Yes, you read that right. I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week. Chances are you have already caught on to the no-wash trend. If it’s new to you , let me be the first to say that it’s not as gross as it sounds; and it’s actually good for your hair to not be constantly washing it. Here are just a few reasons why I personally do it:
- shampooing can really dry out your hair
- if you blow dry and style your hair after every wash, the more washing = the more damage
- the natural oil our scalp produces is actually good for the health of our hair and scalp
- you save time not having to wash and style hair as much
- you save money by using less hair washing products
- hair that is a little “dirty” is generally easily to style and more voluminous in my experience
Because I’ve been doing this for a while, there’s really not a huge difference between the freshly washed hair and the day 6 hair.
The photo collage above is 100% truthful. I washed my hair October 21st. The day after, the first photo above, was taken October 22nd. I took a picture each day, everyday, until the final picture, which was taken October 27th. The 3rd day, I happened to throw in my hair extensions. That was also the 1960s shoot. As you can see, washing your hair once a week doesn’t mean you have to deal with gross looking hair in between washes.
I recommend the following steps to help you get away with washing your hair once a week:
- Use dry shampoo (I love Batiste, but you can also use baby powder) starting on the 2nd or 3rd day, helps with oil and leaves a great scent
- Use leave-in conditioner on the ends when they start getting a little dry again
- Don’t touch your hair with you hands during the day as much as possible
- Brush at night and in the morning to help distribute any natural oil and any extra dry shampoo.
Recently, I’ve been using a new brush which makes me feel more confident wearing my hair down throughout the entire week. In the past, it was always in a ponytail or braid by the end. But since I’ve been using Goody’s Clean Radiance Brush from Walmart, I feel great just leaving my hair down. The brush is pretty cool because it has copper bristles that not only make the brush look pretty, but help to reduce build up, making hair look more radiant and shiny (disclaimer: based on consumer usage and perception study). The brush also has a cushioned pad that makes it gentle on the hair as you brush. I love that the bristles are nice and stiff because I always end up using it to massage my scalp, which has been linked to help stimulate hair growth and health. It’s also affordable, so you can’t go wrong.
If you wash your hair everyday right now, I recommend building up to a week gradually by starting with every other day instead. I have found that the less I wash my hair on a regular basis, the less oil it produces on a daily basis. I also have two slight advantages being that I highlight my hair, which makes it a little dry, and I live in a dry desert climate. In the humidity, like when I lived in Dallas, I usually washed my hair 2 times a week instead of once.
Working out can affect it too. I usually work out 2-4 times a week, so I try to schedule the hardest work out for the day I’m washing my hair.
I’ve found that as it gets closer and closer to wash day, my hair gets bigger and bigger in volume from the dry shampoo. Sometimes this makes a great foundation for some fun hairstyles. You can see the volume change below with zero backcombing required (which I like to avoid because it can lead to breakage fast).
All the opinions in this post are my own.
I’m not much of a hair expert, so if I can do this 4 strand braid, so can you! I love that this braid looks way more complex that it is. To do it, you only need repeat the same three steps over and over again. I like to use a variation of thicker and thinner sections to create more texture within the braid, like shown below. I also use my Glam Seamless hair extensions for more length and volume. You can get 10% off your purchase from them, use promo code: CAMDEN
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And now for the 4 strand braid tutorial!
When I saw this dress on the Modcloth website, I instantly fell in love. I knew it would be a little short, and that the top was sheer, but I also knew that I would find a way to make it meet my needs. I was a little surprised at how hard adding length to a dress could be. I ended up at JoAnn’s for over a hour just trying to figure out how I wanted to add the length that I wanted. My first idea was to add a layer of pleated tulle to the bottom. When I finished. I hated it. It added too much poof to the bottom.
Because I wanted the original beading of the dress to be the focus, I went with the most subtle option, which was the nude knit fabric. I found it at JoAnn’s, you can find it here the color I got is called “nude.”
I used this same fabric to create a lining for the top. This not only added a little more coverage, but made it easy to wear a bra without worrying about the straps showing. I used the beaded neckline to help me draw the curve of the lining so it would sit exactly where I wanted it. Because it’s knit fabric, I only hemmed the neckline, but left the sleeves and bottom seam raw. You’ll notice that the bottom isn’t very even. I didn’t worry about it since I knew it would not be showing.
Once the length was extended, and the top lined, I was ready to go! You can see more pictures of this dress here, but I wanted to show off the neckline, so I took this picture with my hair up.
–Modcloth: This is the store where I got my dress. I’m always in awe of their gorgeous unique pieces. Right now you can get 15% off using code: k17f9sB at checkout thru Oct. 25 at 11:59 ET. You also get free shipping on orders over $75.
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A while ago, I got stuck in a rut. I found it so tedious to get ready every morning that I started going most days without makeup. After a couple of weeks, I started to realize that I was going out less, even to the park with my kids, and felt less confident. One day, I spontaneously decided to get ready in the morning first thing. I was amazed at how much more comfortable I felt, and how leaving the house seemed like a fun opportunity rather than a chore. I realized that I had gotten so caught up in doing fancy makeup that took up my time and energy, that I ended up not doing it at all. I decided to find a happy medium and that’s why I’m sharing how to do quick makeup looks with products you can get from any drug store.
Today, I’m featuring L’Oreal. I’ve been using their mascara and makeup products for over 16 years, even when I try other brands, I always come back to them. I’m excited to share 3 looks you can easily do using their great line.
Now the first step to quick makeup, is being organized. A while ago, I attended a class taught by the beauty blogger, MaskCara, and she recommended using a store container like the one shown below. It’s convenient because everything is out and visible, and yet, in organized compartments.
1. Everyday Smokey Eye
*All of these tutorial steps are to begin after your personal foundation routine. Since we all have different skin, and some of us don’t even wear foundation, I didn’t include that as part of the tutorial.
For this look, I layered the eyeshadow as depicted in the pictorial. I then smudged dark brown eyeliner around the entire top and bottom lash line. This was followed by mascara on both the top and bottom. Then I topped it off with neutral lip gloss, so the eyes remained the main focus.
All the looks I do today use the same eyeshadow palette–I love it! The close-up photos make it look much more dramatic, here’s the overall look. (Accented with my habitually raised eyebrow, I have to try to NOT do that!)
The next look is…
2. Retro Glamour
Dramatic looks do not have to take a lot of time. This look is deceiving because it appears to take longer than it really does. I started by applying eyeshadow color #2 from the pictorial. I then applied a light coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes, then I lined the top with liquid eyeliner, which I flicked out at the end. Tip: angle up from the outside of your eyelid to the end of your eyebrow, or use a piece of tape to help you create an even diagonal. I then put on a set of false eyelashes. Granted, if you are new to falsies, this may take you a little longer. But since I do it quite often, and it requires less mascara, it only takes me about half a minute longer than putting on a few layers of mascara. I added some pencil liner to the bottom, and used the attached sponge to smudge it in evenly. And finally, I added some red lipstick. This is more of a date night look, but it is quick with dramatic results.
And finally, my go to. I do this almost everyday. It’s a natural look that enhances my features without being distracting, and it’s also the fastest. It takes way less than 5 minutes, especially once you have it down.
3. Natural Look
All I do for this look is smudge the eyeliner (which melts right onto my skin like butter, no hard pushing required!) into my upper lash line, then add mascara. Finally, I apply a light pink chapstick or gloss, depending on the day. Then I’m ready to head out! Because the mascara thickens my lashes so well, I feel like it really opens my eyes without needing a coat on the bottom lashes.
Looking for the L’Oreal items mentioned? You can find them all in the cosmetic aisle at your local Albertson’s. The arrow is pointing to the eye makeup products, and the box surrounds the L’Oreal line.
What tips do you have for getting ready quickly?
Do you use any L’Orealcosmetics?