is there any escaping daily hairwashing?

(56 Posts)
tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 11:19:14

I'm fed up of needing to wash and dry every day, is there any way to make your hair last longer between washing? I have very fine thin hair which easily looks lanky. I tried dry shampoo but doesnt seem to help much

infamouspoo Mon 22-Apr-13 11:27:11

a shorter cut? I used to do this but went for a much shorter cut and now can go days and it dries itself.

YoniLovesChachi Mon 22-Apr-13 11:30:15

Dry shampoo does work, but you have to make sure you rub it in thoroughly and then brush it so you don't end up with that chalky look. I don't like the way my hair feels when I've used it, but it definitely makes my hair look clean. The Charles Worthington one is my favourite, because it seems the powder is finer and the fragrance isn't very strong.

If I've tied my hair back on the day I wash it, it tends to be cleaner the next day, I assume because I'm not touching it so much and it doesn't pick up as much general grime.

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 11:30:55

have actually been considering a drastic cut and was wondering if that would help. Have also noticed that having had a wash at the hairdressers, it can go longer without washing even though I use same shampoo. Why is that?

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 11:34:46

I have tried dry shampoo regularly, both the baptiste one and charles worthington. It isnt so much the chalky look as it just still looks like needs washing. My sister has fab results with it but has put on me as she does on her and she agrees it just doesnt seem to help

YoniLovesChachi Mon 22-Apr-13 11:35:15

If I use a volumising product when I dry, it doesn't get greasy as quickly. Perhaps because the roots aren't in as much contact with my scalp so they don't pick up the oil as much. That might explain why a cut and blow at the hairdressers seems to make it look clean for longer, because they use some product and blow dry for lift/volume at the roots.

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 11:37:32

That might be it Yoni, though I also sometimes use volumising products and even the hairdressers struggle to get much lift into my fine hair

FrugalFashionista Mon 22-Apr-13 11:42:08

Processing my hair (highlights - or perm in the 1990s wink ) texturize my fine hair and increase time between washes. Hair powder is great - many styling products and conditioners tend to weigh my hair down. I find upside down drying and upside down dry shampooing very good too.

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 11:45:18

maybe should have highlights once cut then. I had a perm in my teens and didnt need so much washing then. I also notice my hair easily picks up smells eg if I have been cooking, horrible

Kikithecat Mon 22-Apr-13 11:56:04

Just dampen and blowdry the fringe/front?

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 12:06:49

ts not so much the styling as it looks lanky,damping and blowdrying dont help

scripsi Mon 22-Apr-13 12:13:05

I noticed that my hair lasts longer when I have been to hairdressers too and then I realised that I put on more conditioner than they do which then seemed to weigh hair down. Could that be it?

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 12:14:19

It could be, thats a good point. My hair tends to tangle, so I do tend to use a fair bit of conditioner

It's not good for your scalp to use dry shampoo regularly, it can block the pores up. Although I think if you use a loose one (I occasionally use use the Lush one) and rub it in with your fingers it is probably not as bad as blasting aerosols at the roots. I sympathise as I've never been able to go more than two days and it is long and takes ages to dry, I'm trying to get to three days at the moment.

I think keeping your fingers out of it really helps, but I find it hard, unless I wear it up. I have also just started making sure I keep the conditioner away from the scalp and use it on the lengths of the hair only, that does seem to help a bit, also only using product on the longer parts.

scripsi Mon 22-Apr-13 12:18:04

Well it makes the world of difference to me. I used to use lots of detangler/rich conditioner but now I use my tangleteezer brush and only a little bit of conditioner on the ends. It means that my hair is much bouncier.
A lot of conditioner has silicon in, which seems to really attract dirt too and that might also be the root your food-smells problem.

Jacksterbear Mon 22-Apr-13 12:18:23

Watching with interest: I have very fine hair too and it looks shit if I don't wash it every day. Dry shampoo, tie back, and straighten the fringe is my emergency measure for doing the school run when I haven't had time to wash it!

scripsi Mon 22-Apr-13 12:19:36

Also why not try a clarifying shampoo (I think T Gel do one?) to get rid of any product/conditioner build up, and then start with the minimal conditioner routine?

Longdistance Mon 22-Apr-13 12:19:49

Batiste dry shampoo. Love that stuff.

Gerrof Mon 22-Apr-13 12:22:13

I think just stick to washing it every day.

I have tried things over the years but my hair looks appalling if I don't wash it. I think it is just one of those things you just have to deal with if you have shite fine hair.

Gerrof Mon 22-Apr-13 12:23:07

Batiste I find it OK if you wear hair up, but then only for half a day. I look at myself at 2pm and wish I had just taken the extra time to wash it. it doesn't look dirty, just lank and grim.

OhDearNigel Mon 22-Apr-13 12:25:09

Grow it and tie it up ?

eatmydust Mon 22-Apr-13 12:28:16

I've very fine hair-but a lot of it iyswim. Have started having Kerastraight every 5 months, and now can go from washing and styling daily to every 3 days.

Don't think it works for everybody, and is better if your hair is a bit wavy, but might be worth speaking to a salon about. I just regret I didn't start doing it earlier.

gindrinker Mon 22-Apr-13 12:33:25

I alternate between just washed hair down and next day tied up.
If I'm being particularly manky I'll just wash my fringe and blow dry it...

I totally avoid silicone containing conditioners and products and don't suffer with food smells, so that might be a good point.

SIlly question but does Kerastraight straighten your hair or just smooth it?? Mine is wavy and I wouldn't want to do anything that straightened it, I like my waves.

tumteetum Mon 22-Apr-13 12:35:09

My hair is already long Ohdearnigel, and oftem tied up. Still looks lanky
What is kerastraight?. I have no wave at all

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