One Week, One Wash - The Haircare Hack
Updated: Apr 12, 2019
I’m sure you’ve heard people say that the longer you go without washing your hair, the healthier your hair will be. And no, it’s not just something lazy people (myself included) say to get away with skipping the shampoo every few days. Giving your hair a break from shampoo helps your hair grow longer and stronger and can even get rid of dandruff!
I have no problem skipping the shampoo and conditioner in the shower every few days, but it's whats after the shower. How am I supposed to look cute and still feel polished and fresh with day-old hair? Have no fear, friend, I'm going to be breaking down my strategy on how to have a week of cute hairstyles with only one wash.
DID YOU KNOW:
Each one of your hair follicles produce natural oils which nourish and strengthen the hair. Shampoo strips those oils away!
Here is my week-long hair formula:
The trick to suceeding on a week with no shampoo is to keep the products minimal in the first few days, to prolong product build up at the roots. I like to use a residue cleansing shampoo (to get rid of left over build up/product and grease), a lightweight conditioner, and root lifting spray on day one. I always start my week off with a blow-dry, because it lifts the hair off the roots to keep it from getting greasy for longer. It's also an easy hair 'style" that gets tons of complements, whenever I give myself a blowout people notice how fluffy and light my hair looks! Mastering the self blow-out takes some practice but once you learn it's one of the most efficient ways to get a polished salon look and finish at home.
THE BLOW OUT
Start with damp, towel dried hair out of the shower. Add product (in this case a root lifting spray) while hair is still damp.
Section off your hair as if you were going to straighten your hair. It's best to go for 3-5 sections. The larger the sections, the longer it will take to dry. Pin the rest of the hair up and keep the first damp section down.
Grab a large round brush in your left hand and hair dryer in your right. Wrap a small section of hair around the round brush, pull downwards, and start blow drying the roots. The trick to a perfect blow dry is TENSION. There needs to be tension in the hair to keep it smooth and straight. Continue working your way down that strand of hair, uncoiling it from the brush as you move down.
Continue to wrap, dry, and pull (softly). Remember to move the blow dryer around, again, to avoid focusing too much heat on one area.
Once you get to the top section, hold the brush horizontally parallel to the top of your head to create the most volume.
Now that your hair is blown out, it should be fluffy, bouncy, and shiny- ready to tackle your Monday! One last thing I will leave you with for Monday's style is how to sleep without ruining your hair for the next day. Throw your hair into an exaggeratedly high loose ponytail, and I mean at the VERY top of your head. This lifts the hair off the roots and keeps it from getting tangled. Works every time!
DAY 1 TIP:
Avoid touching your hair during the day, especially hair near the root.
You're still in clean hair territory here, so take it easy on the products and styling- remember, we've still got 4 days with this hair! For fresh second day hair I like to keep it simple and add dry shampoo (if needed) and curl the ends of my hair. When I wake up, my hair is still volumized from the blowout, but the ends don't really seem to know where to go. I like to use a large 2" curling iron and curl just the ends away from my face to bring it back to its polished state.
Step 1 (optional):
Section off your hair to add dry shampoo if needed. Work dry shampoo in and ensure there is no more powder visible
Brush out your hair and smooth out the top. If it needs more volume, tease the crown of your head.
With all your hair down, take large chunks and curl the pieces away from your face. Let the curl dry in it's form and then shake it out for a natural finish.
If you're anything like me, it's going to take everything in you to not hairspray your hair.. But don't do it!
Like I said before, the less products, the less grease and buildup in the next few days. Plus this style should be loose and tousled- no need for spray!
By Wednesday the grease factor can start to set in. I like to counteract this with my first actual 'hair style'. Since we curled our hair the day before, there should be some nice curl and body to the hair. I like to pull it all back in a loose low bun, leaving my fringe out for a soft look. It keeps the bulk of my hair out of my face but still looks soft and romantic.
LOW ROMANTIC BUN
Add dry shampoo to your fringe and anywhere else that needs it. Make sure it's fully blended in before moving on to the next step
Tease the crown of your head with a teasing comb, creating volume and body in the back of your head. Smooth the teased hair down with the same teasing comb.
Loosely pull your hair back to the nape of your neck. It doesn't matter if your fringe is pulled back, we can pull that out later. Twist your hair into a messy bun and secure.
Tilt your head forward and shake your head, this will pull out your fringe and shorter pieces naturally.
Step 5 (optional):
Style and curl your front pieces away from your face with the same large 2" curling wand.
If you feel like you really needed, go ahead and add a little bit of hairspray to this look just to keep it in all day.
Use dry shampoo the night before you are set to style your hair. You'll wake up with non-greasy hair and no white powdery residue!
You've almost made it! Only 2 more days without washing your hair and I'm sure your hair follicles are thanking you already. Thursday is when you have to bring in a bit more of the heavy duty grease-control styles. This hairstyle is my go-to look to cover grease or just a bad hair day. It's the classic slicked down ponytail or bun. Best part about this? You probably won't need any products to achieve the greased down look! Ha- beat the system!
SLICKED BACK PONYTAIL
Using a brush or comb, smooth all your hair back. Teasing combs are the best tools for this look to achieve a smooth finish.
Brush your hair into a tight ponytail, slicking it down with the comb and pulling it back.
Spray your head with hairspray (if needed) and smooth out any fly aways.
The key to this look is to be completely slicked back and smooth. If you look put together and professional, no one is going to think, or even BELIEVE that you went 4 days without washing your hair!
MONEY SAVING TIP:
Run out of dry shampoo? Corn starch works just the same, if not better! (and much cheaper)
There's always two very different hairstyles for me on Fridays; either I'm going out after work or I'm staying in. If I’m doing something Friday night I’ll shower in the morning, wash my hair and let it air dry naturally throughout the workday. Again, I’ll try not to touch it during the day to avoid grease. After the workday is over I’ll style my hair accordingly with heat! Thus begins the process again. If I'm planning to stay in and don't want to waste a fresh hair wash, I will repeat the process from Thursday and will create a low bun rather than a ponytail to create some variations.
And there you have it, one full week, only one full hair wash. I promise you that this will becoming addicting. Not only are you helping your hair get healthier with every wash you skip, you're also saving yourself time and money from styling everyday!
If you try this week challenge out, let me know on Twitter (@CoralTV) what you thought of it! Or, if you have any easy hairstyles I should start incorporating into my weekly routine, let me know!
Happy Hair Days,