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!
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!!
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!
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!
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.