How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? A Modern Gal’s Conundrum

Serena Norr | 23 May 2016

It’s not a one-size fits all situation.

How often should you wash your hair? This is certainly the modern-day gal’s conundrum. The buzz is that less is more with some hair stylists professing that limited hair-washing makes our locks less susceptible to damage and breakage while also allowing our natural hair oils to shine. While we get this, it can also be challenging if you’re a regular Sweaty Betty at the gym, or are someone who’s always on-the-go, especially during these hotter summer months. That kind of grease and sweat isn’t easy to live with for that long. The real answer is that it depends on your lifestyle, how often you move and really how long your tresses can tolerate going without a wash. Read on to learn more about how often should you wash your hair.

How Often Should You Wash your Hair?

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When you should wash your hair is different for everyone.

1. Consider your hair type.

We all know that everyone’s hair type is different. Those with curly hair have a much different hair texture than those with straight hair. In general, those with naturally straight hair tend to show grease quicker; whereas those with curly hair may be able to go two to three days before they wash their hair. In general, you can probably go two to three days based on your hair type if you aren’t that active.

2. Consider the length of your hair.

Short hair vs. long hair is very different. Those with shorter locks can probably go a little longer with washing their hair; whereas those with long hair will need to rinse every other day (or every day).

3. Consider your activity level. 

If you find yourself in every other new gym class or running around all day long, you probably have a sweaty head. Those with active lifestyles definitely should wash their hair more frequently. If you work in an office or spend your days more docile, you can skip regular hair washings.

4. How often are you at the salon?

Are you an blowout hair enthusiast or do you get regular hair treatments (color, straightening treatments and more?). Your hair might be damaged than most where you will need a moisture-rich wash and care system to treat your hair. Also, be sure to incorporate a deep conditioner and hair mask into the mix at least once a week.

5. How do you generally wear your hair? 

Another factor to consider when figuring out how often to wash your hair is taking into consideration how you style your hair. Yes, even your beloved ponytail plays a factor. If you tend to load up up your hair with hair care products, you may find that you need to wash it regularly

Shampoos for Your Hair Type

Now, let’s break down the common hair types to help you discover the best shampoos for you.

1. Normal Hair

While you probably have healthy hair, you’ll still want a shampoo that will provide your hair with moisture. Try the Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo, which contains a Pro-Moisture Complex formula that works to cleanse and nourish your hair.

2. Fine Hair

For a natural lift in your hair, you’ll need a moisture-rich volumuzing shampoo. Try Nexxus Hydra-Light Step 1 Weightless Moisture Shampoo whose formula can give your hair some serious volume without weighting down your hair.

3. Curly Hair

Curly hair tends to be dry where you’ll need a formula that can rehydrate and nourish your hair. Try Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo whose formula works to clean, strengthen and nourish. Bonus: it can help to minimize frizz!

4. Dry/Damaged Hair

Treat your damaged hair by using Nexxus Promend Step 1 Spilt End Repair Shampoo. This formula is enriched with Concentrated Elastin Protein and Flax Seed Oil that can help to treat and repair your damage to help your hair look more healthy-looking.

5. Scalp Issues

Itchy scalp and dandruff are common hair issues. To help those issues, use Clear Complete Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo whose formula can help with dryness while also refreshing the scalp.

We hope these tips will help you to better understand how often you should wash your hair, and how this question is different for every hair type.