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How Often Should You WASH Your HAIR?

 

How often do you wash your hair?  Is it every day, every other day or even just once a week?

It could well be that you and many others are actually washing your hair too often.  You could be doing more harm than good!

Julien Farel, the founder of Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in New York, says that although everyone's hair will have different needs, there's no logic in washing it every day.

 

What does shampoo achieve? 

Shampoo contains surfactants which come together with your skin's sebum (a substance that coats and protects follicles) allowing it to mix with water in order to cleanse the hair of any dirt and grease.

Ideally, you should look for a gentle, sulfate-free cleansing shampoo that is balanced with essential oils so it won't strip out your hair's natural oils.  In addition make sure to use a silicone-free conditioner with natural essential oils and conditioning agents to ensure cuticle health.  

Instead of rushing to wash your hair every day, cut down to two or three times a week to help remove any excess sebum.

 

What are the drawbacks with washing your hair every day?

  • It is said that if you are prone to shampooing your hair every day, it can strip your scalp and the follicles of all its natural oils and can lead to dry, brittle hair.
  • It can throw the scalp's natural microbiome off balance.  The scalp's skin is covered in billions of good bacteria from about 1000 species, such a population of microbes helps to maintain the skin pH hile preventing bad microbes from colonizing the skin by competing for nutrients and also producing molecules that bad bacteria dislike.  Too frequent hair washing can allow unwanted bacteria and fungi to take over, even causing problems such as inflammation.  

    It could be that you are using the wrong products.  Of course, everyone's skin and follicles will produce different levels of oils, which is normal and good for your hair but the main challenge is finding the right balance with the right products for you to maintain your style without disrupting your natural microbiome, pH, and natural oils.  Avoid using any shampoos containing sulfates or silicones because they can be too drying or too heavy.

    You might feel you have to wash your hair all the time because of frequent visits to the gym or other hectic workouts.  However, experts are now saying that even after a strenuous visit to the gym with hair that is full of sweat, simply running your hair under water is enough to remove any excess oil.  In fact, the salt in that sweat can even improve your hair's texture.

    A possible exception to the rule of less often hair washing is if you have a very oily scalp and prone to having hair that is thick with oil by the end of each day.  You may then need to shampoo more frequently to balance the levels.

     

    How to undo any harm caused by washing every day?

    Give your hair a treat with our own Simply Hair Oil to add back hydration and nourishment to counteract any brittleness or lack of life.   Made from a blend of pure natural essential oils and cold pressed or expeller pressed precious oils, Simply Hair Oil contains the well known Morrocan Argan Oil to make your hair softer, silkier and shinier as well as taming any frizz. 

    Take care of your hair the natural way and cherish your crowning glory by applying a small amount to the palm of your hand. Then with your fingers, work the oil evenly throughout damp or dry hair. Once you are done styling, you can apply more to intensify shine and to eliminate frizz. 

    You can even use before that "less often than before shampooing" for extra conditioning.

    Sources

African-American hair: Tips for everyday care. (n.d.)
aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/african-american-hair. (Accessed, 21 September 2021).

Draelos, Z. D. (2010). Essentials of hair care often neglected: Hair cleansing. International Journal of Trichology, 2(1), 24-29
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D’Souza, P., & Rathi, S. K. (2015). Shampoo and conditioners: What a dermatologist should know? Indian Journal of Dermatology, 60(3), 248-254
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