The title of this post is a little misleading bc you should do whatever the fuck you want with your hair. Your hair, your life, your choice – I’m all for that. You know what? Other people say they are too… that is, until I tell them about my haircare habits. Believe it or not, the common consensus is that because I’m a blogger, wash and style my hair at least every 1/2 days. Letting your hair get greasy is so not #bloggergoals. If you too are of the impression that the more you wash your hair, the more you’re looking after it – I’m about to tell you a completely different story.
Back in December of this year, I had just bleached the holy crap out of my locks and headed back to a golden blonde hue from all the crazy purple and pink shades that I’d been rocking in AW17. I totally needed a hair overhaul, and what better than a blank (or in my case, blonde) slate to work with? A lot of people ask how I get my naturally brown/black hair to lift to blonde, and the short story is that it takes a lot of time, and a lot of bleach. Plus, it didn’t help that the pink dye I had used previously actually stained the shaft of each of my hairs, even though it was semi-permanent.
Many weeks of bleaching, and alas! I was blonde! I wanted to feel instantly more glamourous and sexy, but my hair was fried (not as badly as usual as I drenched it in coconut oil before bleaching – pro tip) which left me feeling so frustrated. I had this brilliant blonde colour, but I couldn’t work my hair at all. It refused to style naturally, and I refuse to use hot tools on freshly bleached hair. We’ve all seen that vid of the girl who has freshly bleached hair with the curling iron, and if you haven’t, take a T/O right now to watch it.
As the weeks went on a both bought and got sent products to help rebuild my hair, which did an amazing job. However, I found that every time I washed my hair it got so weak which lead to breakage, even if I was gentle. A day after washing, it was dry as a crisp and I jumped right back in the shower to wash and condition, condition, condition. I just couldn’t get my hair to look decent, let alone all effortlessly wispy like in an instagrammer dream.
Suddenly it kinda just dawned on me, I wasn’t allowing the natural oils that my scalp produces to nourish my hair. If you’re the type of person to get all grossed out by “greasy hair” click the “x” up there ^ because you wont like this. Turns out, it’s not “grease” at all. They’re essentially nourishing oils that your skin naturally produces to moisturise and condition your hair, and we’re all just washing them away.
Now, now, I’m not saying that I stopped washing my hair whatsoever – that’s not true at all. But I did go through a total hair detox! I started out my leaving 2 days, then 3 days and then 4 days… etc between washes over the months. Every morning and evening I used my brush to comb the natural oils through my hair to distribute them through my dry lengths and ends, and then used dry shampoo on my roots every night before bed to keep really oily root areas at bay.
I started to realise that my hair knew it was bleached and damaged. Ever since I started bleaching/dying my hair it would be really oily after the first day of washing, and I would have no idea why. My skin started to produce more and more oil to take into account how stripped and fried my hair was, nature at work! By allowing this oil to get brushed (distributed) through my hair, and not removed, it “told” my skin to stop producing as much. Hence, I taught my hair to stop producing so much oil – simply by not washing it so frequently.
6 Months down the line, and I’m able to go one full week without washing my hair. Sometime I do it more frequently, but this is more rare than it is common. In the same space of time, I’ve had lots of comments and DM’s about how good my hair looks considering that it’s been bleached so much. Truth is, I’ve just washed my hair less and really made an effort to take care of my hair the way it wants to be treated.
Washing your hair less also has some serious pro’s, such as justifying the purchase of more expensive shampoos & conditioners as suddenly the products last much longer and go much further. Also, I totally have the excuse to try out more leave-in dry moisturisers which you can add to your hair during the week as a “top up” moisture boost for dry ends. I thought I’d give you the low-down of my current haircare routine as so many people ask about how I look after it. Here’s whats rocking my haircare world right now.
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This good stuff is specially formulated for chemically treated & mechanically stressed hair and works to restore and rebuild broken hair bonds restored with every use. Reconstructed hair, as if by magic. Oh, and it has a very affordable price tag – £2.00 per bottle? Yes please!
I’ve been using this formula, shampoo and conditioner, for about a month now and my hair looks and feels much stronger than before. Plus, if you are trying to wash your hair less, these big bottles will last you ageeees.
If you’re a little more concerned or conscious of what you’re putting on your hair, the Matrix Biolage range might just be what you’re looking for. The R.A.W. range is packaged in 100% recycled bottles and features a formula that promises to be made from 95% natural ingredients such as coconut oil and kaolin clay. The Nourish Shampoo* didn’t do much for me, but the conditioner is so, so, so good. Plus, the clay masks are a really unique idea and really invigorate my dull, dry hair.
If you really want to treat yourself, this haircare brand is such an investment. The Michael Van Clarke line makes my hair feel like it’s constantly on it’s a-game, whilst keeping it strong and soft at the same time. Again, this line is pricey – but oh so worth the spend. If I had to suggest one must have product,it would be the Pre Treatment, you cover your dry hair in this lovely stuff about 20 minutes before you shower and wash out with shampoo as you normally would. I 100% think this stuff is the main reason that even the ends of my hair feel more full and generally stronger from day-to-day.
You may have seen me mention this on my IG stories before because I swear by this multi-use oil as a hair moisture replenisher! This is especially important if like me, you wash your hair less frequently. Once every two weeks, on the night before I wash my hair, I’ll cover the lengths and ends of my locks in the golden oil, plait it, and sleep on it. One wash later, and my hair is gloriously shiny and much more nourished. It’s also got a handy spray so you can direct it straight onto the hair without getting your hands too slippery and oily (I h8 that).
Taking my advice and waiting longer between washes? You’ll need a lot of this stuff. I still use dry shampoo all the time, but it was so important when I was transitioning from washing my hair every other day all the way to once a week. My fave are the Percy & Reed or the Umberto Giannini varieties. Apologies for the lack of bottle to photograph but I used all of my UG dry shampoo up, and yes, it is just that good. If you’re looking for really well priced yet effective dry shampoos, I suggest you pick up one of these!
How do you take care of your hair to help it grow faster?