Some women dream of the perfect wedding day, a vacation to Europe or a break-the-bank shopping spree. But if you’re anything like us, going three straight days without having to shampoo sounds like the ultimate fantasy.
Good news: dreams do come true. Our experts say that your hair can still look and feel great on day three. Basically, it all comes down to preempting oil and dirt buildup on the scalp, which zaps volume and turns strands stringy. Create your own strategy by targeting the factors that contribute most to your hair getting grimy with help from our tips outlined below.
At the Gym: Try this trick: Cut up a pair of old or cheap opaque stockings, using one piece as a make-shift headband, and another piece to tie your hair into a ponytail. “The soft material doesn’t leave indentation marks and absorbs perspiration at the hairline,” says Warren-Tricomi Salons founder Edward Tricomi. If you have shorter hair, just fashioning a thick headband at the hairline should help preserve your style.
Fine Hair, Skip Product: Fine hair goes limp faster with product applied to strands, particularly silicone and oil-based stylers that attract dirt to this hair type like a magnet. “Use dry product like hairspray instead, which you can spray into the roots for hold and brush out—the alcohol in it will also absorb oils,” says New York stylist and salon owner Mark Garrison.
Curly Hair, Reactivate With Water: Curls can smash up after a night’s sleep and lose shape, but simply spritzing strands lightly in the morning with water will bring back the bounce. “Curls are formed by humid moisture, so misting water on them will reactivate the water bonds in hair that give curls their shape,” explains Garrison.
Sleep To Style: Instead of waking up to bedhead, take advantage of those slumber hours to effortlessly style your strands. “Twisting your hair up into a bun atop your head, or using old school pin curls or pink sponge rollers will give you lots of body and flip come morning,” says Garrison.
Dry Shampoo Is Your BFF: The oil-sopping and dirt-absorbing qualities of dry shampoo have long been celebrated by women who skip the shampoo, but this handy hair saver is actually most effective when you use it while hair is still clean. “Apply dry shampoo to roots before hair has the chance to get oily, and you’ll be able to maintain fresh-looking hair more seamlessly since the oils will immediately absorb when formed,” advises Garrison.
Change Your Style Each Day: Wearing your hair differently each day can turn clean or “dirtier” hair into a styling advantage. For example, wearing hair down in a blowout the first day, followed by a ponytail the second and milkmaid braid the third can make for strands that look fresh all three days. “If you have short hair, parting deeply on day two and wearing it shaggier with pomade on day three can give you volume and an entirely new look,” says Garrison, who suggests checking out photos of Anne Hathaway for more ideas on versatile ways to wear super short hair.
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Silk Pillow Case
Made from 100 percent premium mulberry silk, the smooth surface of this pillowcase glides over hair cuticles to prevent knots and crumbled strands. Proteins and copper naturally found in silk also gently condition for shinier strands.
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The mini snowflakes in this powder absorb excess scalp sebum and create distance between each strand for instantly noticeable volume. Since the powder is talc-free, it can be brushed through even dark hair without white residue.
The nutritive oils and proteins suspended in this leave-in smoothing serum are ideal for curly and thick hair types seeking three days’ worth of smooth hair. An invisible humidity barrier blocks out frizz while locking in sleek shine.
When you do wash your hair, cut down on the time it takes you to style. Faster evaporation technology reduces the bond between water and hair so that it’s released more quickly, cutting drying time by up to 50 percent. Soy protein and silk amino acids impart shine and detangle strands.
Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo
Spray the refreshing aerosol powder directly into roots, rub the scalp gently to activate and brush out and style as usual. Not only will the dry shampoo help you squeeze in more days between washes, but it will also prevent color-treated hair from fading as quickly.
Get strands to stay put without weighing them down with a new water-based ultra lightweight hairspray from Vidal Sassoon Pro Series that also lays down flyaways without the need for serum. Be sure to hold the can about 10 to 12 inches away from hair for best results.
Neuma’s unique spray allows you to quickly refresh a previous hot tool style by penetrating the cuticle to provide intense hydration and strength. Mist on dry hair and run your favorite hot tool over strands to regain styling memory.
A non-sticky formula provides hold, shine and curl retention that will smooth, separate and enhance the naturally wavy texture of curly hair. Work through freshly washed hair to preserve your style, and touch up if needed on day two or three to spring curl back.
Temporary hydrogen bonds are formed when hair is styled, and these bonds eventually break down as water vapor re-enters hair. Living Proof helps preserve the molecular structure with a negatively charged formula that promises to double the life of your next styling.
Fine Hair Dry Shampoo
Free of heavy silicones and colorants, this aerosol uses a micro-diffusion spray nozzle to deliver a lightweight formula that cleanses and purifies strands while adding body. The drugstore deal doubles as a handy throw-in to your gym bag to help prevent sweat saturation.
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