I was talking to a friend about how I only wash my hair every 2 to 3 days, usually just twice a week. I remember when I was in high school and college, I washed my hair daily (honestly, where did I find the time?). Once I started working, I think I started eventually doing every other day and now that I’m a mom, it’s twice a week, more only if very necessary (usually if there’s an occasion that I want my hair to be freshly blown out for). So I thought I’d share how I get from Day 1 to Day 3ish and the products that get me there.
Day 1: Wash day.
One of the main reasons I don’t wash my hair daily, other than it’s not the best thing for my thick, coarse, and dry hair, is that’s it’s just too time consuming. My hair is long and there’s a lot of it. I also hate how it looks air-dried and blowdrying it only takes more time. And generally, it’s only going to suck more moisture out of your hair if you’re constantly washing away your natural oils. But, I digress. I wash my hair with Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Sweet Almond Mint. It’s pricey and more time consuming than the usual shampoo and conditioner route, but my hair has never been in better condition and it doesn’t get as oily as fast at the roots anymore since I’ve been using it for the past 4 months. I usually let it air dry while I’m doing my makeup, then I blow dry it a bit more until it’s 70% dry. I apply the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment to prep for the blow dry. I also like to do this with my head flipped down to get a little extra volume. Then I use a round brush to blowout my hair (I’ve talked about my blowdryer and round brush here). And that’s it. I don’t usually use any other product in my hair on the first day, I like how it feels airy and clean. I know some people love second day hair because it has more grit to it, but I still like first day hair more.
Day 2: Getting greasy.
Usually by day 2, the oils are starting to build up at my roots, depending on how bad it is I’ll use dry shampoo. My favorites are Batiste (drugstore) and Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (more expensive). I talk about both here. My hair tends to be a little deflated by day 2 and if it’s not overly greasy I’ll use the Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. It helps absorb the oil and adds a little more ‘oomph’ to my hair. I spray it in my roots and around the top section of my hair then ruffle it around with my fingers. Instant volume. Sometimes day 2 hair can last for two days, meaning it’s not so bad that I need to wear my hair up or pulled back. And sometimes I bump up the front section and pin it back when my bangs look more greasy at the roots.
Day 3: Must do up-do.
There’s way too much grit and grease going on that there’s no leaving my hair down and adding any more dry shampoo would be pointless. I usually just pull my hair into a bun at the top of my head, but lately I’ve been trying new things. I took two sections of hair at my part, leaving about an inch loose in the front, and braided them back, securing with bobby pins under the back side of my hair. Then I gathered it all to one side and braided it together. I use a little L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray to keep any strays in place. And I’m done. Then the cycle repeats itself. Sometimes when day 2 extends a day longer, I can get to day 4 before having to wash my hair (hence day 3ish).
What’s your hair care routine? Are you a daily wash girl or do you try to extend the time between washes too?