There’s a common misconception about the finer points of advanced control for styling hair that produces unnecessary restrictions on many women for achieving a vast number of styles, and it has to do with how clean their hair is. It’s time to shine the light on this hair issue, for impressive styling power for the most wonderful, complex to simple hairstyles trending today. Because there is a suitable time frame (styling window) to work dirty hair looks without any negative smell-repelling effect on others, you can make it work for you. With avoiding ever having offensively dirty hair along with a little planning you can effectively time out your hairstyles by spacing your washing times.
Acceptable Time Spans for Washing
While freshly washed hair feels and smells wonderful, it’s at its least compliant state for gripping, volume and texture. By stalling your hair washing, you give time for your hair’s natural oils to show up to support styling in addition to protecting it from heat styling methods. The longer time span between washings will require you to use far fewer and less volume of your products, too. Generally, second-day hair is a “given” for confident style without offending, and in some cases, third and even fourth-day hair can be perfectly acceptable. Certain factors influence the state of your unwashed hair, like whether or not you’ve engaged in sweat-producing activities or the quality of environmental air your hair has been exposed to. Smokers need to wash their hair a lot more frequently whenever they will be around non-smokers, for a bunch of reasons, and another time, another story. If you’ve been using a lot of products to style your hair since its last washing, you’ll need to wash them out sooner.
Dirty Hair Rocks These Styles
Any styles that depend on or call for added texture are the ones to create with dirty hair. Among your best go-to top trends are top knots, high, low and side buns, and all of those mesmerizing braiding effects. Remember, messy is good, so let it out. If you’re more of a neat freak, dry shampoo is fine to give you a cleaner feeling, and it will help add more texture and volume, too. Stay away from your hair’s roots, though. Updos like French twists can be taken to those impressive heights of the iconic 1960s fashionistas, and without nearly all that teasing–which will later require a huge time-absorbing detangling comb-out. Fishtail braids and those that wrap around the crown are improved when done dirty, as well as all those pulled out and spreading techniques for braids stay put with dirty hair.
Well-Planned Dirt Accumulation
Timing is essential, especially when you’ve got a special occasion in front of you. Just make sure you plan your hair washing so that you’ll have two to three days of no sweating, few products and general low hair activity before the big day or night. If you know you’ll be in a less than ideal environment smell-wise, protect your dirty hair by wearing a plastic shower cap while there. And if you simply cringe at the thought of going out in public with dirty hair, you can try putting your tresses up into a high ponytail, then forming it into a bun, and then covering that bun with a shower cap. Then, only wash and condition your roots. Towel-dry before removing the cap, bun and pony and air-dry or blow dry. The bottom line? Anything but greasy.