How to Wear Dirty, Unwashed Hair

Updated 04/11/19
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Cut Down on Shampooing

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If you tend to get greasy hair or workout at the gym every day, daily hair washing may be your thing. It can be nice to rinse away all the sweat and oil when you get dirty hair. But if you're feeling low on time—or even if you want to wash your hair less to preserve your color—you can skip the wash without anyone knowing. 

The more you wash your hair, the more sebum, or oil, your scalp produces to compensate for it being stripped of its natural oils with shampoo. When you get your hair into a more natural sebum producing cycle, you'll find going a day or two between shampoos is much easier.

Plus, when you wash your hair every day, not only can your color fade, but it can weaken your hair and cause breakage. By simply washing your hair two to four days a week instead of daily (or multiple times a day), you can extend the life of your hair color and improve the overall health of your hair exponentially.

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Cool Off

As soon as you get out of the gym, you can nix that greasy hair look by making sure your head gets a cooldown of its own. If you're hopping into the shower, pop on a shower cap and run some cool water over your head to slow down any sweating.

Once you're done washing your body, your hair will still be dirty, so it's time to pull out the hairbrush. Using a boar bristle brush will help to evenly distribute the oils in your hair from your roots to the ends. As gross as that sounds, it'll act as a conditioning agent. 

If you're still feeling a little damp, flip your head over and turn the blow dryer on its cool setting. Then, focus on drying the roots.

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Use a Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoos are an excellent way to rid your hair of grease, grime, and sweat. You can buy dry shampoo in two different forms: powder or aerosol spray. Both types work to absorb oil, but depending on your hair type you should experiment to see what works best for your hair.

After your hair is cool, lift it in sections and spray the dry shampoo directly onto the root of your hair. Try to avoid your scalp, since dry shampoo can dry it out, making it feel tight and itchy.

Sometimes the formulas can leave a powdery look behind. If you have dark hair, try Redken Powder Refresh Aerosol Dry Shampoo—it's made for all hair colors and will dry without leaving your hair white. If you want to try a dry shampoo in a powder form, try Klorane Dry Shampoo Powder with Oat Milk. The pump makes it easy to squeeze the powder directly onto your roots. 

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Massage, Then Brush

After applying your dry shampoo, use the tips of your fingers to massage it in. This step is important to evenly distribute the dry shampoo throughout your roots properly. Then wait. Don't touch your head for the next three to five minutes to let it absorb all that sweat and sebum. 

After letting the dry shampoo sit for a few minutes, brush thoroughly and style as usual. Your hair might not feel silky and clean like it does after a shower, but the grit added by the dry shampoo can be a great help if you want your style to have some extra volume or if you have trouble getting your hair to hold a curl.

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