Is It Good To Wash Your Hair Often?

May 15, 2019 4 min read

Is It Good To Wash Your Hair Often?

     Is it good to wash your hair often? That's a really tough but to crack as all hair experts are divided on this matter. Washing your hair makes you hygienic and makes your hair healthy, but when it becomes too much, then it becomes too bad.

     Washing your hair is a normal part of everyday hygiene, just like washing your body, brushing your teeth and that daily washing routine you go through. Water washes your hair but most times it doesn't wash off the smell, dirt or visible debris, that's where the shampoo comes in. The shampoo working hand in hand with water washes off everything it comes across with effectively.

     Your hair has sebaceous glands from which it gets its oil, the sebaceous glands secrete sebum that helps to keep the hair moisturized. Moisturized hair is less likely to break, but too much of it will make the hair look greasy and dirty. Your shampoo helps get rid of the excess oil but when it is being used too much, your shampoo can strip off all the natural and essential oils of your hair.

     So how often should we wash our hair? Not often would be the answer every expert would give. The washing of hair should depend on your hair type; thick, thin, fine, curly, oily, or an amazing combo of two or more of the hair types mentioned earlier.

     Let's take a look at the washing frequency the various hair types needs.

  1. Thick Hair: The denser the hair, the better the distribution of oil to all strands of the hair. Thicker hair is dense in nature and has hair follicles that can distribute oil better than thinner hair, as such it doesn't need much washing and should be washed once a week. There is no need to worry about the build-up of oil in the hair, just get a shampoo that has calming and pore-clearing effects to keep your roots clean and healthy. 
  2. Tightly Coiled Curly Hair: Curly hair struggles mostly with having dry ends and greasy roots because the oil at the scalp finds it hard to circulate to the tips of the hair due to the tight coils, unlike the free circulation in the straight hair types. This ultimately results in the dryness of the coils. This type of hair should be washed at least three days every week for added moisture before using a sulfate-free shampoo to remove oil build up at the roots.
  3. Oily Hair: Oily hair have oily roots, and the weird thing about it is that the more you wash off the oil from the hair, the more the hair rejuvenates and replenishes the root double the oil lost. So how do we go about this? Simple, try avoiding washing your hair every day, wash it at most four days every week. Use dry shampoo to combat the greasy roots and increase nutritional value.
  4. Wavy Hair: Wavy hair types need hydration to keep them looking in top condition, but unlike the coiled curls that love to be moisturized, wavy hair doesn't need much moisturizing to avoid it getting weighed down. So all you have to do is wash your hair five times a week with sulfate-free shampoo to just give it a touch of moisture to keep it looking healthy and more defined and refined.
  5. Thin Hair: Thin hair also known as fine hair, makes the visibility of oil to be seen more than other hair types. Due to the high visibility of oil, you might be tempted to wash it more often, don't try it. Instead, all you have to do is get a volumizing formula and finally wash it with a dry shampoo five times per week.
  6. Damaged Hair: Damage hairs are rough, split ended, dry, dull, and well damage, this might have come about by coloring, toxic chemicals, relaxers, and keratin treatment. When washing this type of hair, the shampoo used should be color safe and non-stripping so as to moisturize, repair and restore the hair to its optimum condition. Washing should be done every three days.

     Now that you know the washing frequency of the hair, let's give you a little hint on what to do before and after washing to retain the natural and essential oils.

  • Comb your hair to remove gel build-up and hair spray before washing.
  • Select the right shampoo for your hair type and peculiar needs.
  • Rinse carefully after using the shampoo to avoid residue of shampoo.
  • Use a cold rinse to close the cuticle layers.
  • Massage the scalp gently whilst washing to circulate the flow of oil and ensuring that the hair gets lubricated.
  • Lastly, use a conditioner to protect the hair from drying out and keep your hair soft and healthy.

     The trick is to wash your hair regularly but not frequently and often. Not washing gets it clogged, over washing gets it stripped of essential oils. Keep it safe and simple, regular not often.


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