8 Tips From A Hair Pro On How To Train Your Hair
The allure of only washing your hair once a week has intrigued women for generations, says hair pro Ally Marshall from The Hudson Hair Salon says.
The idea is this: train your hair to the point where you only have to wash it once a week.
For some this sounds like an impossibility, especially if you have oily hair or are used to washing it every day. However, Ally believes it can be achieved!
Ally has the expert tips on how you can make this dream come true, read on to find out how to train your hair like a pro!
Choose A “Wash Day”
Unfortunately most shampoos contain detergents that over-cleanse your scalp, so it might feel super clean at first but over time will overproduce oil to make up for the dryness. On wash day (which I usually recommend to be on a Sunday so you feel refreshed for the week), opt for gentle, sulfate-free shampoos to cleanse your strands without stripping your scalp.
Get A Blowout Early In The Week
A blowout will make your hair easy to work with, and give it lots of body (which when you’re trying to avoid greasiness, is key). It will also make it easy for dry shampoo to blend seamlessly into your style (tips on that coming later) and it will look so much better up in a ponytail later in the week. (editor’s note: check out the top places to get a blowout in Toronto here)
Go Easy On The Conditioner
Condition just your ends with a light conditioner that’s free of silicones and oils. Even though your hair may feel like they need extra moisture, keep it light to avoid buildup. Read: Don’t let your conditioner touch your scalp or the hair near your scalp — that will just make it greasy.
Sleep On Silk
Not only is sleeping on a silk pillowcase great for your skin, but it also reduces friction on your hair. Use a silk pillowcase or silk sleeping cap to prevent breakage, split ends, and keep your strands smooth.
Tie Your Hair Using A Spiral Hair Tie
Spiral hair ties (also known as coil hair ties) are super comfortable. They will keep your up-do secure and won’t leave a crease in your hair. Tying your hair up when you do anything that might be sweat-inducing will help keep your hair as clean as possible.
Dry Shampoo Is Your Best Friend
While you should use styling products sparingly to keep your hair as clean as possible, sometimes we all need a little help. If your hair is starting to look a little greasy, try spraying some dry shampoo on your roots to hold you over until wash day.
Try An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
I recommend this on the the last day of your shampoo-free hair. Do a full body (hair included) rinse in warm (not hot!) water. Hot water is too drying, which can stimulate oil production. While in the shower, pour a bit of apple cider vinegar into your hair, work it through your roots, and rinse it out. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar, is acidic enough that it helps restore the pH balance of your hair, ridding the scalp of buildup, yet is gentle enough that it doesn’t strip your strands of essential nutrients. If using ACV is a bit intimidating for you, try the new Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Blend In-Shower Hair Rinse!
Make Sure To Stick With It
It can be easy to fall back into old habits a week after promising to stick to a new regimen, but make sure that you keep with this for at least four weeks! After that, the oil production will be significantly decreased and you’ll thank me, I promise. With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time to be getting into new habits that will benefit you down the line. This is a lifestyle change that you’ll be so thankful you stuck with.
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