If you’re the type that wages an internal war before dragging yourself into the shower and postpones washing your hair as long as possible, first of all, you’re not alone. And second of all, we’ve got good news for you. There are actually several compelling reasons to go at least a day or two between shampoos.
For starters, it saves water. If you’re not showering or are only doing a quick rinse, you’re simultaneously cutting down on your water bill and helping the environment. (There’s no better time than Earth Month to start!) It’s also good for your hair, as shampooing too often can leave it prone to breakage and make your color more likely to fade. And let’s not forget perhaps the best reason: it allows you to get some extra shut-eye in the morning. Who can say no to that?
So, without further ado, here’s our guide to surviving three days without washing your hair. Best of all, all you need in addition to your normal styling products is Aveda Dry Remedy Oil and of course, Shampure Dry Shampoo.
Wash and style as usual—for the most part. Spend a little extra time on the sudsing process, ensuring you’re doing as thorough (but gentle!) a job as possible. Your hair and shampoo won’t meet again for several days, after all. Make it count.
Though we normally advocate a three-product prep-style-finish lineup when styling, we recommend you use less if you’re trying to prolong the time between washes. To avoid gunky residue or lank locks, reach for products that do double duty. Try Pure Abundance Style-Prep which protects from heat and adds weightless volume, or Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Crème, which fights frizz and works to nourish hair—whether you blow dry or air dry.
Also, take care not to use too much. (Worth checking out: Aveda Artist Tippi Shorter’s guide to product portion control.)
Time to pull out the Shampure Dry Shampoo. Spritz lightly where needed—on day two, it’s probably mostly at your roots. (Because it’s non-aerosol, the application might differ from what you’re used to. It can’t hurt to give this tutorial a watch.) If your hair is prone to dryness, you may want to apply 1-2 drops of Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil to the tips only.
The dry shampoo can add some desirable texture and volume for those who don’t come by it naturally, so you might just be tempted to leave your hair as-is. However, it’ll also have more hold because your hair’s not newly washed (plus, the aforementioned texture), so with that in mind, why not try something new?
Fishtail braids tend to strike the perfect balance between laid-back and chic—or for the easiest style of all, apply dry shampoo the night before. Coil your hair into a bun, secure with a fabric hair tie, and sleep on it. In the morning, simply shake it out and coax the curls into place (perhaps with a bit of emulsified Dry Remedy Oil to smooth over any rough spots). Voila! Perfectly tousled waves.
You know the drill: just add dry shampoo. You’ll probably need it most at your roots, behind the crown of your head, and in the area around your ears. Again, add a bit of Dry Remedy Oil to alleviate any dryness at the ends.
The texture and hold provided by the dry shampoo is at its peak, so go for a style you might not ordinarily spring for. We love elegant crown braids or a comparatively simple hairline braid, both of which help keep your roots looking tidy and clean.
Don’t have that kind of time? No problem. Aveda debuted a schedule-friendly messy bun at the most recent New York Fashion Week that works wonders in a pinch. (Get the step-by-step breakdown here.)
Wash, rinse, style. Repeat. 😉