Anyone who’s ever asked, “How often should I wash my hair?” knows how many different answers they get every time. Moreover, each person believes their way is the right one.
If you ask a person who washes their hair daily, they will give you several reasons for frequent washes.
Similarly, if you ask someone who has dense curls, they will tell you all about their struggle during each wash and how frequent washes damage their strands.
So, are you supposed to wash your hair every day or is washing your hair once a week enough?
Learning how to wash your hair correctly is essential, but knowing how often to do it is critical.
In this article, you’ll learn why there are so many different answers to what seems like a simple question. More importantly, you’ll know how often you need to wash your specific type of hair.
Is it Good to Wash Your Hair Everyday?
Do you know what the microbiome is? It’s the collection of billions of bacteria that covers your skin. They are helpful bacteria, and they help maintain the optimal levels of PH in the skin. They also prevent harmful microbes from settling in by fighting for nutrients. Moreover, they produce molecules that the harmful bacteria hate.
We need those good microbes. The good news is each of our scalps produces them. The bad news is we tend to strip all of them down each time we wash our hair with an aggressive shampoo.
Each time we use a harsh cleanser, we upset the microbiome that protects our scalp, and that imbalance leads to various scalp issues.
If you wash your hair every day, especially with a sulfate-rich, harsh shampoo, you will strip down all the good bacteria and leave a lot of space for harmful microbes and fungi to colonize your unprotected skin.
Ayam Beauty hair experts recommend cleansing your scalp no more than two to three times a week to maintain optimal PH levels and reduce excess sebum.
How Does Shampoo Work?
Shampoo works on your hair the same way soap works on your skin: it creates bubbles in which it traps dirt and oil, which you then quickly rinse off. Since your scalp naturally produces oil to protect itself and moisturize your strands, shampooing too often will strip too much of the oil. As a result, it often leads to dry hair with a lot of breakages.
The key to properly washing your hair is finding a gentle shampoo that cleanses the strands without disrupting the scalp’s natural pH levels. Balance is vital, so you must pay attention to how your scalp reacts after a wash. Does it feel dry or itchy? Or does it feel clean and nourished?
Pay attention to your hair and scalp, and they will tell you if you’re doing it right or not.
Factors That Influence How Often You Should Wash Your Hair
Not every hair is the same. Many factors may influence the frequency of hair washes from person to person. The most common ones are the following:
As a rule, thin and straight hair needs more frequent washes than wavy or curly hair. It takes a lot faster for straight hair to start looking greasy because it’s easy for the sebum to spread down the straight strands. People with thin hair usually need to wash two to three times a week, always using a gentle, nourishing shampoo.
On the other hand, thick, curly, or wavy hair is usually dry and doesn’t look oiled for days after a wash because the sebum can’t reach the strands so easily. Naturally produced oil is an essential part of lush, well-defined curls because it gives them moisture and protection. Curly people must avoid washing their hair often if they want beautifully defined curls and waves with no frizz.
Once to two times a week is an ideal frequency for wavy and curly hair. However, if you have heavy textured hair with tight curls, once a week or even once every two weeks should be enough.
We consider oily hair – dirty hair. The oil leaves your hair looking limp and how much of it you produce depends on your sex, genetics, age, habits, and environment. Children and older adults produce the least sebum while teenagers and adults in their 20s and 30s have remarkably more.
As you age, your scalp may become dryer.
However, when it comes to a majority of people, experts say we produce enough oil to wash our hair every couple of days. Some people have excess oil and need daily washes, but by no means do they represent a majority.
Sweat, Styling Products, Dirt, Smoke
Everyone needs a hair wash after a sweaty two-hour workout. However, some people sweat more than others throughout the day and how much you sweat plays a significant role in how often you need to wash your hair.
Similarly, many people use a considerable amount of styling products and those tend to build up. After a couple of days, their hair looks dull and dirty. While we’re at it, dirt, dust, smoke, and pollen also tend to mess up your hair and make it ready for a wash sooner than you intended.