Last week I shared my journey of figuring out better hair. Today let’s talk more about how to make that good hair last even longer. I mentioned in my post last week that I go almost two weeks in between washes most of the time, so today I’m sharing all my secrets.
But before we go any farther, let me tell you that I really do like mostly clean hair, and day two and three are usually my favorite hair days when my hair is the most manageable and looks the best. I recognize that going two weeks is disgusting and probably not the best judgement on my part, and your husband, like mine, may tell you it’s really time to go wash your hair (and he’s right). The only reason I go so long between washes is purely because of time and convenience, since I mentioned last week that it takes me upwards of two hours to wash, blow-dry and straighten my hair on day one.
Also, here’s a few disclaimers and tips before we dive into what my hair process is day to day.
1. It takes time for your hair to get used to be washed so infrequently. Your hair has to get used to producing less oil, and it eventually will. But if you’re currently washing your hair every day, or even every few days, it will not be able to suddenly last for two weeks. You’ll need to work your way toward washing it less often. It took me a few months to get it to last a week, and several more months to get it to last eight or nine days. And still, it doesn’t last a full two weeks every single time, unless all I’m doing is wearing a hat every day.
2. The longer your hair is, the longer your wash will last. Those of you with short hair will have to wash your hair more often…but short hair takes much less time to wash and dry your hair (unlike my thick mane that takes me hours), but I believe you can still make it last about a week!
3. When I was using cheap hair products, I could never go more than a day or two without washing my hair. Quality products, like Living Proof, make all the difference.
4. I get questions about how exercising and showering factor into this all the time. When I exercise, I pull my hair up in a messy bun or pony tail and add a headband (make sure it’s a soft one so it doesn’t leave a dent in your hair) if I know I’m doing an extra strenuous activity. When I’m done exercising, I leave my hair pulled up and get in the shower. I don’t use a shower cap, but you can if you’d like. Once I’m out of the shower, dried and dressed, I pull my hair down and let any moisture completely air dry. If you don’t have time for that, you can blow dry it. Then add dry shampoo to clean your hair, and brush it thoroughly. Living Proof’s dry shampoo grabs all the grease and junk and then it all falls out when you brush through it, so your hair feels completely clean again. *another disclaimer: naturally I don’t sweat that much, especially on my head, even if I do really strenuous exercising. If this isn’t the case for you, this method might give you different results.*
Ok, with those out of the way, here we go.
Now for the breakdown.
- Wash hair with Living Proof Restore shampoo and conditioner. There are also different shampoo and conditioner options for super thin hair, curly hair and frizzy hair.
- Add Prime Style Extender Cream to damp hair. Then layer with Blowout Styling and Finishing Spray and brush through.
- Blow dry completely, and then straighten with a flat iron.
- Spray roots with Living Proof Perfect hair day Dry Shampoo and brush thoroughly.
- Re-straighten any pieces that might have gotten smashed while sleeping or when it was pulled up for exercising.
- To mix things up, I sometimes pull the front pieces back, or sweep them to the side and pin in place.
- On day one my hair is too clean to hold curl really well, so I always wait til day two or three.
- I sprayed the roots with Phd Dry Shampoo, brushed it out, and added a subtle curl with a 1″ curling wand. Then sprayed with Living Proof control hairspray. On day 4, when my hair is even dirtier, it holds curl better.
- When it starts getting a little unruly (usually by day 5), pull half of it into a little bun at the back of your head. And if it’s looking frizzy, I’ll smooth it all out with a little bit of Restore Instant Repair serum.
- Time for ponytails and messy buns. The first first days I do ponytails with leftover curls. Then low messy buns, braids, or topknots as my hair gets dirtier. PhD Dry Shampoo, Restore Instant Repair Serum, and Control Hairspray are my secret weapons for these days to keep things looking as clean, smooth, and in place as possible.
- Hats. That’s all I have to say about that. Baseball caps, fedoras, beanies…throw something on to cover that unruly, dirty mane, and then wash when you can’t stand it any more. I still use dry shampoo on these days, because even though the roots are pretty much shot at this point, it keeps the ends looking clean and nice.