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How Often Should You Really Wash Your Hair? Tips You Should Know

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Some folks need the jolt of a cold shower to wake up in the morning or a warm bath to relax at night. Others, like folks with dry skin, only shower every couple of days when they start to smell B.O. How frequently you rub-a-dub-dub is totally a matter of personal preference. How Often Should You Really Wash Your Hair


It depends on your hair type. Generally, folks who have fine or oily hair should wash their hair every other day. But those who have medium to thick, wavy, curly, coiled, or damaged hair can go a bit longer — usually 2 to 4 days.

FYI: Your hair might need more frequent TLC if you use products like hair dye, hairspray, styling gel, dry shampoo, or hair perfume.



There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to hair washing, and it’s def worth asking your hairstylist for help on your exact hair type. Here’s a handy-dandy guide to help you figure out how often to wash your locks:

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Fine, flat hair. Fine, flat hair usually needs to be washed every other day. Fine hair tends to look greasy more easily (no fair!).

Medium thick hair. Medium thickness hair is not thin (duh) and not thick (also duh). Wash your medium thickness hair about 2 to 3 times a week.

Thick hair. Wash thick hair 1 to 2 times a week. (Thick hair can feel like it takes forever to dry, so we feel for you!)

Wavy hair. Wavy hair can typically be washed about 2 to 3 days a week.

Loose curly hair. Loose curls can look flat if they don’t get enough moisture. Wash those locks 2 to 3 times a week.

Coiled hair. Coiled hair comes in all different types. You’ll want to consult on your curl types and subclassifications. Wash your hair 1 to 2 times a week.

Damaged hair. Damaged hair usually refers to strands that’ve been color-treated and therefore, dry. You could wash as infrequently as once a week, so you don’t dry and damage your hair further.

Oily hair. Because your scalp is producing a lot of oil, you’ll prob need to wash your hair every other day. Pro tip: Try using a clarifying shampoo once a week to help with your oil.

How shampoo functions

long locks? brief hair? Bald? It makes no difference; your body’s sebaceous glands, which are also situated on your scalp, create a waxy/oily substance known as sebum. To safeguard your locks, this naturally oily material coats the hair follicles.

Like the rest of our bodies, hair can get unclean and even odorous. Shampoo removes impurities from your hair by using cleansing agents, which are essentially detergents.

These cleaning substances are typically referred to as sulfates or surfactants. They remove everything from your mane, including smoke and dead skin cells. But these detergents also deplete the natural oils in your hair. So, even though shampooing does clean your hair, it can also cause your hair and scalp to become extremely dry.

Nope. Lots of people shower every day and shampoo their hair out of habit. But that doesn’t mean it’s good for hair health.

Shampooing too much dries out your hair and scalp. It’s stripping those oils off, remember? Your hair and scalp need those natural oils for that shine and bounce you crave.

Due to overly shampooing, some people find that their hair increasingly produces more oil over time. WTF? When your hair gets too dry, it’s constantly replenishing itself with that natural oil.

How often you have to wash your hair totally varies. Here are a few things to consider:


How much sebum is secreted from our sebaceous glands totally varies. If you have oily hair (which is actually an oily scalp) that looks greasy by the end of the day, sure, go ahead and shampoo more often.

Hair type

Your hair type matters, too. Fine, thin hair will need to be washed more often than curly, thick hair. Here’s how to figure out what hair type you have:

1 Straight 2 Wavy 3 Curly 4 Coiled
A fine, thin, prone to oil fine (has S shape) fine or loose curls tight, springy coils
B medium (some volume) medium (has S shape with some frizz) medium or tight curls Z coils
C coarse, thick, won’t hold curls coarse (has S shape, prone to frizz) tight, thick curls very tight, coarse coils

Your sweatiness and activity level

Working out makes you sweat, even on your scalp — hence why your do looks a liiiittle greasy after a spin class. (Allow us to introduce you to your new BFF, dry shampoo.)

However, humans are not meant to live on dry shampoo alone. If you sweat often from working out (or just, you know, life), you’ll want to wash your hair and scalp more often.

Dirt, pollen, and pollution

Unless you work on a construction site or at a flower nursery, you probably don’t think about this. But dust, dirt, pollen, and sadly, air pollution all get on our hair and affect how dirty it gets. *searches air purifying plants*

Styling products

Hair spray, styling gel, dry shampoo, hair perfume… yup, these products build up and weigh down your locks. They can also irritate or damage your scalp. Not shampooing it out, just makes buildup worse.

How long is too long to go without washing your hair?

Maybe you went a few extra days without washing your hair after a lengthy travel or camping trip. It’s absolutely OK. It might make you feel bad, but your hair won’t suffer permanent harm.

On the other hand, using only dry shampoo and not washing your hair for weeks at a time may not be a good idea.

In general, people should wait three days before shampooing their hair. But the more oil, filth, and air pollutants accumulate the longer you go without washing your hair.




There you have it, How Often Should You Really Wash Your Hair? Tips You Should Know

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