This question has been debated for a long time now. Wash, rinse, and repeat! Easy enough, right?! But how often should you shampoo, can you really wash your hair too much? Today I am talking about how often you should wash your hair.
I used to be an everyday shampooer. How gross if you didn’t wash your hair daily! Well until I got a little educated on the subject, it only took 40 something-ish years, but I got there! Lol.
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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
You aren’t going to like this answer mostly because it’s vague. It really depends on each individual. People who have oily scalps do have to shampoo more often; it can be difficult to go very long between washes.
I will tell you that it all comes down to a healthy scalp. The healthier your scalp the longer you can go between shampoos. I have a customer that recently told me she can now go one week between shampoos! If you want me to work with you on how to improve your scalp health, click here. I did a blog post a few months ago; The Secret to a Healthy Scalp. You can read that here.
Things that can affect how often you shampoo:
- Scalp health
- Condition of your hair
- Products that you use
Does It Really Do Any Harm To Wash Too Often?
Yes, it can. If you are someone that colors your hair shampooing too often can fade your color. Quality products can help with this issue but washing too often can fade your color.
Sometimes we can get into a vicious cycle and not even realize it. We start shampooing our hair daily because we feel like it is “dirty or oily”. Our scalp is confused and dry and is overproducing oil.
If you lighten your hair with bleach shampooing your hair too often can cause your hair to feel dry and brittle.
The Secret To Stretching One More Day Between Washes
If you aren’t ready to shampoo your hair and want to stretch it, one more day I have an idea for you! I recommend doing an oil treatment and leaving it on throughout the day. I like to use Monat’s Rejuveniqe Oil because it is a dry oil. After applying a little of the oil either braid your hair, pull it back in a bun, or ponytail. You can wear your hair like this all day while getting an oil treatment! Then either washes your hair that evening or wait until the following morning.
If you would like to read more information about the Rejuveniqe Oil, click here. It is an amazing oil that is a blend of 13+ natural plant & essential oils rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients. I use it on my hair & skin!
*Tip: Try not to use hair ties with metal clips because they can catch your hair and pull and cause breakage. Also, remember not to wrap your hair too tight with any hair tie because that can also cause breakage. The best type of hair ties: ties wrapped with satin, satin scrunchies, or hair coils.
What Do Dermatologists Have To Say?
So, what do you think dermatologists have to say about how often you should wash your hair? They are about as vague as I am! They also think it depends on your hair type and condition.
- Oily hair, wash more often. Maybe even daily depending on oil production.
- Chemically treated hair is typically drier, so you do not need to wash as often.
- The older you get your scalp produces less oil so your hair will appear dryer.
You can read more about what the American Academy of Dermatology recommends here.
So, how often do you go between washes? I like to go anywhere from 2-3 days. Since I started using dry shampoo it has been a game changer! I did a blog post a few weeks ago; 3 Tips to get the Best Results from your Dry Shampoo. You will want to check that out here!
Please share below in the comments your thoughts and suggestions!