Here’s the thing: The reason why opinions vary vast and wide is that hair type, color, and texture all play a role in how often you should be washing. But there are a couple elemental things to know about your scalp, which play into having more good hair days than not.
So what should you know? These are the top 5 points that can sharpen your body of hair knowledge and help shape healthier hair-care habits.
Less is more.
Shampooing too often can result in dull hair. Why? Your scalp produces oils that provide a natural and healthy gleam to your hair. If you are washing too often, chances are high you’re stripping your scalp of these natural oils. And your scalp then begins to overproduce oil to compensate. That’s not the only downside of shampooing too much. Buildup of too much product on your scalp is also a thing you don’t want to happen, as that can result in greasy, lank hair.
To help cut down on shampoo use, experts suggest replacing a shampoo wash with conditioner every other hair wash. But here, we come back to the age-old question of how often. To avoid scalp buildup of any kind, we highly recommend using uka's Scalp Cleansing Deep and Light (ideal for daily use for those who can't stand not washing their hair!). We’re getting there… Read on!
Curly or coarse hair requires less washing.
Because natural scalp oil takes longer to spread through curly hair, it will take longer for curly hair to look greasy. Those with curly hair can probably get away with only washing once a week. Of course, if you’re used to washing your hair every day, you might need to wean your hair—and scalp—off all the over-washing you’re used to. But it is possible to train your head and hair to need less. The bigger job might be rewiring your mentality where you think you need to be washing so frequently. During this process, may we recommend being kind to your scalp by using the Rebirth Serum for Scalp?
Straight and fine hair requires a little more washing.
With straight and fine hair, the oil your scalp produces travels down your hair at a quick rate. And depending on your skin type (dry skin vs. oily skin) you could have greasy-looking hair a day after a hair wash. Greasy hair is no one’s idea of a good look. But as we mentioned before, your natural production of scalp oil, sebum, might be over-producing through over-zealous shampoo use.
So even if you have this hair type, it’s possible you’re in a bad cycle of washing too often to get rid of grease buildup that is a result of too much product use. How to stop this cycle? Try washing your hair every third day, and then only the roots. Look for an extra-mild sulfate-free shampoo, with no conditioning agents, silicones, or oils.
For normal, hard to define hair – every 3 days is your magic number.
What if you have neither curly hair nor straight and fine hair? What’s the rule then? Collective wisdom from many sources seem to indicate once every 3 days as being the magic number. And most experts frown on washing more than that.
Sweat and exercise also play a role.
No matter your hair type, if you sweat a lot, or exercise daily, you’re going to want to wash your hair slightly more often than what is recommended above. That’s because no one likes to smell the aftereffects of sweat and exercise on themselves or others. And then there’s that greasy shine that sweat gives, which is a turn off for many. Wearing hats or helmets can also cause your head to sweat, thereby increasing the need for more frequent hair washing.
But since we now know that less is more when it comes to hair washing, how do you handle your hair needs while not giving up your sacred exercise hour? A couple options include dry shampoo, which soaks up excess oil and removes that greasy look. A hair refresher can eliminate unpleasant odor and provide care without needing to wash. And when all else fails, and you can’t stave off the urge to wash, use a conditioner and skip the shampoo.
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