For the average person, every 2 to 3 days, without washing is fine. How often do you do it? There is no universal recommendation when it comes to how often you should wash your hair. If your scalp is itching or there’s flaking, you might be overdue for some shampoo.
For some fellas, it’s every day without question. For others, it’s simply when they can find the time to buy a new shampoo. Yes, we all take a different approach to washing our hair. We’re not going to be with you in the bathroom to remind you that it’s that time of the week. This article serves as a guide to help you figure out the best time to wash your hair and how you should tackle it.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair
Less is more! According to experts and barbers, on average, you should wash with shampoo once every two to three days, depending on how oily your hair gets. Now, if you have an unusually oily scalp, super thin hair, or sweat a lot, then washing every other day may not be such a bad idea, but still don’t do it every day.
Surprisingly, you can actually benefit from those two unwashed days. Sebum (natural oily substance) protects our skin from drying out. Washing the hair daily takes a toll on the scalp by stripping some of that essential oil coating, which may dry out your follicles and weaken your hair. So, you definitely don’t want to overdo it by washing your hair every day.
The goal is to find the perfect sebum balance. If you shampoo less often, your scalp will adjust itself out and find that sweet spot with the right oil-to-hair ratio. It may also improve frizzy hair, making it more manageable, reduce breakage, and give your hair that healthy and shiny look.
There’s always an exception to every rule; however, fellas with oily hair may need to use shampoo more often than others. Since you know your hair better than anyone, it’s important to understand what it needs.
Consequences of Overly Dry Hair
Dry hair doesn’t look good – not now, not ever. After weeks of unnecessary shampooing, your hair will start to suffer the consequences as it becomes weaker and sometimes lifeless.
Then there’s the issue of dullness – lost hair shine. Excessive shampooing strips away all those glistening oils, leading to visibly frizzy and dull-looking hair.
Eventually, you may end up with a dried-out scalp. Before you know it, you’re itching your head, generating an unpleasant deluge of dead skin cells known as dandruff.
Without adequate moisture, the hair is more susceptible to breakage—like the way a frozen stick can break.
Rinse Your Hair With Warm Water
For those who work out every day or get excessively sweaty in the warmer weather, only washing two or three times a week may sound like it’s not enough. But you’ll notice that rinsing your hair with hot water, and exfoliating your scalp by massaging and scratching it, actually helps a lot.
Doing so clears away dead skin cells, dust, and most of the excess oil, while still leaving some for your hair to get the nourishment it needs to stay healthy. We’ll let you in on a little secret – the salt in your hair produced by the sweat will give it some texture, and with a bit of product, you can turn things around in your favor.
You Don’t Have to Use Conditioner Every Time You Shampoo
We’re sorry to break it to you, but shampoo and conditioner are not the iconic duos you thought they were. While your hair does need both, you don’t need to use them at the same time.
Unlike shampoo, you can use conditioner every day, as it hydrates the hair and supplies it with the necessary nutrients. It’s also a good idea to condition on the days you don’t shampoo. It’ll help wash away the dirt on the non-shampoo days, and re-hydrate following a shampoo day.
When it comes to using a conditioner, again, knowing your hair is essential. If you’ve got a greasy scalp, the excess sebum will act as a natural conditioner, so you might not need to use any on your non-shampoo days.
It’ll take some time and a few tries to figure out the best routine and frequency that works for your type of hair, but it’s worth a try. It’s about time we break away from the daily shampoo and conditioner system we’ve all become accustomed to.
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s no single answer to how often you should be washing your hair. Take the time to get to know your hair and then craft the ideal routine. Remember, you should cater to your hair’s unique needs and oil levels. Stay groomed and handsome, fellas!