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Did you know that you can actually train your red hair to go longer between washes? Wash training is a form of hair care that allows you to extend the time between washes. Overwashing hair can strip it of its natural oils leaving it dry, dull, and brittle. Extending the wash time can help you grow your hair longer and stronger while promoting shine. 

Wash training can also be extremely helpful for those with naturally curly red hair. Here’s how to get started with wash training your red hair. 

1. Pick the right products

If you’re washing your red hair less, you want to make sure you are using quality products and getting your hair washed fully. Choose products that will help to hydrate the hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Other great choices include products that help to balance pH, clarifying shampoos, and anything free of sulfates, parabens, and silicone

2. Stick to a schedule

If you’re a daily washer, you won’t be able to skip straight to washing 1-2x a week. Try cutting back your washes every other day to start. Follow this process for a week or two before cutting out additional washes. Once you get to a schedule you like, make sure you stick to it to keep your hair fresh and on track. 

3. Keep red hair dry on non-wash days

It’s important to keep your hair dry and away from the shower water when showering on non-wash days. Brush out your hair fully and secure it in a bun or braid close to the scalp. Then cover your hair with a terry cloth-lined shower cap to reduce moisture. 

4. Use an oil spreading brush

During the wash training process and even once you get a routine down, you will get oily roots. Oils are naturally occurring in the hair and you want them to be there. Help reduce excess oil build-up on the scalp by using an oil distributing brush. This will help the oils spread down the hair shaft and reduce oil buildup. Boar bristle brushes are great for oil distribution. 

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5. Incorporate style extending products

During the wash training process, you will probably feel like your red hair is dirty or gross. It’s normal to feel that way in the beginning. Over time your hair will start to look and feel better as it becomes more accustomed to its new wash schedule. In the meantime, use style-extending products like dry shampoo and texture spray to help revive hair without doing a full wash reset. 

6. Learn new hairstyles

Less washing means your hair won’t always have that freshly washed look and feel. Over time non-wash days will become easier to style, but it’s good to have a few go-to non-wash days looks to get you through. Buns, braids, and half-back styles are all great options. 

READ: 6 ‘Redhead Friendly’ Ways to Rock Second-Day Hair

Rock it like a Redhead!