We get this question all the time and that’s the main reason I’m addressing the issue here. I think at least once a week someone is emailing me with the simple question, “How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?” I gladly respond to the individuals and more often than not it results in me sending multiple emails back and forth. Since that’s so time-consuming, I rather write a page on the topic and send them the link. That said, here’s everything you need to know about washing your hair and how frequently it needs to happen. Let’s start with the most obvious question that people want to be answered…
Should You Wash Your Hair Daily?
You’ve heard mixed opinions on this topic from various so-called gurus and DIY experts. I’m telling you to forget everything that they’ve told you. It’s time to take a different approach and look from another angle.
So many people claim that using shampoo daily is terrible for your hair. They say that it literally destroys your naturally beautiful hair and that it can make it look frizzy as can be. You ignore all the people and wash your hair regardless because frizzy hair seems more personally desirable than greasy hair.
If this is your approach, then you might be doing it the right way after all. The good news is that if you’re got a certain type of hair, then washing it daily might actually be a good thing!
Assuming that people give you a hard time about washing your hair daily, from now on I want you to remind yourself that it might not be the worst thing in the world and in fact, may be good. Should anyone try to tell you what to do when it comes to your hair, I want you to share this article with them.
Assuming that the following things apply to you, then washing your hair every day might be the best approach for you to take.
Sporting Fine, Thin Hair These Days
If you’ve been unfortunately having to deal with hair that’s fine and thin, then chances are your head looks like a greasy mop when you don’t wash it. That’s most likely because the oils which gather on your scalp end up collecting on your hair and it makes it look that much more oily. If you want to cut down on the grease and keep your hair looking nicer, then daily washing might be in the cards for you.
Do you by chance have an oily scalp? If so, then the daily shampoo use might help remove some of that excess oil. One thing you need to know is that an oily scalp can cause seborrhea to form. This can often cause your scalp to itch like crazy. Assuming you have a naturally oily scalp then washing your hair once daily is just fine.
Related article: How To Get Rid Of Oil Skin
Having trouble with dandruff? Both men and women fight this issue because it’s quite common these days. If you do have dandruff, then you might want to consider shampooing your hair more frequently. It’s a great way to remove the excess skin cells that have died and made a home for themselves on top of your head. These skin cells that fall off, that’s dandruff!
Sure, some people actually develop dandruff due to excessively shampooing but that’s why you need to be in tune with your body and know what your scalp and hair are normally like. If you find yourself developing lots of flakes, then you’ll want to remove the dead skin cells and wash away the flakes by washing your hair daily. If you’re running into an issue with this regularly, then speak to a dermatologist about it.
If you live in a humid climate then chances are you’re more prone to have oil build up on your scalp more so than others. Washing your hair on a daily basis helps keep your scalps oil well-balanced and as a result, no fungus or dandruff builds up on top of your head.
If you workout every day like lots of people today, then kudos to you! You’re doing exactly what you need to do in order to look and feel great. This gives you another reason to wash your hair every day. All that sweat from hitting the yoga class, spinning, or whatever it is that you do, it builds up on your skin and scalp. This can cause an oily scalp to form and the result is exactly what you think. It’s an inviting environment that is more prone to a fungus which can cause seborrhea. There’s nothing worse than an itchy scalp and that’s what you’ll be dealing with here.
Encourage Hair Growth
Looking to grow longer hair? Awesome, then keep washing it! When you wash your hair, it essentially helps you wash away all the hair follicles that have died on your scalp. This alone can help your hair grow more. I’m not saying that washing your hair more is going to prevent you from going bald or thinning. However, what I’m saying it that it’s safe to wash your hair if you want it to grow more.
Now if any of those things apply to you as of today, then you’ve got a perfect excuse to wash your hair daily. Assuming that they don’t, then maybe it’s best to lay off the shampoo a bit because you might be doing more harm than good. At the very least, I’d suggest using something more natural like baking soda instead of that cheap shampoo from the pharmacy.
See also: Baking Soda Shampoo
Does Gender Matter?
Honestly, I never thought about it like that. If you’re that concerned as to how much of a role gender plays in washing your hair, then you might be over thinking things. If that’s the case, then you most definitely need to get a second opinion from a licensed professional. Perhaps your primary care physician or derma doctor, the choice is yours.