working out your hair washing schedule can be tedious at the best of times, but don’t fret, that’s where we come into the picture. we’re here to answer the age-old question once and for all, so you can create the perfect routine for you and your doo.
let’s be real: how often should you actually wash your hair?
want to know how often you should wash your hair? as always, the answer is kind of complicated. there's no be-all and end-all answer for everyone. instead, the amount of times you should wash your hair per week varies depending on your hair type.
here’s a bit of guideline to follow:
- for curly hair: leave the washing to once per week, so you can give the oils in your scalp time to reach and nourish your strands.
- for fine hair: sometimes fine hair is prone to getting oily quite quickly, so keep the hair-washing to every other day.
- for thick hair: to allow time for sebum to make its way down mid-lengths and ends, try washing hair every three days at a minimum.
- for oily hair: encourage your scalp’s oil production to stabilise by washing every third day.
- for normal hair: every other day, once it’s greasy and feels unclean to the touch.
is it bad to wash your hair every day?
would you be shocked if we told you washing your hair too often can do more harm than good? well, whether you are or are not surprised by this, it can have a huge impact on your hair and scalp’s health… but how? it all balls down to how over washing your hair can strip natural oils in the scalp which leads to dryness and brittleness in the hair, and can also throw off the scalp’s microbiome. but there’s more… this can all be made even worse if you’re using products which have harsh ingredients.
so, what are the benefits of not washing your hair too often? first off, it allows your hair's natural oils to protect your hair, helps in enhancing texture, and also prolongs the vibrancy of colour-treated hair. on the other hand however, if you don’t wash your hair enough, you may experience an itchy scalp or even dandruff, as oil can block the hair follicle and lead to build-up. all in all, it’s about finding *the* balance between keeping your hair clean whilst maintaining its precious protective qualities.