Skip the daily wash
sianstock/ShutterStock Shampooing every day might sound like basic hygiene, but going longer between washes actually helps you go longer between haircuts. Shampoo, along with chlorine and other minerals in the water, strips hair of its natural oils. Lather up every day, and your hair could get parched and prone to damage. “Wash hair every other day—and the longer, the better,” says Cassondra Kaeding, celebrity colorist at Sally Hershberger. Scrub at the scalp (not through the ends) to attack the oil right where it’s produced, she says.
Try a laid-back style
Cheshmeh-Studio/ShutterStock On non-wash days, you might want to throw your hair up to extend your style. But pulling and twisting tight with a hair tie could lead to even more breakage—just the opposite of the healthy hair you wanted between haircuts. Instead of pulling hair tight, try a loose ponytail or braid, says three-time Emmy award-winning celebrity hairstylist Lavette Slater. A messy fishtail braid at the side of the head looks even fresher than your typical pony, she says.