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How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Hair?

It seems that everyone in the world has their own opinion on how often to wash your hair, and we’re ready to settle the debate once and for all. Is it true that a daily wash will make your hair fall out? Should you be sticking to a twice-a-week routine if you’re getting sweaty everyday? The endless questions can drive someone crazy, so we decided to do some research on the science behind washing your hair. Here are some things we learned:

1.  The Answer is Different For Everyone

First thing’s first- there’s no one answer that applies to every woman out there. As women, we have different hair types, textures, lengths, and levels of thickness, so one piece of advice you once read in a magazine doesn’t necessarily apply to your hair type. Generally speaking, thicker hair can go for longer without a wash, while thin, finer hair should probably be washed more often to avoid too much oil buildup. Oils are vital for your hair health, so we wouldn’t recommend washing seven days a week, but you have to know your own scalp in order to avoid walking around with oily hair week.

2. The Curlier Your Hair, The Less You Need to Wash it

Just like thicker hair should be washed less often, curlier hair can go longer without a wash as well. This is because the natural oils in your scalp don’t travel down your hair as quickly if you have thick curls. On the other hand, girls with thin, straight hair usually notice their hair getting oily faster because the oils travel down their hair shaft at a quicker rate.

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3. Shampoo Less, Condition More

Just because you’re wetting your hair in the shower, it doesn’t mean you need to be shampooing every time. There’s nothing wrong with conditioning your hair regularly, but sometimes skipping the shampoo can be beneficial in order to keep your hair strong and long. Shampooing every time can leave your hair damaged and brittle, so add a little water and conditioner on your days off.

4. Consider Dry Shampoo

If you’re skipping a day and your hair isn’t looking its best, consider using a dry shampoo instead. Dry shampoo exists so that you don’t have to wear a hat all day to cover up your oily hair. Plus, it’s a great tool to keep in your bag if you’re running to a meeting straight from a morning workout! We love using this all-natural dry shampoo spray from Rahua. 

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5. Find The Right Shampoo For You

We spend so much time thinking about how often we should be shampooing, but the problem might actually be the specific shampoo you’re using! Ask your hair dresser for recommendations based on your hair type. For example, if you have finer hair, try a volumizing shampoo. If you have thick hair that tends to get frizzy naturally, try a moisturizing, calming product. There are so many options out there for particular hair types, so don’t be afraid to experiment in order to see what works for you.