What Does Shampooing Do To My Hair?
Just how often should I shampoo my hair? What a loaded question. First let’s learn about what shampooing does and then let's talk about different hair types and variables that will help answer this question for you.
When you shampoo daily, you run the risk of depleting the natural oil, (sebum) that keeps your hair shinny and your scalp healthy. When shampooing every day, you could be creating a new problem. Your hair will become more dry and brittle because you are stripping away the natural oil every time you wash your hair.
The trouble with some of the hair products today is that the ingredients in them can’t tell the good oil in the hair from the bits of dirt and dust so it removes everything.
If you have naturally dry hair or it is dry to bleaching or color treating your hair always be sure to always choose a Shampoo and Conditioner that are Sulfate Free so that you are are not stripping away more natural oils then necessary. Sulfate Free Products eliminate the removal of the good hair oils when washing your hair. To learn more about Sulfate Free Products check out my page here.
So, What is the Answer to the Question, How Often Should I Wash My Hair?
The answer is---wait for it----it really depends on the individual because we are all so different. It really comes down to you hair type and what condition your hair is in.
If you have been washing daily for years and your hair is healthy, then keep doing what works for you. If your best friend uses shampoo daily and that is why you do, but your hair looks dry and crappy, STOP IT!
I suggest that you first examine your hair close-up. What does it look like and how does it feel when you run your fingers through it. Does it feel dry or course? Does your head of hair have breakage throughout it? Are there split ends? Is your scalp dry and itchy?
Determining your hair type will help you decide if you have a need for professional products and how often you need to use them as opposed to drugstore shampoo and conditioner.
Your hair health can change to numerous things. The environment and the products we use on it play a major factor.
If you bleach or color treat your hair you should not be shampooing your hair daily. The chemicals in the bleach and color lift the follicle which in change breaks the cuticle to allow the natural hair color to be stripped away, so that the new color can take over and bond to the hair. This causes the hair to become more fragile, leaving it dryer and more susceptible to breaks.
Every time you was your hair you are removing the natural oils form you hair leaving you hair dryer and more fragile.
Don't get discouraged yet, there is still an answer to the question,"How often should I shampoo my hair?"
You can see by now that there are so many things that can affect the quality of your hair and when it needs washing.
One other thing you can think about is using a dry shampoo to fill in between water shampoos.
I would start by washing your hair every other day at first and if you feel like your hair is oily on day 2 use a dry shampoo. If it doesn’t feel oily go to shampooing every two days and then use a dry shampoo on day three.
You want to push out how often you shampoo as far out as you can. Overtime your hair will get use to you not washing frequently and not the amount of natural oil it produce will adjust. So when you first start skipping washes, you may think I can’t go every other day as my scalp feels oily even when using dry shampoo, give it a few weeks you will notice that the amount of oil your scalp produces will reduce.
I have friend who only washes her hair once a week. I, on the other hand go every two days with only having to use dry shampoo on the third day. It took me a year to get to that point but it was well worth the wait and effort. Dry shampoo was and is my best friend. I don’t have to use as much as I did when I first went without shampooing daily, but I still use it.
I work out daily and when I work out I sweat a lot. How do I avoid washing my hair daily then?
If you are like me and work out daily and sweat a lot you may think you can’t avoid washing your hair, but that is not that case. After a work out if your hair is wet you can do one or all of the following:
- Use a Dry Shampoo
- Use a Texturizing Spray
- Blow Dry your Hair
- When working out keep your hair pulled back and away from your skin by using a sweatband and if you have longer hair putting it up in a pony tail as well.
- Rinse out the sweat. Act like you are shampooing your hair but skip the shampoo. Just condition your hair or if you have tom use a Conditioning Cleanser
Who Should Wash Their Hair every day?
Unless you have extremely short hair or none at all or hair that is healthy and tends to get oily, then you should not be shampooing your hair daily.