A Week Without Washing My Hair

Whenever I tell people I wash my hair every day, I always get a lot of reactions like “you’re not supposed to do that” or “that’s really bad for your hair.” I understand why hair isn’t supposed to be washed everyday. It is recommended to take breaks with hair washes to allow your hair to produce its own natural oils. Sadly, this lifestyle doesn’t work for me. My hair gets greasy and it gets greasy fast. Of course, this is likely because I am in the habit of washing my hair daily, but it sure is a hard habit to break. I hate having greasy hair and I’m not sure how long I can withhold from washing my hair to fix this issue. This little personal problem of mine inspired me with a new experiment. I challenged myself to go a full week without washing my hair. Let’s see how this worked out for me.


I washed my hair Saturday night, leaving my hair fresh and clean for Sunday. Unfortunately, I made the poor decision to go to the beach today which afterwards, left my hair salty and knotty. Overall, I’m off to a rough start.


If I could go back, I would have straightened my hair from the jump. Still, my hair actually came out pretty well despite the second day after a windy beach day. My hair remained sleek, and surprisingly, not greasy.


By Tuesday my hair was starting to feel slightly greasy. I dabbed at my roots with some Witch Hazel in hopes to dry it out and pulled my straightened locks into a half-up/half-down pony. Surprisingly, I didn’t need to touch up my hair with a straightening iron at all, as my straight hair had mostly stayed in tact.


I knew putting my hair down this late into the week was a risky move, but I went with it. No regrets quite yet either, after curling my hair, my hair had lots of texture and volume that I quite liked.


I regretted my choice to wear my hair down because I woke up with extremely greasy hair. Again, I dabbed at my roots with some Witch Hazel, and put my hair up into another half-up/half-down pony. This time, I touched up my curls, and although a bit frizzy, I thought my hair looked cute and fun.


It is a rare occasion that I wear my hair up, but the grease began to get out of hand and to be too much for even Witch Hazel to fix, so I opted for a pony. I found the ponytail to be great for unwashed hair because my hair didn’t look, nor feel greasy. It stayed out of my face and I don’t think my hair looked all that bad.


Sorry for the shade over my face, but by Saturday I was completely over this. My hair felt disgusting and I was left with no choice but to throw it in a bun because it looked terrible. Saturday after work, I went home and washed my hair, and it was the best I felt in a week.

After taking this challenge, I decided I will never go a week without washing my hair again. However, I realized that I do not have to wash my hair everyday. Since this challenge, I’ve begun to wash my hair every other day. Although I don’t notice any specific changes regarding the health of my hair, I have found that my hair doesn’t get greasy quite as fast, allowing me to skip even two days of washing here and there. Not to mention, I’m saving lots of time and money, so that’s definitely a plus!

6 thoughts on “A Week Without Washing My Hair

  1. I’m also trying to wash my hair every other day and it’s looking a lot better now. Never tried to keep it for one week because I feel like it’s maybe too much haha

    Thanks for sharing your experience!


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  2. I wash my hair every three days and wear it slicked back for the last day after applying Dry Shampoo. That is mostly because I want to save time, I think as long as your hair is happy and healthy (and yours definitely is), there is no harm in washing it more often. Out of curiosity, why didn’t you use Dry Shampoo instead of witch hazel?

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. I agree- I also think everyone’s hair is different so what works for some people may not work for others. Actually, since this post I’ve been using Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo much more often, but used to often avoid dry shampoos because my roots are quite dark and dry shampoos often leave a white powdery look that can be hard to brush out.

  3. The week started off pretty good, but I can completely understand how happy you were to finally wash your hair at the end of the week. I bet the grease became impossible, even despite the witch hazel!

    Have a great weekend 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

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