How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?


Are you washing your hair too much?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

The one piece of advice I've gathered from the internet since the early days of Youtube is not to wash my hair too often. But how often is too often when it comes to washing your hair?

Sometimes I come home after a long day and realize that my hair is greasy and gross after one shampoo. Other times, I come out of the shower and my hair feels dry, as if the life was sucked out of the roots by my wash.

Is there a middle ground? How do I know how often I need to wash my hair? Here's what you need to know.

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Should You Wash Your Hair Every Day?

Generally speaking, you shouldn't have to wash your hair every day. You can skip a few days without washing your strands and let your hair's natural oils moisturize your hair.

That being said, you have to find a balance, depending on your hair's needs.

"Your hair needs to produce natural oils. If you wash it too much, you can strip your hair of them," Juliette Dallas-Feeney, the senior social media manager at Birchbox told The New York Times. "And if you don't wash your hair enough, it can do the same thing because of product buildup. Your scalp can get yucky and gross."

So how do you know when it's time to wash?

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Turns out, there are several different things, such as hair texture and skin type, that could affect how frequently you need to wash your hair.

According to WebMD, the average person can go about every other day to 2-3 days without washing. However, the thicker your hair and less oil your skin produces, the less you have to shampoo.

So while there is no set timeframe in which you need to wash your hair, the general rule is that if your hair looks visibly oily and if your scalp is itchy – which is likely due to dirt buildup – then it's time to wash your hair!

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