- Chances are you’re washing your hair too often
- Train your hair to adjust to fewer washes which can take up to a month
- Embrace your hair’s natural oils for thicker and healthier hair
While my skin has given me problems my entire life, my hair has always been dependable. My hair used to be wash and wear daily. I gave it minimal attention but it stayed thick and strong, would hold a curl all day and seemed impervious to damage.
Hair, like everything else though, will age. In addition to the greying there are changes to density, texture and thinning that even the best of us can’t avoid. Unfortunately, I’m noticing even my hair, my solid rock for years, has started to change.
Starting in my late 30s, I noticed my mane getting relatively dull and lifeless. Its natural state had become a lazy ponytail. After talking to friends who were going through similar changes and doing some independent research, I learned that aging can cause the scalp to get dry. Shampooing too much for some people can strip the hair of its natural oils which can result in less healthy-looking hair.
Just like skin, according to experts, there's no single answer to how often one should wash their hair but you may not need it as often as you think. Only a small percentage of people need a daily wash. Usually in limited instances where you have extremely fine hair, exercise and sweat a lot, or live in a very humid place. I don’t fall into any of these buckets and decided to give my hair a well-deserved break.
Even though I double cleanse my face most nights, these days, I wash my hair only once every three days. It wasn’t easy at first. Day one was fine. Day two felt not so great but bearable. By day three, my hair was itchy, greasy and I started to wonder if a pack of animals had taken residence on my head.
I persevered because I had heard there is a breakthrough to come. Apparently, when oily grimy hair adjusts to being unwashed, it starts to look healthier and fuller. I owed it to my rock to stand by it, as it adjusted to a new slower pace of life.
Sure enough, with a 3-4 week training period, my hair adjusted. With this new washing schedule, my hair is fuller and not as limp as it was starting to look. I sometimes need a ponytail on the last day, but three days is a good cadence. If I go longer than three days, I start to get build up and that can weigh down my hair and not let it breathe adequately. I’ve also found that a good naturally derived plant based dry shampoo can help in keeping things fresh between washes.
It’s been a true win win situation. With the fewer washes, I don’t have to style and blow dry my hair as often which is protecting it from further damage. On top of that, with no need to spend time on hair most days, I get an extra snooze in the morning. Like any aspect of your skincare routine, training hair depends on your hair type and texture. It might feel odd at first with fewer washes, but if you can get through the adjustment and training period, it could mean stronger, thicker and more lush hair… and more importantly, additional sleep in the morning!