Finding the perfect hair-wash schedule is often impossible for us girls. Wash your hair too much, and it will become dry and brittle. Don’t wash it enough, and it will become dirty and lifeless. It becomes hard to find the perfect middle ground, but we at Luxy Hair have compiled all of our tips, tricks, and secrets to spill in today’s blog post.
1. Hair Type Matters
There is a reason why there are different products for different hair types. Every texture and hair type requires particular and specific attention and your wash routine is no exception. Hair with thicker strands can go longer without cleansing, while thin tresses tend to get dirty and oily quicker. Curly hair tends to be on the dry side, so can go longer without washing, while straight hair may require more frequent washing. Coarse hair can be left for long without a good scrub, while silky hair can’t…you get the picture!
2. Lifestyle and Activity
Here’s something that not many people consider: the kind of lifestyle you’re leading. Does the following situation sound familiar? You wash, blow dry and style your hair in the morning. You’re looking fresh and turning heads all day. Then, you hit the gym and your hair’s oil city and you have to wash your hair AGAIN. Unfortunately, the more active you are, the more often you should wash your hair. The reason is pretty simple: sweat piles up, clogs your pores and dirties your scalp and roots faster.
3. So, how often should I wash my hair?
Generally speaking, dry hair types should shampoo a maximum of two times a week, while oily hair types may require washing on a daily basis. If you have normal hair and don’t suffer from dryness or oiliness, you have the luxury of washing your hair whenever you feel like you need to. It also depends on your hair type. Hair that’s thicker, curlier, or processed can go without a wash for longer than hair that is fine. This is because the oils in your scalp don’t travel down the hair shaft as quickly as it does in finer hair strands.
If you’re like me and feel icky without a shower, try a body shower. You can purchase a shower cap to keep your hair dry while you cleanse the rest of your body. Or try just rinsing your hair without using any product. Sometimes, all the hair needs is a little water rather than a full wash. We are well trained to lather, rinse and repeat. But chances are you’re washing your hair far too often. Instead of the traditional shampoo-and-conditioner routine, many experts say we should be co-washing more — short for conditioner-only washing — embracing a little grease and letting our hair’s natural oils do their job.