Wednesday, 30 November 2011

How To: Keep your hair cleaner for longer

So you've got luschious, long and strong hair - now what?

Like most people I shower every day, but unlike most I only wash my hair about once a week. Before you say "Ewwwwww" and imagine me to be some smelly, greasy haired ogre allow me to explain the method behind the madness....!

As you saw in my previous hair post - it's getting crazy long, and there's no way I've got time to wash it and blow dry it every single day, there aren't enough hours!

It's actually bad for you to wash your hair a lot too - shampoo and conditioner strip your hair of it's natural oils which can cause it to become damaged easily. The reason it gets greasy so often, if you're a regular washer, is because your hair is frantically trying to replace the oils that are being washed out each day.

The solution to keeping your hair clean for longer is, ironically, not washing it as often. Honestly it works!! My hair will stay clean and "outside" acceptable for at least 5 days without washing! :O

Feeling skeptical? To show you it really works, I took photos of my hair everyday between the last two washes (I promise I didn't cheat!).
Day 1 - Freshly washed and blow dried

Day 2 - After a big, drunken night out!

Day 3 - After a horrifically hungover day :/

Day 4 - Still looking good - even got rained on today!

Day 5 - Forgot to take a photo but today was a hair up day - Almost needs a wash.

Day 6 - Looking much more limp and lifeless than the first two days - you can't really tell in the photo but it's definitely looking a bit yucky today.

So, there you go. I got a good 6 days out of my hair this week and dry shampoo might have made it last even longer!! Here are my steps for keeping your hair cleaner for longer (this process is gradual and requires some perseverance to work!)

> If you usually wash your hair everyday, you can start by stretching this to once every other day. Dry shampoo can work wonders.
> Once you are happy that your hair can easily last 2 days without washing, start going 3 days before washing.
**Only stretch to another day when you are absolutely certain that your hair is staying cleaner for longer, this will make sure that it really works**
> Keep repeating this cycle, adding extra days - and watch as your hair slowly starts to stay cleaner for longer!

It make some time for you to see noticeable results but I don't think I need to explain why it's not worth it :) 

Once you've got your hair staying fresh for a good few days, you don't need to worry too much about losing all your hard work - there have been times where I've had to wash twice in 2/3 days - it takes much less time to get back on track than it does to get there in the first place :)

What do you think - is this a useful how to or am I really just a smelly, greasy ogre?? :P
How often do you wash your hair? Has anyone else tried this method? ♥