Are you fed up with shampooing, rinsing, and washing your hair? Don’t know if you are overdoing it or if you have to wash your hair more often? Then here we are to help you out in deciding on how often you should wash your hair, with the help of this article.
Though there is no single answer to this question, experts say that you shouldn’t be over-washing your hair even if you have long hair with an oily scalp. This is because you may clean away the natural oils from your hair and scalp, which in turn will make the oil glands in your scalp secrete more oils making your hair oilier than before.
Then what are you supposed to do? Well, the widely accepted notion is that giving sufficient time for your hair to breathe is good, meaning not too often. However, using natural products which are gentle on your hair is better. It’s best to avoid shampoos with toxic substances such as sulfates, parabens, etc. Your hair must produce natural oils for it to be healthy. If you wash your hair too often, then you will strip your hair off the natural oils. This is what the most accepted notion says. Beyond this general understanding, there is no single answer to this.
How frequently you should wash depends on your hair type and texture and the practices you do to maintain your hair while not shampooing. Let’s now look at expert opinions on how often should you wash your hair:
1. Twice or Thrice a Week:
The general recommendation from hairstylists is that you wash your hair once every two to three days. By doing so, you will protect your hair from stripping with chemicals. This also gives your hair and scalp enough time to fill up your hair with natural oils.
It is generally said, Asian and thick brunette hair types get oily quickly. However, Straight hair looks oily sooner than other hair types because the oil quickly moves through the straight strands of hair.
2. Once or Twice a Week:
Yes, it’s true. But only if you have curly hair, you can go for longer periods between washing. If you want to extend the time between washes, then you can colour or bleach your curly hair. This will keep your hair drier for longer periods.
If you see a need during the non-washing days, you can use any natural shampoo or alternate products to clean up your hair.
3. Once in a week or ten days:
Though it may sound a little extreme, a gap of 7 to 10 days can benefit many hair types. Particularly, if you have coarse or oily hair, then your hair needs more moisture than normal. Hence, if you don’t do shampooing and stick to conditioning most days, your hair tends to stay much healthier. If you find shine in your hair with the grease, then you can use hair spray to work with the shine and avoid frequent shampooing.
4. No Poo:
Since the pandemic, there has been a rise in the search for the ‘no poo’ method on Google. This clearly suggests that this method has its benefits. While some notice dryness in their hair by quitting shampoo usage, others feel it’s an excellent way to restore their hair’s natural look and health. This anyhow comes down to your hair type. While those with dry, curly hair have seen favourable results, those with fine, straight strands struggled without shampoo.
After all, all that said and done is a pandemic, and what else can be the best time to try out various methods and see which suits you best. Remember, there is no one to see it and make a comment if anything goes wrong.