How Often Should You Wash Your Hair Anyway?
Perhaps one of the most popular questions I’m ever asked is, “How often should I wash my hair?” Unfortunately, I can’t give one blanket answer for this. Your hair’s texture and your lifestyle will require very different regimens.
On top of that, the shampoo you use could be forcing you to inadvertently wash your hair more frequently. So many shampoos promise to add volume, repair, or moisturize but they’re just leaving product on your hair and scalp. Shampoo is the only product you should be massaging into your scalp so if it’s leaving things behind, it’s not fully cleaning your hair and scalp. With those additives, your hair will feel oilier and it can even block hair follicles to prevent healthy hair growth.
No matter what type of hair you have, chances are, you’re not washing it correctly. I’m here to set the record straight for how often you should wash your hair and encourage you to treat your scalp with care. That’s why I recommend Color Wow Color Security Shampoo. It’s sulfate-free and gently cleanses to remove buildup while protecting hair color. Leave all the volumizing, smoothing, and repair to your conditioner and finishing products and let your shampoo do what it is supposed to do…clean!
Is it possible to wash hair too often?
When using the right shampoo, you won’t see any problems with your scalp or strands from washing it often. The key is avoiding that buildup as well as those harsh products with heavy detergents. Why I love Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is that it doesn’t matter how often you use it for any hair type.
Conversely, if you don’t wash your hair often enough, you won’t really see major problems except having an oily scalp and quite possibly, some odor. Those natural oils condition your scalp though, but the difference here is that if your scalp is oily due to buildup from products, you could be making it hard for healthy hair to grow through.
What about washing thin or thick hair types?
Thin hair really needs to be washed every day. It shows dirt and oil too easily. But thick hair can go two to three days without washing, depending on your lifestyle. Thick hair is often drier and can do with those natural oils. Don’t go any longer than that though because it can become extremely difficult to wash thoroughly.
Any advice for washing wavy, loose, or tightly coiled hair?
I gear the washing regime on par with density rather than wave patterns. You can have very thin curly hair that need more frequent washing compared to someone with thick, wavy hair. You can generally get by with two to three days between washes for wavy-to-curly hair.
However, if you have tight coils, you can go up to two weeks before washing. It is naturally a more brittle hair type and needs those natural oils to soak in. If you over-wash this texture, you will dry out and damage your hair.
Speaking of damaged hair, how often should it be washed?
I suggest that damaged hair should be treated with the most caution of all. Using a gentle formulation like the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is going to cleanse without over-drying your hair. Follow it with a great moisturizing conditioner, leave-in treatment, and weekly mask.
One last bit of advice on how often to wash your hair…
I hate when I hear people repeating the myth that you need to switch your shampoo because your hair got used to it. That’s a total sham. It’s because your shampoo left too much buildup that you need to remove. Clarifiers are treatments, not for daily use. The Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is one of the only ones out there that can help with all hair types to cleanse it properly. That way, whatever you follow with will do its part and your hair will look healthy and refreshed once again.
xx Joseph Maine
Co Founder of Trademark Beauty