If your hair is on the drier side, you can probably easily spread hair washes out every 3-4 days, if not longer. Surfactants, the cleaning agents in shampoo, attract and lift away oils, so if your hair is already dry, over-washing will strip it of its natural oils our hair needs to stay in its healthy-look) and actually make it drier in the long run.
If you’re dealing with severe dryness and need to desperately wash your hair, use together with a scalp conditioner, which can nourish your scalp and help to strengthen your scalp barrier.
Good news for anyone with thick hair! Because you have so much hair, skipping a wash day won’t be as noticeable to other people, as any oil build-up you have won’t be so obvious. To save having to properly wash your hair, dry shampoo can be used in between wash days to soak up excess oil and freshen up your hair.
The coiled texture of curly hair makes it harder for oils from the scalp to make their way down the lengths of the hair, making it more prone to dryness. Therefore, as with dry hair, washing every 3-4 days is usually sufficient. However, those with kinky or afro hair types may wish to space wash days out more if they feel their hair doesn’t need it.
As anyone who dyes their hair will tell you, preventing colour fade is their main priority. Washing hair doesn’t only strip away oils but also colour, so if you want to maintain your brightest, most vibrant colour, try not to wash too often. This will help to preserve your colour for longer and prevent dullness. When you wash your hair, make sure to use a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner that will help keep your hair clean, feeling soft, and looking vibrant.
So, is it healthy to wash your hair every day? As mentioned above, it’s all dependent on your hair types and its needs. While it’s not unhealthy to wash your hair daily, most of us don’t need to and those with already dry hair might find spacing out washes more beneficial.Over washing your hair can also aggravate conditions like eczema and dandruff, so in some cases, you might need to refer to your doctor for advice on this.
Now you know how often to wash your hair to keep it clean and fresh, you can build your perfect hair washing routine and achieve healthy-looking hair.