How often should you wash your hair? Read on to know if you should wash your hair everyday and how often to clean your hair if you have straight, oily, or curly hair.
There are some of us who simply love standing under the running shower and washing our hair once a day or maybe every second day, because of how soothing it is to the hair and body, right?
But wait, does your hair type actually require to be washed that often?
When we talk about “how often”, it is really hard to put it out there that there is the “right” number of times you should wash your hair each week, because more so, it is a personal choice and based on personal requirements.
But most definitely, based on the hair type you have, research shows that you’d be required to wash your hair at least a certain number of times a week in order to maintain ideal hair health.
So all you need to know is your hair type guys, because this article will fill you in on all the rest of the details about how often each hair type would require to be washed.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair
If you’re wondering how often you should wash your hair, I’ve got a simplified guide for you.
Just check down below what your scalp and hair type and texture is and then find out what routine suits you best!
I Have A Dry Scalp and Hair
When the hair is shampooed, it automatically gets stripped off its natural oil because of the harsh chemicals. Therefore, since the hair is already dry, it means that the hair’s natural oils take a long time to coat all the hair strands evenly.
So for those with dry hair, you can stick to washing your hair just once or a maximum of twice every week, so that your hair doesn’t get any drier.
I Have Color-treated Hair
For those with color-treated hair, remember that washing your hair too often will result in your hair color fading and over time it will lose its vibrancy. Therefore, if your hair is color-treated, you could wash your hair two to three times every week.
If you feel that your hair is getting too greasy, then you try using a dry shampoo between washes to help prevent this greasiness.
My Hair Gets Oily And Greasy Too Often
If you are someone with oily hair, you would be required to wash your hair every alternate day.
So while a lot of people feel like oily hair types would require washing their hair every day, I wouldn’t recommend this practice.
This is because overwashing the hair can make the sebaceous glands overproduce sebum because the hair will tend to get dry when washed. And this triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum to replenish the hair’s lost oils.
So your hair can get even more oily and which can then lead to scalp acne, dandruff and other issues.
To sum it up, if you’ve got oily hair, you can try using a dry shampoo to go longer between washes or even try the only-water hair washing method on the days you don’t use a shampoo.
I Have A Natural/Curly Hair Type
I would break down “curly hair” into two types, when it comes to hair washing. So I’d like to call it curly hair and kinky hair types.
For those with curly hair types, washing your hair two times a week should be sufficient, while those with kinky hair types, even a hair wash just once a week should suffice.
Curly hair types do not need to wash their hair as often. This is because the hair’s natural oils from the scalp take longer to flow down the length of these hair types because of the curls or coils.
This means that curlier hair types take longer to get greasy.
Related: How To Wash Natural Hair
My Hair Is Straight And Fine
Well, straighter hair types are usually at a disadvantage when it comes to hair turning greasy very quickly.
This is because the hair’s natural oils can flow down the length of the hair very quickly because of the smooth surface of the hair strand. So the oil flows down and coats the hair strands in no time.
So those with straight hair can consider washing their hair every second day, or once every three days, with using a dry shampoo between washes.
When Should You Wash Your Hair Everyday?
Most often, people wash their hair around two times every week. But there are some people who find the need to wash their hair more often, like every day or even every alternate day.
Well, while I wouldn’t recommend washing your hair every day, if you really need to, you can wash your hair every second day if you have any of these hair issues.
The reason why washing hair with a shampoo on a daily basis isn’t recommended is because the scalp gets automatically stimulated to produce more oil.
If you have an oily scalp
There are some people who have a naturally oily scalp and this could be due to various reasons like scalp conditions, unhealthy eating habits, improper hair washing routine, use of hair products often, use of unclean accessories, over productive sebaceous glands etc.
Due to these reasons, the oil-producing (sebaceous) glands in the scalp tend to produce more sebum that will make the hair oily and greasy even once it has been washed.
You workout often
Well, this is quite an obvious one. If you are someone who works out on a daily basis and you tend to sweat a lot, wash your hair everyday!
It is quite common for the scalp to get sweaty and eventually the sweat will flow down to the rest of the hair, making it feel greasy.
You use a lot of hair products
If you are someone who uses a lot of hair care or hair styling products like gels, creams, moisturizers, pomades, serums, etc., then there could be a possibility of product buildup on your scalp.
So over time, this buildup on the scalp will get mixed with sweat and oil and flow down to the length of our hair.
These are some of the main reasons you’d require to wash your hair more often as compared to the others.
Is there a “right way” to wash hair?
Whether you wash your hair often or rarely, it is important that your hair is washed in the right way.
Are you actually one of those people who are washing their hair correctly? Well, check out these simple steps to wash your hair the right way and you’ll know whether you’ve been doing it right or wrong all this while!
Step 1: The water wash
For the shampoo to lather well, it is very essential that your hair has been properly rinsed with water before that.
So all you need to do is rinse your hair well under running water (preferably cold or lukewarm water), so that when the shampoo is applied, it can penetrate into the hair shaft.
Step 2: Lather up with shampoo
Once the hair is soaking well, dilute a sufficient amount of shampoo for one hair wash, with some water and pour it all over your scalp and let it flow down over the rest of your hair.
Yes, you read that right, shampooing should only be for the scalp and not for the hair because that’s where the cleansing needs to take place.
Make sure to lather up the shampoo well by massaging it into your scalp and hair for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Step 3: Condition the hair
Always remember to condition your hair and never skip the conditioner part because shampoos can strip the hair away from all its natural oil.
And so when you condition your hair (and not your scalp!), the conditioner will help your hair regain its lost moisture.
So all you gotta do is generously apply your conditioner all over the length of your hair, but of course skip the hair on the scalp, because the scalp is already well-moisturized with the hair’s natural sebum.
Step 4: Rinse off with cold water
After your conditioner has been left on for a few minutes, rinse it off well using cold water.
Using cold water for the last rinse will help seal the cuticles of the hair shaft and lock in the moisture, keeping the hair hydrated until your next hair wash.
Step 5: Drying the hair out
The best way to dry your hair is by pat drying it with a microfiber towel and then leaving it loose, to be air dried.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about washing hair
1. Does hair get cleaned if we just rinse it with water without shampooing it every day?
Yes! If you are someone who feels the need to wash their hair every day or very often, you could just try “co-washing” your hair under running water and keep the shampooing part for just a few times a week.
While it may not completely cleanse the hair like it would with using a shampoo (which is why you will still have to shampoo it from time to time), it will let the hair’s natural oil get evenly distributed onto each hair shaft.
This will also help in preventing the harsh chemicals from shampoos damaging the hair.
2. How do dry shampoos help go longer between washes?
Dry shampoos help absorb the excess oil from the scalp and avoid making the hair look too greasy. You do need water for dry shampoos nor do they contain sulfates or surfactants that strip hair color. So they increase the life of your hair color and keep it moisturized without making it greasy.
The final takeaway
I hope this article has helped you figure out how often you’d require to wash your hair.
But this being said, I would still recommend that each person use their own discretion when it comes to how frequently you need to wash your hair.
You should definitely consider all aspects like the health of your hair including how greasy it gets, your lifestyle, and environmental factors.
And then adjust your hair care routine to increase or decrease your hair wash frequency as per your requirements.
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!