You’ve probably heard of the trend to wash hair less frequently, or the ‘no poo’ method of going shampoo free to balance out your natural oils. So what’s best for your hair? While the shampoo free method can balance your scalp after an initial teething period, the reality is that with busy modern lifestyles it’s necessary to cleanse away impurities from your hair and scalp to keep it at its healthiest.
Washing your hair frequently can start to damage your hair when using a shampoo with harsh cleansers. They strip your hair of its natural oils, triggering more sebum production which releases excess oil onto your hair and scalp. Setting in motion the vicious cycle of washing your hair more frequently and your hair becoming oily again more quickly each time.
With gentle cleansers that maintain your scalp’s natural oil you can wash your hair more frequently without upsetting the natural balance.
Everyone's hair is different so you’ll need to work out what’s best for you, but in general a good starting point is to wash your hair 2 - 3 times per week and then adjust accordingly.
When your scalp starts to become itchy or feel greasy that’s a good sign it’s time to wash your hair again.
If your hair is fine and oil prone you might need to wash your hair more often. You might find that washing your hair every other day works for you.
Lifestyle factors like exercising daily could also lead you to washing your hair more frequently. Sweat is just salt so it’s ok to leave it in your hair, it’s a matter of personal preference whether or not you choose to wash your hair every time after exercise.
If your hair is thick or curly you may need to wash less frequently. Once or twice a week is a good jumping off point to determine how often you need to wash your hair. Washing daily is generally too much for dryer hair.
If you have textured coarse hair or tight curls you might only need to wash once every 2 weeks. In between washes if your hair feels dirty you can use the co-washing method of massaging your scalp while rinsing with water then following with conditioner.
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