You guys!! If you follow along over on Instagram, I’m sure you saw me talk on stories about washing my hair. I may have mentioned I was on day 7….or 9 hair and it caused a riot! Haha! I had so many direct messages asking how in the world I could go that long! A few were funny about it (to each their own), but the majority wanted to know my trick to making it possible! So I thought it would be easiest to put my top tips to training your hair all together in one blog post for you!
Before we get to the tips, let me give you a little background. I’ve been doing hair for the past almost 19 years. I worked many years in a salon, and still do hair for family in my home salon. So you could say I know a thing or two about hair, how things work, and have FOR SURE tried my fair share of products to figure out what works BEST. I just want you to know this is strictly my opinion and advice, but also that I do have a background in this as well!
:: GIVE IT TIME
First off, training your hair is not something that happens overnight or even within a week or so. When I was doing hair regularly, I would always make my clients commit to sticking with it for at least 1-2 months. You have to “train” your hair to get used to not producing so much oil. Every time you wash your hair you are stripping your scalp of all it’s natural oils — so it then naturally wants to make more.
If you’re an everyday washer start out by skipping 1-2 days of washing. Stick with that until you notice your hair getting used to it and seeming cleaner. This usually take about a week or two. Then add on another day of skipping a wash. Do this for another week or so and continue on. Make sense? I promise your hair will start to get use to less washing and will STOP making so much oil. PATIENCE is key!!
Your hair + scalp will start to recognize that you’re not stripping it or washing it all of the time and will gradually stop producing that extra oil. Every single one of my clients would come back saying this was life changing!!
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:: HANDS OFF YOUR HAIR
This is the BIGGEST tip I can give when it comes to prolonging your wash. Stop touching your hair. I think a lot of women don’t even realize how often they touch their hair. It is such a habit we all do, and a big contributor to the greasy oily hair. Every time you touch your hair, you transfer oil from your fingertips onto your hair. Do your best to keep your hands out of it during the day. If you have bangs or pieces that fall in your face often, clip back that front section of your hair while you are working so it isn’t constantly being touched and moved out of the way. I love using these long alligator clips or these hair ties because neither leave a crease in your hair. You will honestly notice a difference in how clean your hair seems right away with this tip!
BEDTIME TIP: also pull my hair up on top of my head when I sleep. Then all the oils from your face and pillow will not get on your hair + you’ll save your curls!! Which then again is less touching and less heat on your hair for the next day and LESS DAMAGE!
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:: LIMIT HOW MUCH PRODUCT YOU USE
Another big contributor for your hair not lasting as long in between washes is using too much product. I shared a hair routine a few months ago, and while some of the brands have been switched out or are not used as much now that my hair is shorter, the process is still the same. I would say 75% of the product I use on my hair is while it is still WET. And the majority of them are used for protection from heat + to strengthen my hair. I rarely use hair spray, because it will instantly take days off your wash. Like I said before, it takes time to figure out what works best for your hair personally, but the less product the cleaner the hair!
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:: MAKE DRY SHAMPOO YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
Dry Shampoo makes ALLLLL the difference. I usually won’t use any until day 3-4, but for some of you just starting out you might have to use this on day 2. Finding the dry shampoo that works best for your hair is again trial and error. A lot of people go straight for the most expensive salon brand thinking it is going to be a guaranteed winner, and depending on your hair that is not always the case! Hair color, texture, and length can all play a big part in which one you choose.
For years and years I have used this one that is under $6 for TWO. I swear by it and think it is a great one to try. But as you may have seen over on Instagram, I recently started using Navy Hair Care’s Dry Shampoo and it is a GAME CHANGER. Never have I met a dry shampoo that works like it does. My hair instantly feels cleaner after using the tiniest bit, and it gives you body and volume to liven up that day 4 or 5 hair too, giving it great body. It is a great price point as well and you can use code KAILEE for 30% off the site.
Dry shampoos not only extend your look and washes but act as multi-taskers that add volume + texture to your hair too! So find one you love!! But you also don’t want to use SO much dry shampoo that you are starting to see flakes etc.
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:: WEAR A HAT
It should come as no surprise to any of you my love for hats. They are by far my favorite accessory and I love how they can change up an outfit so much. But another thing I love about them is how well they can help you pull out another day or 2 between washes. Who doesn’t love a reason to not touch your hair AT ALL. It saves your hair and saves your time! Double win! I love this style for just covering up the top but still looking great with your hair down. (use code KAILEESHIP for free shipping). Baseball style hats are a great option for longer hair and pulling it up. I’ll put a little dry shampoo underneath on the base of my scalp when I do the pony or messy bun to give it a little volume and ditch some of that oil. It is such a simple solution and such a great option for when you are training your hair to go longer too!
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I hope these tips are helpful!! The biggest thing is to give it time + be consistent!! If you have any other questions on all things hair, leave them here or over on my last Instagram Post and I’ll answer them!