How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Hair?

Do you know how to wash your hair? Experts say that it all depends on your hair type and texture.

How to wash your hair
You probably don’t pay much attention to your hair. You just wash your hair every day, the same way you brush your teeth, right? How often you wash your hair depends on many factors, including your hair type and texture and how active you are. Avoid these healthy hair mistakes.

If you do not pay attention to the type of hair you have and what it needs, you won’t be able to give your hair the care and attention that they need to stay healthy and shiny. Try these easy ways to achieve healthier and more attractive hair.

Here, our experts provide a breakdown of how to keep hair healthy and thriving.

How often should you wash your hair?
According to Catalina Drouillard of Three Sixteen Hair Haven, a hairstylist in Kihei in Hawaii, the frequency at which you should wash your hair is determined by your hair type and texture. If you have a hair with a great deal of shine or an oily scalp, it’s probably best that you shampoo every day. To avoid further damage, coarse or dry hair may be better off only being washed once a week.

Many hair types can be satisfied with washing their hair every three or four days. You may think you are doing your hair a favor if you wash it as often as possible to keep them clean. However, “it is possible to clean your locks too frequently and washing each day is excessive for most people,” says she. If your hair is dry and brittle or if you’re using the wrong shampoo, then you may be shampooing your hair too often. Here are the best shampoos to treat scalp psoriasis.

When towel-drying your hair after washing it, do not rub too hard. Your hair is at its weakest when wet. Rubbing your hair vigorously can cause hair breakage. Drouillard says that this can also harden the outermost layer (the cuticle) of your hair, causing frizz. She suggests avoiding heat instruments such as blow dryers and drying your hair by air as often as possible. If you must blow-dry your hair, make sure to use a heat protectant styling product like Aveda Sensible Damage Management or Paul Mitchell Neuro Prime Blowout Primer.

How much soap do you need to use?
For many years, the phrase “lather up, rinse and repeat” has been a topic of debate. Does it really work, or is this just a trick to get you using up your shampoo faster? There’s a little truth to this.

Drouillard says that if you don’t shampoo every day, or if you shampoo after sweating exercise, it’s best to always lather and rinse your shampoo out twice every time. Here’s what hair health clues can tell you about your overall well-being.

Do you need to use conditioner?
Drouillard advises that you should always follow up your shampoo with conditioner after lathering it up and rinsing it out. If you haven’t got oily hair you can decide to condition only on the days that you wash your hair. This will give your hair some extra moisture.

Drouillard claims that it doesn’t really matter what type of hair or length your hair is. Everyone should use conditioner after they shampoo. If you have limp or fine hair, you may want to skip this step because the conditioner is too heavy for your hair texture.

Concentrate on massaging your conditioner into the body of your hair. This is especially important near the ends. Drouillard advises that you should never put conditioner on your scalp. Rinse out all conditioner to prevent it from weighing your hair down or causing buildup. Rinse it out with ice cold water. This will help close the cuticle, and give you smoother, more lustrous hair.

How to choose a shampoo or conditioner
You’re not the only one who has been confused by the variety of shampoos and conditioners available in drugstores or salons. Hair products can vary widely in price. According to Drouillard you can usually expect to get what your pay for when it comes to hair care. It may therefore be worth it to spend a little more money on your hair care regimen. She says that more expensive products are often made from higher quality materials.

Most people avoid products that contain parabens, a preservative. Sulfates are foaming agents. Both have been linked with health issues. You can find shampoos and conditioners without parabens at the drugstore.

Drouillard says that the choice of shampoo and conditioner is largely dependent on your hair type and texture. If you have color-treated hair, thin, damaged, or dry hair, it is important to find products that are specifically designed for your hair type. This will keep your hair healthy and shiny. She recommends Paul Mitchell’s Clear Magnificence range, which contains only vegan and pure components. It offers options for hair that is dry, frizzy or normal.

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Drouillard warns against using extra-strength products, such as “clarifying”, more than once a week if your hair is very dry. She also sometimes does not recommend two-in one shampoo and conditioner products, especially if you have an oily hair. This is because a conditioner shampoo will only increase moisture and oil levels instead of cleaning your hair. Here’s some information about clarifying hair shampoo.

The phrase “dandruff” or other circumstances
When flakes appear on your clothes, dandruff can be both physically irritating and ugly. While it can usually be treated with inexpensive drugstore shampoos like those by Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue you may want to see a dermatologist if you don’t see any improvement.

Adele D. Haimovic MD, medical affiliate professor in dermatology at New York College Langone Medical Center, says that if you have an itchy scalp or greasy scales, you may also be suffering from seborrheic skin disease. Seborrheic Dermatitis is characterized by a rash of purple, scaly skin patches and itchy skin. Dermatologists recommend shampooing more frequently and avoiding products containing harsh chemicals, says she.

If you are experiencing scalp irritation, your technique is also important. “Aggressive scrubbing can be harmful, so make sure you gently massage the shampoo into your hair using your fingertips instead of your nails,” says Dr. Haimovic.

If you are experiencing itching, irritation or persistent hair loss or vital hair thinning Dr. Haimovic suggests seeing a dermatologist in order to rule out other underlying conditions or to try a prescription medication.

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Catalina Drouillard is a hairstylist at Three Sixteen Hair Haven, located in Kihei.
Adele D. Haimovic is a medical associate professor of dermatology, at New York College Langone Medical Middle.
Jessica Wu, MD will review your medical records on February 26, 2021