Current knowledge tells us that most people don’t need to wash their hair daily. We wanted to share some of our experiences and opinions to help guide you.
Why wouldn’t I wash my hair every day?!?!
The main reason to avoid washing your hair daily is to avoid stripping your hair and scalp of the natural oils and proteins leading to dry or brittle hair. Additionally, daily washing is extremely brutal on hair coloring, causing dramatic fading in as little as 5 washes. It becomes a cycle of stripping the hair resulting in dry, brittle or frizzy hair; followed by more washing and more product, thus making the problem worse.
There are many factors to consider in how often you should wash, including:
Hair type - Thin or Fine hair requires more frequent washing as the oil produced by the scalp greatly exceeds the hair density. Yet dense, thick or curly hair can go longer without washing due to its ability to retain and use the oils produced by the scalp.
Activity - In this day, a large percentage of people workout or are involved in active sports on a regular basis. These people generally cannot skip washing their hair after workout day. Additionally, those working outside or in dirty, dusty, greasy, smoky environments find themselves needing to wash on a daily basis.
Genetics - Take me for example. I’m bald (thanks Grandpa Ben!) and if I don’t wash daily, my head becomes quite oily. There are people with naturally dry or oily scalps. If you are one, obviously you’re going to want to adjust accordingly.
Changing shampoo or routine:
If you're changing shampoos or your routine, following these simple instructions can help you find the best balance for your hair.
Changing Shampoo - If you are switching shampoos to our shampoo alternative, or another product, we recommend you begin at the same frequency you previously had. If you were washing daily previously, continue that; every other day, same thing. Give that 1-2 weeks before trying to drop a day. Wash-rinse-repeat (pun intended) giving 1-2 weeks between dropping days until you find the ideal balance for your hair.
Changing Routine - Changing your routine while using the same product your hair/scalp is used to is as simple as skipping every other day for 1-2 weeks and extending bi-weekly afterwards until you reach an optimal frequency.
Note - In either case, you will be well-served with a natural boar-bristle brush to help distribute the natural oils through your hair.
Most people do not truly need to wash their hair daily. Once or twice per week is usually sufficient and will help your hair retain a better natural feel. Where the problem comes in, is using poor quality shampoo which strips your hair and scalp leaving your hair excessively dry or causing over-production of oil leaving your hair greasy, or extremely dry. If you do wash daily, make sure you’re using a shampoo or shampoo alternative designed for daily use.