Training Your Hair To Require Less Washing – L'ange Hair
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Hair Talk

When was the last time you washed your hair?

Has it been a few days? 

Or are you someone who usually can’t go even one day without getting that heavy, oily feeling?

If this sounds like you, I have some good news…

OILY HAIR CAN BE YOUR FRIEND

You see, not all the oil you find in your hair comes from your environment.

Your hair follicles and scalp actually produce their own oils.

And these oils contain essential nutrients that keep your hair well-hydrated and healthful.

Unfortunately, when you wash, not only are you removing dirt and other “bad” particles…

…you also strip your hair of these essentials oils.

That means the more you wash…the more of these critical oils you’re removing.

And over time, this can lead to a dried-out scalp, reduced shine, brittle hair strands…even hair breakage! 1

TIME TO TAKE YOUR HAIR TO SCHOOL

Now, you might be wondering…

...how can you protect your hair’s beneficial oils without that greasy, unpleasant sensation?

Fortunately, you can actually train your hair to reduce its oil production.

When you develop a routine that eliminates daily washing, your hair “learns” it won’t be losing those useful oils so often.

The result?

Your hair will naturally begin to produce less oil…

…leaving only what’s required for optimum volume, sheen, and wellness.

So, get ready to take your hair to school!

Here’s my simple, no-fuss hair training plan... 

STEP 1: MAKE FRIENDS WITH DRY SHAMPOO

Once you ease into a fewer-washing-days schedule, the right dry shampoo will be indispensable.

Using this innovative water-free cleansing formula properly will maintain that pristine feeling for an extra day or two… or even three! 2

For the cleanest possible feel, I designed my dry shampoo, Déjà Vu, so it goes on clear. That way, you can experience those refreshing benefits, without that cakey white residue.


“L’ange’s Déjà Vu is the only dry shampoo formulated to go on clear.”

STEP 2: SKIPPING SHAMPOO DOESN’T MEAN SKIPPING THE SHOWER

Training your hair for a less washing-intensive routine shouldn’t disrupt the rest of your hygiene habits.

There’s no reason you have to shower less just because you’re washing your hair less often.

“On no-washing days, make sure your hair is protected from the hot water of the shower”

On days when you shower without washing your hair, just cover your locks with a shower cap, or pin them back with a hair clip.

If you use a clip, be sure to keep your hair dry while washing and rinsing your face and neck. 3

STEP 3: DON’T BE AFRAID TO ACCESSORIZE

When you reach your third or fourth day without a full washing, pulled-back looks or updo’s should feel and look the best.

To maintain a fashionable style on these casual hair days, keep a wide variety of attractive accessories in your wardrobe.

The right scarves, headbands, and clips ensure your hair will stay smart and voguish even when you’re “dressing down.”

“At the gym or out and about the town, the right scrunchie never goes out of style!”)

And, if the activities on your calendar make it a good fit…it’s time to indulge in a “hat day”! 4

STEP 4: CONDITION SMART

When you’re cultivating your hair’s natural oil production, you want to make sure not to overdo it on the conditioner.

While you may be tempted to give your hair that boost of detangling support, too much conditioner disrupts your hair’s oil flow just as much as excess shampooing.

“You might be tempted to condition those curls every day...but be careful before you lather up”

The best advice when you feel like your hair needs some smoothing is to go for a leave-in conditioner.

For example, treating your tips and crown with my Réplenish Conditioning Spray enhances sleekness and resolves tangling issues, without interrupting that newly slowed-down oil process. 5

STEP 5: WHEN IT’S TIME TO WASH…MAKE IT AN EVENT

Since you’ll be washing your hair less often, I say on wash days, really pamper yourself.

Indulge your tresses with a little bit of extra shampoo. If you’re still worried about losing moisture, choose a blend like my antioxidant-enriched Luxé Marula Oil Hydrating Shampoo.

And remember:

This is one of the rare days you’ll be doing a full wash…so now’s the time to really dig in and massage those roots! 6

FINAL STEP: PACE YOURSELF

Just like with fitness routines, hair training is most effective when it’s properly paced.

When you’re just starting out, you may want to stick to an every-other-day hair washing schedule.

Then, once you feel more comfortable, you can move on to an extra wash-free day…or even two.

Believe it or not…

...I’ve actually got a friend who’s trained her hair to the point where she only washes once a week!

You may want to challenge yourself to match the time-saving schedule of this hair warrior. But I find for most women, a maximum of four days without a full wash seems to work very well. 7

So there you have it…

...your basic, step-by-step guide to fast and easy hair training.

Try it for yourself, and let me know how your hair responds to the routine.

I’m confident this training system will have your hair feeling healthy and looking fabulous without a daily wash.

 

CITATIONS

  1. Phan, Michelle. “Train Your Hair to Be Grease-Free and Gorgeous.” Michelle Phan, 25 May 2016, michellephan.com/train-your-hair-to-be-grease-free-and-gorgeous/.
  2. Zoldan, Rachel Jacoby. “6 Ways To Shampoo Your Hair Less Often.” SELF, SELF, 6 Mar. 2018, www.self.com/story/how-to-shampoo-your-hair-less.
  3. Phan, Michelle. “Train Your Hair to Be Grease-Free and Gorgeous.” Michelle Phan, 25 May 2016, michellephan.com/train-your-hair-to-be-grease-free-and-gorgeous/.
  4. “How to Train Your Hair.” Vocalpoint - Vocalpoint, 1 Jan. 1967, www.vocalpoint.com/content/how-train-your-hair.
  5. “What Is Leave-In Conditioner and What Is It Used for?” Softer Hair, 8 Nov. 2017, softerhair.com/what-is-leave-in-conditioner-and-what-is-it-used-for/
  6. “How to Train Your Hair.” Vocalpoint - Vocalpoint, 1 Jan. 1967, www.vocalpoint.com/content/how-train-your-hair
  7. Walansky, Aly. “The Truth About How Often You Should Wash Your Hair.” StyleCaster, 6 Apr. 2018, stylecaster.com/beauty/how-often-should-i-wash-my-hair/.
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