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Don’t get us wrong, we love a good hair wash. But sometimes when it comes to keeping your hair in check,
it’s better to take a ‘less is more’ approach. Just like you can strip your face of its natural oils (which
can lead to overproducing oil) if you over cleanse it, the same thing can happen to your scalp if you’re
washing it too much.
It might seem counterintuitive but washing your hair less in the long run will keep it looking and feeling
fresh for longer. We spoke Grant Norton, the National Education Manager at GHD, to get some tips on how to
pick up the shampoo bottle less and extend your style while you’re at it.
You may not realise, but a lot of shampoos contain detergents—otherwise known as sulphates—that
over cleanse your scalp. They get really sudsy and initially make your hair feel squeaky clean, but over
time your body could overproduce oil to make up for the dryness. To counteract this, opt for gentle sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner formulas to cleanse
your hair without stripping you scalp or strands of the oils they need to stay healthy and strong. “If you
want to extend the look [of your hairstyle], try using lightweight products and avoid treatments or
moisture-based hair care that can get oily and heavy quicker in the hair,” says Norton.
Before you kick off with washing and shampooing, use a scalp
scrub to create a clean slate and remove built up product
or debris which can cause hair to become greasy quicker.
He also suggests only applying conditioner to the mid lengths and ends of the hair and steering clear of the roots if
you tend to build up a lot of oil there first. Another good tip? Try a detoxifying shampoo once a week to
get rid of any styling product build up that can also weigh the hair down and make it dirtier quicker.
Once you’ve washed your hair and applied your conditioner, Norton says to boost the overall performance of
your styling products: “gently towel dry your hair first and then rough dry your hair 30-40 percent using a
Helios hairdryer—this will
help make your styling products more effective and give you true hold and lasting support of the style,” he
There’s plenty of ways you can keep your hair fresh while you sleep. A silk pillowcase helps to reduce
friction, while twisting your hair up into a bun with a silk scrunchie will keep it off
your face while you sleep (sans kinks)—which means your oils and moisturisers won’t transfer to your
hair. Try applying a dry shampoo
before your head hits the pillow too. This will help absorb any excess oil overnight so you wake up with
fresh hair in the morning.
Post-gym sweat is bad news for hair—but there’s way around it. Try tying your hair in a looser style
for the gym like braids or a loose ponytail so that you don’t trap heat and sweat close the scalp. To really
make the most of it, try and plan your exercise days around your hair washing days.
After you've finished working out, apply Bumble and bumble's new Pret-a-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo
Mist—its innovative dual-phase formula is designed to keep hair clean, absorb oil, eliminate
odour and refresh sweaty strands in just a few spritzes. It's a gym bag non-negotiable
If you’ve got a hairdryer post-workout, Norton also suggests using the cold shot button around your
hairline and nape to cool down and reduce any perspiration.
If you’re down to your final day before washing your hair and have exhausted your dry shampoo quota, try
wearing a low slicked back bun using a smoothing serum—it’s the easiest way to make your oily strands into an on-trend
Well, try and keep it to a minimum. Running your fingers through your hair will add oil and residue to your
style, so keep touching to a minimum and opt for a brush if you need to adjust your hairstyle during the day.
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