What You Should Be Doing In Between Hair Washes

Important tips to remember during those in-between days.

While washing and conditioning your hair daily seems like the right thing to do, it’s not always the right approach. Some hair types can fare better with longer time in between hair washes. Case in point: Super dry hair, as well as curly to natural hair types, which both benefit from spacing out the shampooing, and sometimes, even c-washing. To avoid limp, lacklustre, stripped locks, scaling back on your washings can be a good place to start.

If you want to take your in-between hair washes routine to the next level (and keep your hair looking and feeling fresh!), here are some important things to keep in mind.

In-Between Hair Washes: 4 Things to Remember

1. Use Dry Shampoo

Woman applying dry shampoo to her hair
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Refresh hair in between washes with a good dry shampoo. Hair and scalps that haven’t been washed in several days can look and feel oily and greasy, making your hair feel limp and weighed down.

To cut down on that icky, stringy feeling, use a dry shampoo, like TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo whenever your locks are feeling super oily. Dry shampoo products can help absorb excess oils on the hair and scalp, keeping the grease and buildup to a minimum.

However, as with everything else, it’s important not to overdo your dry shampoo use. Try using your powder or spray product every few days. Also, be sure to massage your product in and brush it out thoroughly. This ensures that your dry shampoo product is evenly distributed throughout your hair.

2. And the Right Hair Brush!

Woman brushing her hair with a paddle brush
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Cutting back on daily shampooing also allows your scalp to keep coating hair with your natural oils, which helps condition your strands. However, to evenly distribute these oils throughout your hair and style hair without washing, you’ll want to use a good brush to get the job done right. Unlike round brushes, a good paddle brush can be used on all hair types and lengths.

3. Try Messy or Second Day Hairstyles

Woman with messy hair styled into a half up braid with a scarf
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Trying out some messy styles in between hair washes also works wonders, especially since braids, buns and twists can give your hair a polished and sophisticated look without any additional heat styling. However, if you find that your hair is getting a little too slippery during the process, using a good texturising product can help add some grip to your strands.

4. Consider Co-Washing

While it’s tempting to shampoo and condition, letting your hair rest in between hair washes is totally recommended. If you can’t stand the oily and greasy feeling from not washing for a few days, there’s a solution. Lightly rinsing hair with water between washes and washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner can help.

Editor’s tip:  If you’re looking for one to add to your wash day hair routine, try the Love Beauty And Planet Happy & Hydrated Gentle Cleansing Conditioner!

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