When the days start to get busier, and your to-do lists only seem to be getting longer, simple tasks like washing your hair can fall to the sidelines. What once served as a staple, relaxing part of your self-care routine can even begin to feel like a chore.
Routinely cleansing your hair is essential to scalp care and overall hair health. The process helps us remove excess oil and buildup from our scalps, cleanse hair of dirt and debris, and even give our locks an extra boost of life and freshness. As it happens, however, washing your hair too often isn’t all that good for you. Overwashing your hair has the potential to inhibit the natural microbiome of your scalp, leaving it itchy and uncomfortable and leading to dry, brittle tresses. Depending on your hair type, you may be able to go two to three days without washing your hair or even longer. That being said, it can be challenging to find a happy medium between washing your hair too often or not enough.
Here are just a few ways to help you extend the days between washes, whether you’re trying to figure out a cleansing schedule that’s right for you or for those periods where there isn’t enough time in the day to even think about shampooing.
1. Use the right products
The first step in extending time between one wash and the next begins with the products you use. Unfortunately, certain shampoos, specifically those containing harmful ingredients like sulfates and parabens, aren’t doing our hair any favors when it comes to providing hydration and nutrients.
Additionally, heavier products can cause an excess of product buildup in our hair. When used frequently, this only causes our hair to become greasier faster. In this case, using natural products with fewer ingredients is critical. At LOMA, our aloe-vera-based products, such as our daily shampoo and conditioner, as well as many of our styling products, are perfect when it comes to lightweight hair care that will nurture your hair instead of weighing you down.
2. Know where and how to use your products
Where you apply your hair care products is also crucial when it comes to extending time between washes. Shampoo should strictly be applied to the roots of your hair–emulsified in your hands before being massaged into your scalps. On the other hand, conditioner should be applied to the ends of your hair as too much conditioner close to the scalp can lead to an oily look.
3. Use less
In the same vein that using the right products in the right places is important, using the right amount of product is essential. Only a quarter size of shampoo and conditioner is necessary for proper cleansing. As for gels and creams, you only need a nickel-sized amount of product depending on your hair type, and for hair oil, you may only need a rice-sized amount of product for dry hair.
4. Dry shampoo
The myths are true with this one– dry shampoo is your best friend. While the same rules apply for not using nearly as much product as you might think and applying the product in the right places (right at the root of your hair), dry shampoo can be highly beneficial when you are on day three or four hair.
5. Style strategically
The final way to extend your look between cleansing sessions is to style strategically. Have fun with experimentation–go all-natural for day one, curl on day two, try a different style with dry shampoo on day three, and finish with a top knot or braids on day four.
Remember, the less you touch and play with your hair throughout the day between washes, the better, but that doesn’t mean you can have fun when it comes to styling.