Monday, April 20, 2015

Why I Stopped Washing My Hair

Second day hair

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'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's a vicious cycle. 

My Toolkit to Beat the Grease
Stop washing your hair

1.CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray: This spray is a lifesaver for your hair if you use heat tools such as flatirons or curling irons.

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! 

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  1. Love this! Thanks for sharing. I'm two weeks into trying to not wash my hair every other day. I need to get those ribbon hair ties.

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  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that doesn't wash her hair everyday. It makes my hair dry. I wash it maybe 2-3x a week. I love "its 10". I also use Moroccan Oil. Love it.

  3. My boyfriend makes fun of me all the time about the fact that I wash my hair so infrequently, but that's what I always tell him... It's healthy to wait a while!

    Sara Kate Styling

  4. I may have to try your methods! But my hair is so greasy if I don't wash it everyday! I have literally tried everything

  5. Oh my goodness I am so glad you posted this! I have the same hair - fine, straight, colored and I have been battling with the idea of less washing for a while now, but I didn't know how to take it on. Now I have a good guide!

  6. This is fabulous! I actually wash my hair every third day don't tell anyone but that little extra bit of dirt is how I get the height I need when I wear my hair up in a pony. Great tips. Isn't coconut oil the best!!!! I use that kind too for sooo much. Happy Monday sweetie!!

  7. Did it take awhile for your hair to adjust?? I feel like mine needs to be washed every day!

  8. I have become a lot better about not washing my hair everyday. It makes styling much easier!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  9. Girl I am right there with you! I wash my hair once or maybe twice a week - seriously the biggest time saver in the world. It's all about the dry shampoo and shower cap!

  10. My sisters can go days without washing their hair, I wish I could do the same! Luckily my hair is pretty healthy & short so there isn't much heat needed to get it dry or styled- but I have previously seen damage done to it when it was a bit longer. One day I would love to get it all figured out and avoid shampooing every day but for now I have to!

  11. I will have to try this! I also have fine, color-treated hair. and it gets oily by the end of the day! These are great tips! I could definitely use the extra time in the morning.

  12. This is great. I've been wanting to go "no poo" for a while now, but have been putting it off because of Bikram yoga. It's impossible not to wash your hair. But the next time I take a break I'm trying it for sure! Great post, thanks for the advice!

  13. I really need to purchase a shower cap, now on second day hair I just throw my hair up in a bun on top of my head and the hairs around my face get wet from washing my face and then once they are damp I can NEVER control them!! Great post Brittany :)

  14. Hi there, stopping over from the blog hop! This is wonderful, thanks so much for sharing! I have recently been really trying to avoid washing my air every day as well because I know it's so hard on my hair and it's definitely taking some trial and error to hit on a styling routine that works!

  15. Ooohhhhh love love loveeeeeee! I am such a sucker for the everyday wash but I try my dangdest not to! I find I'm either everyday or like 7 days no wash, there is no in between Lololol

    Totally agree it's so damaging and I hate washing my hair after a salon visit! I try to wait AS LONG AS POSSIBLE because I feel like my hair colour will sink in more that way hahah

    Love the it's a ten leave in and their hair mask is TO DIE I love it!
    I'm still on the hunt for the perfect dry shampoo :)

  16. I've always been fascinated by the idea of not washing my hair, but I worry it would be too greasy (I have super oily hair). Thanks for sharing this! I love those hair ties. I have one on my wrist (or in my hair) at all times.

  17. a shower cap is a MUST!
    I don't wash my hair everyday either but I love steamy showers and it can make your hair crazy frizzy if you don't use a cap... I've also wrapped a plastic bag over my hair in a pinch :P


  18. Love this post!! I am so happy to know I am not the only one not a fan of washing my hair everyday. It becomes a pain.

  19. Love this post! Even as a child I only washed my hair every other day, so I never really had to "train" my hair to go longer, which is nice. These days I wash it about every three days. My favorite product to use between washes is Klorane dry shampoo!


  20. I've been wanting to do this, but I always give up because my hair gets SOOOOO greasy within 24 hours of being washed. I know the less you wash it, the less it will become greasy, but I just can't get over that first hump. haha.

  21. I don't wash my hair everyday, most often once every 4 days or so. My hair is so fine that it won't do anything when washed. It smells great and looks horrid, plus, I agree it saves my hair color, for much longer. Ha! Glad that I am the only one who doesn't wash it everyday. Mine doesn't get greasy quickly and I always pony it or curl it. my secret is out!

  22. I try to go two to three days with out washing. Messy bun works so much better on dirty hair! :P I love my its a 10 leave in treatment and dry shampoo for not washing!

  23. Love this!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't wash daily!

  24. Jessica Mullins BollingApril 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I have oily hair and still hate washing every day! I am so excited to try the Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo, thanks for the info!!

  25. i have oily and dandruff hair.every day i use coconut oil.bur how can washing my hair the next morning how to apply the oil to my ends and then put it up in a bun ?please give me proper solution


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