Why I Only Wash My Hair Once a Week
Hello friends! I've honestly had this post in my drafts for months because I didn't think it would be of interest, but when I recently posted an instagram story of my day 6 hair, a lot of people messaged me wondering how I was able to go that long without my hair looking like I let the local rats live in it. I thought now would be as good a time as ever to share how and why I only wash my hair once a week!
I know what you're probably thinking- gross! But hey, it's not like I'm only showering once a week. I shower everyday! I just don't wash my hair when I do. I previously had unhealthy hair. I would easily get split and dry ends, but also greasy roots at the same time. I eventually made the switch to natural shampoo and conditioner, which helped a little. But I was still on the hair struggle bus. Once I learned how damaging it is to wash your hair everyday, I knew it was time to train my hair.
When you wash your hair everyday (especially if you use non-natural shampoo) you are constantly stripping your hair of it's natural oils so your roots feel the need to produce extra. That's why you may have greasy hair meanwhile the ends are dry and split. That's exactly how my hair used to be- but then I switched to natural shampoo and conditioner (learn the importance of natural hair products in this post) and stopped washing my hair everyday. Because of this method, I was able to grow my hair out for over a year without ever getting split ends. My hair is overall healthier, grows faster, is easier to manage, and looks better.
Training Your Hair
Before we really get into this, it's important to note that this method only works well and the way it's supposed to unless an all natural shampoo and conditioner is used. Regular shampoo and conditioner is too harsh and is going to ruin the process and the training that you do to your hair.
Switching from regular shampoo to natural shampoo will take some hair training as well. This means your hair is going to get greasy and you have to let it. When you make the switch from regular shampoo to natural shampoo, your hair will most likely get greasy really fast because your oil glands are not used to having the room to produce the oils that your hair needs. When I made the switch, my day 1 hair was already greasy and I didn't understand why. This was the hardest part for me- but thank God for whoever invented dry shampoo!
Not washing your hair everyday will require the same training. Your hair will be greasy at first but will eventually balance out and won't feel like it needs to produce oil in excess. When you are training your hair, definitly invest in some natural dry shampoo or organic cornstarch. The longer you stick to not washing your hair every day, the less and less greasy your hair will become. The amount of time this will take will be different for everyone, but it took me about a month to get to the point where I can go three days without putting a little corn starch in my hair.
When I do wash my hair, I use about a quarter sized drop of natural shampoo and only massage it into my roots. When you use a natural shampoo, you may feel like it's not cleaning your hair because it doesn't get sudsy and foamy like chemical-filled shampoos do. It does wash your hair, but it leaves the natural oils that you desperately need, unlike regular shampoos.
Saving Time and Energy
Not washing my hair everyday has really cut down on the time it takes for me to get ready. It saves energy and water because my showers are shorter. The best part about this method is that I don't have to use heat on my hair everyday which adds to the healthiness. Although I wear my hair naturally often, I do love a good curl here and there! When I decide to curl or wave my hair, it will stay that way until I wash it again, saving me 5 or 6 days that I don't have to style my hair!
Saving Shampoo and Conditioner
When I washed my hair everyday I went through a lot of shampoo and conditioner. And if you are buying natural, that can get expensive. By only using it once a week, I go through the bottles a lot slower which saves money.
If You Need A Little Freshening Up...
Like I said above, organic corn starch is my no-wash hair lifesaver. Truly! All it takes is a few sprinkles rubbed into my roots and I'm left with zero grease and a ton of volume- even on my day 6 hair! Corn starch or a natural dry shampoo will also freshen up the scent of your hair too. I've never noticed my hair smelling bad, which is why I'm able to do this method, but it doesn't always smell like freshly washed hair- because it's not. When I'm feeling like I need a little freshening up, I like to do a few spritz of an essential oil spray in my hair as well!
Now that my hair is trained and healthy, it actually looks better the longer I go without washing it. I am able to have natural volume and texture and it saves me tons of time in my morning and night routine. What are your thoughts on this method? Have you tried it? Do you have any other questions about it?
Thanks for reading!