No two hair care routines are created equal. When it comes to hair maintenance, how often should we really be washing our hair? There are many different thoughts and opinions regarding the length of time spent in between the hair washes. Some people cringe at the thought of not washing their hair daily, while others invite it into their lifestyle. So, how can we get a better understanding of what is the best method of hair-care for us at an individualized level? Follow on below to learn more:
General Basics of Hair Washing
We all want beautiful, silky, shining hair, and we understand that hair washing can greatly contribute to that. However, we need to first look into our specific lifestyle patterns to see how many times a week we actually need to be washing our hair, according to what we do with our hair during the week. In addition, it comes down to hair type as well. So, to stop yourself from over-washing or under-washing your hair, consider this simple fact: Hair self cleans. Webmd.com adds that, “For the most part, some dirt is OK and natural — and you definitely want some oils to remain in your hair. They provide moisturizing and a protection barrier for the skin and hair.” In addition, when you factor that into your lifestyle choices and environment, you can begin to incorporate new hair washing habits.
Who should wash their hair daily?
Let us consider the main factors of when we should wash our hair on a daily basis. First off, hair can naturally dehydrate if you are dehydrated yourself. Also, if you live with humidity and/or pollution in the environment, that should also contribute to choosing the daily hair-washing. If you are the type of person who loves getting sweaty and loves working out at the gym on a daily basis, you might be in this group of the so-called “daily hair-washing club”. If you have oily hair and use heat styling tools and color your hair often, you are in that group as well. There does not need to be some elaborate method to washing your hair; if you do choose to associate yourself as part of the “daily hair-washing club”, simply use a shampoo that is mild and contains sulphate-free surfactants.
Who can skip a few days of hair washing?
Before you squirm at the thought of not washing your hair on a daily basis, some people actually fall in that category of not needing that daily shampoo wash. Logically, if you are the type of person who rarely utilizes hair styling tools and/or products on your hair, you should be able to condense the amount of time you wash your hair on a weekly basis. For instance, if you have dry and/or curly hair, you can wash it about twice a week. If you have thick and/or less oily hair, you also fall into the range of “not needing to wash your hair everyday”.
Appropriately washing your hair with shampoos
Knowing how often to wash your hair is great! However, what to wash your hair with can make all the difference as well. Make sure you use a shampoo that is essentially specific for your hair care needs. Organic brands would be ideal. It should be able to remove build up and treat the hair as well. Also find shampoos with some moisturizers included such as glycerine and sodium PCA, which will ultimately help to alleviate dehydration. Webmd.com states, “From a medical perspective, Goh says some of her patients only wash their hair once a week. She says as long as they don’t have scalp problems that seems OK. She doesn’t advise them to wash more often.”
Roundup of hair-care washing
There is no “one way fits all” in terms of hair washing. Generally speaking, if your hair is visibly oily or your scalp is incessantly itching, those may be clear cut signs that it is time to shampoo your hair. For a somewhat consolidated view on overall hair washing, Marieclaire.com states that, ‘The optimum frequency for washing hair is every 2-3 days. Less often if you have naturally curly hair as it doesn’t tend to look greasy as quickly, more often if you suffer any kind of scalp condition. If you have short hair, washing every day is fine as it does not suffer the same issues with wear and tear due to styling.”
It comes down to personal preference
How you feel regarding your own hair care washing needs should never be compromised. If you feel fine going a few days without shampooing, so be it! It always helps to stay on track with your healthy habits as much as you can when pertaining to hair care so that you can consistently maintain that luscious glowing hair.
There you have it folks! Now you can uncover your hair washing patterns and choose accordingly how and when to properly wash your hair in the hopes of achieving shinier, more radiant hair. Happy hair washing!