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You already know that washing your hair every day can dry it out and make your color fade faster, and yet, you can’t seem to give up the habit. You’ve tried skipping a day or two and your hair looks terrible: your hair line breaks out, your roots look greasy, and your strands feel limp and lifeless. You’ve seen all the cute “second day” hairstyles but your second day hair is only fit for a ponytail. You know that if you could suffer through a few months of bad hair everything would even out, but you can’t just look rough for 3 months! Sound familiar? Click the notes and learn my secrets for transitioning into less frequent shampooing without looking or feeling terrible. –– Laura Martin

#1: Sleep In Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo work best if you use them before you need them. To maximize volume and minimize root shine, spritz dry shampoo into your roots before bed. You’ll make up with Bardot-worthy volume instead of oily roots.

#2: When You’re Feeling Grimy, Co-Wash. It’s a common misconception that not shampooing your hair is the same thing as not wetting it. Get through the rough days by wetting your hair thoroughly, and massaging some conditioner through your strands. This trick will remove dirt, redistribute oil, and make you feel refreshed.

#3: Don’t Forget to Brush. Brushing your hair is the oldest trick int the book for making it feel fresh. A natural bristle brush will break up dead skin cell at the scalp, move oil along the length of your strands for shine, and stimulate blood flow to your scalp. Try brushing for a full five minutes, moving hair back and forth around your head.

#4: Add Product to Re-Style. Light weight, moisturizing products like Hydro Mist, Cream Whip, and Refresh will revitalize your strands and allow you to reshape and restyle. Carry a light-weight styler in your purse for mid-day touchups.

#5: Remember Your Updos. If all else fails, there’s no shame in a braid, ponytail, or other up-style. Need some inspiration? Try one of these cute and easy braids.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle


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