19 Nov 2018 21 comments

How I Stopped Washing My Hair Daily.

Tips for the greasy haired gal…

I have a confession; up until about a month or so ago, I washed my hair every single day. And not only that, I also blowdried it AND curled it. EVERY DAMN DAY.
Well okay, sometimes I was lazy and threw it up in a top-knot, but mostly I put it through hell on an all-too-regular basis.

Eventually, it retaliated.

I started to notice my hair (which is also bleached…) snapping off in some places, right where I wrap each section around the barrel of a curling tong. Something had to give!
It was time to stop using heat on my hair daily, but I’m not a fan of my hair left naturally (it’s quite straight) so I knew I had to finally forego the daily wash and style routine in an attempt to cut down on the amount of heat I used.

For reference, my almost-straight hair is quite fine and gets greasy quickly. What’s more, I absolutely hate the feeling of unclean hair. It was more an issue of my hair feeling dirty than looking greasy – so I had to change my mentality as well as my routine and age old habits.

I’ve tried to train my hair in the past but I could never manage – I felt disgusting going out with with greasy hair, and it just doesn’t look great upon waking up. It’s quite frizzy in the morning, it sits weird around my crown and it always looks limp and dull with no real style to it.
I was determined though, I wanted to kind of understand my hair so I could work these issues out and have healthier hair (and more time!) in the long run.

Allow me to share how I did it…

Training Your Hair

The idea is that you go without washing your hair for as long as possible, so it’s a good thing to do when you don’t have a packed social calendar! Over time, your hair gets used to not being washed so often and in turn produces less oil to counteract the over-washing. Obviously though, you have to really commit to having greasy hair for a few weeks before you see results!
I think I managed five days before I washed it that first time, and then I left it for four days before washing, and then another four days, and then I slipped down to three days in-between washes and now I wash it every second or third day. I try to plan my hair washes around events, so if I’m at home working at my laptop or just meeting a friend for coffee, I’ll skip a hair wash and save it for when I really need clean, swishy hair.

I still feel like my hair is a bit gross on the second day, but it’s a lot better than it was! All it takes it a bit of dry shampoo and all’s good.
I’ve also noticed that there’s not a lot of difference between my hair from day two and day three, so I can usually make it to day three if I don’t have anything important on.

The Essentials

You’re going to become best friends with dry shampoo during this period, so stock up. I really only use the Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo because I find it actually cleans my hair, and my scalp never feels itchy after a few days use. I recommend spraying dry shampoo in your hair before bed, and letting sleep do its thing. That way the oil is absorbed before it has a chance to show.
I also use a silk pillowcase so my hair holds the style and doesn’t get too tangled; this is one issue I am still working on actually, my hair doesn’t really hold my waves overnight but hopefully with time I’ll work on this.
One product I’ve found that has really helped is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Days Night Overnight Perfector, which is the product that started it all and made me believe that I could actually become a second-day-hair-washer. I applied this just as an overnight treatment one day, left my hair down while I slept and when I woke up, I noticed my hair looked exactly as it had the day before. No greasy roots, minimal frizz and the style seemed to hold too. It’s become a nightly staple for me!

I find my hair gets a lot of dry shampoo build-up so I try to use the Bumble & bumble Sunday Shampoo once a week to clarify, this isn’t really ideal for coloured hair but needs must.
Then I apply a mask afterwards to really get in there and give my hair some TLC.

As my everyday shampoo, I love the Kristin Ess Extra Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner, I really feel like these don’t weigh down my hair at all so it lasts that little bit longer without requiring a wash.

I also purchased a microfibre hair towel, because I read that normal bath towel aren’t good for the hair – who knew?! I find the microfibre helps to tame frizziness and leaves my hair feeling softer, so it’s definitely worth looking in to.

Some Things To Note…

I always felt like my hair was so slick with grease by the second day that I couldn’t possibly leave the house with it in such a state! The more people I spoke to, I realised that it was me being over-critical. It really wasn’t that bad to other people, so that’s something I’ve kept in mind during this process. It’s never as bad as it seems!
I also find sleeping with my hair down works a lot better for me; if I tie it up (even with a silk scrunchie) it kinks and never sits right the next day. The combination of a silk pillowcase and my hair down as I sleep seems to work for me, but I guess everyone is different!

Changing My Thinking

I used to associate feeling clean with having freshly-washed hair, so for a while even though I was still showering in the morning, without washing my hair I didn’t feel right! It took a few weeks to get used to, but I feel fine with it now.
It’s worth noting that I absolutely love washing my hair these days, it’s become a bit of an event – massaging my scalp, brushing through a hair mask, wrapping it up and then smoothing through a leave-in treatment. I feel so pampered!

All in all, it really has been a bit of a journey! It’s been pretty life-changing for me though, I have a lot more time now and I feel like my hair is already appreciating less heat.
I’m still figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t, so if there’s anything you feel has helped you get to grips with washing your hair less – please let me know in the comments.

Have you been thinking about cutting down on washing and heat?

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  • Faye

    This post is really, really helpful! I also suffer with the dreaded next day greasiness, so much so that I’ve been feeling pretty down about it! I currently have darkish roots so the grease really likes to take the lead and shine through. My hair is also on the thick side, which is great sometimes, but it takes SO long to wash and dry and style so when I wake up to it looking like it needs a wash again, I just feel disappointed. A lot of hard work goes into that process, heh. I’m definitely going to take your approach and leave it as long as it can possibly go and try and give it a break! The products that you’ve recommended all look amazing too so I’m going to try that too! (Sorry bank account)

    Faye x

  • My hair need a lot of maintaince I usually only wash my hair once a week

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  • Like you, I have very fine, straight hair and I have to wash my hair daily too. If I don’t, it looks horribly flat and oily and because I have short hair, it’s very noticeable. Plus, I have a fringe and fringes beg to be washed daily lol

  • Lisa Autumn

    Not having to wash it daily is such a life saver!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • I seriously don’t know what I did before I discovered dry shampoo – it’s the best! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • I’ve been wanting to cut back on washing my hair because I’ve been doing it way more frequently than I should. This has really inspired me to start training my hair because I’ve been wanting to for a while. ❤️

    Arianna | Southernbf.blogspot.com

  • I really want to try the Kloraine dry shampoo, I heard great stuff about it!!
    Miki x


  • I had the same problem a while ago, I would wash my hair every day but finally after some perseverance I’ve managed to go 3 days without washing my hair. I love the sound of the living proof perfect hair days night overnight perfector!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  • This was so interesting to read! I don’t wash my hair often as it’s naturally drier so needs those oils, but I really want to cut down on using heat and use more dry shampoo!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • It’s a bit of a challenge to get your hair used to barely being washed, been there done that. Once your hair is finally accustomed to the new routine it’s so fulfilling! The best dry shampoos become your best friend, and you also learn how to switch up your hairstyles a bit more. At least that’s how it is for me 😉 day 1 straight hair day 2+3 curled and the final day(s) top bun! 😉

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

  • When i switched over to innersense organic shampoo-which does lather btw-my hair felt less dirty/sticky the second day and occasionally i can even make it an extra day. life changing. And no nasty ingredients either

  • This post is so relatable to me. I have super fine hair that gets greasy so quickly. I just feel like I HAVE to wash my hair everyday. Back when I was a lot younger I have tried not washing it everyday for a couple of months but the greasiness never got less. My hair didn’t really get used to it so I went back to washing it daily and now I really want to give it another shot. However I also really hate the feeling of unwashed hair. It makes me feel so gross and it can even make me a little snappy. I guess it’s just a matter of getting a good dry shampoo, wearing buns and changing my mindset a bit. Thanks for the tips, I’m bookmarking this post!

    XXX – Nicolished.com

  • I loved reading this! I have very fine hair too. I have discovered Evo hair products omg the best for delicate fine hair! Thanks again for a fab post and making me feel that I’m not the only person obsessing with my hair x

  • OMG I have fine, straight hair that gets greasy quickly, and I honestly wash it everyday as well 🙁 Hahaha I still haven’t gotten around to training it to be better, but maybe one of these days, I might! Thanks for these great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • l b

    I used to wash my hair every day too but now I’m down to one or two washes a week, depending on what’s going on that week. I found a recipe for home made dry shampoo online- a mix of two parts cornflour to one part cocoa. I’ve got it in a little spice shaker to sprinkle on. I used to use canned dry shampoo but found it didn’t really do my hair any good and I could only go maybe 2/3 days without it looking and feeling yuk. Since I’ve switched to homemade I notice a huge difference

  • Lucie

    I used to wash my hair daily as well, then I trained them to go for 2 days, then 3, and now I’m at 4 and I’m really happy with it, and they actually look so much better (plus I’m saving so much time in the morning)


  • Lola

    I’ve recently been going every other day and it’s mainly due to switching shampoo, I’m using Kiehl’s amino acid shampoo, it feels really light and clean after. I barely need any dry shampoo the 2nd day, unless it was hot or I worked out. Also at night, I would recommend brushing your hair into a high bun, but not with elastics, use tiny hair clips. In the morning, I have voluminous waves and no dents.

  • I feel SO much better for washing my hair less! I try and go three of four days without washing it, but sometimes you just feel gross and NEED to wash it! I find shampooing my hair twice and then just popping conditioner on the ends of my hair, means that I can go that little bit longer between washes. Shampooing twice is such a simple step, but it honestly does make such a difference 🙂 xo

  • Natalie Redman

    Your hair is gorgeous!