Should You Wash Your Hair Every Day?

should you wash your hair every day

How often should you wash your hair? It's a debate that can get anyone talking, from people who can't go a day without wanting that freshly washed hair feeling, to those lucky few who only wash it once a week and still look amazing.

The texture and condition of your hair will be a contributing factor when it comes to whether or not washing hair everyday works for you. So before we even begin to dive into a hair washing routine, you need to understand your hair type. Yep, you have a hair type, just like a skin type - knowing this will save you a lot of money on incorrect products. 

What is My Hair Type

First, take a moment to assess your hair type: Start by taking a single hair in between your fingers, then…

  • If you cannot feel it, you have fine hair 
  • If you can feel it, you have medium 
  • If it feels thick or course, you have thick hair 

Next up, you need to determine the condition of your hair. This is an easy process: Take a single hair between your fingers and stretch it out, if…

  1. it breaks immediately: you have low elasticity indicating your hair isn’t as healthy as it could be.
  2. it stretches to 50% of its original length: you have high elasticity and healthier hair.

After this stretch test, if your hair is on the weaker side of the scale, you may want to look at strengthening treatments, while re-considering how often your hair is wet and how you brush it through after washing since this can cause your hair to snap. 

It's important to remember that just because your hair is a certain “type” now, doesn't necessarily mean your hair will be the same in 6 months or even 6 years - climate, health and hormones can all have an effect on how fine, coarse, oily or drier your hair is.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair

Fine Hair Tips

People with finer hair may experience an oilier hair type, this is due to more oil glands on their scalp. But what happens if you suffer from greasy hair and subsequently have to wash it more, is this a bad thing?

The short answer is, technically no. If you are using high-quality shampoos and conditioners, the number of times you wash your hair should not affect the quality of your hair i.e. it won't dry it out. However, experts do suggest that you should always shampoo twice, making sure to only use a grape-sized amount each time. 

Shampoo brands often use an ingredient called either sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) or sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), this is used to create the ‘bubbled’ effect when washing your hair. This ingredient will strip your hair of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry, resulting in your body creating more oil to counterbalance. Do read the INCI ingredient lists to check what is in the bottle.

Also, regardless of your shampoo and conditioner, the amount of heat applied to your hair can have a significant impact on the health of your hair. Hairdressers recommend that if you do frequently wash your hair, air-dry it the majority of the time, and only blow dry when really needed. Make sure you are using heat protection when you do too!

Medium Hair Tips

If your hair isn’t super fine, should you avoid washing hair everyday? Yes. In fact, you will likely feel less need to do a full hair wash with a medium hair type. If you want to lengthen the time in between washes even further, an easy tip may be to try dry shampoo. 

Still, be careful as most dry shampoos on the market are aerosol-based, which not only contain toxic ingredients for your body but the planet too. The Lush No Drought powder dry shampoo is a great eco-friendly alternative.

Coarse and Afro Hair Tips

Should you wash your hair every day if you have coarse hair? We advise against it. Unlike most other hair types, those that have coarse hair may not show much greasiness, however, it can become drier and harder to manage if over-washed.

Experts always suggest that all hair types should be shampooed twice to remove impurities and product build-up, not forgetting that your scalp is skin, just like the pores on your face, this can become clogged in the hair follicles. If you do suffer from coarse hair, it is suggested to wash your hair twice a week. 

On the other hand, if you have an Afro hair type 3A to 4C, you should wash your hair every two weeks, as this hair type tends to be quite dry and even brittle at times. Although our hair naturally produces sebum, we don't want to be stripping that out too frequently as it only makes the hair even dryer.

Is It Bad To Wash Your Hair Every Day

We’ve given you some tips on washing hair everyday according to your hair type but there is no right or wrong answer. Ultimately, you have to go with what you feel is best for your hair and scalp. It's all about maintaining the health of your hair, while feeling clean in the process. 

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