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Just How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Just How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Alright, I know you are probably thinking, “Why the heck is she writing about hair?” “Isn’t this a health, fitness and nutrition blog?” Why yes, yes it is!

Post Murph a lot of you guys saw me sporting my locks sans hair tie. Long story short, you guys see me at least 5 or 6 days out of the week and this head of hair is wrapped up in some kind of pony tail or bun concoction. Truth is, the minute I step outside these doors, or am off for the weekend. I let my hair down. Literally and figuratively, haha.

Sometimes the pull on my head is enough to spark a small headache, and other times. I just need to get this pound of hair off the top of my noggin. Okay Okay, I hear you. “Seriously, where are you going with this?”

A couple of you were astonished that my hair was down after working out for an hour and looking like I had just showered, well, the honest truth…I hadn’t washed my hair in 3 days! And didn’t make any plans to wash it again until Tuesday. Reason being is, over the past year to two years, I have waned myself off of the daily shampoo and conditioning grind! It has not only made  my hair stay cleaner longer, healthier, AND it saved me tons of money on my car insurance….just kidding. It did save me from buying multiple bottles of shampoo and conditioner per month though.

To give you a little more factoids on my hair success here are a few things I learned from stylecaster.com in relation to shampoo, different types of hair, and the scalp.

  1. Hair Type Matters

    Hair that’s thicker and curlier can go without a wash for longer than hair that is fine. How processed your hair is will also come into play, because the oils in your scalp don’t travel down the hair shaft as quickly in hair that’s coarse, curly or processed as it does for people with fine hair. Curly hair types should especially be careful not to wash hair too frequently—and avoid shampoos with harsh sulfates, which strip the hair of the natural oils. You can consider a co-wash (using a conditioner instead of shampoo) or use a sulfate-free shampoo if washing more than twice a week

  2.  Your Lifestyle Matters

    Lifestyle also plays a part. For example, if you workout daily, you’re going to need to wash your hair more often to feel clean after sweating. If you have an oily scalp and thin, fine hair, your hair will start to look flat and dirty after 24 hours. If your hair is pin straight, an oily scalp will show more easily too. The flip side is with thick, curly hair, you may be able to go three days without needing a shampoo.

  3.   There Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing

    It’s pretty simple: Washing hair every day removes our natural oils and proteins, causing our hair to dry out quicker. Shampoo strips the oils from the hair, and we need those oils to help our scalp and hair to be healthy. Some people shampoo so frequently and strip the natural oil in their hair so much that it becomes very frizzy—and there day-after hair actually looks better when oil has accumulated on the scalp to tame these wild hair shafts. Really just shampooing less frequently would improve the look of the hair and lessen the need for hair products.

  4.  Find The Elixir That Best Suits You

    The trick is to find a shampoo, conditioner, and a cocktail of products that balances your scalp and hair so you can wash every third or fifth day. If you have hair on the finer side a volumizing shampoo will work best so that the hair remains light and won’t get greasy too fast. Transversely, if you have dry, thick hair try something that will moisturize and balance the scalp and hair. It may be bit of a trial and error thing. The number one thing you’ll want to remember is to keep conditioner off the scalp completely. Conditioner can make the scalp oily, which only makes your roots seem greasy faster. The scalp should produce enough sebum to properly maintain scalp health.

  5. The Summary

    At most, try washing your hair every other day. Every two days is even better and if you can make it an entire week, go for it! If your hair gets oily after only a day, try using some hair powder or dry shampoo on your roots to soak up some of that excess oil. There are also tons of products on the market for in-between wash days that will help your hair get some extra lift and smell fresh. After the gym, try spritzing a refreshing mist or do a rinse sans shampoo. If you must wash and shampoo each time after a workout, try a shampoo that’s made for daily cleansing—they’re usually less harsh on your hair.

Shannon Phelps
Shannon Phelps is Director of Member Services and an Executive Coach at Frequency Fitness HQ. Her passions include weightlifting, nutrition, and empowering women to becoming the best version of themselves.

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