My 6-Step Organic, Low Maintenance Hair Care Routine

Low Maintenance, Organic Hair Care Routine

Okay, would you believe me if I told you I only wash my hair about once a week? Yep, and I promise you I don’t have dreadlocks either 🤣 So today I’m going to share my absolute favorite hair products with you that are all-natural and use clean, organic ingredients. Plus, I’ll walk you step-by-step through my low maintenance, 6-step routine for keeping my thick hair clean and healthy! 💁‍♀️

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Step 1: Shampoo (Duh)

Alright, this is an obvious one. I typically only wash my hair once a week, usually on a Sunday night. There are a couple of different shampoos that I use and like, it kind of depends on what I have available or what I feel my hair needs.

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Those are my top two shampoos at the moment, but there are a few more options that I also really like listed on this page of my blog!

No conditioner for me…

And, I should note that I don’t follow up with a conditioner! Since I only wash my hair about 1x per week, my hair doesn’t really need it and I just feel like conditioner can weigh my hair down. But if you have really dry hair then perhaps conditioner will work well in your routine.

P.S…Sometimes switching to natural shampoo calls for an adjustment period for your hair. If natural options aren’t working for you, I have some tips and treatments listed below! Keep reading 😉

You might also be wondering…Becca, how do you only wash your hair once a week? Do you wash your body too? Might sound silly, but I’ve been asked that quite a few times! Yes, I still wash my body. I just tie my hair up and try to avoid getting my hair wet while showering. But if that’s not your jam, you can check out these organic cotton shower caps.

Step 2: Hair Wrap Towel

If you’re still using a big towel to dry your hair – listen up! 🛀 Body towels (usually made of terry cloth or microfiber) can be wayyyyy too heavy for hair. In fact, they can pull, tug, cause breakage, and actually make frizz worse. I switched to a Hubalou hair wrap towel a few years ago and it has made SUCH a huge difference for my hair. They actually no longer sell them, but I also use this Marmara Imports organic Turkish cotton hair towel and it works just as nicely.

Marmara Imports Organic Hair Towels

It’s lightweight and gentle, and made of sustainable organic cotton with a high thread count. It minimizes heat dry time, prevents breakage, and reduces frizz. I typically shower in the evening and leave my hair up in this wrap for about 2 hours until it’s mostly dry. It’s highly absorbent yet naturally antibacterial so it won’t smell moldy.

I rarely blow dry my hair either. So this hair wrap is so nice because it gently dries my hair without having to use any heat. Love it!

Step 3: Hair Oil or Serum

Since I don’t use conditioner, hair oils and serums are a must for me and they help keep my hair nourished!

When using an oil, it’s important to only use the *tiniest* bit. Otherwise, your hair will become oily and heavy. I just put 2-3 drops in the palm of my hands, rub together, and then gently apply to the ends of my hair when it’s damp. Never in the roots.

Organic hair oils and serums

Some hair oils and serums that I like:

Step 4: Styling Sprays + Tools

Alright, so I’m pretty lazy when it comes to styling my hair too. Since my hair is really thick and holds a style pretty well, I can usually get away with styling it the day after washing and then just leave it for the next few days (and trying not to touch it or brush it much in between).

My hair is naturally kind of wavy. Depending on the style I’m going for, there are a couple of different styling products I like to use:

Styling Tools:

Step 5: Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is probably THE most important step in my hair routine! It’s my best friend and the *key* to being able to only wash my hair once a week. Many conventional dry shampoos out there are aerosol sprays, which can be really harmful to breathe in. So I like to use natural options that are usually powders (and yes, they work!).

Daily Dry Shampoo
Living that no ‘poo life

Dry Shampoo Pro Tip:

My main tip is to start using dry shampoo the day after washing. Many people wait until their hair is oily to start using it, but being proactive and using it earlier will help keep your hair clean and looking fresh. I also like to apply it at night so it can work its magic while I sleep and I wake up with clean hair! 💆‍♀️ I simply pull my hair back and apply it around my temples where my hair tends to get the oiliest.

Here are some natural options that I love:
  • Daily Dry Shampoo: Check out my blog post about this one for more info! It comes with this applicator brush which actually makes a HUGE difference, and way less messy experience. This is my favorite dry shampoo right now and you can use code BECCA20 for a discount!
  • Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo: Another great option! You gently squeeze the bottle and it pumps out a puff of dry shampoo so you can apply it more precisely where you want it. I love how this one smells too.


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Step 6: Additional Treatments + Transitioning to Natural Shampoo

So technically my hair routine is only 5 steps because what I’m about to mention here is only If needed. I hardly ever do these because my hair has adjusted and don’t really need to.

Switching to natural shampoo can be a journey for some people. Thankfully for me, it went pretty well. Conventional shampoos usually contain silicones that coat your hair and give it that “silky” feeling, as well as sulfates which strip hair of its natural moisture. So some people experience a “heavy” feeling when first using a natural shampoo, or maybe feel like their hair isn’t totally clean. Your hair has to adjust and you might have to train it! There are some tips and treatments that might help:

  • Apple cider vinegar/baking soda/honey hair rinse: This is super helpful if you need to de-gunk and clarify your hair. ACV has properties that help break down nasty buildup, balance hair’s pH, and kill off bacteria. It also helps detangle. There are many different ways you can use it for your hair but here’s what I’ve done: Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water, then massage into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then take 1 part ACV and 4 parts water, you can also mix in about a spoonful of honey 🍯 Then use this to rinse out the baking soda. When it’s out, rinse your hair completely (cold water is best if you can handle it!). The baking soda helps remove buildup and the honey helps condition hair. Raw, unfiltered ACV is best and I get mine from Thrive Market.
  • Innersense True Enlightenment Scalp Scrub: A minty scalp scrub that you work into your hair (before shampooing). It tingles, clarifies, and leaves hair feeling soft and manageable. This is a wonderful addition to any hair care routine.
  • Beneath Your Mask Nourish Skin + Hair Serum: You can use this one on your ends as hair oil, but it’s also nice as a scalp treatment or overnight mask. It has great healing and hydrating ingredients.
  • Coconut oil hair mask: This is kind of a trendy thing, but honestly it didn’t work out that well for me! But you can try it out. Basically, it can help hydrate; you just apply coconut oil to your hair as a mask. But it made me break out like crazy because I slept with and it got on my face, so learn from my mistakes! 🥥
  • Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque: This is a good one to help with dry or damaged hair; just apply it to ends and leave on for about 10 minutes before washing.

Natural Hair Products with The Curly Girl Method!

Have curly hair? My friend Delilah from the blog Holistic Enchilada has an amazing online course that might interest you. It’s called Fabulous Curls Made Easy that will help you transform frizzy, unruly hair into fabulous curls in just a few months. Check it out!

I hope that was helpful to you! 💇‍♀️ Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, or if you have any other helpful tips. Here’s to healthy hair, naturally, and without having to put in too much work!

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Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

4 comments on “My 6-Step Organic, Low Maintenance Hair Care Routine”

  1. I love all of these tips! I’m also glad I’m not the only one who washes their hair once a week! I do have a question…Do you go to a hairdresser to get your hair cut? If you do, how do you tell them to not use harsh shampoos and conditioners on your hair? Thanks! This has seriously helped me with my sustainable journey!

    1. So glad it’s helpful, Abigail! I only get my hair done a few times a year, and I am fine with them just using their own products on me since it’s not that often. But you could probably bring your own shampoo, etc. if you really wanted to!

  2. I love how it’s super detailed. I don’t use conditioner, too. But I wash my hair daily. Being around in the sun makes my hair so oily that a daily wash is an absolute necessity! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it just to kind of see how others do their hair. And you may have convinced me to try dry shampoo as well!

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