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Clean or dirty hair for an updo?

Have you ever had your hair styled professionally for a special event?

If so, I am sure your number one question was, "When do you wash your hair?"

Every hairstylist has a personal preference and answers may vary according to your stylist. The most common answer is to wash and dry your hair the day before a professional updo styling. It is best when one night’s worth of natural oil buildup is on the hair.

Why you ask? That's a very good question!

Have you ever noticed when you freshly washed and blow dried your hair, it is like silk? Imagine taking that freshly clean and silky hair, tying it in a knot and hoping the knot remains in the hair. Spoiler alert: the knot will not remain. Now add some oil to the silky hair and tie it into a knot.

VOILA! The knot remains!

If you want a beautiful, intricate and twisted (aka knotted) updo style on your special event day, it is best if at least one nights worth of natural oil production is on your hair.

I'm sure some of you are wondering, "What if my hair becomes super oily?"

No need to worry! The hairspray used to secure your hairstyle for the day contains an abundance of alcohol, it absorbs the oil on your hair in the same manner cornstarch or baby powder would absorb your natural oil. In case you didn't know, dry shampoo basically consists of cornstarch and hairspray.

Take it from me… Your hairstylist and you will be happy with the end result from one nights worth of oil production on your hair versus freshly washed hair! Don’t believe me? Try a ponytail or a plait on clean hair versus day old dirty hair. Feel free to leave me your comments and/or rebuttals below!

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