Who doesn’t want healthier, stronger and shinier hair? It is obtainable! I promise. Today I want to talk to you about how to wash your hair only once a week. You heard that right. And before you shut this post down… hear me out. Even if you’re someone who washes your hair every day. If you give it time, I guarantee my method works. How can I say that? Because this is how I maintain my hair each week. Remember the post I did on how I get my nail polish to last? Just like that post, trust me. I’ve got you covered.
Let me first start by saying this, it’s a process. You will need your patients cap on for this…and to hide the oily hair days, ha. My method doesn’t happen over night. Give it a month or so and you’ll be on your way to washing your hair weekly. If once a week is too extreme, then you can follow the routine and at least get your self to twice a week. Depending on what I have going on I’ll wash my hair mid week but at this point, there isn’t any need for it. I’ve trained my hair to last the whole week.
Train? Yes. So let’s get to it.
How To Wash Your Hair Only Once A Week
One way to do this is to head to you local Dry Bar or Blo Bar (not sponsored, I just love those two places) once a week and get it washed. I find that when my hair is professionally washed it will last so much longer. I always ask for 2 washes. Then when I sit in the chair, I tell the stylist use only the lightest heat protectant. I prefer and recommend you get Prep Rally. Ever since I started using this I’ve noticed a change. I was the girl that thought my hair needed all these products, but it doesn’t. There are lots of other great products out there but in order to get your hair to last all week you need something light and very little of it. Prep Rally is used by the Dry Bar but Blo Bar uses another product. Take Prep Rally with you.
At home washing
It’s not realistic for everyone to be able to find time or the budget to go to the salon every week for a wash. I get that. When I started trying to do this washing my hair once a week thing, I wasn’t going to the salon. I was washing my hair at home.
First off, start with a good shampoo and conditioner. Something that is light weight and not for extra moisturizer. Those tend to be heavier. I love the R+Co Sunset shampoo & conditioner and Oribe shampoo & conditioner.
Depending on how many days you go in between washes now, start there and add one extra day. Do this for a week. So, say you wash your hair every day. Skip in between for one week. The next week, don’t wash for two days. The following week three, and so forth and so on. This is the training part.
Just like the salon does, wash your hair two times. Make sure you rinse really well. When it comes to using conditioner, don’t put it on your scalp. You’ll want to lather it in your hands, put it on your ends and work up. Putting conditioner straight on your scalp can leave your hair greasy and heavy. While shampooing or after hair is dry I’ve been using the Vanity Planet Scalp massager, several times a week. (use that link to get 50% off).
Once hair is thoroughly clean and dried off with a towel, spray with a light weight heat protectant (Prep Rally), divide into sections and dry. I love my cheap blow dryer. I swear by this one. Separating into sections is key to getting deep into the roots. Take your time. That’s the hard part for me. I just want it all to be over.
Working out and washing my hair:
I also get it, if you work out and sweat really easily, I’d recommend gently placing your hair in a low bun. My Soul Cycle teacher (check out her hair here on her instagram. Scroll down and look how long it use to be.) only washes her hair once a week…and I bet none of us are sweating like she is and multiple times a day teaching classes. How to wash your how only once a week can be done when you are the type that sweats a lot. Simply add a small amount of Skyline dry shampoo form R+Co and then blow dry it your hair.
Written out steps:
- Wash hair twice -lather really and rinse well
- Use conditioner mostly at the bottom. Rub in well, then barely run fingers through the scalp.
- Use a light heat protectant and not a lot of it. I love Prep Rally
- Dry hair with fingers only until about 80% dry (my favorite blow dryer is $11)
- Part hair into sections and dry each section
- Do not put anything else in your hair
- Keep fingers out of hair (use a claw clip if you want out out of your face)
- Sleep with a silk pillow case. This was another stage to figuring out how to wash my hair once a week.
Mid-Week pick me up. Or if you managed to need a smelling boost:
Dry Bar’s Dry Conditioner. I use this ONLY on the ends
R+Co Skyline for the roots. Than put a blow dryer to it to set it.