SHOP THE LOOK
In case you did or did not notice… I went a little M.I.A on the blog and social media for almost 2 weeks. About twice a year, I just want to breathe and take a little break from the internet. Or at least cut way back for a short period of time. We went to Panama City Beach for spring break last week with my family. We took Harlie to the beach twice last year, but she wasn’t old enough to enjoy any of it. This year, however, she had the time of her life! It was SO fun watching her play (and eat, and get it in her eyes, ears, and every where the sun doesn’t shine) in the sand! I’ll post some of my favorite pictures at the end of this post. But I’m refreshed, and ready to get back to it!
Believe it or not, my hair typically does nothing I want it to on day one. It doesn’t have any body to it unless I douse it with root pump and tease it to Jesus. So that being said, I’ve got a few tricks to styling dirty, or second+ day hair. *long post warning*
As a rule of thumb when it comes to hair, your style is only as good as your prep work. Meaning if you’re using the wrong type of shampoo + conditioner and/or products before blow drying, then you can’t expect top quality results with low quality prepping. This doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm or leg on your hair care products, BUT you do need to make sure you’re using products specifically for your hair type and styling goals. This will help you to go longer and longer without washing.
Alright, let’s start at the beginning of your complete hair care process. Day 1- Start off by using a shampoo+conditioner duo specific for your hair type whether you have fine, straight hair or thick and curly hair. This will help your hair to have the right amount of product that stays in your hair after rinsing.
Once you’re out of the shower, and have towel dried your hair, this is the time to choose your “damp hair products”. I LIVE off of this root pump, and have for years now. Of course I have tried many others, but just can’t seem to find one I like better. I want as much volume as l can get (Many of my friends joke that I should have went through my teen years in the 80’s because of my love of big hair! lol). I’ve been using a teasing comb about the same length of time as the root pump, if not longer. If y’all would like a post specific to volume/teasing, let me know and I can do so!
Once your products are in your hair, now is blow dry time! I use a round brush throughout the entire top of my head and to set the front of my hair the way I want it, then the rest I dry upside down for maximum volume. If you want to give the front of your hair a little more style that will hold longer, you can use a simple roller as soon as you dried your hair, to let it “cool” around the roller to give it a style. I sometimes will do this to the crown of my head also. I’m really wanting this detachable brush set to be able to do this method to my entire head for total big, sexy hair that lasts! To finish off day one, I’ll typically straighten my hair from mid-shaft to roots, and spritz with hair spray. I don’t usually use much, if any hair spray when my hair is straight. THIS is the straightener that I use, and FOUND IT FOR ONLY $92! It’s regular $150!
So now, finally.. on to day two. Depending on what style I’m going to go with, whether it be straight again or I’m going to put a curling iron to it, I always start my hair process with my dry shampoo. This will remove any oil that I acquired over the last 24 hours since washing it. Next-, if it’s seeming to be a little flat, I’ll add in my volume powder and start teasing afterwards. These powders react off of heat from your hands/finger tips. You just section your hair a couple times throughout the part and crown area, and sprinkle it on the roots. From this point, I’ll either touch up any strands that need to be re-straightened, or heat up my curling iron, section off my hair and curl.
If I’m not feeling straight or wavy hair, I’ll decide on a cute hat to throw on or do either a messy bun, half-up top knot, or some type of braids. If you go with some braids, you can sleep in them one day two and be able to have a wavy hairstyle (free of heat) for day three!
I hope this helps gives some insight on tricks you can use to start allowing yourself to go more days without washing. One other reason this is so important is if you color your hair, every time you wash it you are stripping small amounts of the color out of your hair. This is only causing you to need professional hair services more often or just causing your beautiful color to fade so much quicker than if you went every 2-4 days in between washes. Be patient when trying to get your scalp trained for fewer washes. It won’t happen overnight!
How many days can you go in between washes?