Get ready y'all...I'm about to make another unpopular declaration...
I ONLY SHAMPOO MY HAIR ONCE A WEEK
There I said it and I'm not embarrassed by it. Because despite bleaching and dying it bold colors, my hair has never been healthier. Don't get me wrong, it takes a while to train your hair to be able to do this. You can't simply go from washing it every day to once a week. You have to gradually get there. However, know that it is possible for some people. If you're not working in a controlled climate and sweat a lot, have really oily skin, dandruff, or really fine hair, this isn't for you.
When I usually tell people that I only wash my hair once a week, I get LOOKS. Yes people, I still shower frequently but I don't get my hair wet. I'll be honest though, I probably don't shower enough for other people's comfort, but that is a discussion for another day.
So why do I only wash my hair once a week? Well it started with having my hair dyed a bold color. The more you wash it, the more it fades and the more often you have to have it done. I love my hair stylist but the longer I can go without paying her, the better.
The other reason is that I have dry skin. Shampoo is designed to clean the scalp and remove excess oil. However, if you wash it everyday, it is just washing away all the oil, you never give your scalp a chance to have excess. As you get older, this becomes even more important. I'm not producing nearly as much oil as I did when I was teenager.
How I Made the Switch
I remember as a kid going to my uncles hair salon and seeing a row of little old women getting roller sets. These women let my uncle do their hair once a week and they didn't have to touch it again. I was jealous and wanted to be like them. As a teenager, I started washing my hair every other day. In college, I went every 2-3 days and finally, at 34, I've got the hair routine of those little old women. Here's how I do it...
This is the day! I shampoo my hair on Friday mornings. I want fresh and clean hair of the weekend so it made the most sense to me. Here are a few shockers for you. I don't wash all of my hair. I only wash the scalp. I have straight smooth hair so the soapy water from my scalp cleans the hair shaft as I wash it out. I'll clean my scalp twice. I then go in with a conditioning mask and let it sit while I do everything else.
Once out of the shower, I actually blow dry my hair. I always use a detangling spray to brush it out, a heat protector and an argan oil on the ends before drying. I then section my hair into three sections and get to work. It takes maybe 30 minutes to do it all. It feels like it takes forever but since I only do it once a week, its worth it. The more volume you can give your hair with the blow out, the better your hair looks throughout the week.
Of course, the week and I decide to write about my hair routine is the week that I don't do things normally. This week, we decided to go hiking on the side of a freaking mountain. Usually, my hair is down with luscious shine and volume. This week, day two hair was in a messy bun. Oh well, we all had fun.
I will point out here that anytime you see my hair up, whether its in a messy bun or a pony tail, I'm using the kitsch hair ties. These things are awesome. You get a decent amount for around $7 and they have them for different hair colors. This one is obviously for brunettes and the link below is for this one but they have them for different hair colors. They hold well and once you pull them out and let them sit, they go back to their original shape and size pretty quickly.
For those wondering, that little guy is my foster kid. I love him to the moon and back but I can't show his face on socials or blogs so he gets covered up. However, since this is a post about hair...can we talk about those curls? Both of my boys have curls and I'm jealous.
I don't have a picture for day three, but what I can tell you is that I flat ironed it because the messy bun from hiking left it in a frizzy mess. I smoothed out the frizz, added a little more of the argan oil spray to my ends and put a volumizing powder in to help give my hair a little more volume since it was pulled back the day before.
I will say that Day 3 hair looked a lot like my hair on Day 4.
Day 4 my hair will be put half-up-half-down. This week it was surprisingly good so it went half up in a simply way. If it looks a little greasier or has less volume, I'll put it in a braided version. I added a little more the volumizing powder to it. A little of this stuff goes a long way and if I'm completely honest, the texture of this stuff takes a little getting use it. It almost feels wet upon application but once you move it around a little, it makes your hair almost feel like it has a rubber coating. Weird texture but it is amazing.
Please, ignore the look on my face. Again, I forgot to take a picture so this is a screenshot of a Tuesday Vibes @ Hive video posted on YouTube from. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out HiveEden on YouTube.
This is when the ponytails or messy buns come in. Day five, there is not enough dry shampoo in the world to create the volume you get from freshly washed hair. Its not uncomfortable nor does it itch but you can tell that it wasn't washed at this point.
Again, messy buns or ponytails are a must at this point. No picture but it basically looks exactly like it does in the above picture.
Last day ya'll! Again, I'm usually rocking a messy bun at this point and add a little dry shampoo so it doesn't look like a grease pit. I'll wash and blow dry my hair at some point tonight. Depending on the day, I'll either do it in the morning for that night. Today, I spent most of my time outside putting up a sun shade on Hive's back patio and doing lot of mopping. No need to shampoo before that sweat fest.
There you have it, a full week of hair with only one shampoo. Obviously, this may not happen every week. If I get into something that makes me extremely dirty, shampooing may be moved up a little. However, I can typically get away with this, even when adding moderate exercise to my routine.
I've listed the products used below if anyone is interested and if you have any questions, let me know!
**Disclaimer - I receive a small percentage of each sale thanks to these affiliate links.**
Pureology Hydrate Moisturizing Vegan Shampoo https://amzn.to/3kharNW
CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protectant https://amzn.to/3fwONSv
Drybar Prep Rally Prime and Prep Detangler - I'll be honest, while this is good, its not the best and definitely not for the price.
One 'n Only Argan Oil Spray Treatment https://amzn.to/3fwTFqC
Ion Wellness Nourishing Masque https://amzn.to/3kcQesB
Wet Brush Speed Dry Waves Brush https://amzn.to/2PtBUha
Wet Brush Volume & Body Round Brush https://amzn.to/30t2X2G
Kitsch Spiral Hair Ties https://amzn.to/31k6sHX
Beyond the Zone Rock on Volumizing Powder https://amzn.to/2DBIT5e