What You Should Be Doing In Between Hair Washes

Courtney Leiva | 16 September 2018

4 important tips to remember in-between washes!

While washing and conditioning your hair daily seems like the right thing to do, 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 actually doing away with it altogether. To avoid limp, lackluster, stripped locks, scaling back on your washings can be a good place to start. But if you want to take your off-wash routine to the next level (and still look freshly groomed), here are four important things to keep in mind.

In Between Hair Washes: 4 Things to Remember

Use a good dry shampoo In Between Hair Washes
Dry shampoo can help mattify your locks.

1. Use dry shampoo.

Managing your hair in between hair washes definitely starts with using 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 Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care 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, as this ensures that your dry shampoo product is evenly distributed throughout your hair.

Be sure to brush your hair in between hair washes
Use a paddle brush to distribute natural oils evenly throughout the hair.

2. Use the right brush.

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, 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. For a brush that definitely covers a lot of real estate on your hair, try Nexxus Ibiza CX2 Paddle Hair Brush to brush your hair from roots to ends.

Create braids and buns In Between Hair Washes
Second-day hairstyles are ideal in between hair washes.

3. Try dirty ‘do hairstyles.

Trying out some dirty ‘do 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 texturizing powder can help mattify your locks in no time. For slick-free looks, use Bed Head by TIGI Joyride Texturizing Powder Balm before you create those second-day hairstyles.

Rinse (but don't wash) your hair In Between Hair Washes
A good rinse can get rid of some dirt and oil.

4. Rinse occasionally.

While it’s tempting to shampoo and condition, letting your hair rest in between hair washes is totally recommended. But if you can’t stand the oily and greasy feeling associated with not washing for a few days, lightly rinsing your hair and following up with a leave-in conditioner, such as S Factor by TIGI Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray, should be able to remove excess oil and sweat without much friction.