Everything You Need to Know About NOT Washing Your Hair Daily

I think by now, many of us know that washing our hair everyday can do damage to the scalp and hair itself. Excessive shampooing causes your hair to dry out, which then causes your scalp to produce excessive oil to combat the dryness, which then leaves your scalp extra oily and makes you excessively shampoo, and the cycle continues.

It’s vicious.

So switching over to a once- or twice-a-week shampooing routine is not only better for your hair’s health, but it saves you a TON of time.

I wash my hair twice a week, and have been doing so for as long as I can remember. In this post, I’m going to share with you some of the tricks I’ve learned along the way.

P.S. I took this photo with third-day hair! Keep reading to find out how I keep it looking freshly washed and healthy.

Tip 1: Lather, Rinse & Don’t Forget to Repeat!

Double shampooing is key! Going days without washing your hair means there will be a lot of product buildup, excess oil and environmental debris in your hair that needs to be removed before you can actually clean it.

Your first wash will help remove all that build-up. You may notice your shampoo not lathering up during this step but that’s okay! It’s doing its job of breaking down the dirt and oil right now to prep your hair for the actual cleansing.

The second wash will actually clean the scalp and hair and this is when you’ll notice your shampoo getting a nice lather. Make sure to really massage your scalp and roots with that shampoo – you need to make sure your hair is clean and ready to last another 3-4 days without being washed.

My top shampoo picks:

TRESemme Full Body Shampoo ($5.99 at Target)

A great drugstore option – TRESemme never disappoints. I use this shampoo regularly and it leave my hair nice and soft (and smells great too!)

Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shampoo ($13.50 at Ulta)

Your hair will inevitably get greasy when you’re not washing it everyday, so any shampoo that helps give volume and lift is more than welcome in my book!

Tip 2: Use a Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo acts almost like a detox for your hair. It’s an extra step to take to make sure your hair is getting extra clean and that build-up is really being stripped.

The frequency with which you should use clarifying shampoo will vary for everyone, depending on your lifestyle. If you live in a city with excess pollutants, if you have hard water that causes build-up or anything along these lines, you should be using clarifying shampoo more frequently (maybe once a week).

On the other hand, if you have a dry scalp or curly hair, maybe use this shampoo less frequently (maybe every other week). You don’t want to strip your scalp of all its oils if you don’t really have any!

Example: I currently use a clarifying shampoo once a week because I live in NYC and the smog can be crazyyy. I also have fine hair that can get oily pretty fast, so my scalp can handle it.

My top clarifying shampoo picks:

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo ($2.29 at Target)

I’ve been using this shampoo for years because it works like a dream and it costs close to nothing! I still would not recommend using it daily like the name suggests, but it definitely is gentle enough to use every week.

Love Beauty and Planet Detox Charcoal Shampoo ($9.29 at Target)

I love this option because it does everything a great clarifying shampoo is supposed to do, all while being from an environmentally conscious company. You can feel good about washing your hair with this product that’s sulfate free, cruelty free, dye free and vegan (among other things!)

Tip 3: Don’t Forget the Shower Cap

I don’t know about you, but my hair gets super frizzy and out of control in the humidity, and being in a hot shower is no different. During my nightly body showers, I always wear a shower cap to help prevent the humidity from reaching my hair, which therefore prevents frizziness.

This step is small but oh-so important. If our goal is to have clean, healthy hair, the last thing we want to do is add more products or heat tools to our hair because we have to tame frizz. So if something as small as wearing a shower cap can help limit the amount of heat and products I use, then sign me up!

Ulta Beauty Cacti Shower Cap ($2.49)

Kitsch Luxe Shower Cap ($24 at Ulta)

Tip 4: Dry Shampoo is your Best Friend

Dry shampoo is an absolute game changer and the only way I could go 4 days without washing my hair.

On days between washes, spray dry shampoo on your roots and let it sit! Give the dry shampoo a minute or so to soak up that extra oil your scalp has been producing. Then go in with your fingers and massage it in.

This product will soak up any extra oil and leave your hair looking clean and freshly washed. It will also add extra volume that your hair probably needs at this point. Clean looking hair and extra volume in 60 seconds, yes please!

There are so many amazing dry shampoos on the market now, but these two are my favorites:

Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo ($6.69 at Target)

I’ve also mentioned this product in my 7 Most-Loved Drugstore Products in August‘ post, so make sure to check that out!

Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo ($25 at Ulta)

This product is a bit pricier than the one from Dove, but I found I only needed a tiny bit of the Redken product to do the job, so the bottle lasted much longer.

Tip 5: Avoid Conditioner and Hair Oil Above the Nape of your Neck

Because you’re not washing your hair everyday, it’s important to restore moisture to the ends of your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner or hair oil between washes to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny. Just make sure not to go above the nape of your neck, since your scalp will be extra oily on its own and definitely doesn’t need any extra help.

Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray ($25 at Ulta)

This is truly an all-in-one product and has definitely changed the texture and look of my hair. I spray this product onto the ends of my hair when it’s still wet and then blow dry, which leaves my hair so silky soft.

If I need extra moisture throughout the week, I’ll spray a little extra on the ends and brush it through for added hydration and softness.

Verb Ghost Oil ($18 at Ulta)

This oil is a great option for those with thin or fine hair, as its super weightless and will help keep as much volume as possible. I love using this product because I always forget I even applied it – it’s honestly that weightless!

Extra Tip: Embrace Slicked-Back Hairstyles

Instead of fighting with the excess oil in your hair, work with it! Embrace the slicked-back look with a cute high pony or bun. (And if that doesn’t work, a cute hat is always an option!)

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