I’ve always admired those people who have lustrous hair and don’t have to worry about washing and styling it each day. You know who I mean: those people who do their hair and their great ‘do could last for several days(!) afterward.
Why I took the plunge to wash less frequently
I’ve been thinking about trying to wash my hair less frequently for some time now (years!) but I was always under the impression that my hair was just too oily to make it work. It wasn’t until I had two little ones running around that I finally took the leap and tried it out. Now I’m SO happy that I did!
It’s been about 5 months since I took the plunge into washing my hair less frequently. I started over the summer, occasionally trying out the every-other-day schedule and once the school year was in full swing, I decided to continue. It took about 2 months for my oil production to slow down, but now, I can wash my hair every 2-3 days without fail. It doesn’t matter if your hair is long or short, thick or thin; you just need to give your hair and scalp time to adjust to the change.
In this post I will outline the advantages to skipping a day or two of shampoo and what to use on the days you don’t wash it (my favorite products are linked below).
The advantages to washing your hair less often
Less time required.
Of course washing and styling your hair takes time. People with thicker hair spend a lot of time drying, and then many use a straightening iron after that. People with thin hair, like me, don’t struggle as much with the drying time, but have trouble building volume–another time investment. Either way, time is a valuable asset, and I’d rather spend my time doing something else.
Washing your hair strips it of natural oils. If you wash it too often, your hair can become dry and brittle, and sometimes even lead to breakage (gasp!). Yes, even for you, miss oily hair!
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Second-day Hair: What I’ve tried and how it worked
This product is a life-saver for second day hair, especially as you start transitioning from washing every day. While it doesn’t actually wash your hair, it does absorb the oils that make your hair look dirty. Added bonus, it also adds volume to your limp roots! Just spray it into dry hair at the root (I usually create mini-parts with my fingers) and then brush it through. If you see a white residue, use less or try out a different brand. I’ve tried 4 different brands since September, and while the salon products are amazing, I go through it too quickly to justify the price (if you are looking for a salon-quality product, try the one from KMS California; it works great and smells amazing!). Suave dry shampoo and Dove dry shampoo have worked great for me, and the prices can’t be beat. I’ve also tried applying dry shampoo the night before to absorb the oil while I sleep. It’s something you might want to try, as well! What’s that? You work out? You can still use dry shampoo to curb the craziness and make your hair smell better at the same time! Don’t believe me? Try it out this weekend. I think you’ll be surprised.
I really like spray wax as for styling my hair because unlike hairspray, it doesn’t leave hair stiff. It’s fairly lightweight and allows you to touch and fluff your hair throughout the day–just don’t use too much, or your hair will look oily and weighed down. One tip is to spray the product into your hand and work it into your hair. This allows you to control the amount of product you use and gives you the ability to add more. I really like the one from Sexy Hair.
This is essentially a round brush that blows out warm air. I discovered the blow dryer brush a few years ago when I had shoulder length hair, and wanted to add volume. Now I use it on my modified-pixie cut, and focus primarily on the top-back of my head. I just spray water from a spritzer bottle to dampen the frizzy, slept-on hair, and dry it/smooth it all out while adding volume with the blow dryer brush! Plus, since it’s a brush and blow-dryer in one, I have an extra hand to hold up a mirror so I can see the back of my head while I’m styling! I use the one by John Frieda.
I’ve read on other blogs that silk pillowcases help to avoid bed-head and wrinkles on your face. Maybe I haven’t tried the “right” silk pillowcase, but the one I tried caused me to wake up with the same bed-head as always. Maybe it’s because of my pixie-short hair? I really wanted this to work for me… (sad face emoji).
The bottom line
If you are thinking about washing your hair less often, let me offer you this piece of advice: try it out and stick with it! It will pay off in the long-run. And for those of you with longer locks–ponytails were virtually invented for second-day hair (not really, but they are an amazing option).
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