Ever told your guy you can’t tonight because you need to wash your hair? Now, we know that cleansing those locks probably doesn’t take a whole evening (shhh!) – but the whole wash-rinse-repeat thing can still be a time-suck.
Yep, if you’re doing it every second day – or more – that’s the equivalent of a gym workout, or an ep of your current Netflix obsession Every. Single. Week. So, it would be kind awesome to spend less time sudsing up and more time chilling, right?
Plus, in case you haven’t heard, taking a little space from your shampoo bottle can bring a whole dang host of benefits for your hair health. This is because, while at first it may seem to promise good hair days, every day, washing your hair too much is actually more likely to cause damage to your locks.
Constant cleansing will strip your locks of their natural oils more than is necessary, cause irritation to your strands and scalp and generally make your hair decidedly less happy than she was before – especially if you’re using a harsh shampoo that’s formulated with nasties like parabens, sulphates and silicones (more on this later).
Have we convinced you yet? If you want to wash your hair less – and still turn heads – read on for a step-by-step guide.
How much is too much?
When it comes to washing your hair, there’s no set-in-stone rule for how often is too often. As a general rule, if you’re busting out the shampoo every day, that’s probably too much, so you might like to ease off a little.
But, just like you might have dry skin while your bestie’s is on the sensitive side, we all differ in terms of our hair type, and it’s important to tailor your routine accordingly. If you have fine or oily hair, you may find your hair looks its best when you wash it every couple of days. If you have coarser hair, you can probably get away with washing less often, say twice or even once a week.
Typically, if you’re washing too much, your hair will be in poor condition – think either dry and brittle from being stripped of its natural hydration on the regular, or conversely, overly greasy due to the build-up of synthetic ingredients in your shampoo – so use this as an additional indicator and cut back if so.
Wean yourself slowly
Before you hide your shampoo in the freezer and back away, hold up. Just like when you’re cutting out caffeine and sugar, going cold-turkey is less likely to produce sustainable results, so the key here is to pace yourself. If you’re currently washing your hair every day, suddenly jumping to once-weekly shampoos will likely result in an oil slick up top and the desire to hibernate in a dark room until further notice. Gradually space out the time between washes to give your hair and scalp a chance to adjust instead.
Switch to shampoo your hair actually likes
When you’re trying to shampoo your hair less frequently, choosing the right shampoo is key to making it work. A gentle, naturally formulated shampoo-and-conditioner duo will make all the difference so that when you do wash your hair, she’s happy as can be (and won’t protest that you’re weaning her off the suds).
Skip the nasties
First up, if you want to wash your hair less often, ban any shampoos and conditioners containing synthetic nasties. Chemical ingredients like silicones, parabens and sulphates, while often added to make your hair look better, often have the opposite effect over time by compromising the health of your hair and scalp.
Silicones will make your hair shinier for the first while, but over time result in an icky product build-up that results in lank, oily strands. Sulphates, typically added to shampoos as a foaming agent, can dehydrate your hair and scalp. These nasties are added to many common shampoo products, so if you fancy less product build-up and softer, more hydrated strands while washing your hair less, it’s definitely worth checking the label before adding to cart!
Feed her natural goodness
Choosing a product formulated with nourishing essential oils and botanical extracts will ensure your hair receives loads of TLC every time you give her a cleanse. If you’ve been over-washing, especially with a harsh or synthetic-based shampoo, it’ll also help her recover from any damage (think dryness, brittleness or split ends) that may have been caused.
Scan the label for goodies like peppermint oil (which boosts hair growth), rosemary oil (to soothe a dry scalp, improve circulation and boost hair growth) and horsetail extract (it’ll make your hair smoother and shinier, naturally). Yes, please!
Psst! Did you know our entire range of shampoos and conditioners is paraben, sulphate and silicone-free and contains peppermint, rosemary and horsetail extract? Check it out here.