Ok..perhaps I should clarify. Why I stopped washing my hair EVERYDAY and you should too! Until very recently (the last year or so) I was a lifetime member of the everyday hair wash club. I loved how freshly washed hair looked, felt, and smelled (I still do). But I could also see the physical damage it was doing to my locks. Still, I trucked on with my routine thinking my fine hair was destined to go through the wash cycle daily to get my desired level of style. For months I experimented with dry shampoos, bad pony tails, and techniques. I became obsessed with the topic and would plan my workouts around my hair washes like a neurotic freak. FINALLY--I have found a routine that works for me and I rock the dirty hair don't care look on the reg.
Benefits to Dirty Hair
1. You can sleep in! Let's be honest this is a BIG motivator for skipping a wash. Those extra 15-20 minutes of slumber are glorious.
2. Prolongs the life of your color! If you're like me and have been coloring your hair in some capacity since middle school you know how important this is. Highlights are expensive! Scrubbing your hair everyday is the equivalent of flushing your money down the drain (literally)! I loathe going to the salon and sitting for hours so extending my time in between visits is a huge perk.
3. Easier to style! Ladies, grease is your friend. A little bit of oil in your hair can do wonders in terms of styling. Have you ever gotten an updo for prom or a wedding? The stylist usually always tells you to not wash your hair beforehand. This is why. Freshly washed hair is soft and not as willing to cooperate as day old hair..it's just a fact.
4. Healthier hair! Shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils that make it shine and leads to dryness. The drier your hair is the more prone it is to breakage..it's a vicious cycle.
My Toolkit to Beat the Grease
2.It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product: I use this spray before I comb out my wet hair. It works to detangle and condition.
3.Bumble and Bumble Pret A Powder Shampoo: This is the only dry shampoo I use! I have tried several and this is my favorite in terms of smell and volume.
4. A shower cap: The best $4 I ever spent was on this shower cap. Water is not your friend! Keep your hair dry while showering with a shower cap to avoid frizz.
5. Hair clip: I use a clip to divide hair for blow-drying and sectioning when curling. I also sleep with my hair in this hot mess and it does wonders to keep your hair intact for the second day. Super cute I know..but it works!
6. Ribbon hair ties: These are the only hair ties I use. I can put my hair in a pony with these while working out and don't get a huge crease after removing. Similar here.
7. Coconut oil: The wonder oil that has a million uses. My favorite use is as a hair mask. On nights that I know I am washing my hair the next morning I apply the oil to my ends and then put it up in a bun (like above). Rinse it out while shampooing as usual and you don't even need conditioner. It's magic!
My Proven Process
After experimenting and failing for years this is the best process I've found for my hair (fine and straight) to get the best second-day hair results.
- If working out: put your hair in a pony using ribbon ties above the base of your neck
- After working out: take out the pony, apply dry shampoo to roots, and blow dry to soak up all the sweat and build volume
- Wrap your hair up with the clip into the "hot mess bun" on top of your head (sleep like this)
- The next morning:
- Take hair out of bun and use blow-dryer and paddle brush to smooth everything out
- Section off hair and style as usual (I find a curling wand works better for second day hair)
- I usually wear a pony or some sort of half-up concoction the second day
I would LOVE to know what products and techniques you use to extend the life of your style! As you can tell I'm obsessed with the topic so please indulge me!