I am so excited to be talking hair on today’s post and dishing all my secret tips & tricks! This has been by far, one of the most requested posts, so I am so excited to share alllll the tips with you guys! I recently did some IG stories about hair training and the response was so amazing! Because of the response, I thought having a blog post with everything in one place would be helpful. I have been training for hair for YEARS & I have come up with a few ways to extend the time between the dreaded wash days.
I apologize in advance, this is going to be a long post. I am going to be including my entire hair care routine in this post. It’s going to be a bit long, but the entire process is crucial to training your hair.
I have been training my hair for years, so I can easily go two, even three weeks in between washes at this point in my training. If you are reading this and thinking “no way I can even go a week”, just remember to take it slow. We all have to start somewhere.. it takes a bit to train your hair so look at every extra day you gain a win!
First things first: Washing Your Hair
Because I only wash my hair 2 times a month, it’s critical to make sure I am getting it really clean. I currently use this shampoo and this conditioner. I LOVE this line! Not only does it meet my beauty clean standards, but it smells SO DANG GOOD! They make several formulas and now that I have color in my hair I will probably switch to the color care line. The only reason I haven’t yet is because I was using the bottles I have right now up. Ya girl is frugal with her beauty products… any money saved is a win for me 🙂 The trick when washing your hair is to remember, the shampoo is for the scalp & conditioner is for your hair strands. First, I apply the shampoo to my scalp and thoroughly scrub my scalp. I then make sure I lightly coat my entire head with the shampoo. I allow the shampoo to sit for a bit and then after a minute or two rinse it out (ensure you are making sure all shampoo is rinsed out really well). Next, Conditioner: the most important thing to remember is that you never want to apply the conditioner on your roots. I usually start about an inch or two from my scalp and work down ensuring that I am heavily conditioning the strands only. This is really important because it will help with keeping minimum build up on your scalp. The thickness of the conditioner tends to build up on your scalp if you apply it there (even if you feel as though you rinsed it well). This will also help to keep your roots from looking “dirty or oily” in a few days.
Drying & Prepping Your Hair
Once my hair is washed, I allow my hair to almost completely towel dry. After about 10 mins or so I apply this oil. Again do not apply to your roots. I usually start down a few inches and work into my hair. I use only a small drop because this will also cause your hair to look dirty if used too heavily. I then finish off by blow drying my hair on half hot + cold. This method helps to keep the heat usage to a minimum. Between waiting until it is almost dry & using only half heat, it helps to keep my hair healthier. I do like to use this little bit of drying so that I can still get that fresh blow out volume. I tend to wash my hair at night so that is all I will do until the morning.
Straightening & Heat Spray
In in the morning I will grab my straightener (I use this one) & swear by this thing! It makes my hair so silky & shiny! I only straighten my hair once so therefore helping with keeping the heat usage to a bare minimum. Extending your time in between washes will drastically increase the health of your hair just for the fact that so much less heat will be used! I do use this heat spray before I straighten or curl my hair.
I do try my best to keep heat usage to a minimum as I mentioned, but I also cannot live without my waves 🙂 I be sure to always apply my heat spray prior to curling. I do find that because my hair has so much extra texture from going 2-3 weeks in between washes, I only have to curl it every 3-4 days because it holds the curls so well! This has helped me a ton with limiting my curler usage! I also use these hair scrunchies and pull my hair to the top of my head on the days that I want my curls to last. I am not a curl my hair every day kinda girl (more like top knots for days kinda girl 😉 but I do usually do my hair on the weekends. I can curl it on Friday and only have to only touch it up for Saturday & Sunday! I will usually leave it alone all week unless I needed to shoot photo’s.
Overall I do use pretty minimal heat on my hair & if that is something you want to work on, extending time in between washes will help you out with that with the extra texture your hair has 🙂
Hair Training Tips Continued
Okay…back to hair training aka how long can I go in between washes 🙂 Once you have a fresh head of hair (I recommend trying to do as many as my washing tips as possible), the next step is to limit product usages as much as possible. THIS IS KEY. Product builds up fast, causing your hair to look dirty & oily. Over-using products will make it really hard to go any length of time without washing. I do work from home and most days only the hubs and Gray see me so it is a bit easier for me to go all week without product, but it can be done for you too! I try really hard to limit any usage (besides what I talked about) atleast for the first few days after washing. I might put a little hair spray in on day two or three, but otherwise the only products I use are the ones I mentioned in this post. As times goes on depending on what I have going on and how much I need to get ready, I will mostly just keep the same routine going. If I am styling my hair, I just use alittle hair spray.
My Favorite Trick
By about day 5-6, my roots might start to look a little oily to me. This is when I will grab my baby powder. I skip all the expensive dry shampoo’s (they simply do not work for me). Some people love their dry shampoo, but for me they just don’t work. In the next part I will go into detail why I just don’t love the stuff. You can use any baby powder. I shared on IG the one I like, but any is fine to use! Remember, you never want anything on your scalp as it will cause build up. I will usually take some powder and with my head up side down I will gently tousle my roots to absorb any of the oil. I try really hard to not get any on my scalp. I will continue to do this every few days or as needed. Keep in mind, I am only using my timeline that I use, you may need to reach for the baby powder on day 2, it all depends on where you are in your hair training journey. I always suggest by starting small and adding one day at a time to each hair wash. You may start with going two days in between, and then three and so on. If you are just starting out, your hair may not cooperate as much as you want it, don’t get frustrated, just take it slow & have fun with it! It’s kind of exciting seeing how long you can get out of a hair wash. I will be the first to admit, I am SO LAZY & dread having to wash my hair, so to me this is a form of art to see how long I can go! 😉 I also LOVE the texture my hair gets from extending time in between washes. If you have SUPER thin hair like me, you will love that extra texture you get!
Why I don’t love dry shampoo.
Okay I get it, I just made 95% of you reading this cringe. I said it. I don’t love dry shampoo. But why? It never really worked for me but also, it doesn’t really help with hair training. I look at dry shampoo as a band aid, it may help you get an extra day or two out of your hair, but it isn’t helping to gain you any length of time. You get the extra day and your hair ends up looking even dirtier the next day. With my method you are actually keeping your hair looking clean longer, and training your hair to do the marathon versus buying time for the short sprint.
Keeping your Hair Smelling GOOD
One of the most asked questions I got is how I keep my hair smelling good for three whole weeks! I have found myself using this volume spray, because 1. it smells SO GOOD & 2. it adds really great volume! I stick to my product usage to a minimum rule, so I will use it maybe once a week. It works really well to keep my hair smelling good. 🙂 I sprayed it yesterday and my husband walked into the bathroom and said “oooh perfume Andrea??” all excited haha… nope (sorry babe) just my volume spray 🙂 I am really sensitive to smells so I rarely wear any form of perfume or body spray, but this spray does not bother me at all so if you are sensitive to smells like me I would highly recommend it!
We Made It!
Okay… I know that was ALOT of info in one post. My goal was to have one place to come to reference everything hair care/training related! Sorry for the lengthy read! I hope you found today’s post helpful to you. Message me and let me know how your hair training journey is going or if you have any questions! I love to hear other’s stories! Happy Hair Training! <3
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**As always, all opinions & thoughts in this post are my own **