How Often Should You Shampoo Your Hair?

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If you’re interested in a cosmetology career, you may be aware that many beauty professionals tell their clients not to wash their hair everyday. There are others, though, who say washing hair daily can do no harm and is sometimes necessary. So who’s right? Take a look at these guidelines for knowing how often to bring out the shampoo and what to do with second-day hair.

There are a few reasons professionals advise against daily washing. Many say overwashing is actually what leads to a more oily scalp, since the sebum glands are forced to produce more oil to counteract shampoo’s drying effect. In fact, though your hair may take a couple of weeks to get used to it, it’s generally agreed that over time your hair will become less oily between washes. Others hold that since hair is a fiber, washing it too often can make it look dull and dry out the ends.

So how often do they recommend washing? Women should shampoo two to three times per week and men just once a week, according to many professionals. However, some cosmetologists say there’s nothing actually unhealthy about washing hair daily. Plus, for those with fine or thin hair, not washing everyday can mean walking around with greasy or flat hair, so shampooing every day is necessary for basic hygiene.

What you should conclude from the difference of opinion is that there’s no technically wrong way to wash your hair. There may be some benefits to waiting a few days between washes, but daily shampooing won’t necessarily cause damage. If you like the way your hair looks and feels with daily washing, go for it! Although, it’s a good idea to keep shampoo to just your roots most days, to prevent the ends from becoming dry or broken.

Tips for between washes

If you do want to try shampooing every few days, there are a few ways you can keep your second- and third-day hair looking healthy and voluminous:

  • Boost your roots – Using a dry shampoo is a great way to dry up some of the oil hanging in the roots and give them a little more volume. Spraying your hair before you go to bed can also help keep some of the oils at bay while you sleep. You can even use a little baby powder brushed into your part and hairline. This will absorb excess oils and make a visible difference.
  • Switch shampoos – If you haven’t switched shampoos for a while, it may be time to experiment with another. Your particular texture of hair may stay less oily for longer simply by using a different or more gentle brand.
  • Focus your conditioner – If you slather conditioner over your entire head, you’re adding more oils to your roots than your hair needs. Try keeping conditioner as close to the ends of your hair as you can, since that part of the hair is what will benefit most from the moisturizing formula.
  • Wear an updo – ​If your hair looks greasy and you aren’t ready to wash it for another day or so, there are a few ways to conceal it. Try a braided updo or high bun or ponytail to disguise the oily strands, or even throw on a hat or headband.