Confession: I wash my hair once a week. Here’s my weekly hair routine day by day with products that I love and recommend, and what I do to make my hair look great all week without washing.
This is my hair routine for washing my hair once a week
I have a ton of hair. It’s pretty fine, but I’ve got lots and lots of it. So washing my hair every day, or even every few days, is just such a time commitment, and in the last few years my hair routine has been to wash my hair only once per week.
Here’s a day by day breakdown of what I do each day, and my recommended hair products.
My weekly hair routine breakdown
Sunday: HAIR WASH DAY
Products I use for washing/drying:
I wash my hair once a week usually on Sunday. I don’t ever work on Sundays, so it’s a nice day to prepare for the upcoming week. Washing my hair is one way I always prep for the week and makes getting ready every other day so much faster.
I have used the Pureology Hydrate Shampoo for years and although I’ve tried and liked a lot of other shampoos, I always come back to this one. It’s expensive, but it makes my hair full and thick and soft and shiny like nothing else does. It doesn’t seem to matter which conditioner I use with it — I’ve tried lots, and the Tresemme conditioner is great and inexpensive.
Also many of you have recommended the Hydrate shampoo from Costco that is a knock off of the pureology. I have tried it for the last year and it is not the same. I felt my hair get more straw-like after a few months of use, and don’t recommend. Stick to the real deal.
My hair takes many, many hours to air dry, so I’ll either let it completely air dry and then add product (mousse and “it’s a 10” spray) to get it damp and straighten with my Revlon one-step blow dryer, or I wait til it’s just a little damp and follow the same steps.
This process lets me start my week with hair that’s straight, smooth, and clean!
Monday: HAIR CURLING DAY
Products I use for refreshing/curling:
When I sleep, I pull my hair into a loose, very high ponytail on top of my head. I use THESE HAIR TIES wrapped around twice, but you can use a scrunchie or whatever you want that won’t leave a crease. I do this every night, always.
On Monday mornings I exercise. Actually I exercise everyday, so my clean hair is instantly a sweaty mess. I wear my hair in a high top knot with THESE HAIR TIES while I exercise to keep it out of my face. It still gets sweaty. Here’s how I handle that and revive my hair.
I cover it while I shower (I use a headband but you can use a shower cap) and then let it down and spray with dry shampoo. I shared three of my favorites above. After letting the dry shampoo sit for 1-2 minutes, I rub through it with my finger tips, and then I use my Revlon one-step blow dryer on the “cool” setting and run it through my roots. This revives my hair, lifts my roots, and dries my hair after a workout.
Once hair is dry and my roots are revived (that takes about 3 minutes), I curl my hair using my T3 Micro curling iron with the 1.25″ barrel. It creates really beautiful big curls. I used to use a really cheap curling iron, but recently upgraded. The cheap one works great too.
Tuesday-Friday: HAIR REFRESH/RE-CURL DAY
Products I use for refreshing/re-curling:
After exercising each day, I follow the same steps as Monday with keeping it out of the shower, adding dry shampoo, and reviving with my Revlon one-step blow dryer.
Since I’m mostly using the blow dryer on my roots, the curls stay intact. But if I need to refresh any curls (and I often do have to touch up a few, I use my T3 micro 1.25″ barrel curling iron to touch up as needed.
I add a little bit of biotin serum to the ends just so they don’t get frizzy.
This takes me 5 minutes. So quick and easy and my hair looks good as new!
Saturday: WEAR MY HAIR UP DAY
Products I use for refreshing/wearing up:
By Saturday, my hair is often too dirty to wear down. So I put on a little dry shampoo and I either wear a hat, or pull it into a top knot or a low messy bun.
A few other tips to get your hair to go longer between washes
It takes time to get your hair to go a full week in between washes. Here are a few things that help me a ton:
- Use good quality shampoo. It makes a world of difference.
- Set yourself up for success at the beginning of the week. If I don’t dry and straighten my hair on day one, it doesn’t last nearly as long
- Find a good dry shampoo. I’ve tried tons and listed my three favorites above.
- Train your hair. It took me probably six months to train my hair to go longer between washes. Start by trying two days. After a few weeks of washing every two days, add a third day and do that for a few weeks, etc.
I hope this is helpful as you work to find a good hair routine for your hair!
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