When it comes to keeping your hair clean, you might think you’re the only one who dry shampoos on the daily hoping no one will notice a grey-ish dusty halo around your crown. But according to a study by Herbal Essences, 60 per cent of women forego their scheduled wash because it takes too long to dry it afterwards. Could this prompt women to only wash hair once a week?
Well, the research showed that rather than just washing it and going to bed with wet hair, 40 per cent of women get around the problem by using dry shampoo and clever hair styles to make their hair wash last longer.
Previously, you might’ve felt awkward admitting to this even when ‘I’m so busy I can’t even’ is the most overused phrase. But with the average longest length of time between hair washes being 6.4 days unwashed hair stigma is a thing of past.
“The majority of research suggests that washing the hair is actually a damaging process,” says Jordan Potter, style director at HOB Salons. “Shampoos strip away the hair’s natural oils and defences, and conditioners are only able to replace part, but not all, of the moisture balance that healthy hair requires.
“This has led to the general consensus that you should wash hair as little as you can get away with; only when the hair is looking or feeling oily, as opposed to whenever you fancy it or feel like you should.”
“You also tend to style your hair with heated styling tools more often when you over wash your hair,” says Jay Birmingham, celebrity hairstylist. “When your hair is clean you blow dry it and then tend to style with curling tongs or straightening irons and this can cause further damage and breakage.”
If you don’t have time to wash your hair or are just trying to wash it less often to stop it drying out, try these daily tips to prolong one hair wash throughout the week.
Though you might not be able to get out of that weeknight HIIT class anymore, this could be the end of the “oh, today’s my hair wash night” excuse.
WASH HAIR ONCE A WEEK: YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE
SUNDAY: WASH YOUR HAIR
A Sunday well spent equals a week of content. After you’ve finished meal-prepping your healthy lunch ideas, next tackle your hair wash.
You could always leave it until Monday morning so that it’s bit fresher, but if you’re going to wash hair once a week just one quick rinse isn’t going to do it.
“Always do two shampoos on your hair,” says Jonathan Andrew, artistic director at Jamie Stevens Hair. “Most people make do with one, but this doesn’t actually clean your hair properly. The first shampoo will remove product build up and excess oils from your hair, roots and scalp and the second shampoo will actually cleanse the hair as it should.”
Best way to wash hair
To eliminate as much oil as possible, comb your hair before you wash it. “This distributes any existing oil on the scalp further down the hair and helps to remove any product build up which can lead to oily hair,” says All Things Hair global hairstylist Elena Diaz.
Try washing your hair with a deep cleansing shampoo that works on removing product build up. Use about a 10p amount of product and massage it into your scalp with your fingertips. Do a double wash and then condition the lengths of your hair, making sure to avoid the scalp.
If you’re using a rich, creamy conditioner comb it through using a wide-tooth comb or Tangle Teezer, to spread the product around your hair and stop it building up in one area. Just be careful not to tug at any tangled bits, as your hair is most delicate when it’s run so this can lead to breakage.