Hair care

how often should you wash your hair

1. Hair Type Matters

There is a reason why there are different products for different hair types. Every texture and hair type requires particular and specific attention and your wash routine is no exception. Hair with thicker strands can go longer without cleansing, while thin tresses tend to get dirty and oily quicker. Curly hair tends to be on the dry side, so can go longer without washing, while straight hair may require more frequent washing. Coarse hair can be left for longer without a good scrub, while silky hair can’t…you get the picture!

2 . If You Have Flat, Fine Hair

wash it : every other day

Because fine hair tends to show oily roots more visibly than other hair types, you may be tempted to wash it every day. But try to refrain (it’ll only make the situation worse). Instead, cleanse your hair every other day with a gentle, volumizing formula and invest in a really good dry shampoo for day-two grease.

3 . If You Have Thick Hair

wish it : once a week

Thick hair doesn’t need to be washed as frequently, since denser hair follicles actually disguise, and even distribute, oil better than thinner hair. “If your hair isn’t very oily, try to wash it only once a week,” says Miles jeffries, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Mariah Carey and Tinashe. And don’t worry about the potential buildup; a shampoo filled with inflammation-calming and pore-clearing tea tree oil will keep your roots clean and happy, without feeling stripped.

4 . If You Have Wavy Hair or Loose Curls

wash it : every other day

Unlike coily curls, which need and love moisture, wavy hair types can get weighed down by heavier shampoos. Still, waves need hydration to keep them frizz-free and defined, so aim for a sulfate-free cleanser (use it every other day) with just a touch of moisture to leave your hair looking full-bodied, defined, and beach-y.

5 .If You Have Tightly Coiled Hair 

wash it : every three days

One of the biggest curly-hair struggles? Greasy roots and dry ends. “Scalp oils can’t make their way down curly hair shafts as easily as they can with straight hair shafts, which is why curls can feel drier than other textures,” says Jeffries. He suggests co-washing every three days for added moisture, then using a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo, like form clarifying shampoo, every two weeks to remove build up.

6 .If You Have Damaged Hair

wash it :every three days

Damage, by way of relaxers, coloring, or keratin treatments, can make your hair look rough, dry, and dull. This non-stripping, color-safe shampoo gently removes the three big causes of buildup: product, hard water, and pollution, while also moisturizing hair with a creamy formula. Amp up the reparative properties by dousing hair in Olapex , first. “Olaplex is the key to restoring any chemically-processed hair,” says Jeffries. Not only does it repair the bonds in your hair that break from damage, but it leaves hair feeling silky-soft .

7 . If You Have Oily Hair

wash it : every other day

Weird fact: The more you try to combat your oily roots, the more oil your scalp tends to produce. Why? When your scalp becomes dehydrated, it claps back by ramping up your oil production to make up for lost moisture. As tempting as it may be, try to avoid washing more than four times per week. Dry shampoos will literally become your new BFF—not only because they hide greasy roots, but because they can amp up the volume, too.

8 . If You Have Normal Hair

wash it : every other day

To be clear, there is no such thing as “normal” hair, but if your hair isn’t fine, thick, curly, or oily, your hair type lies somewhere in the middle—which means you can use a shampoo somewhere in the middle. Cleanse your hair no more than every other day using a shampoo that’s free of harsh sulfates or stripping chemicals, like this mild two-in-one formula from Honest.

– Do I need to shampoo twice ?

If you’ve heard ‘lather, rinse, repeat’, you might be wondering whether there’s any truth in it. Well, it all depends on your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or use plenty of styling products, doubling up on shampoo can help remove build-up. If you wash your hair almost daily, then shampooing just once is good practice – because too much shampooing could strip hair of its natural, protective oils, leaving it vulnerable to damage


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