“How often do you wash your hair?” is a pretty personal question and not something that comes up in conversation that often (unless you’re a hairdresser, I suppose). But, seriously, how often do you wash your hair? I’m really curious to know, so I asked around and was surprised to discover such varying routines…
I currently wash mine every three days, which is a massive improvement on my previous daily routine. Because my hair is so fine it gets oily at the roots really quickly, and I hate feeling unclean, so I use an excessive amount of dry shampoo and Oribe Hair Refresher on the “dirty days” in-between.
Katty Hoelck Goblé, Designer and Illustrator: “It’s been over three years since my last shampoo. About twice a week, I wash my hair with about 2T of baking soda dissolved in hot water, followed by a slash of apple cider vinegar in water to tone my strands. I also massage coconut or jojoba oils through my hair once a month to seal moisture into my locks. Voila! Balance and an end to excessive shampoo costs.”
Olivia Wells, beauty PR: “I tend to wash my hair every other day because I recently had some blonde put through the ends, so my hair requires a bit more attention to keep it super nourished. On the days that I go hair-wash free I spritz in John Frieda Refresh Dry Shampoo which gives my hair the lift it needs on a non-wash day!”
Michelle Bobb Parris, Photographer: “I tend to wash my hair every 3-5 days. Having curly afro hair means that it doesn’t get as oily as naturally straight hair, so any more frequently will have my tresses feeling (and looking!) like straw. I stick with brands that are free of mineral oil and sulphates and occasionally do a conditioner-only rinse in-between washes.”
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
After speaking to these three lovely ladies, I then started to wonder how often hair should be washed, so I asked superstar hairdresser Errol Douglas MBE. Here’s what he said…
“Fine hair can become more flyaway and challenging to style when washed too frequently, so I recommend washing once a week with shampoo, and a daily rinse with water. That way natural oils useful for styling are maintained but residual environmental wear is rinsed away.”
“Those with thick hair should focus more on the quality of the wash rather than the quantity. Working up 3-4 lathers per wash really lifts dirt and environmental residue to properly penetrate and clean thicker hair types. Frequency wise, with this method, twice a week is fine. Also, always leave conditioners on for a minimum of 10 minutes with thicker hair types, to ensure they absorb before rinsing off.”
“Afro hair is in constant need of hydration so over washing can cause flakiness and make it difficult to style. Again it’s the quality of the wash and method that should be the focus. Once per week, 2-3 shampoo lather stages and leave each shampoo stage on the hair for 2-3 minutes. This the best way to ensure a real clean and the easy way to avoid needing more than one wash a week.”
And now it’s your turn to share… how often do you wash your hair?