Can someone please tell me where it says that you HAVE to wash your hair every day? Or is that just some made up unwritten rule?
There is actually no absolute and right answer for how often you should wash your hair; in actuality it instead depends on your personal preference and hair type.
In my personal experience, the less work the better. Plus anything that gives me a couple extra minutes on the pillow is a big YES in my book. While I used to be perfectly happy washing my hair every day, I have actually come to a point in my life where time is too valuable. I am now down to washing my hair only once a week.
Now before you get grossed out, and worried about how my hair looks on day seven, hear me out: I have encountered endless benefits to my current hair routine. Now keep in mind, I won “Best Hair” in high school, so stay tuned because I am about to fill you in on my dirty little hair secret.
There are numerous reasons you should skip the shampoo a few days a week. Believe it or not, washing your hair every day does your locks more harm than good. Our scalps create natural oils that are already great for the health and shine of your hair. Washing too often takes those oils away – and although oil may not always be the most appealing look – brushing the oils throughout your hair will produce softer, healthier and shinier hair in the long run.
There are also several chemicals within the products we use every day, that are not beneficial to your hair’s health. If you are a fan of colored hair, washing often shortens the time you get to enjoy the color. The more you wash, the more the color fades… and the more money you will be have to spend on touch-ups at the salon. For some of us, washing our hair every day also means blow-drying every day. Blow-drying is an obvious cause of dried out strands and dying hair.
If all of these personal benefits were not enough, then think about the earth and all the water you can save by not washing your hair every day. On average, 7.2 gallons of water are used in each shower. Now multiply that by a few million. As you can see massive amounts of water are used in showers every day. But skipping the hair wash shortens your showers and definitely counts as doing your part to help the environment.
Yes, I will admit that when I first made the decision to minimize my hair cleaning, dealing with my hair was a little rough. My hair got oily like anyone else’s. Soon dry shampoo became my best friend. While I have tried dry shampoo after dry shampoo, I have found my current favorite: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark & Deep Brown to be the best. I use this one because it has a subtle yummy scent, but also sprays on brown to match my brunette hair. Do not worry, they have shampoos for every hair shade.
Depending on your hair type, with time, your hair can actually be trained to produce less oils. I kid you not when I say I am at a point that day six is the first day I start to notice my hair is a little oilier than I would like it to be. Shampoo strips the hair of sebum, which is made to keep hair hydrated, so when used too often, our hair overcompensates and produces more sebum, which in turn builds up oils quickly.
Another way to avoid oily hair is to keep hair product use at a minimum. The best way to go about washing your hair less often is easing into the whole routine. Do not try to immediately go a week without washing, but try starting off washing your hair every other day. Then, you can have clean hair four days a week and second day hair three times a week. The best part about second day hair is it is much easier to work with.
Managing my hair also means using quality products when I do choose to wash my hair. My personal favorite shampoo and conditioner are Matrix Exquisite Oil Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner. This set is a little pricier than the typical drug store products, but the money evens out when I am using it only a fraction of the time.
Now keep in mind: it is all about your personal hair type. Thinner and finer hair will need more time to be trained and will need to be eased into the “no shampoo” movement slower. While thicker hair often catches on quicker. The entire process is all about patience, but trust me when I say that my dirty hair has in fact, been my favorite hair.
So what do you think? Are you willing to skip a few washes? Let us know below!