POSTED IN Advice ON 07 September, 2018
07 Sep How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
Washing Your Hair
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
It can be tricky to refine the perfect hair-wash routine and to know how often you should wash your hair. If you wash your hair too much, it will become dry and damaged, but if you don’t wash it enough, it will become dirty and lifeless.
Your hair becomes greasy due to the build-up of sebum: an oil which emanates from the sebaceous glands present everywhere except from the palms and the soles of the feet. The build-up of sebum in the hair allows dirt to cling to it, and shampoo is used to wash this build-up away.
That’s how shampoo does its job, but how often you need to use it depends on your style and hair type.
What’s Your Type?
Your hair is as unique as your fingerprint and that is why there are so many different products for different hair types. Each individual hair type requires specific attention and your hair wash routine is no different. Hair with thinner strands can go longer without washing, while thicker strands tend to get dirty and oily quicker. Curly hair tends to be on the dry side, so it can go longer without washing; whereas straight hair needs to be washed more frequently. Coarse hair can be left for longer without a good clean, but silky hair can’t!
Let’s Get Physical!
Your lifestyle plays a big part in dictating your hair routine. If you wash, blow-dry and style your hair in the morning, but you go to the gym in the evening, your hair will be a sweaty mess and you will have to wash your hair again. The more active you are, the more frequently you should wash your hair. This is because sweat piles up, blocks your pores and dirties your scalp and roots quicker. A clogged pore stops healthy hair growth and in some cases, the pore can become completely blocked.
Dark Hair has its Own Set of Rules!
If you have dark hair, consider washing your hair twice a week at most; regardless of your type and texture. Shampooing brunette and red hair too frequently will make it lose some of its pigments, resulting in a faded, mousey colour. The pigments also help to keep the hair looking less oily. Darker hair colours tend to keep their shine for longer and frequent shampooing can damage that natural sparkle!
Dry Shampoo is a Lifesaver!
If you want to get rid of dirt but you don’t want to coat your locks in too much shampoo, opt for dry shampoo instead. Dry shampoo absorbs dirt, dust and excess oil. It works by absorbing surplus oil from your hair and scalp and makes it feel and smell freshly washed. Dry shampoo can also be utilised as a great styling product, to add texture and fullness to your hair.
Still Not Sure?
If you still like that daily clean hair feeling, why not try rinsing your hair without using any products? Sometimes all your hair needs is a little water! If you have curly hair co-washing is a great option; conditioning your hair only – embracing a little grease and letting your hair’s natural oils do their job!
If you’re struggling to figure out how often you should wash your hair, depending on your hair type and life-style; you’ll be thrilled to know there is an average recommendation. If you wash your hair every 2-3 days, you should be just fine! The less you wash your hair, the more it trains itself to adapt to less washing. When your hair realises it isn’t being stripped down as often by shampoo and other hair products, it realises it can create less oil.
Training you hair can take a while, but you’ll love it when you finally have low-maintenance shiny locks!