This may sound disgusting to some of you, but I hate washing my hair. I love having hair on my head and for my hair to look nice, and sometimes I even enjoy styling it, but I absolutely hate washing and drying it. I have been letting my hair grow out again after last years drastic chop and dye as I want to be one of those natural Mother’s with long flowing locks. So in order to accomodate the baby and the lack of time available to me now to wash and style my hair every other day I have been training my hair to go longer in between washes and trying out new ways to wear it to accomodate this longevity. So I completed the 5 Day Hair Challenge whilst I was pregnant, wherein you wash your hair and then try and leave the hair to do it’s thing for 5 days without washing it and see what you can come up with. The idea of this is that by training your hair to go longer between washes will mean that it should get less greasy overtime and need to be washed less, hopefully!
There are health benefits for hair to be left longer in between washes, your hair creates it’s own natural oils which can help to condition the hair and make it healthier. Also using less heat and styling tools can assist with less breakage. It’s also so much quicker and freeing to be out of the door without having to wash and dry long hair. So here is my 5 Day Hair Challenge and what I have learnt.
So I washed my hair using my usual John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner for coloured hair. I also used the L’oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Mask Balm as my hair is coloured it can get dry on the ends so I do regularly use a mask to condition the hair and this is a particularly good one. You also get a huge pot of it which is really useful. Once out of the shower I used my L’oreal Mythic Oil in the ends, this is one I get from my hairdressers and it is just very good at again moisturising and smoothing the ends. Due to the dryness I also smoothed a bit of the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Genius Lotion through the mid lengths and ends this is great for styling as it is a heat protectant and is also meant to keep your hair style locked in for longer. It seems like a lot of product but as I am growing my hair again it needs a lot of care and layering of products. So I dried and straightened my hair using my GHDs and that is my hair finished for Day 1. Ah nothing like freshly washed hair.
So on Day 2 I just brushed my hair through and re straightened the kinky bits and the ends to try and keep it smooth. I did get rained on this day so the picture shows what happens to my hair when it does get wet, it does go a bit wavy and wierd looking but I just went with it and this is pretty much it for Day 2. An easy day.
Now on Day 3 the grease started to creep in to the front of my hair where I have a side fringe. To combat this I used a spritz of my Batiste Dry Shampoo in my favourite scent which is the Floral and Flirty Blush, or the ‘pink’ one. I just spritzed this through the fringe and top of my head and combed it through. Then I styled my hair in my favourite hair style which is half up and half down. This is a very quick and easy style but it gives the illusion that you have tried a bit. I seperate my hair into two sections by taking the top section up from my ears and into a small hair bobble. This way the largest section of hair is at the bottom, I then quickly run a straightener through the bottom half to keep the ends smooth, (I know I am a hair straightening addict!) For the top pony tail I sort of fold this into itself to create a knot. It’s hard to explain but you lift the pony tail, make a little hole in the base and push the pony tail through that hole and it makes a nice pleat. I play a bit with this to make it more voluminous and less neat and comb through my fringe and front sections and had a tiny bit more Mythic Oil to the ends and we are good to go.
Day 4 is the ever classic high pony, we weren’t doing much this day and the ponytail is a classic. So for this I combed my hair through, as this is a good way to distribute the oils from the scalp through the ends of the hair and then lifted the hair into a high pony and ta-dah it is done. I think I am lucky that with a side fringe it looks like I have put more effort into my hair than I have done. Now this is the point where I would normally have either washed my hair or be washing it that night so to leave it like this for a further 24 hours became a bit of a challenge.
The last day. And I really wanted to wash the hair but I persevered and today I have plaited my hair into a French Braid. My sister taught me how to do this years ago and a braid can really make it look like you have gone to a lot of effort whilst also keeping hair out of your face. There a lots of tutorials online and on YouTube on how to French Braid, I can now do these braids without looking and from starting at the top of my head and working my way down. This is the perfect way to finish the 5 days as I didn’t need to use the straighteners on any parts and the hair can be left to be itself all day. I did have to spritz the front again with my Dry Shampoo just to take away the excess grease.
So there you go, that is my 5 Day Hair Challenge completed. You may think I am a bit lazy or a bit gross trying to train my hair, and I will continue to go longer between washes but after completing this challenge 5 days is a bit long for me, and I couldn’t imagine 7. I will stick to washing it every 3 to 4 days which is an improvement considering I used to wash it every other day. I think by training my hair I have definitely made it healthier, it has grown out a lot faster and feels more cared for since it’s last chop. Disclaimer: This is my opionion and I am not hair dresser so this may not work for everyone.