The No-Wash Hair Care Routine You Need to Try
We’re here to set the record straight: Dirty hair is a good thing. Are we saying you should never wash your hair again? No. But skipping a shampoo here and there is, in the long run, healthier for your hair. When you shampoo your hair, you strip it of its natural oils. Your hair responds by creating more. (AKA the more you wash your hair, the more quickly it’ll get greasy. Crazy!) Plus, dirty hair has more texture and grip, and is, therefore, easier to style. So how do you get away with fewer washes and still maintain your mane? Glad you asked! We’re teaming up with Sexy Hair to bring you a four-day hair care regimen that’ll keep your hair looking flawless in between washes.
Sexy Hair recently re-launched one of their most popular lines, Healthy Sexy Hair. The renewed line is all about self-care by way of smart, feel-good products that are healthy for your locks. It’s got new packaging and new product names. (And look out for the brand new addition: Love Oil, a lightweight, multi-purpose oil that smooths, shines, detangles, protects, controls frizz, AND smells like citrusy, flowery goodness.) Healthy Sexy Hair is the ideal line to utilize for this four-day routine because the products leave hair soft and healthy while packing a serious styling punch.
Scroll on for the no-wash hair care routine you need to try!
Day 1: The first morning is the *only* time you’ll need to put in the labor. The next three days’ styles will build off of day one’s foundation. First, shampoo and condition your hair (the Healthy Sexy Hair line includes an excellent Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner). For next-level soft hair, follow up with Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner. While your hair is still damp, comb Love Oil through the ends. Next, blow-dry your hair and curl it into bouncy ringlets. After your hair has cooled, gently comb your fingers through the curls. This will leave you with polished, soft locks for the day.
Day 2: To breathe new life into day-old curls, simply add Surfrider Texturizer. Hold the texturizer beneath your hair and spray up into the curls, then lightly scrunch the product in with your fingers. You’ll end up with a sort of beachy, tousled vibe that still looks put together.
Day 3: Okay, it’s game time. You’re likely to wake up with some unwelcome grease on day three, but don’t fret! That’s where magnificent, majestic, mane-saving dry shampoo comes in. Seriously, we’re not sure how people took care of their hair pre-dry-shampoo days. Hair Laundry is our new go-to dry shampoo — it’s actually a non-drying powder that softens as it absorbs. Better yet, it’s translucent on even the darkest of hair.
So here’s your simple-as-can-be formula for day three: Switch up your hair part (hello, volume!) then add Hair Laundry to zap grease and give your locks a lift. If you find your tips look frazzled, rub a small amount of Love Oil in your fingers, comb it through your hair ends, and call it a day.
Day 4: You’re almost there! Day four may seem daunting, but we’ve saved the best for last. Enter the crown braid, which actually looks better with dirty hair.
To begin, pump Hair Laundry into your roots to absorb up any unwanted oil. Then add styling paste to a one- to two-inch section of hair just behind your hairline, from root to tip. Braid this hair two-thirds of the way down and secure it with an elastic. Expand the braid with your fingers (a move the pros call “pancaking”) to give it even more body. Repeat with the braid on the other side of your head. Then take the hair on the crown of your head, lightly back-comb it, and clip it out of the way. Pin the two pancaked braids to the center back of your head. Bring down the teased and clipped hair to cover the pins. Run a touch more Styling Paste through the ends of your hair. Then spray on a light layer of So Touchable Hairspray to lock in the look. You’re done!
There ya go! One wash, four flawless hair days. Consider the hair game changed.
Are you trying the four-day hair care regimen? If so, we want to hear how it goes! Share with us on Instagram by tagging @britandco and #healthysexyhair.
Production + Model: Maddie Bachelder
Photography: Chris Andre
Design: Torii Burnett
Hair: Brian Jensen
Makeup: Rhia Jaucian
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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