Major disclaimer: I hate over-washing my hair. In fact, I hate washing my hair in general. Why? It makes my hair dull and dried out.
I have coloured my hair since I was sixteen; which has inevitably dried out my hair. Washing my hair less has been essential for promoting the natural production of oils to repair my dry hair. I have trained my hair to go 4-5 days without needing a wash. I created a hair-styling system, so that my hair still looks good on day 5 (even with sweaty workouts in there).
Most of the products I use are plant-based, chemical-free and cruelty-free. I cannot express the importance of being an educated consumer enough!! Steer clear of those toxins and unnatural products. Also, try to support companies that truly value the environment, animals and your health!
Day One: The Wash
Blondes that want to keep that icy white look: If you are like me and colour your hair, you want to protect that nice fresh white colour. I seriously hate having my beautiful blonde highlights dulled and turning brassy/yellow two weeks after I get my hair done. Using a proper purple/blue shampoo will make ALL the difference in preserving your hair colour. The blonde shampoo I use:
I mix Ref Silver Shampoo with a generic cheaper shampoo. I mix because the Ref Silver Shampoo does not “clean” your hair I have come to learn, it solely tones it. Plus you do not need a lot of this shampoo, as it essentially dyes your hair if you leave it in. This shampoo is vegan, cruelty free, paraben and sulphite free – the way all products should be. I rinse both my cheaper shampoo and the REF for one minute and then rinse really well.
The deep conditioner of my dreams! I could rave all day long about this conditioner’s wonderful sweet plum scent and powerful hydrating effects that leave my hair so soft! I use next to nothing (a pea size) of this conditioner and I massage it in my hair. Then I take a brush and lightly brush my hair out in the shower. I wait 2-3 minutes. Then I rinse it out. I LOVE this product. I give it a 100/10. Even though it has a higher price point, the bottle will last 4-5 months. It is so worth it. Kevin Murphy’s brand is also paraben, sulphate and cruelty free.
After the Wash
First thing I do after I dry my hair with a towel is add a minuscule amount of hair oil from Ouai. I love this hair oil. It has hands down the best fragrance. I massage the oil into the ends of my hair to avoid split ends. It is super nourishing and adds some hydration to my dry hair.
Next, I spray this wonderful plumping spray into the roots of my hair. This product gives nice volume to my thin hair. I would not say this is a must have, because it is expensive, but I personally love this product for giving me that extra boost. This is another Kevin Murphy product. Again, his products are paraben, sulphate and cruelty free.
Hair Drying Methods
I really like to air dry my hair. I think it helps in the absorption of the products I have used and locks in moisture. That said, some days I do have to get to work and need to blow dry my hair. In that case, I sometimes add Joice KPAT Heat Protecting Serum.
Day One Hair Style: Natural or a Sleek Straight
On day one (or the day of washing my hair), I usually let it dry natural or straighten it with a straightening iron for a sleek look.
Day Two: change it up, but keep it down.
The day after I wear it natural or straight, I usually grab a curling iron and add some curl to my hair. I often will use a texturizing hair spray:
For a beachy look, or to lightly hold my curls, I use this Aveda tonic. I don’t typically use “hair-spray” unless I am putting my hair up in a bun. I love the calming lavender fragrence of this product. Aveda is plant-derived, chemical free and cruelty free.
Day Three: Hair Up
Usually by day three, my hair is starting to get a little greasy from working out. I either leave my hair down and wavy for one more day, or I will style my hair in a LOW BUN parted in the middle, sweeping over my ears. OR, I will tease my hair with the Aveda Tonic or Body Mass Spray and make a high ponytail. For greasy hair:
Add some dry shampoo to your roots to make you feel and look fresh! You can get different tinted versions if you have brown, black or red hair. I use the light blonde tint. You can use some baking soda/powder or baby powder if you need to get crafty about your beauty budget. This product is vegan and cruelty free.
Day Four: High Bun + Hair Mask
By day four, I usually have worked out a couple times and I need a shower from the sweat. This is when I take the opportunity to massage a hair mask into my hair. PRO MONEY SAVING TIP: if you cannot afford a hair mask, USE COCONUT OIL! I do this 90% of the time. I then comb my hair out and neatly put my hair in a high bun. I leave this mask/coconut oil in to hydrate my hair overnight or all day (depending on when I put it in). If you do sleep with a mask in, use a towel or have a new pillow case ready for the morning.
Hair Mask Recs:
R + Co Palm Springs Pre Shampoo Mask V
DAY FIVE: WASH + RINSE + REPEAT
I hope you can now strategize what works best for you hair schedule! Let me know in a comment below what your tips and tricks are with your hair schedule + products. XX