This article comes from Bustle.
There are not enough hours in the day. Self-care alone can involve a half-hour of dancing to Stevie Nicks, a bath, meditation, and some makeup experimentation — hence why shortcuts can make or break your daily schedule. In the spirit of saving time, you may want to brush up on how to train your hair to wash it less.
Learning how to do this can extend dye jobs, save you from split ends, and generally keep your locks lustrous and healthy. And, for those gifted with curls, less washing can mean ending the cycle of dryness.
Using not-so-ideal formulas can strip your hair of its natural, healthy oils which leads to the opposite effect of what you’re looking for. This causes your scalp to produce more oil, which is when your hair can start to look greasy.
For starters, know what to avoid. Steer clear of any shampoos with sulfates or polyethylene glycols (PEGS) that are petroleum-based compounds. Also, add parabens, synthetic colors, and synthetic fragrances to the do-not-use list. Many of these ingredients can temporarily seem to leave the hair clean, but the harsh chemicals strip your hair of its natural oils and cause the scalp to overcompensate and produce more to maintain the balance. Synthetic colors and fragrances can meanwhile discolor your hair or create scalp sensitivity issues.
When you’re picking a shampoo product look for something that is the equivalent of Cetaphil or CeraVe for your scalp — gentle, nourishing, and able to remove build-up and debris. Shampoos that use plant-based cleansing agents in lieu of sulfates are less harsh on your scalp when cleansing.
Look for products that will hydrate your hair without weighing it down, as moisture is essential for all hair types. This means products packed with ingredients like Tsubaki seed oil and meadowfoam seed oil (her personal faves) rather than coconut or argan oil, which are heavier. You can also use a moisturizing hair mask before shampooing on wash day to supercharge hydration.
Whether your hair is fine or curly, using oil is a great way to add in moisture. The best thing [for hydration] is applying a little bit of hair oil to your ends.
Skip out on styling products, though, as they can cause buildup on your scalp. If you’re going to use one, only use a minimal amount. And, if you need a little help removing dirt or sweat, using a micellar water-based hair product to gently clean your scalp in between washes without drying it out.
If your hair is on the straighter side dry shampoo can help stretch out your time between wash days. For curly hair, products that refresh between shampooing are recommended: think curl reactivating mists and energizing sprays.
Pro tip: Apply your dry shampoo to your roots when your hair is dry and clean. If you put it on clean hair, it will help prevent extra oil, especially if you work out and sweat a lot.
Watch the towels, pillowcases, and hair accessories you’re using when you’re trying to avoid shampooing. Coarse towels can be rough on your hair and cause breakage — look for those that gently absorb excess moisture, like microfiber or bamboo towels.
Other important materials in this quest for less hair washing are silk and satin. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is a great way to fight frizz and bed head. The smooth texture means less friction with your strands (so it’ll be in better shape between wash days). Also key? This applies to your hair ties, too. Stick with silk or satin scrunchies to extend the wash life of your locks.
Brushing your hair with a dual-bristle brush moves your healthy, natural oils down the strand, making your hair stronger and shinier. This also means pushing down some of the oil that can make your hair look greasy and in need of a more immediate wash, so it’s a double-win.
An important thing to note before you grab your brush or comb, though: Make sure it’s clean. Some people will have the same hair brush for five years and never wash it. Imagine all the buildup if you brush your old, dirty strands on your fresh, clean hair. A clean brush will translate to clean hair… for longer.
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