Thursday, August 14, 2014


Day 1: Top: J.Crew
Day 2: Top: Old Navy (sold out, similar) | Necklace: J.Crew (similar)
Day 3: Top: Pickwick & Weller c/o
Day 4: Top: Old Navy
Day 5: Cardigan: similar | Top: similar
Day 6: Top: Nordstrom
Day 7: Top: J.Crew Factory | Hat: J.Crew (sold out, similar)

If you have read my blog or instagram for a while, I often refer to how rarely I wash my hair.  The time it takes to wash, blow dry, and style is just not the kind of time I have right now to do more than once a week.  The problem is, if I don't take the time and style it right on the first day, I end up needing to wash it about every 3 days.  Over the years, I have perfected the ability to get by with only washing my hair once a week.  Imserious.

I'll start by telling you that my hair is pretty thick, and has a natural, not-cute-air-dried, wave to it.  It isn't overly greasy.  So if your hair is similar, I hope that these steps work for you!  This isn't a sponsored post, just simply how I have gotten away with washing my hair less often.  If you have slightly thinner, or greasier hair, I'll give you a few extra tips throughout to help extend the life of your wash.

To start with, here are the products that I use throughout the week.  Most of them are really inexpensive that you can just get at a drugstore.  I'm sure there are more expensive brands that work great, but I have been happy with these (I'll talk more about when to use them below).

Suave Dry Shampoo
Tresemme Extra Firm Control Hair Spray
Mitch Stone Lustre Drops
Garnier Fructis Surfer Hair 
Baby Powder
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner
V05 Hot Oil Treatment 
Hot Tools 5/8" Curling Iron
Chi Straightener

Day 1:

Hair washing day (obviously).  Like I mentioned above, I have to take the time to dry and style it in order for it to last.  I wash my hair with Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner (I've been using this stuff for over a year and I love it.  I don't feel like my hair has gotten too used to it either).  Once a month I try to do a V05 Hot Oil Treatment .  It works wonders and I really see a difference when I use it.  When I'm out of the shower and my hair is wet, I rub Scalpicin into my scalp, usually just around the front crown of my head.  This really helps keep my scalp from getting itchy as the days go by.  Then I blow it dry for a few minutes till damp, and rub a few pumps of Mitch Stone Lustre Drops into it.  I've used my fair share of various oils, but this stuff is the best!  It makes my hair visibly shiny and smooth.  I'm a customer for life with this product. Then I blow dry my hair completely and straighten with my chi straightener by dividing it into sections.   I don't just skim over the top, I take the time to straighten every section.  I don't do much more product or hair spray this day.  Honestly, the first day of washed hair is not my favorite.  When it is a little more piecey and dirty it's easier to work with.

Day 2:

From here on out, it's just a matter of adding a few products and touch ups during the week.  The night of the first day, I put my hair in a low loose braid to sleep and spray a bit of Tresemme Extra Firm Control Hair Spray on it.  The following morning, I get soft big waves without much work.  I re-straighten the top of my hair till about my cheekbone, and then use my Hot Tools 5/8" Curling Iron (best curling iron ever! I've had mine for 11 years! The perfect size barrel too, make sure you get the 5/8").  This helps secure the existing waves and add a bit more curl.  I've found that the more I curl it this day, the longer the curl will last for the following days without much retouching.  Then I rub some Garnier Fructis Surfer Hair  putty in my hands and loosely run my fingers through the ends.  This will separate the curls, and give them a more natural beachy look.  I also spray everything with Tresemme Extra Firm Control Hair Spray to secure it, and run my fingers through it again after spraying.  I've also used this hair spray for years and I love it.  Its great for humidity and really helps with frizz and fly-aways.  If you have thinner hair, try teasing it a bit each day to keep up the volume.

Day 3:

This day is probably my favorite.  My hair is slightly dirty by now, so I start using Suave Dry Shampoo on my roots to soak up any grease.  The greasier your hair is, the more Dry Shampoo you will need.  Spray it about 6" from your hair and make sure you rub it in with your fingers.  I do it mostly on the top along my part and front sides of my hair.  I'll spray along the roots of one section, rub it in, then move that hair off to the side and do another section about an inch apart, all along the top/front of my hairline.  Again, I'll re-straighten the top, touch up any curls with the curling iron, and give it another good hairspray.  I like to pull it into a low half-up, with a few pieces lose in the front.  This helps hide any sections are starting to look greasy (but the dry shampoo usually does a good job of hiding that).

Day 4:

Now my hair has a good amount of product in it.  I add some dry shampoo, and I also pull out my secret weapon, baby powder.  Sprinkle some into your hands and rub it into your roots and it should do the trick.  It's great for blondes especially because it helps lighten up any regrowth that is starting to look pretty dark.  I have heard that coco powder gets you the same effect for brunettes, but I haven't actually seen it tested.  (if you are a brunette that has tried this, let me know how it works in the comments!) I may straighten a few front sections that just need smoothing  It's probably too dirty to really do the 'part and straighten' look.  I'll now curl the top sections of the hair all the way up to the top of my head, not just the ends.  Then I pull back the hair on the top crown of the head and secure it with bobby pins or a small clip.  The bigger curls give it body, and stay better now that it is more dirty.  I'll hair spray it again to set the look.

Day 5:

Now we've reached the 'too dirty to wear down' stage.  Dry shampoo will soak up the grease again, and a high pony with the volume left over from yesterday's big curls should do the trick.  I also hair spray it.

Day 6: 

Grab all that hair and whip it up into a messy topknot.  Because of all the product in it now, it will be nice and big.  Secure with an elastic and bobby pins. And spray that baby!

Day 7:

The cheater day!  Throw on a hat and wrestle that rats nest into a braid.  This kind of hair makes the best braids because it is so full (sometimes I'll tease it more before braiding it).  Then go run your errants at Target and Costco and laugh to yourself about how you can't remember the last time you washed your hair.

At that point, its probably time for a good hair washing.  I will add this disclaimer: For the days/weeks that I am really working out hard, or running longer distances, it can get dirty much quicker.  Sometimes I have to break down and wash it twice a week.  But I have also found that if I blow dry my hair on the cool setting after a sweaty workout, I can usually get by with a few extra days.

I do shower everyday!  I promise!  When I shower, I throw my hair in a bun, secure it with a clip, and put on a big thick headband to keep my hairline from getting wet.


  1. Bones can get away with baby shampoo, those of us with dark hair use cocoa powder ;)

    1. Darn Swype keyboard! Blondes! Not bones!

    2. Thanks for the tip! I added it to the post for all the brunettes ;)

  2. I would be SO HAPPY if I could cut down to once a week. Or even twice! I have very fine hair so grease really shows. I've had problems with dry shampoo not seeming to do much. Do you use a lot? Like about how many sprays? Thanks!!

    1. I'll do one long spray along the top of my head about every inch apart (I'll part it, spray it, then part it 1" over). So quite a bit ;) Dry shampoo adds great volume too!

    2. I find it helps to spray it on every inch like she suggests, but let it all sit for a few minutes and then work it in like you would your shampoo in the shower. I spray mine on and leave it until after I apply my makeup and then I will work it in.

  3. Thanks for all this information! I'm cutting back on washing, and your tips will be helpful.

    How do you balance this with exercise or getting sweaty/gross in the heat? And do you just put it up in a shower cap when you shower?

    1. I only wash mine once a week also and after I go to the gym or on a run I take it out of the pony and blast it with the cold setting on my blow dryer. It feels good and my hair has a lot more volume afterward. I am a blonde so I use baby powder instead of dry shampoo just because it absorbs better and seems to last longer for my hair. I will say though that the curl doesn't last more than two days, I have to re-do it.

    2. I just went in and added a note about what I do when I sweat a lot while working out. Basically the same thins that Britney said above. A cool blow dryer really helps!

  4. hi can i ask how your hairdresser places the foils for your highlights? they look good!

    1. I have her do the top middle crown of my head running parallel to my shoulders, and then the sides of my hair going perpendicular to my shoulders. I also only have her do bleach, and have her break the base so that my regrowth is lighter. Hope this helps!

    2. thanks for replying! my hairdresser does exactly the same but somehow yours looks way better. mine looks streaky

  5. I have a very similar method (and have a similar hair texture!). It's so wonderful only washing 1x week! Love your braided style with the hat...need to give that one a go!


  6. I normally wash two to three times a week, but I will try your tips and hopefully work my way down to one day. I have full bangs, though, so that makes things difficult. I've started wearing a shower cap, but leaving my bangs out and will wash them more often than the rest of my hair. Oh, the things we will do!

    1. Brilliant! I've been know to just wash the top front of my hair in the sink.....yes, the things we do! ;)

  7. Your day 6 hair looks better than my day 2! I have been using the suave dry shampoo but maybe not enough!! I'll have to try some of these new tips!

  8. I wash my hair about twice a week and I am excited to try these tricks and cut back even more! However, I cannot seem to master the top knot or a full braid... I think that really makes the additional days work. Any tips?
    Also, I followed your link for the curling iron and it directs me to a Helen of Troy iron. Is it the correct one?

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the link to the curling iron! I went in and adjusted the link to the correct brand and size of barrel. And for my top knot, I tease it a ton, and literally tie it in a not, no twisting or anything, wrap a hair tie around it and secure with bobby pins. But the more you tease it, the bigger it is.

  9. What about swimming and visiting the beach in the summer time? How do you avoid not washing your hair if you've been swimming in the pool or ocean?? I can't imagine how every few days you wouldn't be getting it wet in this CA heat! Do you just not let it reslly get wet or what? This is my big obstacle in making me have to wash my hair more often. We're at the water so much and with the kids, there's no way I'm staying dry.

  10. Wow, this is fantastic!! I am down to twice a week from practically every other day. I think my hair is a little greasier/thinner than your's, but those are hairstyles I don't normally do and I think I need to! Thank you thank you!!

  11. LOVE this! Your past instagrams/posts have inspired me to cut down to washing only once every 5 days...but by the end it's pretty gross. Thank you so much for this day-by-day detailed post--I'm going to try using more dry shampoo (I've been using it for awhile, but from the sounds of how much you use, I could definitely be using more) and some of the other products & styles you mentioned. It takes me 45-60 minutes to dry and straighten my hair--definitely not something I have time to do very often with three small boys. I'm up for trying anything that can keep my hair lasting longer between washes! ;) Thank you!!

  12. I'm glad I'm not the only one with similar techniques! My hair is between brown and blonde, so dry shampoo can sometimes show if I'm not too careful. I found two tricks to combat this - 1. Don't spray it right along your part or hairline. grab a chunk from your part to about a half inch to inch parallel to your part. Hold this chunk up and spray dry shampoo about an inch away from your part. Repeat on either side of part and an inch away from hairline. 2. Use dry shampoo the night before, and by the morning it will have worked its way out pretty well.


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