – I’ve been trying to train my hair to survive longer between washes and it definitely works! x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Its pretty awesome isn’t it!!!

  2. Rosie Corriette May 8, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I can normally last up to six days if I’ve had a blow dry and 4 if I’ve washed it myself – and to think before I became a mother I use to wash it everyday!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Oh wow I’m too lazy to want to do it every day haha!!

  3. Ali Rost May 8, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Oh my .. yes, I’ve heard of this. In fact my hair dresser tells me it really works. Idk .. maybe it’s a generational thing .. but I have a mental hang-up about not washing it everyday. That being said .. I understand the underlying philosophy and it makes sense .. but I’m being a bit of a wimp when it comes to biting the bullet. ps: Last week (I believe) the New York Times wrote a great piece about hair washing (along these lines). It’s really worth a read!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Oooo its doing the rounds I like it! I’ll check that piece out!! Its realky worth trying for sure!

  4. Deborah Nicholas May 8, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Dry shampoo is a god send! As are mum buns – my hair is always pinned up out of the way!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Hahaha yes!!!

  5. Georgina May 8, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    I loved reading this, I have been trying to train my hair into lesser washes. Especially with working two jobs, I just don’t have the time to wash my hair everyday, these tips are great though. I’m always playing with my hair, especially if its down I will tend to touch the roots, but now I know to stay clear of that!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Awwwh I’m super glad you enjoyed this post and the tips!! Hope they help you its so worth training your hair!!

  6. Becca Talbot May 8, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I definitely wash my hair far too much (she says typing with a towel turban currently wrapped around wet hair!), so will have to take up this routine and see how I get on x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Hahaha! Its worth a go for sure I’m glad I did it!

  7. Jessica | growchangeaccept May 8, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I used to be one of them people who washed their hair everyday but I learnt the hard way that it only makes it greasier quicker – I can’t say I’ve gone as long as 6 days but I’m comfortable with my 3 days and everyone will know – if my hair is up, it’s day 3 hahaha but I also go to the gym every few days so that’s the days I choose to wash my hair!

    Jessica | growchangeaccept.co.uk

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Even making the slightest change is worth it!!! Well done for going 3 days!

  8. Ana De- Jesus May 8, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I used to wash my hair every day and now it do it every two days. I think I would find it hard to wait six days as my hair does get greasy quickly but it is something I am willing to try x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Yeah because once you get over the hard period your hair doesn’t get so greasy so its a win!

  9. Elodie May 8, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I wash my hair three times a week, but mainly because it makes me feel good and I love the smell of freshly washed hair, but I do find that when I use this technique, I don’t really need to. I just want to. Ha! It’s probably terrible for my hair though.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Well whatever makes you happier at the ens of it! You might find yiur hair will get drier as you age from all the washing but also sometimes its okay!

  10. Sarah Bailey May 8, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I used to be one who had to wash my hair every day or at least every other day. I’ve slowly been able to stretch that out and now I can go four to five days without washing it. It’s true, your hair does get used to it and I feel like my hair is much less damaged with this routine x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Me too! My hair has transformed its amazing!! In the photos here my hair was on day 4!

  11. MELANIE EDJOURIAN May 8, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Interesting post. I don’t over wash my hair. Mine gets a wash every 4 or so days but I never use dry shampoos as I’m not too keen on the feel of them on my hair. This helps keep it healthier as there is less damaged caused by heat styling.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Its great isn’t it anything to make the hair healthier!

  12. Beccy Kiernan May 8, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Love this post! I used to wash twice a week but I seem to have gone back up to 3/4 🙁 I’m going to try your technique! Argh I’m scared haha.

    Beccy Kiernan | BeccyKiernan.co.uk

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 8, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Hahaha its a little overwhelming to begin with but honestly stick it out and you’ll be happy you did!

  13. fectopia May 9, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I’ve been trying to wash my hair less for a month now and this week I finally noticed a difference! If you want to try this you have to be very patient indeed!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      Yes you definitley do its no fast fix but its worth it?

  14. Jenni May 9, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I’m attempting this now. It’s day three now and I had to use dry shampoo this morning!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Go girl!!! In these photos I’m on day 4 with just a little bit of dry shampoo so keep going its worth it!

  15. Melanie May 9, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I am so glad that you have wrote this, I always seem to be washing my hair and wit itbeding long too it can be a pain 🙂 thank yo 🙂 x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      Awwwh glad it could help!! Let me know how you get on with it!

  16. Donna May 9, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Everyone is always aghast at how long I can survive without washing my hair but only if I curl it with a hot wand first – 5 days no problem!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      Yes go girl!! Its so worth the wait!

  17. Whatlauraloves May 9, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Fabulous tips! I have very oily hair so can’t go 5 days but I do wash my hair every 3 to 4 days and its definitely helped my hair to grow longer xxx

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Washing it less should help reduce how oily your hair gets its takes some patiwnce and getting use to but thats the aim.

  18. Stephanie Cummings May 9, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I’ve been doing similar, I used to wash my hair every day but now I tend to do it every 3 / 4 days which is amazing for me. I can go longer but the itch of dry shampoo is often too much!!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Thats awesome well done!! Keep going!

  19. shannon ritchie May 9, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I now wash my hair once a week and we have a similar routine 🙂 It’s really made my hair a lot stronger!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 9, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      Same here I couldn’t agree more!!

  20. Hayley Warren May 10, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I can usually go up to a week in between washes, I just use a lot of dry shampoo when it gets to day 4 onwards!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 11, 2017 / 10:28 am

      YES!!! Thats what I’m talking about Hayley well done! I’m seeing if I can stretch mine any longer!

  21. Dani May 10, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    This was a really interesting post! I’m unfortunately one of those who washes most days/every other day, but I might try training my hair now 🙂

    Dani x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 11, 2017 / 10:29 am

      You should definitely at least try it but be patient it doesn’t work after one week stay strong and you’ll be happy you did!

  22. Angela Milnes May 11, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Wow, this is absolutely a good tips and I’m loving this and I think this is exactly what i need. I should try this routine.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 11, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Great!! I’m so pleased that so many people are going to give it a go! Just patient with it, it takes a while to get use to but keep going and in a few weeks you’ll notice a change!

  23. Yaya May 11, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I can normally go 3 days without washing it and all is fine. I’m really trying to take better care of my hair, and am going to adopt this routine. I’ll let you know how I get on! x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 11, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Woohoo!! Yes please let me know how it goes, be patient with it! xox

  24. Lauren May 11, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Most people find it so shocking when I tell them I regularly go 4/5 days between washing, but I couldn’t have it any other way. For one, I’m far too lazy to wash it more often, and since I only have to curl my hair when freshly washed and it stays in until I wash it again, it’s really helped me cut down on how much heat I use on it

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 11, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Its amazing!!! I’m all for it and definitely think everyone needs to at least try it!! I’ve noticed my hair stays curled so much longer now that I was it much less too and with the use of any products!

  25. Chloe Spacey May 15, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    This is such a great routine and so easy to follow! Can’t wait to try it out!

    Chloe x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 15, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Well let me know if you do girl!! 😀

  26. Casey August 11, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Before I have had to wash my hair almost everyday because of how greasy it got, I’m really looking forward to trying this training routine out. Thank you for posting!
    Casey xo

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk August 18, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Awwh you’re so welcome!! Really glad you enjoyed the post and want to try it! Let me know how it all goes for you xox

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