To wash – or not to wash. How often should you really wash your hair?

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Most of us think that washing our hair is a pretty commonsensical thing to do, there should not even be a question about it. Haircare summed up is washing our hair, minimizing drastic hairstyle changes which will include chemicals like coloring, and making use of damage repair hair products.

But would you believe that it is something much more complicated than that?

What’s up with washing your hair daily?

Beauty experts have been saying that shampooing your hair every day may cause dryness and scalp problems. On a post made by Brie Larson about not washing her hair since the Golden Globes, stylist Scott Miller of Bauhaus salons has said, “Unless you’ve been working hard at the gym or have been on a building site and it’s covered in dust – you don’t need to wash your hair every day”. What he is saying is your hair is technically not dirty if you have not done any strenuous activity. Washing every day will be overkill, and that does prompt the glands on your scalp to produce more oil than it should have, making it look more greasy.

However, some people are stratospheric in their commitment to this regimen. The ideal cycle would be to have a professional haircare session like a blowout, use dry shampoo for when you are not lathering up, and then schedule another session at the salon. Like all instructions, of course, it is bound to be ignored. There are people, both men, and women, who rely heavily on dry shampoo and salons and would opt out of using shampoo for a reckless amount of days. Manhattan stylist Michael Angelo says, “Everyone is trying to save their blowout, but if you get a manicure done and your nails start to chip, you’re not just going to keep layering over the old stuff.”

How would you know when to wash your hair, then?

Seriously, all it takes is a simple message on your scalp. You will not just feel the grease, but you will smell it as well. Let us put it this way: your scalp has pores, so treat it like skin. A simple Google search will show you how often you can wash your hair depending on the kind of hairstyle you have.

For instance, straight-haired people can shampoo every day if they want, but it is recommended not less than twice a week. Wavy-haired people can use shampoo three times a week, and curly-haired people should use shampoo no more than twice a week (but make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo).

But regardless of the difference between men’s hairstyles and women’s hairstyles, our pores get clogged all the same. There are hair care products available on the market that have revolutionized the way we wash our hair. These have been proven to be much more gentle and will improve the quality of your hair. Dr. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York, recommends regular shampooing because it washes away dead skin on your scalp.

More importantly, though, you need to rinse properly. You can use all the best products out there like ones with a purifying scrub, but if you do not rinse your hair properly, you will always have scalp and dandruff problems. So on the question of whether you should wash your hair every day or not, regular shampooing is and always will be the best option. Consult professional stylists and dermatologists for products that you should be using, and you will be on your way to healthier hair.

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