With holiday parties and late nights shopping, baking, and wrapping presents…a little extra sleep in the morning is a definite plus this time of the year. To give yourself more time and make your mornings less stressful, today we’re sharing hairstyling tips that will have you looking fab the 2nd (even 3rd or 4th) day after a blowout!
For years and years I washed my hair each and every day. I’ve always had oily skin and bangs which is a terrible combination for going more than 24-hours between washes. But in the last year or so I realized that A – I was wasting a huge amount of time washing and drying my hair and B – My pricey hair color was fading very fast with all that washing. So I set out to learn how to go a few days between washes! I’ve finally got a system down that works really well for me so I wanted to share my best tips with you today.
Simply start going 1, then 2, then 3+ days between washes.
I’ve been told a million times that my scalp will adjust its oil production based on how often I wash my hair. But I honestly always thought that my greasy skin was the exception to that rule until I finally put it to the test! Whereas my hair used to look totally gross within a day of washing it, I can now go at least 2-3 days without much oil buildup. Granted, it took a few weeks for my scalp to adjust. That adjustment time was a little rough but ponytails and hats got me through ;-)
Use a great shampoo!
I was a Suave shampoo girl for years. Not because I liked it all that much but because it is the cheapest thing you can buy at the drugstore. When I finally took my hair dresser’s advice and bought better shampoo I was hooked. The texture of my hair is nicer, my color lasts longer, and I can go longer between washes. I ran out of my shampoo a couple of weeks ago and used my husband’s until I bought more. I could absolutely tell a different in how my hair felt!
I get my hair cut at an Aveda salon so I usually buy their products. But you can find great shampoo at any salon or beauty supply store. Drugstore shampoos have really stepped up their game in the last few years as well!
If you don’t love the idea of paying a lot for shampoo and conditioner you can try this recipe for DIY Coconut Milk Shampoo. You could even do the no-poo method! Also remember that the less you wash your hair the longer a bottle of pricey shampoo will last.
Start with the right base products.
I used to HATE hair products! I always thought they made my hair more oily and just limp and lifeless looking. That is until I found the right products. I am OBSESSED with the Aveda Smooth Infusion. I’ve got some funky natural curl in the back of my hair and that product is the only thing that will keep it straight for more than one day.
Finding the right products can be challenging and expensive. So I recommend talking to a stylist you trust – someone you know will be honest about what you should buy rather than just trying to sell you something. Blogs, YouTube and social media are also a great resource for honest product reviews. Try Googling something like “best heat protectant for oily hair” to find the products that are right for you.
Give yourself a proper blow-out.
On the day you actually wash your hair take the time to do a great blow-out! Unless you’re one of those lucky ladies who can air-dry her way to fabulous hair, it takes time and effort to get gorgeous looking tresses. Start with those great base products I talked about above and use a nice round brush to smooth everything out.
There really is an art to a great blow-out! Watch a tutorial online or ask your stylist for tips to getting salon-worthy hair. I started really paying attention when my hair dresser dries my hair and asking her why she does certain things. I’ve learned so many great tricks that I now use at home! Having great first day hair makes for much better second, third and fourth day hair.
You’ll also want to utilize your hair dryer and round brush if you wake up with major bed head or you hit the gym and need to combat sweaty hair. I like to use a spray bottle to get my hair slightly damp and then use my round brush to get all the kinks out.
Make dry shampoo your friend.
Whether you buy a bottle at the store or DIY it, dry shampoo is an invaluable resource when trying to go longer between regular washes! I LOVE this blog post/video from Megan at The Beauty Snoop that is all about dry shampoo. She breaks down the different types of dry shampoo and gives great tips on how to actually apply it to your hair. I use her tips whenever I apply dry shampoo and actually grabbed the brush pictured above at TJ Maxx after Megan recommended a similar one in her post.
Try a new hairstyle.
All the fun braids, buns, curls etc. that are all over Pinterest right now actually work and look better with slightly dirty hair! Spend some time in the evenings or weekends reading/watching a few tutorials that you can learn to quickly do in the mornings.
My simple go-to for slightly dirty second or third day hair is just curling it with a curling iron or flat iron. I’ve gotten really quick at curling my whole head with my flat iron and it looks like I put in a lot more time than I really did.
Wash your bangs.
Sometimes dry shampoo just doesn’t cut it for oily bangs! If you have bangs like I do, I highly recommend getting a shower cap so you can wash your bangs without washing the rest of your hair. It won’t take you nearly as much time to dry wet bangs as it does to dry your whole head of hair. Plus, clean bangs will help hide oily roots on the rest of your head.
Pull your bangs back, or move your part.
If you don’t want to wash your bangs or deal with a complicated hair style, just pull your bangs back with a couple of bobby pins or move your part! Both of these tricks will help to hide oily hair and roots.
When all else fails, throw on a hat.
My husband is an absolute hat fanatic and his favorite accessory choice has definitely rubbed off on me. And why not? There are so many cute hats out right now! I love everything from a big, wide brimmed floppy hat, to a straw fedora, or a knitted beanie. In fact, as I type this I’m wearing a cute red baseball hat over my day five hair ;-) A fun hat covers up a multitude of hair sins and leaves you looking ultra stylish in the process.
What are your best tips for going longer between washes?