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How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Hair According To Hairstylists?

Finding the ideal hair-washing regimen can be very challenging. If you wash your hair too often, it will become dry and brittle. If you don't wash it enough, it will turn lifeless and greasy. How does one find the ideal middle ground? Here are some expert tips and tricks you might benefit from.

Hair Type is Key

Every wondered why different hair types require different products? Every different hair type and texture needs special care, and your hair washing regime is no exception. Thicker hair can go without daily cleansing, whereas thinner hair tends to easily become greasy and dirty. Curly and/or coarse hair is typically drier, so it can go longer without being washed but straight and silky hair may require more regular washing. You get the idea!

Lifestyle Matters

The type of lifestyle you lead is another consideration many tend to overlook. Is the following scenario familiar to you? In the morning, you wash, blow dry, and style your hair. You then go to the gym, and your hair becomes oily, necessitating yet another hair wash. Unfortunately, the more active you are, the more frequently you should wash your hair. Perspiration accumulates, clogs your pores, and dirties your roots and scalp more quickly.

How Often Is Too Often?

In general, people with dry hair should use shampoo no more than twice a week, and oily hair may need to be washed every day. If your hair is normal and does not feel overly dry or oily, you can wash your hair whenever you want. But it also depends on the type of hair you have. Hair that is curlier, thicker, or treated (dyed or bleached, for instance) can do without washing for longer periods of time than thin and fine hair. This is because the oils in your scalp do not flow as rapidly down the hair shaft as they do in finer strands of hair.

Of course, you can still take body showers. One option is to keep your hair dry with a shower cap while you wash the rest of your body. Otherwise, try rinsing your hair with just water and no product. Sometimes, rather than a complete wash, all the hair needs is a little water. You don’t have to lather, rinse, and repeat every single day. Chances are you're washing your hair far too frequently. Instead of the typical shampoo-and-conditioner routine, experts recommend co-washing (short for conditioner-only washing), which involves embracing our hair's natural oils and letting them do their work. At the end of the day, consider styling, texture, how you treat your hair, the type of lifestyle you have, and other things that might help you find the best hair washing regimen for you.

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