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How Often Should I Wash My Hair?
There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to how often we should be washing our hair. And as such, you might find that each person you consult has a different opinion on the matter.
While some swear by the benefits of stretching out washes for as long as possible, others religiously shampoo and condition every night. But finding the solution that works best for your mane depends on a few varying factors.
From the condition of your scalp to how regularly you go to the gym, these are our recommendations for how frequently you should be washing your hair.
As a general rule, curls are typically on the drier side and will benefit from a sulphate-free wash just once or twice a week.
Whereas straighter strands allow oil to move from the root to the ends of the hair easier, which is why washing is typically more frequent. We recommend washing every second day with a volume-boosting or textural shampoo.
Not dissimilar to how we determine our skin care routine, our hair wash schedule and the products we use can also vary depending on the condition of our scalps. If your scalp is on the drier side (common signs are redness, small flakes or itchiness), then shampooing too frequently is only going to aggravate or worsen the condition. Limit your wash cycle to twice a week using gentle, fragrance-free shampoo and conditioners. We love: A'kin Mild & Gentle Shampoo ($13.47 at Chemist Warehouse) and QV Gentle Shampoo ($9.49 at Chemist Warehouse).
On the other end of the spectrum, if your scalp produces excess oil or you have ‘buildup’, then you may not be shampooing enough. Buildup is the result of excess product, oil or dead skin cells. If this sounds like you, we recommend a scalp scrub and adding one to two extra hair wash days to your routine.
Let’s face it, an infrequent hair washing routine and regular spin classes do not go hand in hand. So, if you’re committed to a daily sweat sesh, we recommend you commit equally as hard to your shampoo and conditioner.
bh tip: For days when you’re short on time or aren’t entirely saturated in sweat from root to end, keep a bottle of dry shampoo handy in your gym bag and give the front section of your hair a quick blast with the dryer. Instant refresh. We love: Batiste Dry Shampoo - Wildflower ($6.99 at Chemist Warehouse)
How many times a week do you wash your hair?