Should I Wash My Hair Daily? Here's What You Need To Know
The truth is...the answer varies from person to person and case to case. Here's what the experts say!
Should I wash my hair daily? If you live in tropical country, it's a resounding yes. And if you're a pretty active person, you might even want to shower twice a day.
If the climate is pretty cold then you can skip washing your hair for a week, maybe? The truth is...the answer varies from person to person and case to case.
But if you often ask yourself this question, you're not alone.
Washing your hair daily, just like washing your face or body, strips off your scalp's natural oils. Your body produces this sebum essentially to moisturise both your scalp and your hair. But if you give your mane a thorough wash on a daily basis it makes your scalp greasier because it's making up for the lost sebum.
Also, the chemical you use to wash your hair and scalp may or may not be good for you. Your scalp is basically skin, so it's detrimental you find what is good for you. In addition, washing your hair daily entails a bit of scrubbing. Of course, you'd want to remove all the dirt, oil, and gunk, but rigorous scrubbing overstimulates and stresses your scalp out.
So what should you do instead? Well, here are a few things the hair experts say you should be doing instead of washing your hair daily.
Max Coles, creative director of Michael John tells The Telegraph, “Washing your hair every day strips the sebum, which could damage the overall condition of your scalp."
He adds that washing your hair twice a week is more than enough.
"(It's) overall better for the condition of both your hair and any colour you use. Keep the scrubbing to a minimum to avoid over-stimulating the sebum of your scalp," advises Coles.
If you think you need to wash your hair to remove the greasy feeling use dry shampoo instead. It will keep the oils at bay make your hair smell really good sans the washing.
Kevin Mancuso of Nexxus tells the daily that washing also depends on the hair scalp and type.
There are four types of hair scalps: dry, oily, combination, and normal.
A dry scalp is more prone to flakes and breakage while an oily scalp makes hair limp and lank. A normal scalp on the other hand, is a healthy well-balanced scalp. While a combination scalp has both dry and oily areas that produce oily roots and frizzy tips.
Generally, people with oily and combination scalps can wash their daily. However, people with normal and dry scalps can get away with two to three washes weekly.
As for hair types, there are four kinds that hair experts usually notice: straight, wavy, curly, and kinky.
While each hair type can still be categorised further, generally speaking, straight hair is usually fine, think, soft, and shiny. Wavy hair usually follows the natural shape of your face and are also fine and thin.
Curly hair textures on the other hand have a definite 'S' shape that is shiny and lose. And finally, kinky hair, which is the hardest to handle among all because it has tight coils, is wiry, and prone to breakage.
With this information, you can deduce the perfect mix for both your scalp and hair. But we still encourage that you see a professional if you're not happy with your hair's health.
The general rule for hair wash is to analyse your shampoo. As Paula Halsey of PHYTO explains that one must make sure that it's gentle so it doesn't strip off the natural oils of your scalp.
This rule applies to whether you want to wash your hair two to three times a week or if you want to wash your hair daily.
It takes a bit of trial and error but we suggest you avoid toxic ingredients in shampoos like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Dimethicone, Polysorbates, and even fragrance.
Knowing all of these it's safe to say that yes, you can wash your hair daily, but it's not necessary.
At the end of the day, it boils down to your lifestyle, hygiene, and preferences. Your hair routine should involve a gentle shampoo, a moisturising conditioner, the right pressure of scrubbing, and a dry shampoo that can keep your hair clean.
And finally, give your hair rest from treatments, colour, and blowouts. Just like your skin, it needs a break from all the chemicals. Balance is key to keeping your hair healthy.