Shampoo may be a great way to eliminate dirt and buildup, but it will also remove natural oils. Natural oil helps us from hair breakage, keeps it healthy and conditioned.
But if you have been washing your hair every day, breaking the shampoo cycle can be difficult. So we asked some of the biggest names in hair care to spill their tips for weaning yourself off the bottle.
Shampoo once a week. If you have been shampooing every day, you should reduce the frequency, until you’re only shampooing once a week
DpHUE creative director Justin Anderson, who counts Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, and Leighton Meester among his clients says, “It’s a little daunting at first,” he says, “but you will quickly realize that you don’t need that everyday wash you’ve become accustomed to.”
The texture of your hair doesn’t matter.Whether your hair is curly or straight, coarse or fine, count on a transition period while your scalp adjusts. If you wash your hair daily, it over-produces oil to compensate for the dryness caused by your shampoo. So when you break that routine, your hair may look oilier than normal, but it will “feel softer and gain a glossy shine,”.
One major perk of passing on the ’poo is how easily dirty hair holds style. Touch up unwashed locks with a blow dryer, flatiron, or curling iron, or test out a new updo. “If you’re active and outdoors in the summer, consider tying up a high bun with a cloth headband to keep hair off your neck,” says Jamie Suarez, creative director for Regis Corporation. “If you need to transition to indoors, simply use a quick dry shampoo spritz, tie your hair in a loose ponytail with the same headband, and you’re off!”
Dry shampoo is life-changing when it comes to perfecting the unwashed look, our experts agree. Their go-tos include DESIGNLINE’s Dry Shampoo Hair Refresher, Sally Hershberger’s 24K Think Big Dry Shampoo, and Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo. Tempted to test a Pinterest-y DIY method like vinegar, honey, mayonnaise, coconut oil, eggs, or baking soda? Think twice. “These items are not pH balanced for hair and skin, and can, over time, damage hair more than shampooing—and they may have no cleansing benefit at all,” Suarez cautions.
Change is tough, especially when it involves breaking a potentially decades-long routine. But be patient. “You’ll notice soon that your hair is fuller, shiner, and generally healthier looking,” says Josh, who has styled A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The best way to make it through the transition: trial and error. “Take thoughtful notes about what you’re doing—which products you use, how much you use, and how long you go without washing,” he advises. “When you find something that works, stick with it.”
Even if you’re convinced at this point to skip the shampoo next time you’re in the shower, it may be hard to cut it out of your life altogether. So when you do lather up, our experts suggest sulfate-free washes for preserving color, creating volume, or taming frizz. “Don’t be afraid to mix and match products,” Mini says. “The key to any great style starts in the shower.”