I’ve always been someone who washes my hair pretty much every day. I have fine hair, so it gets oily fast. My hair is also long so when it gets oily, it gets weighed down and flat…not a cute look!
However, I’ve had multiple hair stylists tell me that I need to not be washing my hair every day, and I’ve also read tons and tons of articles that warn you against doing so. So, I finally decided to try and cut back!
I have to say that at first, it wasn’t easy. Since my hair is used to being washed every day, it was rough in the beginning (haha). However, I’ve stuck it out for a few months now and have definitely noticed a difference in the health of my hair!
The Benefits of Skipping Washes
There’s a reason hair stylists and beauty magazines will tell you to not wash your hair every day–the benefits are amazing! Here are just a few:
- Your hair will grow faster, have less breakage, and be shinier.
- You’ll avoid the harsh chemicals that are in many hair products.
- You’ll save time, money you spend on hair product, and the energy you spend styling and blow drying.
- You’ll preserve your hair color (if your hair is color-treated).
By cutting back the amount of times I wash my hair per week, I can honestly say I’ve noticed all of these benefits. My hair feels healthier overall and has definitely stopped producing as much oil, which is what kept me back from skipping washes before.
Now, I have to say the change I made was subtle–I’m still washing my hair every other day! Many people say to only wash your hair 3x a week but I’m not at that level yet, haha. I like to work out during the week and I always wash my hair afterwards. I just feel better when I do! I think it’s all about knowing your hair type and finding what works best for you. Right now I’m happy with washing it every other day because I notice it has made a huge difference from what I was doing before!
How to Wash Your Hair Less Often
Here are some tips I’ve learned to help combat oiliness and prolong the time between washes!
Cut Back on The Product
Out of all of these tips, I would say this is one of the most important! I wouldn’t say I used that much product in my hair before, but I would always use a volumizing mousse or spray in my roots. However, I think this is what would make my hair so oily the next day! As soon as I cut back on applying product to my roots specifically, I noticed a huge difference in my hair on day 2.
Now, if you have a special occasion and want to use a volumizing mousse or something like that, go for it. Just keep in mind that if your hair feels weighed down and like you have build up the next day, it could be why! Everyone’s hair type is different, and I just noticed that my fine hair does a lot better when I avoid applying any kind of product at the top of my hair or my roots. I also have to be careful of hair oil or any kind of heavy product in general. I apply these types of products to the ends of my hair only!
Use the Right Product for Your Hair Type
Going off of the previous point, it’s important that the products you do use are actually right for your hair type. For me personally, I always stick to lightweight products that are moisturizing without adding too much buildup.
For my shampoo and conditioner, I love Redken’s Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo & Conditioner. I feel like it gives my hair the moisture it needs while also being volumizing! About once a week or so I also use Joico’s Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm as a deep conditioner. It’s amazing!
Some leave-in hair products I really like are TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender Leave-in Conditioner, VERB Ghost Oil, and one of my all-time favorites: Marc Anthony’s 3-Day Smooth Blow Dry Cream. I don’t use all of these products together–I’ll maybe use Bed Head’s Split End Mender to detangle my hair and then a tiny drop of hair oil to add an extra boost of moisture, for example.
Depending on your hair type, you might find you need to be using products that are more or less moisturizing. Just remember that it’s all about finding products that are best for you!
Find A Good Dry Shampoo
If you’re trying to cut back on washing your hair, dry shampoo can be your best friend! It will absorb any excess oil, boost volume, and refresh your hairstyle.
There are a ton of dry shampoos out there, and you can find really great ones that are also affordable! One of my favorite brands for dry shampoo is Batiste. Their formula is great and they have a ton of fun scents, too.
Another dry shampoo that was recently introduced to me is Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder (I received it in an Influenster box). I love this one! It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I really do like it. You only need to use a tiny bit, so I think it’s going to last me awhile! The scent is great and I like spraying at my roots and even throughout my hair for extra volume (it smells amazing, too). I highly recommend!
Use Dry Shampoo at Night
This tip was another game-changer for me. Dry shampoo works the best when you let it sit for awhile (it absorbs more oil this way). So, I use it at night right before bed! I find doing this keeps my hair from getting greasy overnight, and it feels so much more fresh when I wake up in the morning!
Sleep with Your Hair Up
I read this tip on a beauty blog recently and decided to try it out! Sleeping with your hair up and away from your face prevents your hair from getting messed up during the night. It can also keep your hair from getting tangled and frizzy because your hair won’t be rubbing against your pillowcase as much! Plus, I’ve found that it cuts back on greasiness because I’m less likely to touch my hair (which causes oil).
If you don’t want to put your hair in a ponytail or bun because you don’t want it to crease, try french braiding it! This will add some texture and waves to your hair, too. 🙂
Find Your Favorite Up-dos
Last but not least, experiment with different hairstyles you can try on unwashed hair! I usually wear my hair down every day but I’m going to try out some new styles for wearing my hair up. Maybe I’ll do a post soon on second-day hairstyles!
How often do you guys wash your hair? Do you have any other tips for keeping your hair fresh between washes? Let me know in the comments!
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