Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m sharing with you a little hair experiment, based on the recent news that Kim Kardashian actually only washes her hair every five days. I found that to be fascinating and wanted to give it a try.
According to an article written on Into The Gloss – this is Kim Kardashian’s routine.
Day 1: Wash your hair and get a blow out
Day 2: Embrace a messy texture
Day 3: Sleek straight hair
Day 4: Sleek ponytail
Day 5: Wash and repeat routine
As you all know, I’m pretty into not washing my hair. I haven’t used shampoo regularly since 2011! I currently conditioner-only wash my hair (AKA co-washing or going no-poo), so that’s what I’ll be doing on the “wash days.” Other than on these experiment days, I generally co-wash my hair on a M/W/F schedule so seeing if I can take my hair from three days to five seems like fun.
Day 1: I started the day co-washing my hair with Alba Botanicals Body Builder Mango Conditioner and using my Macadamia Healing Oil Spray as a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant. I let my hair air dry in a bun and then blew dry my hair afterwards (to reduce heat damage). I am not the most skilled at blow outs but I was pretty proud of how this ended up looking.
Day 2: Without fail, whenever I blow dry my hair I lose volume the second day. To combat the flatness a bit I turned my head upside down and sprayed dry shampoo and hair spray. Then to make my hair messy chic, I sprayed OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray and worked Wen Texture Balm on some of the strands framing my face. Throughout the day I alternated between having my hair down and in a messy bun to, again, try and keep the volume from falling. I suspect Kim does flat iron waves for her second day routine but I didn’t want to add to the heat styling this week.
Day 3: To get my hair back to smooth wasn’t easy after the second day. I started to prep the style the night before by brushing out my hair and sleeping in the Conair Top Knot Kit (to help smooth out the strands). That worked really well since the next day I only needed to straighten near the bang area and add some dry shampoo. I left the curls at the end of my hair alone since I think it gave my hair more life, I don’t think I could have pulled off pin straight hair with the amount of product buildup I was experiencing. I like how my hair appeared in the picture but the strands themselves felt thick in an uncomfortable way. I avoided touching my hair as much as possible.
Day 4: My hair feels really gross today. I’m glad it’s in a hair tie. But hey, smile for the camera! Kim usually rocks a sleek middle part with a mid-length pony but that just does not look good on my face.
Day 5: And here is how I looked throughout the week. Excuse my sleep eyes in the last photo, it was taken at 8 AM right before I showered and followed my usual 10 minute curly hair routine.
Washing your hair less often is better for the environment because the less shampoo/conditioner you use the longer it’ll take to finish products and add them to landfills. It’s also good for the water supply since you’ll take less time in the shower in between washings. Possible environment downsides would be using more aerosol dry shampoo sprays. With some time, I think my hair can get used to only being washed every fifth day and in turn produce less oil – hopefully lessoning the need for dry shampoo. Hair is pretty adaptable.
I think some pitfalls with this routine (at least for me personally) include the order of the hairstyles. I understand the logic of waiting to have more oil in the hair before doing overly sleek styles (to help protect the hair) but I also think the products needed to texturize the hair on day 2 will lead to the hair being more heat damaged when it’s straightened the next day or so. If I were to try this experiment again I would probably use braids and buns the first two days and only heat style on day three or four because my hair felt really weighed down with products in the later half of this routine. Or maybe sleep in braids on day one so I’d only need one product to get my hair messy on day two.
I’d encourage giving this experiment a try, especially for dry hair textures that shouldn’t be washed that often anyway.
Would you ever consider going so long without washing your hair? What’s the longest you’ve been without a hair rinse?