How often should I was my hair?

It’s a question many of us have wondered, yet many of us struggle to find an answer to. 

How often should I wash my hair?

You may have a friend that washes it every day without fail, claiming her hair will look greasy if she doesn’t. On the other hand, you may know someone that is able to stretch her hair washes for a full week. There are many factors that play into what the right duration between washes is for you. Read on to learn what you should consider before your next shampoo.

Hair Type

It’s no surprise that hair type plays a big part in how often you should be washing your hair. In general, having straight and/or thin hair means you need to wash your hair more often, maybe even daily (1). This is because it is far easier for this hair type to get oily and dirty than its curly counterpart. This makes sense when you think about where oil is coming from in your hair: it starts at the scalp. So, for someone with straight and fine hair, oil has a pretty easy time making its way down through your tresses. This means you are more likely to look like your hair's greasy, even a day after a shampoo. For those with dry, curly hair types, they can get away with staying away from the shampoo bottle. Thick hair makes it harder for oil to work its way down your strands, so the hair takes longer to appear oily or dirty. For most people with thick hair, they can get away with two hair washes a week. 

Activity Level

Are you a gym guru, or have you been straying away from workouts lately? We’re not judging, but it is important to think about when deciding how often you need to wash your hair. If you’re in a spinning class every day, you’re likely going to need to wash your hair every day. If you mix it up, and sometimes do something more relaxed like a walk in the park or a yoga session, you may be able to get away with washing your hair less often. The whole idea here is that intense workouts, or ones where you end up sweating, will cause your scalp to produce more oil. So, if you are someone with thin or straight hair hitting up the gym on the daily, you can almost guarantee your hair is going to need to be washed everyday. However, if you have thicker or curlier hair, you’ll want to take a look at your hair after a workout to determine if it needs to be washed. If you think you only need a bit of a refresh, you can also consider some alternatives. Getting your hair wet, but not adding product, during a shower can help get rid of some of the oil, while leaving enough that your hair can keep its shine. On the other hand, you can use some dry shampoo to revamp your hair. Dry shampoo helps absorb some of the oils in your hair, which can help make your hair look cleaner in between washes.

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