How many times a week do you wash your hair? Do you shampoo and condition every day? Just after workouts? Or less often?
If you’re washing your hair every day, you might benefit from sudsing up your locks a little less often, with a little less shampoo and conditioner or, perhaps, just a little differently. You, over there with the greasy hair? Yep, I’m talking to you, too. Because, even if your scalp is getting oily, daily washing with anything but a really mild shampoo can really dry out your ends.
There are some things you can do to get the most out of washing your hair and extend the time you can go between washes — even if you’re sweating it up. Sarah James of Hair Thursday agrees, saying, “With most top hair stylists in agreement, women can absolutely skip a day or two between washings! It’s healthy for your hair, keeps color from fading and, most importantly, saves time.”
She goes on to say, “With the advent of reformulated dry shampoos, keeping your hair looking chic and fresh is as easy as a couple puffs of powder. My favorite go-to product is Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo. Within minutes of applying the product, hair regains volume and lightness. It’s an absolute must during the summer months!” I’m kind of partial to the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, personally, but if Klorane is good enough for Sarah, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s worth a try.
Additionally, you know how your mom used to tell you to brush your hair before bed every night? There’s something to that — using a brush with natural bristles can help distribute the oil from your scalp all through your hair, making your roots less greasy and your ends healthier and shinier. Of course, if your hair is really dry or damaged, use caution. It won’t matter if your roots are less oily if your hair is breaking off all over the place!
Speaking of brushing, you should also give your hair a quick brush before shampooing. Not only does it remove tangles, but it will also help loosen and remove product buildup so your shampoo can really do its job. When you shampoo, try using a bit less — depending on hair length and type, you might not need much more than a dime-sized dollop. Focus just on your roots with the shampoo, and when you condition, focus mainly on the ends.
Then, make absolutely certain you’re truly rinsing all of the shampoo and conditioner out. Any that’s left behind will contribute to oiliness and won’t do you any favors in the volume department. When you rinse, hit your locks with some cold water at the end — this will seal the hair shaft and leave it shinier.
On workout days, when your hair really needs at least a rinse, try using a small amount of conditioner, focusing on the ends — no shampoo. After a good rinse, your hair will look as if it’s been washed (at least for another day).
I know it’s hard to do, but if you can cut back on washing, your hair will adapt. When you wash every day, your scalp produces more oil to make up for the fact that you’re removing it. You’ll be surprised at how great your hair looks on that second or third day once you’ve made the adjustment.
If you prefer not to do this, make sure you are massaging your scalp, not just scrubbing it. It stimulates the roots, feeding it more blood, which results in healthier hair. Also, never “rub” shampoo in your ends. That will only tangle your hair, and who needs that?
If your ends need a cleaning (only if you have a lot of product or dirt in the ends), just use your lather from your scalp and “squish” or squeeze it in. Go for a sleek pony tail or bun on the days you do not shampoo. Sometimes you don’t need product to tame the fly-aways, the extra oil helps.