We’ve been asking time and time again: Should I be washing my hair everyday? Every two days? Once a week? Gone are the days when we thought that we needed to wash our hair every day. Shower time without shampoo just feels incomplete.
It makes you feel like you forgot an important part of your bath routine. After discovering that washing your hair every day is not advised, it makes it even more confusing.
To add to that, how come some of your friends can look dashing without a week of shampoo, while the others need to wash their hair every two days to keep their long locks in top shape?
Who should you be taking advice from?
We’ve done the work in finding out how often you should be washing your hair to help you keep your hair as beautifully healthy as they should always be.
WHAT DOES SHAMPOO DO?
Producing oils is a natural function of your hair and scalp. What shampoo does is that it captures and traps oils which is then rinsed away after washing it off with water. The thing is, you need some natural oils to stay in your hair, it is a contributing factor in having healthy hair because they serve as a barrier of protection.
Frequent use of shampoo may cause your hair to dry out because these natural oils are washed away. The challenge is, we couldn’t define “frequent” because each person produces a different amount of these natural oils.
In addition, other factors that you should consider is to look at the current state of your hair such as the thickness of the hair, its oil content, and how dry your scalp is. These add up to reasons why it really does vary from person to person.
DIFFERENT HAIR TYPES
For Straight Hair, you can shampoo your hair every day. If you prefer having your hair look heavier, use shampoo only 4 times a week. If you want it to look lighter, wash it only 2 times a week.
For Wavy Hair, use shampoo 3 times a week. The added weight coming from the buildup of your natural oils may cause your wavy hair to straighten out, so you may want to wash those off. Don’t forget to use your conditioner at least twice a week especially when your hair starts looking dry.
For Curly Hair, don’t go beyond 2 times per week. If you want your curls to be in tip-top shape, don’t shampoo too frequently and when you do use shampoo, be sure to use the ones with moisturizing properties. Most importantly — avoid shampoo that contains harsh sulfates. These strips your hair of natural oils which could lead to damaged hair.
All these will vary depending on your lifestyle. If you workout everyday, you’re going to want to remove all the grease in your hair. If you must wash after every workout, try using a shampoo which is gentle on the scalp.
PERFECT YOUR PERSONAL MIX
The key here is to list down specifics. Literally, grab a pen and a notebook to list down the traits of your hair. It will take a bit of trial and error but once you are able to know your hair completely, you can find the right products that are made to overcome these challenges.
Be patient with this process because at the end of the day, when you’re in front of the mirror seeing those perfectly healthy love locks — you’ll thank your past self for spending the time and effort for giving yourself the beauty and confidence you now have.