Tips for Washing Your Hair Less

I trained my hair to be less greasy and now I only wash it twice a week! I lay out my method so you too can enjoy low maintenance hair! Can we all agree that washing your hair is the worst? I was stuck in an endless cycle of shampooing, styling, and shampooing again because every day/every other day my hair was oily and reminiscent of a used car salesman.

My hair looked like Britney’s in her “I’m a slave 4 u” video”….and not in a good way.

Tired of constantly washing my hair and wasting my time drying it and restyling it every day I was determined to break free from hair washing slavery!

Do you too want this freedom? Let me break it down for you

1. Stop washing that hair!

To begin, I chose two days a week that I would wash my hair. I chose Sundays and Wednesdays. You want to choose two days that are about 3-4 days apart from each other. Now that you are starting this journey, these are the only two days you can wash your hair….except in emergency situations like going to a wedding, taking new headshots, or running into your arch nemesis (not that you have one of these).

2. Dry Shampoo is your new best friend!

Buy yourself some dry shampoo!

My personal favorite is the Not Your Mother’s Brand Texturizing Dry Shampoo in the Coconut scent.

I have found that if I wait until day 2 or 3 when my hair is oily, it’s almost too late! The trick I have discovered is to put dry shampoo in right away…prevention! I dry my hair after washing it and then put dry shampoo in at the roots and all over.

Every night before bed I brush my hair out and put a little bit in. In the mornings after curling it, I spray some more in.

You aren’t overdoing it….you need it. Click the image to shop on Amazon.

3. Be patient!

I think it took a little bit more than a month before I started seeing a considerable difference in the amount of oil my scalp produced/how greasy my hair was getting. Each week it got a little bit better. When in doubt stick with your schedule, brush your hair, and put more dry shampoo in.

4. Stick with it!

In the beginning, you may find yourself reaching for a hat, headband, or styling your hair in strange ways to try to cover up how greasy your hair actually is. Do not give up! It will get better. It is so worth it in the end.

© Emily Dykema // www.emilydykema.com

*Bonus: My Nightly Routine

All my life, I was a shower in the morning person. I thought I needed a shower to wake up but it’s not true!

At the beginning of the school year, it was so miserably hot in the building. I found myself needing to take a shower every night because I just felt gross and sweaty from the day…soon I discovered, I loved showering at night! Now it is a habit.

So, every night I take a shower about one hour-90 minutes before bed. I have found that it relaxes me and signals to my body it’s time to wind down.  More on that here 

Once I am out of the shower, I remove my makeup and wash my face. This has been great because in the past, I would wait until the last minute and I hated having to wash my face when all I wanted to do was go to bed. Now, it’s the first thing I do after getting out of the shower. I take the time to brush my teeth, take out my contacts, and moisturize.

Finally, I get in bed and read—ideally 30 minutes before I plan to turn out the light. Also, I try really hard not to look at my phone at least 30 minutes before bed. This doesn’t always happen but it is something I strive for!

Tell me about your nightly routine! Drop me a note in the comments 🙂

 

 

One thought on “Tips for Washing Your Hair Less

  1. Well sweet girl you made me chuckle out loud…..I just love how you put your thoughts down, your humor is great….this all makes great sense to me….I always used to sprinkle baby powder in my hair around my face, I’m old you know, dry shampoo wasn’t around when I needed it way back then😄..thanks for the great tips, they all make sense….love you, keep blogging I love them & you
    MomMom xoxo

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