Hi! This week I am going back to the basics when it comes to shampooing your hair.
I ask people all the time, especially working in a salon, how often everyone shampoos their hair? Is it once or twice a week, three times a week, or are you shampooing your hair every single day?
I’ve done some research and experts say that there is no single answer. Shampooing not only removes the dirt and unwanted product build up on your hair but also cleans your scalp, which is very important. I usually shampoo my hair 2-3 times a week, but my hair doesn’t get very oily. And I also love to take advantage of “second day” hair which is more manageable, easier to hold curl, and keeps more volume.
Typically, people with thick hair don’t have to wash their hair as often. The thicker the hair, the less oil builds up on the scalp. Those with naturally dry hair/scalp and curly hair also benefit from less frequent shampooing.
I’m definitely not saying shampooing your hair every day is bad. In fact, women who have fine hair, excessively oily scalps, and daily exercisers are usually the ones who need a daily wash. But keep in mind that every shampoo strips the hair cuticle of its natural oils. This can result in dry ends and the hair looking/feeling less lush. So if you are having these issues, over-shampooing might be the cause.
Now that we know the logic, here are some quick tips…
Next time you shampoo your hair, just apply a small amount of shampoo to the crown (top of the head, scalp, roots) to strip the dirtiest section of the hair from oil, excess dirt, and product build up. A quick scrub to the rest of your scalp using some of the leftover shampoo from the crown is sufficient. Your ends will get clean with the rinsing (applying shampoo to the ends will make them dry and dull). Conditioner is only needed from your mid-shaft to the ends.
Another tip, as many of you know or have heard of, is dry shampoo — which is totally my life! It helps with an oily scalp when you are on that 3rd day and still haven’t had time to really wash your hair. Just spray some dry shampoo holding the bottle about a foot away from your hair so you don’t risk the chance of getting too much product on the hair (making it a white/grayish color if you are a brunette). After spraying it in, run your fingers through to allow the product to absorb into the hair cuticle. BONUS: This also creates volume and texture to the hair.
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