How to Go Multiple Days Without Washing Your Hair

Updated 09/23/16

How infrequently you wash your hair has become somewhat of a badge of honor. Going three days sans shampoo used to be an accomplishment to be proud of. Now, women are boasting about washing their hair every five days or even once a week. If all of this sounds like madness to you, allow us to show you how it’s done. 

Keep reading to find out how to go multiple days without washing your hair! 


Stop Shampooing

First things first, stop shampooing. The no-poo method, co-washing, whatever you want to call it, by now you know that ditching traditional shampoos is not merely a passing fad, but rather a real, lasting change in the haircare world. And if you haven’t hopped on board yet, you should. The detergents in traditional shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils, thus causing it to overproduce oil. Ditching shampoo doesn’t mean you have to quit showering—you have a few options. 

dpHUE ACV Hair Rinse $32
Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner $26
Purely Perfect Smooth Finish $34
Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Nylon and Boar Bristle Brush $105

Have a Hair Plan

When you’re trying to stretch the time between washing, you have to have a plan. Day one is easy: You have clean hair (lightly) styled however you please. Day two should go a lot like day one; those with fine hair or particularly oily scalps may need to add dry shampoo this day. Day three: Try a messy bun or loose braid. Tease the roots slightly, and muss up your part so it’s not perfectly straight (these tactics will help disguise any first appearances of grease). Day four can be a repeat of day three, or you slick your back into a low bun or a high pony.

If you’re going for the sleek look, you will want to use product. Day five is probably wash day for those with fine hair. Others may be able to get away with a slicked-back look (or a hat).

Have a Backup Plan

Around day three, four, and five, you may have to get creative. When you just need a little boost between regular washings, you effectively have two options: rinsing and the half wash. Rinsing is pretty self-explanatory. Let’s say you had a sweaty workout, but you just washed two days ago; simply rinsing your hair in the shower will take care of the extra grease and redistribute your scalp’s oils. Or when the rest of your hair looks fine but the roots along your hairline and part are looking greasy, try the half wash.

Pull your hair back into a loose low bun, and just wet, wash, and rinse about a 1- to 2-inch section along your hairline and down the front portion of your part. We like to do this in the shower with a shower cap over the rest of our hair, but we have friends who prefer to do this in the sink, too. It may sound odd, but both ways work. And you get to maintain that third-day texture we all love oh so much.

How many days do you go between washes? Tell us below!

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