We all want a full head of shiny, voluminous hair, and how we care for it can play a crucial role in making that happen. Although, it may be possible to care too much. Being mindful about when you wash your hair and what products you use can go a long way toward keeping your hair and scalp healthy.
Table of contents:
- Can You Wash Your Hair Too Often?
- How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
- Hair Texture
- Oil Build-up
- Keep an Effective Hair Care Routine
- Hair Oil
Can You Wash Your Hair Too Often?
Washing your hair too often may strip it of the natural oil produced by the scalp, called sebum. This oil is vital to the health of your hair, helping to protect the hair and prevent dehydration. When you wash your hair, you remove the natural oil. Although it is necessary to remove excessive oil, washing your hair every day can prevent the oil from moving through your hair at all, causing dryness, breakage, and irritation.
Washing your hair too frequently can start to have some visible impacts on your hair. Some of the signs to look out for are:
- Dry, inflexible strands of hair
- Dry scalp
- Itching or flaking
- Dull appearance
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
It is possible to wash your hair too much, but it raises the question of how often is enough.
There is no set rule for how often you should wash your hair. In many cases, it depends on lifestyle and personal preference. Finding the proper routine may take a trial to determine what leaves your hair looking its best.
However, several factors may affect how often you wash your hair. Some individuals may want to wash their hair more frequently than others, depending on their hair type and lifestyle. When deciding how often to wash your hair, you should consider the following.
Different types of hair have different needs, especially since the texture of hair can affect its moisture and strength. For example, thick, wavy, and curly hair types tend to be drier since the sebum does not easily move through the hair. Meanwhile, straight hair allows the sebum to distribute through the hair more easily, making it appear oilier more quickly.
You can typically wash straight hair more frequently since the oil works through the hair much quicker, whereas, with curly or coarse hair, you may be better off washing every two to three days.
Some individuals tend to produce more sebum through their scalp than others. In this case, it is best to use your judgment based on how oily your hair appears. But most individuals can last at least two to three days before needing to wash their hair.
Washing too frequently may cause your scalp to produce extra oil to compensate, causing the hair to become oilier more quickly. If you hope to wash your hair less, it may take some time for your scalp to balance out oil production.
Styling products also contribute largely to the amount of oil build-up in your hair. These products can sit in your hair and negatively affect the strands and scalp.
If you notice that your hair is oily more often than you would like, consider reducing the number of styling products you use.
Your environment plays a huge role in how often you may need to wash your hair. For example, working in an environment where you are often exposed to dirt and dust will lead to dirtier hair. Spending a lot of time outside can also cause you to need to wash your hair more frequently as dirt, pollen, and pollution will all take a toll.
Various lifestyle factors can lead to you needing to wash your hair more often. For example, individuals who exercise a lot will likely need to wash their hair more often, as sweat build-up will increase the amount of oil and dirt in their hair.
Keep an Effective Hair Care Routine
When you wash your hair, you want to make the most of it. Your hair and scalp produce many natural oils which help to keep your hair healthy on its own, but washing your hair is the perfect opportunity to provide your hair with additional vitamins and nutrients. Also, washing your hair does not mean you have to strip the natural oils completely. Choosing the right products can help you ensure your hair remains moisturized and vibrant, even if you wash it almost every day.
Once you determine the best routine for washing your hair, you should use the right shampoo. A great choice to repair dry or damaged hair is WOW’s Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. Nettle leaf extract, argan oil, aloe vera, and essential vitamins B5 and E5 help repair skin on the scalp while keeping hair soft and moisturized. Fit this shampoo into your routine as frequently as you need.
Maintaining a consistent conditioning routine can help provide your hair with the moisture it needs to remain lively and voluminous while helping to maintain your natural oils. You should use a conditioner after each time you wash your hair. An excellent choice for conditioning your hair to keep it moisturized is WOW’s Coconut Milk Conditioner. This formula also includes castor oil, almond oil, and argan oil to keep the hair soft and strong.
Using a hair oil provides several additional benefits, supporting growth to keep your hair full and voluminous. Just a few pumps of WOW’s Onion Black Seed Hair Oil can provide your hair with essential nutrients like vitamins A, B1, B6, and E, as well as lauric acid. Incorporate this oil twice a week to increase your hair’s flexibility and soothe the scalp.
Washing your hair too often can strip it of natural oils, but using the right products can provide the nutrients and moisture it needs to stay happy and healthy. Keeping a consistent, effective routine greatly supports your hair health.
At WOW Skin Science, we have a wide range of plant-based, all-natural products designed to help you nourish and moisturize your hair. Explore our complete selection for yourself and see how you can revitalize your hair.
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