How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

“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…

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair

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.”

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair

SHOP: Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo, Kérastase Nourishing Care Conditioner, The Wet Brush, Oribe Hair Refresher, John Frieda Dry Shampoo

And now it’s your turn to share… how often do you wash your hair?

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  1. Lola Byatt says:

    I swim almost daily and despite wearing a swim cap, I’m still left with chlorine smelling hair so I wash every time I swim because swimming can be harsh on the texture of my hair, I’m deidicated to conditioning. i have this great conditioner by a brand called sachajuan (a freebie from a space nk purchase) which leaves it feeling amazing. Swim free weeks leaves me washing my hair twice a week. X

  2. Georgie says:

    Since I bleached my hair last Feb I’ve been washing it roughly once a week (with Provoke Touch of Silver) though sometimes I’ll go almost two before I remember I need to deal with my hair.

  3. zaina says:

    Hi Ella, long time reader, first time commenter. I have fine hair too and it gets oily very easily. Dry shampoo is out of question as I detest the smell when it mixes with natural hair oils. What is the deal with dry shampoo! It makes my hair look even more dirtier 🙁 Would be grateful for tips X

    • Zaina says:

      Forgot to add, my current routine is once every two days! I absolutely hate that “unclean” feeling too.

    • cocos_tea_party says:

      I’m not really sure what to advise to be honest. Which dry shampoos have you tried? I really like the original Bastise dry shampoo but never use the scented ones. Klorane also do a BRILLIANT dry shampoo which might be worth trying.

  4. This is so interesting! I have fine hair and wash it every 3-5 days, because it looks okay(ish) until the 5th day. It’s pretty straight and bland, so I had never thought about rinsing it… it’s mainly the drying that I hate!

  5. Lisa says:

    I go about 3 – 4 days, I have thick hair so it doesn’t get oily!

  6. I’ve got fine but very curly hair so I tend to wash it every 3-4 days but do a lot of refreshing (rinsing or wetting with no shampoo) to get my curls bouncing again. Interesting seeing so many wash their hair similar amounts to me- most of the people I meet tend to wash theirs every day and stare at me like I’m crackers when I say I don’t! The internet, the magic place to find likeminded people in all aspects of life!
    Chambray & Curls

  7. KLG_Hair says:

    Mine is pretty dependent on what is going on, and the weather. Usually every 2-3 days though.
    The other half washes his every day, and it’s long and thick and healthy. I’m jealous.

  8. Dee Murphy says:

    Does anyone have any tips about what to do if you work out a lot? I know I shouldn’t wash my hair every day but I tend to go to the gym most weekday mornings and I need to wash my hair afterwards so at the moment I’m washing 5 out of 7 days – this seems like way too much given the other comments here. Any advice greatly appreciated!

  9. Funnily enough I’ve blogged about this myself! I’m a wash-every-3-days kinda girl too 🙂


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