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How often should you wash your hair

Updated on October 8, 2013

How often should you wash your hair? It is so hard to take care of our hair these days, with all the products available and all the pollution it's a wonder our hair isn't falling out all over the streets. Everybody has a different hair type but there are some basic rules to live by. In order to maintain a health head of hair and a healthy scalp it i important to wash out the dirt and build up, dead skin cells, oils produced by skin glands, and any other substances you put in your hair such as hair spray, etc.

Now, how often you wash your hair depends on two things, the type of hair you have and how often you use products such as gels, hair sprays etc. For dry hair you should wash it only a couple of times a week to help produce natural oils. For very oily hair you should wash everyday to every other day. If you do choose to wash your hair daily, make sure that you are using a pH-balanced shampoo and only wash it once. If you wash it more than once a day, you will be removing too much of the natural oil found in hair.

Here are some guidelines for choosing a shampoo for your particular type of hair:

  • Damaged or fine hair: Use protein shampoo labeled substantive protein. Shampoo should be more than mildly acidic. Or you can rinse your hair following shampoo with white vinegar and water, or lemon and water. This acid rinse will help to restore a smooth cuticle and shine to your hair.
  • Healthy hair: Regular protein shampoos are fine. Blondes might try a chamomile shampoo, which has mild bleaching properties. Brunettes might use a henna shampoo, which has mild reddening properties.
  • Oily hair: Use a lemon based shampoo.
  • All types: Jojoba based shampoo is successful in treating scalp conditions as well as dissolving sebum build up. It leaves your hair clean and shining.

A few other tips..........

To keep hair healthy and shinny eat good healthy foods, don't colour if you don't have too, at least not often. Read the labels of the products you use, try different

products you may find something better. Get a trim every month and wear a hat when out in the sun, don't wash too much, but don't forget to wash at all....I hope this has helped you and answered the question, how often should you wash your hair....

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      gen 5 years ago

      but what about dry frizzy curly hair what if you just condition it everyday but only wash it with shampoo once a week

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      Mel 5 years ago

      I work out a lot and have oily hair. People keep tellin me to wash my hair every other day. But how can I if my hair is wet due to sweat I have to wash it right?

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      Deepti 7 years ago

      I do not wash my hair every day and I don't think one should. Try washing twice your hair per week and balance your diet with that too. Our body and hair is just the reflection of what we are putting inside. As mentioned earlier don't use heat or color too much, that will dry your hair more in case of they already are.Always condition your hair after you wash your hair that can prevent your hair from dryness and fuzziness.

      There are multiple brands for oily, dry, curly, long and so on hair type. Try to understand the type of your hair and get the shampoo according to it. Shampoos are nothing but chemically made soap. You also can try organic shampoos.

      Hope this helps.

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      anna 7 years ago

      great tips! for curly hair dry with a tshirt but dont rub!!11

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      raguett 8 years ago

      see new link....My Home remedies book is now available....Real Home remedies For real people..check it out

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I agree, less is more, with hair. I have very long and fine hair, and I wash it about 3 times a fortnight, never dye or blow-dry, and that way it stays shiny and healthy.

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      starrkissed 9 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub! I have baby fine hair, but lots of it and I used to always wash my hair everyday. I worked for a beauty supply store for 2 years and still washed everyday, even though, almost nearly everyone I came into contact with said it was best to wash every other day, especially since my hair was so fine. Only recently did I start taking their advice lol. I love being able to wash every other day. Definitely a time saver. I bleach my hair once a month [only the roots] and I go to a professional salon, so as not to damage my hair. I am going to take your advice on the chamomile shampoo! That sounds awesome.

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      MsCyprah60 9 years ago

      I wash my hair only once per week.I think it is a cultural thing because most Black people do not wash their hair every day and our hair remains thick and lustrous well into old age. I was told as a child that washing the hair too often robs it of its natural oils and I am inclined to believe that. However, it probably does apply to the type of hair one has. Great post.

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      guidebaba 9 years ago from India

      This is Good Info.

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      raguett 9 years ago

      Sandra sorry I didn't include the curly hair....I my self have curly dry frizzy hair and wash 3x a week or less, never using a blow dryer or heat.....You should write a hub about curly hair as constant said....I will link it to this one if you like.....If you don't write it I will okay...So I'l be looking for your hub pressure LOL.....Thanks for the comments

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Wow! What she said...

      Well Sandra, write a hub about curly hair. Duh! ;-)

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      sandra rinck 9 years ago

      What about curly haired girls? Well for really curly hair, you have to use a deep conditioner everyday! So when you shower don't shapoo, but get it wet and use conditioner, but wash it out really well and then apply a little more conditioner after you shower to the ends of your hair.

      Don't use a hair dryer ever! And when towel drying don't rub your hair until it is dry, just dry enough so you aren't dripping water everywhere and down your back, and don't use alcohol based syling products, they're really bad on your hair.

      Silicon based anit frizz treatments work really well, be generous, but not too generous. Apply to wet hair and let it dry and don't brush it out, unless you plan to put it back up in a warm towel for a little, which works out really good.

      Ok, I am hijacking your hub sorry. There is never any info. for curly hair. I have curly, curly hair.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Hair and scalp experts will tell you every other day, but few people do that. Most of us wash our hair every day when we shower - which can dry it out. So, use a two-in-one shampoo/conditioner.