A Guide To Washing Your Hair Less

A Guide To Washing Your Hair Less

Does your hair look lacklustre and dry? Noticing dandruff and uncontrollable frizz? Do your roots get greasy at the end of the day? You may be shampooing your hair too often!

Over-washing your hair with shampoo can leave it weak and brittle because you are stripping your hair of its natural oils. This leads to your scalp going into oil production overload trying to replenish the oil that was stripped away thanks to sulfates in shampoo. Click here to read more on sulfates. The good news is you can actually train your hair to be less greasy, meaning you can go a lot longer without washing your hair!

 

Start extending your washes

If you wash your hair every day, try to make the switch to every other day. As you extend the time between washes, your hair will gradually produce less and less oil as you are no longer stripping your strands of the natural and essential oils your scalp produces. Wash your hair less and you’ll notice that you will be able to extend even longer between washes.

 

Here are a few tried-and-true tips from the kaia naturals HQ, that has helped them train their hair to be less greasy:

 

Tip #1: Use dry shampoo the night before

If you washed your hair this morning, spray your roots tonight with the overnight dry shampoo so you are able to skip tomorrow morning’s wash. This non-aerosol dry shampoo will help absorb oil sweat and odor while you’re sleeping, which is when your scalp produces the most oil! When you wake up on the second day, your hair will feel clean and fresh.

 

Tip #2: Co-washing

Skip your next shampoo and instead, rinse your scalp and hair with warm (not hot) water. Apply conditioner to your ends and rinse. To read more on this method called co-washing, click here.

 

Tip #3: Use apple cider vinegar

If you are brave enough to go even one more day without washing your hair (Yes! You can do it!), try an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Work it through your roots and rinse well with warm water. ACV helps to restore the scalp’s PH levels and removes buildup without stripping them from its natural oils.

 

Tip #4: Dry shampoo to freshen up

On the days where you skipped the shower, refresh and deodorize your hair anytime you feel you need a boost by spraying a bit more of the overnight dry shampoo into your roots and massage through.

 

The first few weeks of training your hair may take some getting used to, but by week two we can guarantee that you’ll notice your roots becoming less greasy!

Charcoal: The Black Magic Odor Eliminator  

Charcoal: The Black Magic Odor Eliminator  

The one natural ingredient that I have found that works better than anything to remove household odors is charcoal. Trust me when I say I have tried it all. From essential oils to vinegar to baking soda, nothing works quite like charcoal does. It is a very porous carbon, which attracts and holds odor like nothing else! I use charcoal to remove the odor from many places in my home.

 

Here are my top 3 favorite places to use charcoal:

 

Banish kitty litter odor

Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons into clean litter. Give it a little mix.

 

Banish closet & fridge odor

Put 2-3 tablespoons in a small muslin bag. Place in your closet or refrigerator. You’ll be amazed at the amount of odor it absorbs!

 

How do you use charcoal in your daily life? Let us know in the comments!

5 Ways to Prolong Hair Color

5 Ways to Prolong Hair Color

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with a new hair color. One inevitable issue is how quickly hair color fades. Instead of spending more money at your hairdressers, try some of these tips to double the weeks between your next appointment!

 

Wash Hair in Cold Water

Having a hot shower after a long day is the perfect way to relax, but this is your hair’s worst enemy!  The hot water opens up your hair cuticles and fastens the fading process. Instead, try washing your hair in cold water as it seals your hair cuticles, locking in shine and prolonging color!

 

Use Dry Shampoo to Avoid Washing Daily

For those who have oily scalps, washing your hair daily makes your scalp feel squeaky clean, but it’s ultimately letting color escape from your strands. To avoid shampooing daily, start using a dry shampoo every second day.

On days where you know you’ll have a busy morning, try using dry shampoo the night before with the takesumi detox® overnight dry shampoo. As oil production predominantly occurs at night, spray this product into your hair before bed so there’s no need to shampoo.

 

Stay Out of the Sun

Did you know that the sun isn’t just bad for your skin, but for your hair as well? The harmful UV rays alter the pigments in our hair follicles, affecting our color. Unfortunately, there aren’t many hair products with UV filters, so your best option is to use a wide-brimmed hat. Stay fashionable yet protected!

 

Limit Your Heated Tools

Adding heat to your hair increases its fragility and vulnerability, but for some, using hair tools are everyday essentials! If this is the case, we’re not saying to omit it, but instead be mindful about it! This means using heat protectants or hair tools on low heat to minimize damage. So, on your next day out consider blow drying with cool air or try doing a heatless hairstyle by braiding damp hair overnight to wake up to beautiful beach waves.

 

Use Hair Masks

Dry hair is one of the biggest factors in fading color as it has a harder time holding onto pigments. Consequently, hydrated hair has a much better time retaining the color. Because of this, you should ensure that your hair is always hydrated to restore its overall condition.  Whether you use DIY hair masks from household ingredients or purchased one from your local store, try using a hair mask before and after your coloring process. You’ll definitely see the color stick around for a little bit longer!

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