Hair A week with­out wash­ing

Your cut-out-and-keep guide to sham­poo-dodg­ing

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MON­DAY FRESHLY STYLED

Prepa­ra­tion is key, so you’ll need to put the ef­fort in early doors. Reach for a clear sham­poo and a con­di­tioner that doesn’t con­tain any oils or but­ters to avoid your hair look­ing weighed-down and greasy by Wed­nes­day. “When it comes to styling, volumising mousse is the bouncy blow-dry go-to,” says Nexxus global creative di­rec­tor Kevin Man­cuso. “The in­gre­di­ents are sus­pended, mak­ing it less con­cen­trated and eas­ier to dis­trib­ute.” Heat sec­tions of hair around a brush and blast with cool air to set be­fore re­leas­ing. Afro-hair stylist Char­lotte Men­sah rec­om­mends us­ing dou­ble-prong clips to hold wet hair up at the roots when dry­ing curls to achieve vol­ume with­out prod­uct.

TUES­DAY IN­TEN­TIONAL BED-HEAD

To­day is the day for em­brac­ing your slept-in tex­ture: Man­cuso rec­om­mends a spritz­ing of sea-salt spray to en­cour­age kinks and ab­sorb any ex­cess oils. Try a sugar al­ter­na­tive if your hair is a lit­tle on the dry side, as salt can be pretty mois­ture-zap­ping. For Afro hair, Men­sah sug­gests sleep­ing in a “pineap­ple” the night be­fore: “Loosely fix curls in a high pony­tail with a scrunchie and wear a silk scarf like a head­band. This stops curls from get­ting squashed against your pil­low and also lifts hair at the root for ex­tra vol­ume in the morn­ing.”

WED­NES­DAY NEATLY KNOT­TED

Freshen up with a scented dry sham­poo, which will also add grip for a long-last­ing updo. “A chic top­knot hides a mul­ti­tude of hair sins,” says Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional UK Am­bas­sador Janet Mait­land. “Tip your head up­side down and brush hair (or gather curls) into a pony­tail at the crown, twist­ing the tail around on it­self and into a knot.” Fix with kirby grips and hair­spray. And don’t waste time tam­ing fly­aways – ef­fort­less is sexy.

THURS­DAY SLICKED-BACK ’N’ BRAIDED

Brave a cat­walk favourite – the slicked-back, just-been-caught-in-the-rain look. Comb through a wet-look po­made and (mo­ti­va­tion lev­els de­pen­dant) work in a braid, or keep your pony­tail dry and tex­tured to soften the look. Men­sah rec­om­mends a faux un­der­cut to add edge to a week-old Afro. “Braid one side of your hair (corn­rows or box braids will do), and leave the other loose.” Half a hairdo, dou­ble the im­pact.

FRI­DAY ADDED EX­TRAS

It’s all about cam­ou­flage and dis­trac­tion as you drag your­self closer to the week­end. We’re talk­ing hair­line-con­ceal­ing, at­ten­tion-grab­bing ac­ces­sories. Not one for turn­ing heads? Well, if the hum­ble black head­band is good enough for Tom Ford…

Rock N Rose Rhea Silk Scarf Head­band, £18; Paul Mitchell Neon Sugar Spray Tex­ture + Body, £11.95

Wella Pro­fes­sional EIMI Mis­tify Me Light Hair­spray, £13.60; Love Beauty And Planet De­light­ful Detox Uplift­ing Dry Sham­poo, £6.99

Nexxus Youth Re­newal Sham­poo, £9.99; Um­berto Gian­nini Mer­maid Hair Vol­ume Mousse, £7

Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional Osis+ Damped Wet Look Po­made, £11.05; Den­man Pre­ci­sion Pin Tail Comb, £4.30

Johnny Loves Rosie Gold Polka Dot Head­band, £16; Kitsch Star Hair Comb, £10.66

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