How often should you be washing your hair?
Finding the perfect middle ground to how often you should wash your hair is one of the hardest things that women have to think about. While washing your hair in itself is an affair of note, the question of how often to do it can leave many feeling frazzled and confused. Wash it too much and you might run the risk of drying out your scalp and causing brittle strands. Wash it too little and your hair might turn into an oil-slick.
While there is no ‘right answer’ to this, we at GlamIt put together a few tips that will help you discover what works best for you. Surprisingly, the answer is actually easier than you might think and all comes down to your hair type and the kind of lifestyle you lead.
Generally speaking, if your hair is in tip-top condition and you don't suffer from dryness or oiliness, then you could get away with washing your hair every 3 - 4 days. Thick, curly and chemically treated hair can go longer without a wash while fine to medium hair gets greasier faster. This is because sebum travels rapidly down thin hair and takes longer to coat curly or thicker hair types.
If your hair is fine and sleek, then be sure to use a cleansing shampoo and conditioner such as the CHI Luxury Black Seed Oil range as it removes impurities while adding some much-needed body and volume. It also ensures that your hair looks and feels cleaner for longer.
We love the CHI Argan and Moringa range which is not only rich in essential vitamins but also restores the moisture in your hair which leaves it feeling strong and looking great. For those of you with beautifully thick and curly hair, you are lucky enough to go four days or more without a wash. Because you won’t need to wash your hair as often, it is recommended to use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to ensure that your hair stays soft and healthy between washes.
If you still feel confused by this, then you might want to consider using a dry shampoo to get the most out of your hair and extend the period between washes. Our personal favourite is the CHI Royal Treatment Dry Shampoo (R425.00) which instantly removes oils and impurities while maintaining the body and life of your style.
Naturally, adding too much product to already greasy hair will do more harm than good but you can generally get up to 2 days extra wear time after using a dry shampoo.
While this might seem easy enough, another factor which would greatly determine how often your hair needs to be washed is dependant on your lifestyle. If you are a very active person, then washing your hair every day (or at least after every high-intensity workout) is recommended as sweat can not only clog up your roots but leave your hair looking greasy, dirty and in desperate need of a cleanse.
If this is something that you struggle with, then the CHI Tea Tree Oil range would be your best bet as it helps to rid your hair of impurities while invigorating and soothing your scalp.
If you still find that you feel the need to wash your hair every other day, then be sure to remember that over-washing - especially if you are using products which are not suited to your hair type, will strip it of its natural oils. This causes dryness and irritation which may lead to a dry scalp and brittle locks. Happily enough, the average recommendation period between washes is 2 -3 days so don't fret if you fall into this bracket.
There are many factors that can influence the number of days needed before your hair needs a good wash and everyone is different. To discover which routine works for you, then simply consider your lifestyle and hair-type and go from there.