How To Go Longer Between Hair Washes

Because life's too short to be trapped in the daily hair wash cycle.

By Alice Dawkins Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Imagine a world where everyone was blessed with a fresh, bouncy mane of hair 24/7, without the need to ever wash it. Whilst a girl can dream, there are a few things you can do to lengthen the lifespan of your hair before needing to wash it again (because who has the energy for another blow dry?).

Pick the Right Shampoo

When choosing a shampoo, it’s important to understand the needs of your own hair. For example, if you’re finding that your locks get greasy quickly, it’s best to opt for a lightweight, volumising formula. The more nourishing, heavier shampoos are best for those with dull and dry lengths.

Don’t Condition Your Roots

I know it’s tempting to slather conditioner all over your lengths, but it is important to be careful with this step of your hair care routine. Focus on nourishing the mid to ends of your hair to ensure that your hair is moisturised without being weighed down.

Spend More Time on Your Styling

Rethink your styling routine to ensure that you perfect your look from day one. This is because restyling your hair can add extra oils and product build up to your hair, which, in turn, will reduce the lifespan of your mane before you need to give it another wash.

Prep Your Hair for Bed

Protect your hair by tying it into a loose bun or braid before you get into bed (use a scrunchie for extra hair care points!). Whilst this helps to shield your tresses from split ends and damage, it also helps to keep your hair from drying out. If your hair is dry, your scalp will react by overproducing oil to compensate. A big no no.

Don’t Touch It

Faffing with your hair is a fast track ticket to greasy hair. Not only are you promoting oil production, but the dirt from your fingers gets transferred into your tresses, leading to heavy, greasy hair faster.

Brush It

Whilst brushing your hair too much can cause greasier hair, making sure you distribute those natural oils a couple of times a day is important to keep your hair looking fresher for longer. Try smoothing through your hair with a gentle boar bristle brush to ensure that your hair stays protected.

Hairstyles That Hide Oily Hair

Load up the YouTube tutorials because it’s time to learn some quick and easy hairstyles to hide oily hair. Whether it’s a french braid, messy bun or ponytail, tossing your hair out of the way can conceal your roots to help you hold off on wash day for 24 hours longer. Looking for something a little more glam? Clip in hair extensions to upgrade your ‘do and turn heads wherever you go.