For such an easy task, washing your hair can be confusing. Wondering how often you should be washing your hair? We’ve done some research and broke down the frequency you should be shampooing so you can consider your shower problems handled.
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HOW DOES SHAMPOO WORK?
To best understand how often you should wash, we first need to know how the product you are using to lather up really works. Shampoos work much like your standard soaps. They contain a cleaning agent called surfactants which work to attract and separate oils when you are washing. Hair produces a natural oil called sebum and shampoo works to separate these oils from the washing, rinsing out the “grease and dirt” that you may no longer feel once clean and dry.
Because shampoos trap oils, washing too much may dry out your hair, stripping your scalp of its natural oils can prevent splitting and breakage.
WHO SHOULD WASH DAILY?
When you wash your hair every day, you are constantly stripping your scalp of its natural oils. While this solves your grease problem, your body produces more sebum more often, causing you to shampoo more and more frequently.
Most experts say that there are very few who are recommended to do a daily wash. Those who exercise and sweat a good amount are advised to shampoo daily. Also if your hair is on the finer side, you may need to wash it every day to avoid greasy-looking hair. Your climate may also force you to be shampooing 7 days a week as humid places tend to produce more oil & sweat that cannot be avoided.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR HAIR?
Here’s the deal: there is NO straightforward answer that will solve your shampoo struggles. As a general rule of thumb, the thicker your hair and the less oil means less frequent washes.
However, knowing your hair type and daily lifestyle habits can certainly help you navigate the right frequency to lather up.
For the average person, you should be washing your hair every 2-3 days with some wiggle room in between if needed. Evidently, when you start to see signs of visible oil, grease, or flakes from dirt, it’s time to shampoo again.
HOW TO GO LONGER WITHOUT WASHING YOUR HAIR?
Dry shampoo is often the number one answer to this question and it’s not the only solution to spreading out your washing days. Stylists often use dry shampoo on clean hair to give their client’s blowout some extra volume. Some also recommend spritzing some dry shampoo in before bed so it can soak up some excess oil overnight.
There have been experts who say to avoid touching your hair frequently (especially the strands that frame your face) to prolong the appearance of greasiness. Get creative & try different hairstyles that work well on day 2 or day 3 hair that is out of your face and may mask some of the greases starting to peep through.
Ironically, going longer without washing requires…NOT WASHING YOUR HAIR SO MUCH!
SHAMPOOING TIPS FOR WASH DAY
Apply a quarter-size amount of shampoo to your hair – you don’t need a lot to make a lather.
Avoid using your nails – nails can aggravate the scalp, so massage gently with the pads of your fingers.
Scrub at the scalp – your scalp is skin and that’s where the sebum starts so apply the shampoo to your head and massage your scalp, the suds will work their way down to your strands.
Turn down the temp – warm water is best when washing your hair as increased heat can dry out your scalp.
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