How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? - Hidden Beauty - Hair Salon Boise ID

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

One of the most common questions I get from clients is “How often should I wash my hair?” It’s becoming a very trending thing to try to go as long as possible without washing our hair. Trust me, I can for a long time, too. I am not even going to admit how long I am able to go. By now, most of us know that over-washing your hair isn’t good, but is going a really long time between washes better?? Let’s talk about it.
WHY WE ACTUALLY WASH OUR HAIR
I know what you’re thinking, “Duh, Trina, we wash our hair to get it clean”. WRONG. When we wash our hair, we should focus on cleaning our scalp. If you want to have the healthiest hair you can, you need to prioritize scalp health, and one of the best ways to do that is to ensure it is free from buildup and excess oil. Make sure you are using a shampoo that cleanses your scalp really well without drying it out. If you feel like you get greasy quickly or your scalp is flakey, it’s because you’re not using a good quality shampoo. I recommend that everyone, regardless of your hair type, to use a deep cleansing shampoo at least once a month to remove any buildup from our environment or hair products. I also love the Weekender shampoo as well if you have stubborn buildup.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE COARSE OR THICK HAIR?
Having coarse or thick hair usually means you are probably dealing with dry or frizzy hair as well. So, you have been told to “go longer between washes”. I am here to tell you that while that is good advice, you also shouldn’t go too long. By avoiding washing your hair more frequently, you are clogging your follicles with build-up from each day, and the oil your scalp produces is not able to move down your hair strands and nourish your ends. This will leave your hair feeling dry and cause breakage over time.

I get it, you have a ton of hair or have got into a routine of going a long time, and you’re thinking, “I do NOT want to wash my hair more” I recommend you wash twice a week, but at the very least once a week. The longer you go between washes means, the more the ends of your hair are going to need some love. You will want to ensure that on the days you do not wash, you are applying an antioxidant-rich serum to nourish the ends of your hair and a cream-based product to protect your hair from drying out.
GO LONGER BETWEEN WASHES
Now that you know how often you should be washing for your hair type, maybe you’re thinking, “How am I going to be able to go longer between washes? I wash my hair every day!” I know it sounds counterproductive, but I recommend doing an oil treatment on your scalp once a week until you notice you can go longer. If you have been washing your hair every day, your scalp thinks it needs to reproduce oil every day, which as a result it makes you feel greasier faster. By doing an oil treatment with a high-quality oil that mimics your body’s natural oils, your scalp will stop overproducing oil, and you won’t feel greasy so quickly.

Also, if you are trying to go longer, I recommend you use a dry shampoo. You could also plan to wear your hair up or a cute hat on the day before you wash if you feel like your scalp has become a little greasy.
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