How to Get Clean Hair Without Washing
We’ve all been there.
You get home late from a night out with your BFFs and sleep past your alarm clock the next morning. Or you have a work deadline, so you stay at the office until midnight, and then sleep for what seems like two hours before you Uber back to work the next morning. Or you’re heading out on vacation, and your to-do list is calling your name.
Yep, we’ve all been there. Those are the days when you can afford a minute to slap on some eyeliner and lip gloss, but you can’t spare the time to create the shiny, clean locks you’d like.
So what’s a woman to do? We decided to turn to the experts for the answers. If you’re a last-minute lady or if time is always getting away from you, keep reading to discover how to clean your hair without washing.
High ponytails and silky pillowcases are your friend and the best way to preserve your hair while you are asleep. Having your ponytail high on your head will prevent hair from rubbing on the pillowcase, which might create knots, frizz and breakage. This [practice] will make it more manageable and healthy to work with in the morning.
Avoid touching your hair. Touching your hair will take away volume and stimulate your scalp to produce oil. Avoid applying any [unnecessary] products as well – this [can] weigh hair down and make it dirtier.
Accessories are great in between washes. Try headbands or hats. Sleek ponytails are also super chic and sexy. Use your hair’s natural oils and brush it back into a bun or ponytail.
Kacey Welch is a celebrity hairstylist who has worked with Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn and Kristin Cavallari. She works at the Jonathan and George Salon in Beverly Hills, California.
If you find your hair is oily but you need to look pulled together, consider embracing the hair as-is and even building off of it. Use a product such as Joico K-PAK Protect & Shine Serum or K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil and a comb to create an edgy and glamorous “wet” look. Once the hair is slicked back, you can confine the sides with several bobby pins to keep the hair in place. [If] the wet look isn’t as pulled together as you’d like, create a basic braid and then wrap the hair to form a low and simple bun – this is a great way to look chic yet effortless.
Paul Norton is a Los Angeles-based hairstylist who counts Robin Wright and Mariah Carey as his clients. He works out of the Sally Hershberger Salon in West Hollywood, California.
Charles Baker Strahan
If you have oily hair, you don’t need to shampoo every day. In fact, the more you shampoo, the more oil your hair will produce – you have to train it! Start by washing your hair every other day, then every third day. For normal hair, you can go anywhere from two to four days; for drier hair, you can go five or six days.
If you’re trying to extend the life of a blowout, try incorporating a product such as Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo into your routine. Dry shampoo can be used to absorb excess oil, and the tapioca formula won’t leave behind residue.
Charles Baker Strahan is a celebrity stylist for Herbal Essences. He has worked with Leighton Meester, Lauren Conrad, Amy Poehler and Whitney Port.
With dry shampoos, remember, less is definitely more. Too much usage and your hair will feel tacky and chalky. Start slow, near the root, and build as needed to enhance your style – rock those messy layers! My favourites are from Pureology (they have a dry shampoo and conditioner) and Redken (their 3-day extender rocks).
Try a new style. The next time you’re consulting with your stylist, ask them, “Is there a way we can cut my hair so I can have some time in between shampoos?” The more information they have about your lifestyle and the particular needs you have, the more equipped they are to [create a hairstyle with] flexibility and longevity. With the right layers around your face, pulling back your hair into a messy ponytail or bun can give you a downtown-chic style that keeps you looking fierce three days after your last shampoo.
Balance your scalp. Women with an oily scalp should seek out a scalp balancing product such as Essential Drops from Shu Uemura. They help to soothe your skin and keep the oil from overwhelming your tresses. When combined with a great prep product such as Depsea Foundation, your hair will air dry to perfection.
Amanda Craig is a celebrity hairstylist who has worked with Kelly Clarkson. She co-owns the Leigh, Edwards & Company salon in Nashville, Tennesee.