How often should you wash your hair? Most of you probably think that’s a silly question as you likely wash your hair as part of your daily shower routine. The problem with this approach is that it is harmful to your hair and scalp.
Most commercially-produced shampoos damage your hair over time and can even lead to hair loss. So what is the alternative? Today, you will learn how washing your hair every day can harm your hair and alternatives to daily hair washing. For more about how to live like a man, make sure to check out the Dr. Squatch blog.
What Happens When You Wash Your Hair Too Often
Most men wash their hair at least once per day, typically when they shower in the morning. While this seems like a good idea, it is one of the worst things you can do to your scalp. Commercially-produced shampoos are made to strip the oils and dirt, and they do so indiscriminately.
This process dries out your hair, and if you compound that effect for years, it takes a toll on your hair’s health. If you start to notice that your hair’s color is becoming dull, it is because you’ve stripped away all the oils that give your hair its natural shine.
Next, the quality of your hair will suffer. If you’re experiencing split-ends or breakage, it is probably due to shampooing too often. This can also have an impact on your scalp. Shampooing can lead to dry skin and dryness that can lead to dandruff.
Damage to your hair and scalp may even lead to thinning hair. If you’re relatively young and do not have a history of male pattern baldness in your family, your thinning hair could be tied to your shampoo.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
How often you wash your hair will depend on two factors. The first is the type of hair you have. For those with thicker hair or hair that is not particularly oily, you can usually get away with washing your hair about every three days. Generally, it will take that long before the oils and dirt in your hair accumulate to the point where washing is actually necessary.
If you have thinner hair, oily hair, or you sweat a lot, you can consider washing your hair every other day. For those who sweat a lot or have very oily hair, this becomes a bit of a balancing act as sometimes you will find that you cannot wait for every other day. A basic rule of thumb in these instances is to check your hair by running your hand through it. If it feels oily or nasty to the touch, it’s probably OK to wash it.
Both recommendations above are assuming normal daily activities. There are times where you will modify this schedule. For example, if you wash your hair on Monday and work outside in 90-degree weather all day, you’re going to wash your hair more often than someone who sits at an office desk all day.
How Should I Wash My Hair?
Once you’ve determined how often you should wash your hair, it’s time to pick the best products to use. First, invest in an all-natural shampoo like Dr. Squatch natural shampoo. The ingredients in these shampoos are not as harsh as commercially-produced shampoos and will clean your hair without overly stripping it.
Next, you need to decide what do to on days where you’re not washing your hair. You have a couple of options. The first is to run some water through your hair on days you’re not washing it. For some of you, that will be enough to remove a little sweat and excess oil from your hair and scalp.
Another option is to use an all-natural conditioner for your hair. This will work to remove sweat, dirt, and oil from your hair between washing and will provide extra moisturization for your hair and scalp. Those with thicker hair benefit from a daily conditioner between hair washing.
Daily Hair Washing is Not Necessary
You can’t avoid a daily shower. Daily showers with all-natural soap are necessary for general hygiene and to reduce body odor. However, your hair does not require regular washing. For most men, you can go two to three days on average before having to wash your hair.
Washing your hair more often will leave your hair susceptible to damage and generally does not provide any extra benefits. Unless you’re someone who is prone to excessive sweating or has extremely oily hair, washing your hair daily is not necessary.
For those already used to washing your hair daily, this may seem a bit weird at first. The reality is that most people will not be able to tell the difference between whether you wash your hair daily or every two to three days. However, your hair will definitely notice the difference as it will be stronger and healthier than if you wash it daily.