Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hair care 101

Dream hair by Hawko!!! 

Although I love that gorgeous, healthy and soft feeling that I get from my hairdresser every time I visit for a dye, I have to admit that I am breaking one of the cardinal rules that every hair care person would tell you to stick by.

I wash the sh*t out of my hair!!

I have thick hair, (personally I think I have waaay too much hair!) and I am in constant fear that it feels and more annoyingly, looks oily. So every morning before I head out I wash my hair even if it doesn't feel dirty I still wash it.

I sometimes wash it twice a day if I am going out on the town that night. GASP! I know, its bad but I am determined to change my ways... I promise!!

I have done a little online research and here are a few things I've learnt so far:

"It is critical to not wash your hair everyday. Washing can severely damage and dry out your strands, especially if you use any sort of chemical treatment. You need to train your hair so you no longer have to shampoo, condition and style every day."  Says Caitlin from Ciao Beautiful.

"You can train your hair to release less oil on your non-wash days. Hair contains natural oils that quickly replenish when washed out. Which means, the more you wash the quicker the hair/scalp responds to producing more natural oils. When you slow down the process of washing, hair reduces the amount of oil being produced, resulting in less greasy hair. But this training takes time."

How much time can it take to train my locks? Apparently it can the 4 - 6 weeks!!! Sounds like forever but it's for the best in the long run right?

Nearly every blog that I read on this topic swore by using dry shampoo in between their washes whilst training their hair. One of my good friends told me about dry shampoo probably about a year ago and I guess I never clicked that it could work for me too! (Silly me)

My main problem is at my roots (which kind of seems obvious since this is where the oil is produced duh!), because my hair is thick I feel more self conscious at the roots and especially at the front of my hair.

Cosmo has this to say about our "new best friend":

"Dry shampoo is  busy girl's miracle product - not only will lit let you go an extra day without washing your hair, it also gives you tons of sexy volume and it makes your strands smell awesome." 

I haven't used a dry shampoo before so this week I am on the hunt for my first to test it out. I'll give some feedback once I've tried it and let you know how I go!

Have you ever used dry shampoo? What's your favourite, or do you have any tips and tricks for "training your locks" ? Let me know!



  1. You sound just like me! I have thick hair half way down my back. i have been washing the heck out of it for the last few years, like you every morning. It is just gross, my hair is so dry yet gets oily - it's horrible!
    as of 2 weeks ago - I have started washing only on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I am also doing a coconut oil treatment when i wash on a Monday. It is killing me because at the moment on the days I don't wash it it looks crap - looking forward to when my hair is 'trained'!
    Haven't gotten any dry shampoo yet but will give this a try this week. Good luck!

    1. I'm so glad that I am not the only one!!!! I like your idea of Mon, Weds and Fri washes! I might try this and suss out dry shampoo for the days in between! It's even worse when I go to the gym all the time because thats when I really want to wash my hair!!!
      Good luck to you too! :)

  2. I love my dry shampoo, especially now that it comes in a brown powder!!

    Perhaps I am just lazy though hahahhaa.

    1. Haha, lazy...never!! lol
      Thats so cool it comes in brown powder though! I'm going shopping today to get some so I'll see how I go!


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