So… today I’m sharing with you my ride-or-die hair tip. I’m constantly being asked these three questions about my hair.
“How do you get it to grow so fast?”
“How is your hair so thick?”
“What do you do to keep your hair from looking greasy?”
And the honest straight up truth is…
I don’t use products, I rarely use heat, and in fact… I rarely wash it… EVER.
So the best hair tip I could ever give anyone about making their hair grow faster and look healthier it would be this…
Don’t wash your hair more than once a week.
Ok. I know you’re probably staring at the screen with a disgusted look right about now…
Bear with me.
When you wash your hair you’re stripping it of its natural oils, but in doing so your hair then produces even more to try and preserve itself (the reason your hair looks greasy). So, the more you wash your hair, the more oil your hair produces.
Now take my shampoo-sitch. I rarely wash it, therefore it’s rarely forced to produce excess oil, therefore it hardly ever looks greasy, therefore leading us back to the fact that I rarely have to wash it. Boom. Makes sense, eh?
This is my absolute biggest tip when it comes to styling too. Freshly washed hair is the most limp and lifeless boring mop-looking thing IN THE WORLD. In my opinion at least.
I HATE HATE HATE when I have to go somewhere and I want to curl my hair but I just had to wash it… Like. It’s the worst. So I try and plan ahead as best as I can. If I know I want to curl my hair I absolutely will not wash it less than 2 days in advance. It just cooperates a lot better when it’s a little dirtier.
Now when I do wash it I make sure to use sulfate-free shampoo. This is for a number of reasons. This is what this source had to say about sulfates in your shampoo.
There are several “red flag” ingredients in shampoos: Sulfates, either sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Used as a surfactant and foaming agent, sodium laurel sulfate is a strong skin irritant and produces nitrosamine, a substance linked to cancer formation.
Did you read that? PASS.
So basically, as told by my hairdresser, sulfates are also found in dish soaps. Now imagine how strong they have to be to clean off food and grease, and you’re putting that straight on to your scalp… NO THANKS.
I naturally have a problem with a dry scalp. And since I’ve stopped using shampoos with sulfates it’s gotten a WHOLE lot better. SO that’s a plus.
On top of that, I’ve gone platinum blonde with my hair, so I do everything possible to protect the color. Not really into the yellow-blonde anymore.
When it comes to growing my hair, I advise the usual things you can read literally anywhere.
Little to no heat.
Eat healthy foods.
It’s not new or revolutionary information, you just have to be disciplined enough to follow it.
One thing I will say though, I have never seen my hair grow faster than when I realized my obsession for avocado. First of all, it’s SO good for you. Second, it tastes INCREDIBLE.
My favorite: Poached eggs on grilled avocado.
But that’s another post for another time.
Ok. Seriously, try out the whole no washing thing. Your hair isn’t going to automatically stop looking greasy. In fact, for a couple of weeks it will probably look pretty gross. It takes time to pretty much “train” your hair.
But stick with it. Trust me.