Here’s some more personal information: I only wash my hair once a week. Shocking? To most people, maybe. To others, maybe not.
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Once a week – and that’s how it’s been all my life. And as it turns out, it’s not all that bad.
There’s no need to shampoo as often as you think.
While everyone’s hair is different, it truly is more beneficial for your hair to use dry shampoo or baby powder a few times a week, rather than wash it frequently. Just because your hair is greasy, doesn’t mean you have to lather up the shampoo.
Washing your hair too frequently can not only strip your hair of its natural oils, but also cause split ends, dry scalp, and even greasier hair, among other problems. But how can there be dry scalp and greasy hair at the same time, you ask? Simple: Your hair produces natural oil, and washing it too much can strip you hair of these oils, in turn causing your hair to produce more oil, to compensate for those that were stripped.
If you ask me, never wash your hair daily. Besides, that’s flat out time consuming.
If you would like some more information on how your hair works, there are plenty of reputable sources out there in the Internet world, such as StyleCaster, InStyle, and Brydie.
Now, on to my routine:
It all begins Sunday night. I begin my routine by brushing my hair out with my Wet Brush until it is completely tangle-free. Then after I shower, I use my EverStrong Sulfate-Free L’Oreal Hydrate Shampoo. Lately, I haven’t been able to find it in stores, so sometimes I opt for the Thickening Shampoo, even though my hair is already fairly thick.
I lather the shampoo until it foams in my hands, and gently scrub my scalp with my finger tips. Don’t use your nails. I only shampoo from the nape of the neck-up. Don’t shampoo the hair past your neck. If I have to, I’ll shampoo twice. Then, I rinse with warm water.
After shampooing, I condition with my Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner. Sometimes I’ll use the Cherry Blossom Conditioner for a different scent. I flip my hair over, and condition the hair that hangs down, top to bottom, avoiding my scalp. I rinse first with warm water, keeping my hair flipped. Then, I flip my hair back over, and rinse with cold water.
Keeping conditioner away from the scalp is a great way to minimize greasiness. It is more important to condition the hair below the neck, as it’s been with you the longest, and more prone to heat damage.
If you have super dry scalp and don’t wash frequently, you can probably get away with conditioning closer to your roots, but if you notice greasiness and tend to condition your roots, you know why.
I rinse with cold water because while warm water allows the products to do their job, cold water seals the deal and locks in moisture from the conditioner. I pride myself on the health and length of my hair, and this is one way I keep it healthy and shiny.
Once I’m out of the shower, I towel dry my hair by scrunching, or squeezing it. It’s best not to rub the hair, as that could cause damage. Some even recommend letting the hair sit and dry wrapped up in a cotton t-shirt. After my hair is about 50% dry, I brush it out once again with my Wet Brush.
I usually dry my hair, and since it’s only once a week, I don’t mind using heat on it. Even so, I do use my TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray. I spray the heat protectant evenly throughout my hair, and brush it out once more.
Most times, I blow-dry my hair straight and add some Organix Argon Oil. That takes about a half -hour. If I have a special event the next day, or just feel like I want to style my hair more, I either straighten or curl it with my Conair Infiniti Pro hair straightener.
So, how often will you be washing your hair? What’s your routine? Let me know in the comments!
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