How often should you actually wash your hair?

How often should you actually wash your hair? Here we tell you how to stay fresh and keep your hair healthy!

The balance between not washing your hair enough and doing it too often might be difficult to keep. There are, however, some tips you can follow to distinguish the fine line between affecting your hair's health and having a heavy-looking mane. 

While everyone has different hair washing habits and it will largely depend upon the season, skin and hair type, and activity levels, there are, however, some guidelines you could follow to help you have healthy hair. 

For all of us self-care lovers –and if you are lucky enough to have kept your spirits up– the lockdown has given us the precious opportunity to have more time to spend on our hair, that's right. You are at home, you needn't go out that much, so you wash your hair, apply some DIY hair mask, but the question remains:

How often should I wash my hair? 

The answer is not straightforward, I regret to tell you. We need to consider several aspects because it will depend mostly on your specific hair needs. For example, not washing your hair enough can cause dandruff, irritation, and even hair loss. But washing all the time can lead to an increase in oil production and scalp inflammation. Here you'll find our guidelines according to your hair type:

Flat, thin hair

If you have fine hair, you must resist the urge to wash it every day –I know it's quite tough because even if your hair is not that oily, fine hair tends to look greasy very easily. But washing it every day will only worsen the situation as shampoo will remove the natural oils and as a reaction, it'll produce even more sebum. Try washing it every other day and use a dry shampoo in your roots if it looks too oily –I promise, it'll look better when your hair gets used to your new schedule. 

Thick hair

Denser hair follicles tend to hide oil better than thinner hair, so if it doesn't look greasy, don't wash it more than two times a week.

If you have thick hair, don't wash it more than two times a week.

Wavy hair

If your hair is wavy and fine, it might get oily when washed with curl specific shampoos. You should wash every other day –for oil-prone scalps–, or every two days –for normal scalps– with a sulfate-free cleanser.

Damaged hair

When you've damaged your hair by coloring it or styling it with heat, your cuticles will be open and the hair will look dry, brittle and dull. In order not to further damage your hair you should wash it once every 2 or 3 days and go for a sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo.

Heat styling may make your hair look dull.

Oily hair

If your hair is oily keep your washing to every other day and make sure you use a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo that’ll break down oils without stripping your hair.

It's recommended to wash your hair every 2-3 days.

How often should you actually wash your hair if you have normal hair?

Most experts recommend washing your hair every 2-3 days for your hair to be healthy. Nevertheless, if you work out frequently, use a lot of styling products, color your hair, or work in polluted environments, you may need to wash your hair more often.

To help counteract the damage, try these sulfate-free products.

Your hair changes  

Hair can suffer from health and emotional disruption, climatic changes and can become finer, oilier, drier, and smoother at different moments of life. You should pay attention to those changes and adapt. In general, using sulfate-free shampoos, letting your hair dry naturally, avoid harsh styling products, using special towels for your hair and an occasional mask will help you have the silky smooth hair we all want. 

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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