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Get Better Hair, Faster

Your hair is an important part of your identity, so treat it well and don’t wash it too often. Your own natural hair oil is the best conditioner on the planet, so you want to give it a chance to build up a little. If you have oily hair or work in a smoky or greasy place or work with food, you may need to wash it every day. If you work out intensely and sweat every day, you will probably want to wash your hair every other day if you use a product, but for people with dry hair in particular, two to three times a week is probably enough.

I wash my hair about twice a week. I like more body in my hair and I like to be able to run my fingers or a brush through my hair and have it feel natural, so I don’t usually use any hair product unless I’m going to a big event. This is my twice-a-week system:

Day One: Wash hair and finish with a jolt of cold water, which will close the hair cuticle and make hair look shinier. Style hair, or get a blow-out. The new craze of blow-out bars makes this easy and inexpensive to do. You can have great-looking straight hair for thirty bucks. If you can afford to do it, a blow-out once a week is an easy, quick way to have good-looking hair all the time. In my opinion, your blow-out will last longer if you don’t use any product on your hair.

Day Two: Spray hair with a root-volume spray, to revitalize it. Use a flatiron to refresh the blow-out, but heat is damaging, especially to dry hair, so use the minimum temperature that works, and keep an eye out for split ends. That’s the sign that you need a trim.

Day Three: Spray in a dry shampoo to take care of any grease and use a volumizer. Go for the messy, unkempt look. Sexy. Another option is hot rollers, which can really refresh limp hair. I take hot rollers on vacation with me to use on the third day, especially in humid places like Florida that frizz your hair or make it go out of control. (By the way, don’t try to maintain stick-straight hair in a humid climate. It’s a losing battle.)

Day Four: Wear a headband, or use serum to shellac hair down and wear a ponytail, or go for the messy beachy look. Or just wear a hat.

Day Five: Wash hair and start over.

This is an excerpt from “Skinnygirl Solutions” by Bethenny Frankel, available on