The question how long should you go between hair washes? has been a long-running controversy, with answers ranging from daily to once a week.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that your hair’s texture and condition play a major influence in this, as well as the rising conversation about scalp health and our increasingly demanding home working schedules.
What determines the frequency of washing your hair
Pollen and physical dirt
You could need a wash after doing yard work or cleaning up around the house. The hair can become clogged with dirt, pollen, and dust. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, these cases will make your hair look dirty.
Oil on your scalp
Dirty hair is almost always the result of oil buildup. Having too much oil can cause hair to become limp and clumpy. A person’s ability to generate oil is influenced by their age, gender, heredity, and environment. Compared to teenagers and adults in their twenties and thirties, children and the elderly produce far less sebum. As you get older, your scalp may become drier, even if you used to have an oily scalp
Some people create enough oil to necessitate daily hair cleaning, but that is not the case for the vast majority of people. The average person’s oil production is hardly enough to keep the hair clean.
How much you sweat
It’s not news that a sweaty workout can ruin your hairstyle. The amount of perspiration you produce influences how frequently you should wash or rinse your hair.
Sweat can cause hair to become oily and unclean. Furthermore, as a result of this, your hair may begin to smell musty. We recommend shampooing your hair after working out or wearing headgear or a helmet for an extended period of time.
Type of hair
Straight and thin hair requires more frequent washing than thicker, wavy hair. Straight hair absorbs sebum more easily, making it appear greasy. Because oil is less easily absorbed by the strands of thick, wavy, or curly hair, it is more prone to dryness. Curly hair requires a lot of moisture to stay silky and avoid frizzing. As such beautiful, well-defined curls rely on sebum.
African-American hair requires the least amount of washing. Over-washing, especially with harsh shampoos, can damage hair and contribute to hair loss when combined with chemical treatments or hairstyles like tight braids that pull on the roots. If you have wavy or curly hair, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends washing it only once or twice a week.
Some styling products
Hair and scalp irritation and damage can result from the buildup of styling products. If you use a lot of products, you may have to wash your hair more often than if you didn’t use any creams or sprays at all.
Washing Hair Frequency Based on Hair Type
- Fine hair
Because fine hair is the thinnest and most delicate, it needs to be washed on a daily basis.
Persons with fine hair have more oil glands on their heads than people with any other hair texture. It is why fine hair tends to turn greasy more rapidly than other hair textures.
In order to remove the sebum buildup from the scalp on a regular basis, it is often necessary to use a shampoo specifically designed for fine hair.
Contrary to common opinion, using the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture will not cause your hair to become less oily the less you wash it, nor will everyday washing strip oils from your hair.
In order to give the appearance and feel of thicker hair, people with fine hair should use a volumizing shampoo that is light and deep cleaning but also contains thickening components like wheat protein.
- Curly hair
As a result of the irregular structure of its curls, such hair is the most delicate of all hair types. Hair curls are prone to breakage, therefore it’s important to handle curls with care when detangling. As a result, curly hair absorbs and loses moisture quickly, resulting in brittle and dry hair strands.
For the sake of your scalp’s well-being, you should not go more than three or four days without shampooing your curly hair.
Dandruff and hair loss can occur if the scalp is left unattended for too long.
- Medium hair
Among all hair types, medium-length locks are the easiest to take care of. A good amount of body and volume may often be achieved despite its tendency to become oily at the roots.
Those with medium-textured hair should opt for a shampoo that efficiently cleanses at the root while yet providing enough moisture for the mid-lengths and ends. Hair with a medium texture has to be washed every one to two days.
- Coarse hair
Due to its biggest strand diameter, coarse hair is frequently the thickest of all hair types. However, because of its large strand width and greater susceptibility to moisture evaporation and dry ends, it is less likely to become oily.
People with coarse hair can therefore go longer without their hair looking or feeling oily. Look for products labeled ‘re-moisturizing’, ‘moisturizing’, ‘smoothing’, and those that control frizz to care for your coarse hair.
In order to maintain a healthy scalp environment and avoid hair breakage, we recommend no more than three to four days between shampoos even if the hair does not feel oily.