HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REALLY WASH YOUR HAIR?

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REALLY WASH YOUR HAIR?

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How many times a month do you find yourself doing hair maths to work out when you should wash your hair?  Washing your hair too much can result in it being dry and brittle, don’t wash it enough and it will become dirty and lifeless.    It can be hard to find a middle ground, but fortunately we are here to take the headache out of it. Read on for our top tips and tricks.

  1. What’s your lifestyle? 

One of the most important factors but one that many don’t consider is the kind of lifestyle you lead.  If you are a gym bunny who works out a few times a week or hit the pool you’re going to be washing your hair a lot more.  Unfortunately, what’s healthy for your body and mind-set leads to more frequent lathering! Put simply, sweat piles up, clogs your pores and dirties your scalp and roots.

2. What’s your hair type?

It’s no coincidence that there are different products for different hair types.  Every hair type has particular needs and your hair washing routine is no exception.  If your hair is thick it can go a bit longer without a good wash, and curly or coarse hair which tends to be on the dry side can too.  Straight and silky hair gets greasy quicker and will need more frequent washing.

3. What’s your hair colour?

If you are a brunette then try and wash your hair no more than twice a week regardless of your type and texture.  Shampooing dark hair too often will make it lose some of its pigment resulting in a faded, mousy colour. The pigments also keep the hair less oily and darker colours tend to keep their natural shine longer.  

So, What’s The Answer?

Generally speaking, for dry hair types the answer to this is a maximum of two times a week.  For oily hair you may need to reach for the shampoo daily. If you’re a normal Nora you have the luxury of washing your hair whenever you like.   Bonus! If you can’t cope without a shower just pop on a shower cap or rinse your hair without any product for a fresh, clean feel. We are all trained to lather, rinse and repeat but the chances are you’re washing your hair far too often and sometimes a quick wash will do. 

What’s the deal with dry shampoo?

If hair maths gets a little too complex for you, dry shampoo could be your saviour and gets rid of the dirt without coating your tresses with shampoo.   It absorbs dirt, dust and excess sebum which makes it the ideal quick fix when you realise you’re looking a bit greasy at the last minute and makes your hair and scalp clean without the water and the hassle of a blow dry.  They are usually made from a combination of absorbing agents, aerosol propellants, conditioning ingredients, solvents and fragrance. It’s not designed to replace regular washing but WILL lengthen the intervals between washes and help you out of any last minute fixes.    They usually come in two forms, powder or aerosol, and can even match your hair colour. Absolute life saviour when you have snoozed your alarm one too many times.  

If you’re fancying an updo, dry shampoo is great for adding texture and fullness and will help your hair to stay in place.  

If all of that information has just confused you more you may rejoice to know that there is an average recommendation.  Stick to once every 2-3 days and you should be just fine. If you find that your roots are getting greasy a day or two after washing, going forwards just condition the ends rather than the roots.  The less you wash it the more it trains itself to need washing less often. It could take a while but is definitely worth it in the long run.  

If it’s too difficult to figure out all these factors that influence frequency, you’ll probably rejoice to know that there is an average recommendation. If you wash your hair once every 2-3 days, you should be just dandy. The less you wash your hair, the more it trains itself to adapt to less washing. When your hair realizes it isn’t being stripped down as often by the shampoo and other hair products, it realizes it can produce less oil. Training your hair can take lots of time, but it is super worth it in the long run.

Laura x

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