You know what’s hard? Washing your hair. I mean, sure, other things are technically hard, too–taking final exams, for example, is hard. Getting your learner’s permit is hard. Planning an exclusive influencer-driven music festival on a deserted island is hard. But hair-washing is, in many ways, on a whole different level of difficulty. It is challenging not so much for the act itself–which, quite frankly, is pretty nice–but rather for the amount of planning that goes around it. You have to , which means that, by the time you’re done, anything else you would have liked to do that day is more or less impossible.
Unfortunately, this is not likely to change anytime soon. Washing your hair will always be a bit of a hassle. But what you can do to make life slightly easier for yourself is making it so that you don’t have wash your hair quite as often. So, check out these easy ways to keep your hair clean without washing it:
1. Phase out of daily washes gradually:
If you’re used to washing your hair every day, don’t try to get to a once-a-week wash right away. Instead, try to wash your hair every other day for a month, then every third day, and so on until you’re used to only washing your hair once a week.
2. Make sure you’re washing your hair the right way:
When you’re washing your hair, make sure you’re only shampooing the roots and conditioning the shaft and ends. This helps prevent your hair from getting too greasy too fast.
3. Be strategic:
If you plan out your hairstyles, you can effectively skip washing your hair for a week (or longer).
4. Know how to use dry shampoo the right way:
Obviously, one of the main ways to prolong a regular shampoo is by using dry shampoo. But if you’re not using it the right way, it isn’t going to work–make sure you’re following the steps above to get the best results.
5. Don’t touch your hair:
Your hands have oil on them, so if you’re constantly touching your head and running your finders through your hair, it’s going to get frizzy and dull.
6. Spray your roots with dry shampoo before you work out:
If you’ve ever tried to use dry shampoo after the gym, you’ll know that it can kind of be useless since your hair is already so greasy and sweaty that the dry shampoo can’t do much. The solution? Use dry shampoo before you work out–this helps absorb your sweat during your workout sot here isn’t as much to deal with afterwards.
7. Make sure you actually let your dry shampoo sit:
If you’re just spraying dry shampoo on your head and immediately brushing it out, it’s not going to work. To ensure that it actually absorbs oil, spray your dry shampoo on your head, do the rest of your morning routine, then brush it out.
8. Or just sleep in your dry shampoo:
Don’t have time to let your dry shampoo sit in the morning? Just sleep in it–this way, all the oil will be absorbed overnight, so all you have to do in the morning is brush and go.
9. Use a dry shampoo alternative:
I always find that my scalp gets itchy from conventional dry shampoo–if that happens to you too, try using a DIY version like the one above. It has less chemicals, so it won’t irritate your skin, and you’ll save money doing it.
10. Do a scalp detox once a month:
If you’re using a lot of dry shampoo, there’s going to be buildup, which will make your hair feel dull and limp. Use this detox about once a month to remove the buildup from your scalp and make your hair look healthier.
11. Or an apple cider vinegar rinse:
Rinsing your hair with this mixture after you shampoo it can help relieve scalp itch, dandruff, get rid of buildup, and make your hair feel cleaner for a longer amount of time.
12. Use a shower cap when you shower:
If you’re not washing your hair his prevents heat, humidity, and stray water droplets from getting on your hair and making it look frizzier.
13. Use a blow dryer:
After you apply your dry shampoo, take a blow dryer and a round brush and style your hair like you normally would. You don’t technically have to do this, but it helps set in the dry shampoo and make it look like you’ve just returned from the salon.
How often do you wash your hair? Do you have any tips for prolonging your wash? Let us know in the comments!
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