I’m such a Dirty Girl…..are you?!

A side braid: The perfect dirty hair holder-over.

A side braid: The perfect dirty hair holder-over.

I cannot count how many times over the years, I’ve read and heard: “Don’t wash your hair every day.”  I tried it countless times, but always ended up frustrated because my hair would look oily and like I hadn’t washed it – and not in the good “I just had a wild romp right before I arrived here” way.  I’m talking the troll under the bridge way.  It wasn’t until recently, when I decided to give it one last go, that I figured out how AMAZING this trick is for your hair – and your time frame when it comes to getting ready!  Since I’ve stopped washing my hair, I’ve gotten more complements on it than ever before (and that’s a lot, because I’ve always gotten complements on my hair – Hey, I got “Best Hair” in High School, so I’m not even being conceited – It’s been documented, duh!)

Blame it on the laid back California style hair that’s popular here in L.A., but I decided to give the whole theory one last try.  After experimenting a little, it turned out I’d been going about the dirty deed all wrong.  All it takes it one day of serious prep and you’re good to go for 4, 5, or even 6 days!  After over a month of taking about 6 days between washes, my hair is healthier, shiner, and growing thicker and quicker than ever before.  Here are a few of my tricks for getting the most mileage out of your days between washes – followed by how I style my hair on my wash day (hint:  this is the MOST important step)!

  • Pamper your hair one day a week – On my wash day, I start with a hair masque of coconut oil for 30 minutes before I shower.
  • Scrub smart – On the day I shampoo, I  wash with a clarifying, build-up removing shampoo, and a moisturizing conditioner that I leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.
  • Put a lid on it – I’ve discovered shower caps are incredibly useful when it comes to maintaining your unwashed hair, while still washing your body every day.  They’re inexpensive and an absolute must.
  • Powder room – I’ve tried so many dry shampoos that I could probably treat myself to a complete spa day with the amount of money I’ve spent.  When all is said and done, the cheapest option I tried worked the best: BABY POWDER.  I use this one (It doesn’t smell like typical baby powder).  (Oh, and another bonus, the scent of lavender has been shown to be the biggest turn on for men…the scent of pumpkin pie spice is also at the top…I know….go figure….but men tell me all the time how good my hair smells, so the theory tests true.) I usually have to start sprinkling it on my roots around the 3rd day.
  • Get Creative – As the days go on, it will benefit you (if your hair is long) to know a few cute tricks to hide the fact that your hair is unwashed.  This is adorable.  And the sock bun is vital in the last day or so before washing!

To maximize the days you go between washes, blowing out and styling your hair is something you simply must do.  To make it more fun, you can always visit a dry bar (there are TONS opening up) and drink some champagne while you’re being pampered and blown out to look like a supermodel. It usually runs you around $35, and as a friend told me when I balked – it’s about as much as you’d spend going out for drinks with a girlfriend – so take happy hour to the dry bar instead!

I style my hair at home by first blowing it out, and then curling it with a 1/2 inch curling iron.  I find that it works better than a big barrel curling iron, because as they days go on, the curls get looser and more beachy, while still giving my hair body.  I tie my hair back when I go to sleep, and every morning do a bit of maintenence (i.e. baby powder, restyling my front peices, etc.).  My steps won’t work as perfectly for you, but I’m hoping they’ll serve as a guide to finding your best groove for being DIRTY!

xo,

-A

(image via ACupofJoe)

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