How often should you wash your hair?

I don’t know how many times I have discussed this topic… How often should you wash your hair?

As a frequent hair washer I envy people that can go 5 days or more days without washing their hair…. Just think about the extra time in bed or the cups of tea you could drink before you leave for work!

So how often should you wash your hair? I have done some research and gone around in a big loop as this comes down to you, your diet, environment and your lifestyle. There are many stories about not washing your hair and it being self cleaning or the more often you wash your hair the greasier it gets.

What makes your hair greasy?

You have sebaceous glands that are attached to your hair follicles, these glands secret sebum, these are the natural oils that moisturize and waterproof your skin and hair. This bit sounds a bit gross but is true. Deep in the skin’s dermal layer, specialised secretory cells absorb fats from the body, enter the sebaceous gland and disintegrate. This is when it becomes sebum and secreted onto the scalp and hair.

Do you dream of being that girl that can go for a blow-dry once a week and look amazing? The less you wash your hair the less you will need to. But can you do it is the question? Are you prepared to try this theory? I have read about a man that has not washed his hair for a decade and he says it is clean. I have not seen it or more importantly smelt it! I just can’t deal with how you go without washing my hair for a decade.

Your hair type also is a large factor, thick coarse hair tends not to need to be washed as much. My advice is not to use a shampoo that will strip your hair of natural oils and not to over layer styling products this will help you to not wash your hair as often. If you do find your hair greasy apply dry shampoo at the roots the day you wash it. When washing your hair have you noticed that the first shampoo does not lather as well?  Make sure you shampoo your hair twice, the first time removes dirt and  build up and the second will cleanse the hair.

So back to my original question…. How often should you wash your hair?

The common advice I have found is to wash your hair every 2-3 days. For coarse and naturally curly hair less often, but maybe we should address the question differently? How often do you wash your hair? I wash my hair every other day and I personally love the feeling of freshly washed hair, I am ready to take on the world with a fresh blow dry.

How often are you washing your hair? We are all unique and all have different lifestyle, with the great shampoos that are on the market you need to find the right one for you and find the routine that suits you.

I would love to hear your stories, if you like to know more about hair health read my upper food blog here

Love Jo x

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