woman with a dirty hair with disgust and surprize on her face

What is the dirty hair barrier? The dirty hair barrier is the point at which your hair gets and feels oily, greasy, and dirty. Depending your own hair this may happen everyday or once a week. You may feel it’s impossible to push your shampoo much further past this for fear of your hair just looking plain gross. The truth is you can get past it and space out your shampoos even further, which is always good for you hair. Click the notes for the 3 steps. –– Kelly Rowe 

Start Rinse Washing Rinse washing is a great way to feel a bit refreshed without actually having to shampoo. When you shower rinse wash every other time with warm water. Massage your head and allow the water to rinse for 5-10 minutes. This will remove dust, light product buildup and help bring oils down from the scalp over the hair making your roots feel less greasy. Do this process for a month to prep your hair for less cleansing.

Skip 2 Shampoos This is going to be difficult for most people but if you have been rinse washing it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Shampooing has a drying effect on the scalp causing your scalp to product oils. That’s what makes your hair feel greasy. If you have been rinse washing every other time this transition won’t be so hard and your hair will easily adjust. Keep rinse washing it will make you feel refreshed.

Co Wash and Shampoo Very Rarely “Co washing” or conditioner washing is great but really will only work on hair that is used to less shampooing, so if you have followed the steps above for a couple of months this is going to be easy. To co wash rinse hair well, then massage conditioner everywhere but the roots. Rinse well again. Shampoo only when absolutely necessary.



By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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