The great hair wash debate seems to be one women get passionate about: some swear by skipping a few days while others can’t imagine going without a wash every day! We thought it was time to settle the argument once and for all and answer the big question, how often should you REALLY wash your hair?
A Little Hair History
Believe it or not, women haven’t always washed their hair daily. In fact, up until recently women only washed their hair once a month! While we all want our hair to feel fresh, clean and smell amazing, washing your hair daily actually strips hair of its natural oils. This can lead to dull, dry strands that easily break. Plus, if you’re washing and drying your hair daily, the heat tools are causing even more damage. So even though you may feel like you are taking care of your hair by washing it daily, you are actually causing more harm than good.
Hair Type Matters
So is there a good rule of thumb for the magic number of days you can go without washing your hair? Really, it depends on your hair type. Hair that’s thicker and curlier can go without a wash for longer than hair that is more fine. How processed your hair is will also come into play, too. The reason is, the oils in your scalp don’t travel down the hair shaft as quickly in hair that’s coarse, curly or processed as it does for gals with fine hair.
The Final Verdict
At MOST, try washing your hair every other day. Every two days is even better and if you can make it an entire week, go for it! If your hair gets oily after only a day, try using some hair powder or dry shampoo on your roots to soak up some of that excess oil. There are also tons of products on the market for in-between wash days that will help your hair get some extra lift and smell fresh. After the gym, try spritzing a refreshing mist or do a rinse sans shampoo. If you must wash and shampoo each time after a workout, try a shampoo that’s made for daily cleansing; it’ll contain chemicals which aren’t as harsh on your hair.