- I tried the beauty-blogger-approved technique of only washing your hair once a week.
- I loved it and plan on continuing to follow this routine.
- I used clarifying shampoo once a week, made sure to condition my ends, and rinsed my hair everyday.
- I also used high-quality brushes and avoided heat tools.
I’ve never been a wash-your-hair-everyday kind of girl.
A routine of washing every other day always sufficed for my medium-weight, wavy locks. But recently, I found myself wondering whether I might still be overdoing it. Even with a regimen of three to four washes per week, I noticed product build-up at my roots, excessive drying at my ends, and an overall dullness that I wanted to banish.
After making the beauty-blog rounds to gather intel, I spotted a growing trend: When it comes to hair-washing, less really is more. So I decided to give the no-wash (or, rather, “lo-wash”) movement a try, decreasing my shampooing frequency to once a week.
I’m now three weeks in, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. My hair feels healthy, my waves are on-point, and I’ve discovered some useful best practices to help me continue this pattern for the foreseeable future.
Wash with a clarifying shampoo, and don’t forget to condition your ends.
When you’re only washing once a week, you want to make it count. The best way to ensure a thorough cleanse involves clarifying shampoos, which are designed to strip the hair of chemicals, dirt, and product build-up. Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo is a classic for a reason. It’s effective, and it’s also affordable. If you’re in the mood for a splurge, R + Co. Oblivion Shampoo uses a mild formula to clear your follicles of dulling residue, and it includes witch hazel to soothe the scalp.
Once you’ve selected your clarifying shampoo, you’ll want to lather up twice in the shower. Since this wash will need to last a full seven days, there can’t be any half-measures. Once you complete your second lather-and-rinse, be sure to apply a hydrating conditioner (like Sachajuan Moisturizing Conditioner or Dove Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner) to the ends. The oils generated by the scalp will hydrate the majority of your strands, but the tips need some extra moisturizing love.
Strip your product regime down to the bare essentials.
Washing your hair only once a week brings the benefits of natural oils into sharp relief. After all, many hair serums and treatments are meant to replicate the oils produced by the scalp, but excessive shampooing strips the hair of these valuable substances. Weekly cleansing allows the natural oils to do their thing, so there’s no need to pile on synthetic grooming products.
Texturizing spray can help keep your waves in place throughout the week. For best results, stick with a sea-salt formula like Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray or Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray.
Treat yourself to a hairbrush upgrade.
Even distribution of natural oils throughout the hair is integral to a successful lo-wash look, so you’ll want to invest in a hairbrush that accomplishes that task. A hybrid boar-and-nylon bristle brush moves the oils through the hair while also exfoliating the scalp.
Don’t stop rinsing on a nightly basis.
Many lo-wash newbies (myself included) cite cleanliness as a major concern. If we’re not lathering up with shampoo on a daily or semi-daily basis, how can we remove post-workout sweat and dirt particles from our strands? Luckily, the answer is simple: Good old H2O.
A nightly water rinse sans shampoo will freshen you up without the risk of product build-up. To keep the natural oils well-integrated after your rinse, follow up with a comb-through using a Wet Brush.
Lay off the heat-styling.
While blow-dryers and flat irons are great for style setting, they can do major damage to your hair’s health. Lo-washing prioritizes strand safety above all else, so to fully embrace its benefits, you’ll want to give your heated tools a break and dry your hair the all-natural way.
When you step out of the shower post-rinse, give your damp hair a gentle squeeze with a microfiber towel, then let the air do its thing.
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