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How To Keep Your Hair Clean Between Washes

How To Keep Your Hair Clean Between Washes

In previous posts, I’ve discussed methods you’ll be able to help slow down your scalp’s pure oil manufacturing, including stretching the time between your hair washes. One of the incessantly requested questions I obtain is, “How can I keep my hair clean between washes if I workout or get sweaty daily?” It’s a very good query, and the reply applies to anyone who needs to keep their hair clean between hair washes. This publish is all about methods to maintain your hair and scalp recent, even after sweating, without doing anything that may intrude together with your scalp’s pure oil manufacturing.

The easiest way I can clarify this matter is to debate the benefits you get from washing your hair, after which clarify a mixture of methods that simulate washing your hair without requiring a full on hair wash. With these methods you possibly can still get the benefits of a hair wash (sweat-free/odor-free/clear/wholesome scalp), with out truly washing your hair or interfering together with your scalp’s pure oil production.

Benefits of No-Poo Washing vs Rinsing

(On this case, washing does NOT mean shampoo. Washing refers to utilizing a no-poo product or the water-only technique.)

The primary distinction between washing and rinsing is that washing dissolves natural hair oils and permits you to wash them away. Nevertheless, rinsing shouldn’t disturb the natural oils, however merely rinse cool water by way of the hair (with out scrubbing) to take away filth and sweat (which is water-based). Washing your hair provides you necessary advantages that your hair and scalp need to stay healthy. You may simply rinse your hair after a exercise, however in case you are waiting several days between proper hair washes, ONLY rinsing your hair can mean that you simply’re lacking out on the added advantages that washing your hair provides you (i.e. you gained’t promote blood movement to the scalp, carry off lifeless skin cells, wash away hair oils, and so forth.).

So what should we do? Under is a useful dandy infographic I made to point out how one can mix rinsing with scritching/preening/boar-bristle brushing (SPB) to get a number of the identical benefits as you do once you wash your hair. Notice: I nonetheless advocate washing your hair (with a no-poo or water-only technique) approximately as soon as per week. These are simply methods you possibly can comply with between hair washes.

Water-Solely? I embrace water-only hair washing as a hair WASH, not a hair rinse. Yes, it makes use of only water, however the entire point of WO is to scrub away extra oils (which is why it consists of scrubbing to loosen up excess scalp oils & very warm water which breaks up and washes away excess hair oils better than cold water). It’s undoubtedly a hair wash, not a hair rinse.

How Scritching, Preening, & Brushing “Washes” Your Hair

As you possibly can see in the infographic, combining rinsing with scritching, preening, and boar-bristle brushing (SPB) provides you comparable advantages to a hair wash, they usually can be utilized between hair washes to maintain your hair/scalp clear and wholesome. I’ve talked about the benefits of scritching, preening, and natural bristle brushing many occasions all through my posts, because they’re important when following the Water-Solely hair washing technique, or in this occasion, for anybody skipping a number of days between hair washes.

Scritching is just like scrubbing your scalp in the bathe, besides you do it when your hair is dry. It promotes blood move to your scalp, lifts lifeless skin cells off your scalp, and loosens excess oils off your scalp. Growth, growth, and growth… Scritching alone checks off the primary three points on the listing of hair washing benefits. Preening pulls the surplus scalp oils away out of your scalp, right down to nourish the remainder of your hair. Brushing also helps pull the oils by means of your hair (however provided that it has pure bristles like boar’s hair or picket bristles), and the dense bristles of a boar’s hair brush can brush filth and lifeless pores and skin cells out of your hair. For footage and extra information on how one can Scritch/Preen/Brush, take a look at Step 2 of this publish.

These methods are so helpful that some individuals have gone so far as only working towards dry brushing they usually use water on their hair very minimally. You don’t need to take it that far for those who don’t need to, but the level is SPBing may be tremendous efficient! 😉

How To Manage Sweat Between Hair Washes

Okay, so you could discover I didn’t point out sweat within the section above. Sweat doesn’t get clearly addressed in the scritching, preening, and brushing (SPB) course of, so that is the place rinsing is available in. When you have a normalized scalp oil production (or if your hair just isn’t oily whereas making an attempt this), you’ll more than likely have the perfect outcomes with SPBing and rinsing. Some individuals will get satisfactory outcomes after simply SPBing, no additional steps required, however some individuals will need (or simply need) a hair rinse after a exercise. Each of those choices are defined under, with a 3rd choice for these with excessively oily hair, those who don’t ‘t feel like wetting their hair, or for anybody unhappy with the results they acquired from rinsing.

Choice 1: SPB and not using a rinse. If SPB is enough for you after a exercise and you don’t require a hair rinse, here’s the tactic I recommend you comply with. After a workout, put your hair up and out of the best way (in a bathe cap, previous t-shirt, microfiber hair towel, and so on.), and wash your body in the bathe, tub, or nevertheless you get clear. If you’re out of the bathe and dry, take your hair out of any updos or bands and shake it out so it will probably breathe and any leftover sweat can dry. Undoubtedly look forward to the sweat in your hair to dry before trying to SPB, otherwise you may need a troublesome time with it. Ensure you sustain with SPBing so your pure oils don’t build at your roots throughout the week. You’ll be able to SPB every day, or each few days when you don’t notice a variety of natural oil build up at your roots.

Choice 2: Go straight for a hair rinse. If you’ll want to (or favor to) rinse your hair after a workout, here’s the right way to do it. The water temperature needs to be COOL (or lukewarm if you need to). Cool water will wash away dust, lifted lifeless pores and skin cells, odors, and sweat off your hair, nevertheless it gained’t dissolve oils like heat water will. (Which is sweet!) You possibly can wash your physique with no matter temperature you need to. Just hold your hair out of the water stream until you’re ready to do a cool water rinse, and keep away from letting the water strain sit in your head for the complete bathe. Whenever you’re ready, rinse your hair beneath cool water, and gently run your fingers via your hair/across your scalp to get the water to all areas of your head. You possibly can let the water rinse over your hair completely, however DON’T scrub. Sweat is water-based, so rinsing your hair & scalp with water does a superb job of eradicating it on its own. In the event you maintain the water cool and scrubbing to a minimal, you gained’t wash away your pure hair oils or mess up your scalp’s oil manufacturing. Simply be sure to SPB in between washes recurrently to maintain your oil manufacturing at bay, otherwise you may end up with moist/oily hair after a hair rinse.

Choice 3: Excessively Oily Hair? Don’t need to moist your hair? Aren’t proud of the results of a rinse?: Dry shampoo works fantastically nicely as a fail-safe. Dry Shampoo is a powder which you can rub into your hair to take in extra oils and refresh the scent of your hair. It’s literally magical, and the right answer to a morning time crunch whenever you simply don’t have sufficient time to scrub and dry your hair or properly brush all of the oils away out of your roots. Dry shampoo is used with out having to get your hair moist, the oil-free effects last all day, and it could possibly allow you to wait another day before having to scrub your hair. HOWEVER, I recommend using the least quantity of dry shampoo as potential because the powder does take in the oils on your head, which might make your scalp assume it’s dry and wishes to supply more oils (as in case you simply washed your hair). So I recommend utilizing it just along the hairline for up-dos, or simply alongside the part line and on fringe for hair that’s styled down. This manner, solely the elements seen by everybody else look clear, but the beneath sections of hair can stay oily however hidden. Keep in mind, the much less you employ the better.

Dry shampoo doesn’t truly take away excess oils or wash them away, it just adds a powder to your hair that soaks the oils up, so have in mind the dry shampoo product will stay in your head until the subsequent time you wash or rinse it out. So I recommend aiming for a mild, non-irritating and non-drying formulation that gained’t make your scalp itchy through the week. I undoubtedly choose and highly advocate utilizing a natural DIY dry shampoo (recipe under), however you can use a store-bought dry shampoo if crucial. Simply be careful for and keep away from silicones and drying alcohols within the elements.

For a simple, low cost, and pure dry shampoo, consider using arrowroot powder (present in health meals stores) or cornstarch to take in excess oils in your scalp. These powders are white like most dry shampoos, and mix excellently into mild hair. For darkish hair, mix together a ratio of 1/2 arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and 1/2 unsweetened cocoa powder. That is the mixture I exploit. The cocoa powder helps the combination mix into darkish hair a lot simpler and smells superb. These are all pure (edible) elements that shouldn’t irritate your scalp, and with this technique you don’t have to worry about using preservatives, drying brokers, or silicones that can’t be washed out into your hair. I really love this DIY various for dry shampoo. I’ve used it for the last two years, it refreshes the scent of my hair, and it makes it feel and appear so gentle and as clean as if I simply washed it.

What about Soiled Hair Odor?

A buildup of pure oils sitting on the scalp for too lengthy is often what causes the soiled hair odor, but you’ll be able to forestall odors from build up should you sustain with SPBing and hold the oils from build up at your scalp. In case you do notice any unwanted odors, you’ll be able to either apply dry shampoo to deodorize your hair (which additionally soaks up extra oils), dilute essential oils in a sprig bottle of water and spray that on damp hair, apply a silicone-free / water-soluble scrumptious smelling hair product, or simply attempt rinsing your hair which should refresh the scent of your hair. I’ll make a whole submit about this soon.


You will in all probability get the most effective hair rinse outcomes in case your hair isn’t excessively oily for this course of. Skilled no-pooers with a normalized oil manufacturing will in all probability have a neater time with this. In case you aren’t getting the results you need after recurrently Scritching/Preening/Brushing and the rinse left you with unwanted results, it is almost certainly since you rinsed if you already had oily hair. Both you’re still closely within the oily transition, or you aren’t SPBing (with a clear brush) day by day, through which case you need to attempt utilizing a small quantity of dry shampoo (defined above). Or it might simply just be time for an actual No-Poo or Water-Solely hair wash. 🙂


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