How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Back in the day, we wouldn't dream of not washing our hair on the daily— dry shampoos were virtually nonexistent, and any sign of grease on one's locks were seen as a serious faux pas (unless you subscribed to a more 90s Grunge take on beauty). Nowadays, we're constantly told not to wash our hair "too often," the only problem being we have no idea what that really means. And if we miss the mark on how often we should actually be sudsing, are we just stripping our hair of its vital oils and lipids? Ugh. So with that in mind, here's the dirt on how often you should really be washing your hair.

As with most things in life, when it comes to shampooing, the consensus is that less is more.

Washing one's hair on the daily strips it of its natural oils and proteins, causing locks to dry out and break. Not to mention the damage that can wreak on the scalp, which needs to stay hydrated and healthy in order to promote general hair health as well. So in addition to a dry, agitated scalp and brittle hair, over-shampooing can also lead to frizzy hair— another beauty no-no. Knowing all that then, what's the ideal number of times one should shampoo throughout the week? Well, the answer to that really depends on your hair type (again, frustrating). 

Generally speaking, hair that is thicker and curlier can go longer between washes than hair that is fine, and the same goes for more chemically-treated hair— the less you shampoo it, the healthier it will ultimately be. So if you have fine, limp hair, or if you exercise often, washing every second or third day should work for you. On the other side of the spectrum, thicker, curlier and/or chemically treated hair types should strive to lather up once every four to seven (!!!) days between washes, or basically as long as you can stand it. And as an added measure, avoid shampoos with harsh sulphites (and obviously don't forget to make dry shampoo your best friend) — your locks will thank you. 

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