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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

I get asked this a lot.  There are many different opinions on this.  Some stylist will recommend that you go as long as you possibly can between shampoos.  Some people will go a week or more without washing their hair.  To most of us this seems crazy.  How on earth can one go that long without their hair looking greasy?

 Well, here is how...

Your scalp produces oil constantly.  The good for you kind that moisturizes and protects your hair and the dirty, stinky kind.   Shampoo doesn't know the difference and strips away both kinds.  Every time you shampoo your scalp, your oil glands work in overdrive to replenish the good oil that has been stripped away.  Your scalp gets used to being shampooed everyday so it is used to producing a generous amount of oil regularly.  So when you skip a day shampooing, since your oil glands are so active, they produce what they are used to producing resulting in oily hair.

So how do you fix this?  It is't a quick fix.  It takes time to train your scalp and oil glands to not produce as much oil.  But if you endure the process, eventually you will be able to go longer between shampoos.

Why should I not shampoo my hair as often you ask?  Well, even the most gentle shampoo can be very abrasive to your hair.  As stated earlier. the chemicals in shampoo strip your hair of all natural moisture- drying the hair out.  Shampooing too often can also strip your hair color over time.  So by going longer stretches in between shampooing, you will notice that your hair is shinier and less dry and also a bit healthier and your color will last longer too.

Here are a couple things you can do with your hair on the "non-shampoo" days.  Keep in mind that it is totally cool to rinse your hair and even condition the ends on the off days.

1. Use a dry shampoo.  Here is a blog post listing my faves.  Dry shampoo is great to spray on your roots to absorb any unwanted oil.

2.  Wear your hair up to conceal any unwanted shine.

3.  Wear a stylish hat.

I usually go the first day by blow drying it out nice.  The second day I will curl it loosely with my iron and use some dry shampoo if needed.  On the third day (if I go a third day), I may touch it up with the curling iron or wear it up in little updo or wear a hat.

Hopefully this helps.  Keep in mind that it's okay to do what you have to do in regards to shampooing your hair.  For instance if you work out every day or if you are outside a lot and work up a sweat often.  It's okay to wash your hair if you need to.  Just keep in mind that giving your hair a break from time to time is good too.

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