Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe3
How to Wash Your Hair Less
Last week I talked a bit about my sustainable beauty routine, and in that post I mentioned that I wash my hair twice a week. A lot of folks have expressed interest into how you get to that place with your haircare, so today I’m going to share a bit about my haircare history, how I landed at twice-weekly washings, and how to wash your hair less.
Like I mentioned above, I wash my hair twice a week, and folks seemed really interested in that. I’d been doing no ‘poo for years before switching to castille soap, so for me there was no break-in period. You may experience one, and I’ll get into that below.
When I was in college I washed my hair every other day, and it was a greasy mess when I didn’t. Reducing from every other day to twice a week took a bit of time, but it was so worth it for me in the time and money it saves.
Shampoo and Oil Production
The thing about washing your hair every day or two is that it strips away natural oils. Really, this happens every time you wash, but the more often you wash, the more oil you’re washing away. Your body responds by producing more oil and sometimes by over-producing.
How much oil you produce and whether you over-produce depends a lot on your body and hair type. I can wash my hair twice a week, but some people with different hair and skin types may not be able to. Others may be able to wash even less. The only way to find out is to break your routine and see where you land.
What you use to wash your hair can also make a big difference. Proper shampoo strips away a lot more of your hair’s natural oils, which can cause your scalp to over-produce. Switching to a milder castille soap like Dr. Bronner’s can help with that.
How to Wash your Hair Less
Here’s how to wash your hair less, step-by-step:
1. Switch gradually from shampoo to castille soap. You can make this switch all at once or start by rotating in castille soap every other time you wash. I’d give this 2-3 weeks, while your hair gets used to it, reducing the number of shampoo washes along the way until you’re all castille, all the time.
2. Drop one wash a week, then start to taper. Do you wash daily? Start skipping your wash on Saturday. Then drop Monday. Then Wednesday. At this point you’re already down from seven washes a week to four. From here, switch to washing every other day until your body gets used to that, then try dropping down to twice-weekly washes. I haven’t been able to go lower than twice a week, but depending on your hair type you might be able to even go to once a week. If it doesn’t work, then at least now you know!
The Break-In Period
As you drop washes and change from shampoo to castille soap, you may experience a so-called “break-in period.” This is your body adjusting to a new haircare routine. Your hair might be greasier than usual until your scalp catches up to your less-harsh routine. Planning for this can make the transition a lot easier.
I’d suggest using pins, ponytails, or hats to make it through this greasy hair time. If your hair gets too greasy in between washings you can also use a dry shampoo. There are commercial brands of dry shampoo, or you can make your own dry shampoo with kitchen ingredients.
Do you feel like the break in is going on for longer than you can handle? You can always start washing your hair more often again. Really, the worst thing that happens is that you go back to your old routine. The trick is just playing with frequency until your hair finds its happy place. That’s going to be different for everyone, depending on skin and hair type.
I’d love to hear from you guys! Have you branched out with your haircare? How often do you wash, and what do you use to wash your hair? Let’s talk haircare in the comments!
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