How Often Should I Wash My Hair?
This is an age old question as to how often I must wash my hair. If I wash them too often, they get weak and frazzled. If I don’t do regular washing, the sweat and the dirt corrode them away. There are even people who can make their blow out the last day of the week. So what’s the deal?
Hair type matters
Hair that is curly, thick can go without a wash than hair that is fine. The reason is that the oil in your scalp doesn’t travel down to hair shafts as fast in curly hair as in fine hair. So, curly hair don’t need much of a conditioning as compared to fine hair types.
Curly hair types should be careful to not wash their hair too regularly or use harsh sulfates on their hair because it deprives them of the natural oil their hair produces. Consider using a conditioner or a sulfate free shampoo if washing twice a week is needed.
Lifestyle also decides how often you get to wash your hair. If you workouteveryday, you would need to wash your hair more frequently than if you didn’t. you won’t feel fresh unless you wash your hair regularly. With flat hair and oily scalp, you would need to do washing every 24 hours, otherwise your hair willstart to look flat and dirty.
With curly, thick hair, you may go without a shampoo even for 3 days or so.
There can be too much of shampooing
Too much shampooing can deprive our hair of the natural oils and proteins, which once gone, give it a very frazzled look. This shouldn’t be done. Too much of shampooing will cause more harm to hair. It is better you let hair oil accumulate. That will give a better look to your hair.
Find your perfect cocktail
Find the set of products – shampoo, conditioner, and a cocktail of products that serve your hair such that you need to wash your hair only every third or fifth day of the week. Consult your specialist because it is a bit of trial and error thing. Meet your specialist if needed.
The most recommended technique is to keep the conditioner off the scalp completely. Conditioner can make your scalp oily and make your hair look greesy.
The final verdict
At most, try washing your hair every other day. Every two day is also a good alternative. If your hair gets oily after a day, try using some hair powder that soaks up the excess oil. If you need to wash your hair daily, use a shampoo made for daily wash. It is less harsh on your hair. If you can go without washing even for a week and keep it fine, let it be so.