Did you know that washing your hair everyday is actually bad for your hair? I had heard people say it but never really paid much attention to it.
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The thing is, washing your hair everyday strips it of its natural oils thus causing it to be more oily. The idea is that if you don’t wash your hair everyday then your hair will adjust and not be as oily.
About 6 months ago I decided it was time for me to try this out. It sounded great to not have to wash my hair everyday.
During this time I also wanted to make the switch to more natural hair care products. I switched to using sulfate free, paraben free, and fragrance free shampoo. All of these things cause issues within your body but we won’t get into that here.
So today I’m going to walk you through my natural hair care routine and share all my products and tips with you guys. Here we go!
First let’s start with my hair washing routine. This routine has worked great for my oily hair and I no longer have to worry about my hair being oily a day after I wash it.
When I first switched to sulfate free shampoo it was definitely an adjustment. This type of shampoo doesn’t suds as much as regular shampoos so it’s hard to get used to.
I learned that adding baking soda to it helps create more bubbles and thus a cleaner feeling. Baking soda also helps clean out any gunk leftover from products you use on your hair.
Now let’s get to the actual products I use. There are a lot of sulfate free shampoos out there. I suggest looking on the Think Dirty app and finding one that is low on their scale. Also make sure you aren’t just picking one because of the “natural” packaging, look at the ingredients. You can read more about greenwashing here.
I use Young Living Shampoo. I’ve used the Lavender Mint and the Copaiba Vanilla and I love both of them. They work great and they smell amazing without all the nasty side effects of fragrances.
When washing your hair you want to make sure that your hair is completely soaked as this will help the shampoo suds better. I then mix some baking soda and my shampoo in a cup and start to apply it to my hair.
Most days I just wash my hair once but if I’ve gone longer in between washes then I will wash it twice. This helps to ensure I get all the dry shampoo and such out of my hair so it’s nice and clean.
I’ve used two completely different things for conditioners and they’ve both worked great so it’s just preference. When I first started I used an apple cider vinegar rinse to condition my hair.
This just means that I poured apple cider vinegar on my hair and then let it sit for a few minutes before I rinsed it out.
You can smell the vinegar as your doing it and while your hair is wet but once you dry you hair the smell goes away.
I now use Young Living Copaiba Vanilla conditioner because it makes my hair shinier. I just apply it straight and don’t add anything to it like the shampoo.
Another tip for conditioner is, only add it to the ends of your hair. This helps if you have oily roots, you don’t want to give them more moisture as they don’t need it.
I know people say that allowing your hair to air dry is what’s best, but that just doesn’t work for me. If I allow my hair to air dry then my roots become all stringy and it just doesn’t look good.
Most of the time I dry my whole head but if I’m not feeling it then I always at least dry my roots.
You do what works best for you.
Also another little trick is to wrap your wet hair in a t-shirt instead of a towel. The t-shirt is gentler on your hair and doesn’t cause breakage.
Also when drying my hair I use Earthley’s leave in conditioner. I just spray it all over my wet hair and brush it through. This helps keep the frizz down and also makes my hair smell great.
In between washes
The key to going several days in between washes is dry shampoo.
I only apply dry shampoo on days 3+ as I don’t feel I need it before then. I also apply dry shampoo the night before instead of the morning of. This allows it to absorb the oils in your hair better and it makes it look like you aren’t even using dry shampoo.
I make my own dry shampoo because I don’t want all those nasty chemicals in it. Here’s my dry shampoo DIY recipe:
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe
3 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
5 drops each of rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils
The cocoa powder is added because my hair is darker. You may have to add more or less depending on your hair color, just play around with it.
Also rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood are great hair support oils. They help promote hair growth and keep hair healthy and shiny.
Another thing I use in my hair is mermaid spray. This is a DIY spray I make to help support my hair. Here’s the recipe:
Fill your spray bottle with a little witch hazel
Add 15 drops each of rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils.
Fill the rest with water
Shake and then spray!
I spray this on my hair periodically just to promote healthy hair.
Well that’s it for my natural hair care routine. If you enjoyed this post be sure to check out the Beginners Guide to Natural Living.
Do you use sulfate free shampoo? Do you go several days in between washes? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments!