I hate washing my hair! Washing my hair means that I have to blow dry my hair, and I hate blow drying my hair. Plus, with two little ones under the age of two, I don’t have time to wash and dry my hair every day, or even every week. I really only have time to wash my hair about twice a month. That’s right, with a few simple tips and tricks (below), I’m able to go 2 weeks between hair washes, and it’s amazing! Without having to wash and dry my hair daily or weekly, I have so much extra time to play with my girls, accomplish other tasks, sleep…the list of pros is endless! The only con to washing your hair less is that the longer you go between washes, the more oil and dirt build up you will have. Something that I recently learned is that unlike skin, hair does not have a built-in purification system. That means that for women, like myself, who go more than 2 days without washing, the oils, products, and dirt can build up on your hair, and result in your hair gaining 4 percent of its own weight. That’s crazy! I’ve added the new Pantene Charcoal Collection Shampoo and Conditioner into my routine to help with that. The activated charcoal is a purifying ingredient that detoxes hair by attracting impurities, while releasing antioxidants to help it look refreshed and clean with renewed body and shine. This collection is a game changer when it comes to making your hair wash last longer! For a limited time, Target is having an in-store and online promotion, where you receive a $5 gift card after purchasing a select number of Pantene Charcoal Collection products. So be sure to pick up this collection and read my tips below to get the most out of your hair wash.
- Give your hair a good clean: You need to start with a clean foundation if you want your hair to last longer between washes. Sometimes I even wash my hair three or four times in one shower to make sure I get it extra clean. Using a purifying system, like the Pantene Charcoal Collection Shampoo and Conditioner, will give your hair a clean base to start with.
- Only condition the ends of your hair: Your scalp is where you produce oil, so you don’t need to add to it by applying conditioner. That will just weigh your hair down and make it get greasy faster. Only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair to keep your hair healthy without weighing it down.
- Use less products: When possible, avoid putting more products in your hair after you shower. They will make your hair feel dirtier faster, and make you need to wash your hair sooner. I use an oil on the ends of my hair when it’s damp, and that’s usually it. If I do need to use hairspray, I try to avoid spraying it near my roots.
- Don’t touch your hair: Every time you touch your hair, you transfer oil from your fingers to your hair. If you find yourself always touching your hair to get it out of your face, try clipping your hair back while you’re at home to help keep your hair out of your face without having to touch it.
- Wear your hair up when you sleep or exercise: Keeping your hair off your body will prevent it from soaking up any oils or sweat your body is producing. I put my hair up using these hair ties when I sleep and exercise because they don’t crease my hair.
- Use Dry Shampoo Sparingly: I usually don’t use dry shampoo until day 9 (and sometimes I don’t use it at all) because it can make my hair feel dirtier quicker. But when used sparingly, it can be a great way to give yourself and extra day or two between washes. You can also use cornstarch or baby powder instead of dry shampoo to help soak up the extra oil. I like to use dry shampoo at night to allow it time to soak up all the oils. Then in the morning, I just style my hair like normal.
- The mini hair wash: Give your hair some extra life with a mini hair wash. Section off the top part of your hair that’s oily, and just wash that section. Then re-blow dry that section. It’s amazing how much life it will bring back to your hair.
- Be strategic in how you style your hair each day: Some hair styles will help you to hide oily/greasy hair better. For example, when my hair is freshly washed, I wear it down more often. By the beginning of week two, I tend to style my hair in more updo’s to help hide any excess oil or grease. You can also wear a hat to hide greasy hair.
- It takes time: You’re not going to be able to go from washing your hair every night to washing it once a week or once every two weeks just like that. You need to train your hair to allow it to get used to going longer between washes. Start by washing your hair every other day. After a few weeks of allowing your hair to get used to being washed less, try washing it every 4 days for a few weeks, then extend it to 1 week between washes, then 10 days, and then 2 weeks.
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