This is a new habit for me. I’ve been trying (and failing) to stop washing my hair so often for the last 4 years. The news is everywhere: STOP SHAMPOOING EVERY DAY. It’s bad for your hair.
About My Hair:
- Medium-density hair
- Lots of it, so it looks/feels thick.
- Frizzy – not curly or straight
- REALLY Oily Roots
- Dry Ends
- Heavily color treated (it’s fun okay?)
Because I have so much hair, it soaks up a lot of water and a lot of product. It takes a lot of product to color it. It takes a lot of shampoo to wash it. And a lot of heat to make it look nice. All this has led to my hair being pretty damaged most of the time. Which just leads me to damage it more to get it under control… (read: curling iron)
So I decided in order to dye my hair less, use fewer heating tools, and save a little time, I simply have to stop washing my hair so much. For real this time. I usually go anywhere from 3-5 days between shampoos.
Side note – I still shower almost every day! I just use a shower cap.
So how do I do it? First, I needed to get over the crazy idea that my hair would feel “clean” for all five days. It’s just not going to. No amount of Pinterest searches gave me the secret weapon to fighting my greasy scalp. And dry shampoos, despite what I wish they would do, only make my hair look clean. It won’t feel clean. It just is what it is.
Secondly, my biggest pitfall: In the past, I didn’t know what to do with my hair when it was dirty. I didn’t like putting it in the same hot-mess hairstyle everyday. That’s just not me. I get bored with myself. (No judgement if you love being minimalist with your hair! You do you!)
Below, I will walk you through each of the 5 days and how I manage my hair each day. I do cheat a little bit to make it work. 😉
***Please note: This is NOT a sponsored post. Any products linked below are what I am currently using in my collection. I frequently explore different brands and products.
****Also, if your hair is significantly different from mine, please realize you will need to revise this routine to fit the needs of your hair!
Day 1: Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Wash my hair. Since I only wash it every five days, I do need to actually follow the “Repeat” step on the shampoo bottle. If I don’t, my hair just doesn’t get clean. I always use a sulfate-free or low-sulfate shampoo that is made for color treated hair. I follow that with the matching conditioner and/or a repairing mask on the ends of my hair.
After washing, I squeeze (don’t rub!) my hair out with a microfiber towel and wrap it up for a little bit while I brush my teeth. Then, take the towel off to air dry for a bit while I do my make-up.
Add heat protecting serum; then blow dry! I love my blow dryer. It’s a cheap one, but it works great! I section off my hair into upper and lower halves to dry it evenly and thoroughly. I start with medium heat, and then high heat pointing the dryer straight down. I finish it with a blast of cool air to set it. I use a round brush to shape my bangs.
Then, I use my fat curling iron (1 1/2″) kind of like a straightener and just curl under the ends of my hair to give it a voluminous kind of wavy blow-out look (that is the official verbiage). I try not to use hairspray on Day 1.
And yes, the curling iron step is necessary because I cannot, for the life of me, master using a round brush to blow out my hair properly. I have too much hair…
Day 1 is always my most high maintenance day. Sometimes I will break it up by showering and blow drying the night before and curling my hair the morning of day two. Especially if it’s a Monday.
Day 2: Long and Loose
The morning of day two I am usually curling my hair, or touching up the curls from the day before, to wear my hair in loose curls/waves again. Sometimes some LIGHT hairspray is added and a little dry shampoo in my bangs if needed. I try not to add too much product to my hair in the early days because it will really build up by day 5.
Day 3: Half-Up
This is when my roots start feeling slightly nasty to where I don’t want to touch them. But the ends of my hair still feel good. I do cheat and wash my bangs on Day 3. I slip on a shower cap and pull my bangs out from under it to wash them in the shower.
Then, blow dry the bangs using a round brush and then throw my hair up in a half pony which I usually flip through to give it a little twist. My curls are pretty much gone at this point, but my hair is usually still smooth and has a nice bend to it.
Day 4: Pony Day
Dry shampoo all throughout my roots. Dry shampoo on bangs, comb bangs back with a little hair spray or wash them if I can’t stand it anymore.
Can I be honest? I hate ponytails. I always feel drab when I wear them, and sometimes they give me a headache because I have too much hair! So I have to get creative with my ponytails and find a way to give them a little class and a little edge.
To minimize headaches, I will do a low ponytail to the side, usually wrapping a strand of hair around to hide the elastic. Sometimes I’ll add a cute accessory in as well, like a ponytail clip or hair pin.
Sometimes I will do a high ponytail, but I will flip my head upside down and braid it before putting it in a pony to give it a classier shape and keep all the baby hairs in place. Then, I will add a ponytail clip to give it that little extra touch.
Day 5: Bun
By day 5, the roots of my hair feel absolutely disgusting, but if I add just a little more dry shampoo, brush it out and put it in a bun, no one can tell!
As with pony day, if I’m doing a high bun, I will flip my head upside down and braid the back first to keep the hair in place and make it more interesting. I usually add a large pin to hold the bun in place or use a bun cuff.
Then, hallelujah, it’s washing day again!!!