While many people are under the impression that washing hair on a daily basis is a hygiene necessity, the truth is it’s actually bad for your hair! The myth is that if you don’t wash your hair everyday it will appear oily and dirty. The fact is, that your follicles produce more sebum (natural oils) when washed everyday to compensate for its depletion. If you train yourself to wash your hair less often, over time, it won’t get as oily as quickly.
So just how often should you wash your hair? Turns out, that less is more. If you wash your hair every day, try pushing back and washing it just every other day. From there you can see how the natural oils adjust and then continue to extend the amount of days between washes. Try to get to the point where you are only washing your hair 2-3 a week, so it doesn’t dry out. African-Americans and those with curly hair both can and should go longer without washing their hair! This is because natural oils do not travel from the roots to the bottoms of hair as easily, therefore hair gives off less of an oily appearance.
When you first start trying to push back the days you wash your hair, you may feel self-conscious about it looking oily. Try to avoid using lots of product, as the buildup can give off the look of unwashed hair. You can also try using dry shampoos! They are all over the market, and with a little research you can find one that’s right for you. There are primarily two different types, one is an aerosol spray, and the other is a powder. On workout days, try rinsing your hair with just water and using a conditioner to detangle the ends.
When it comes to breaking into a new hair routine, it’s important to remember that it can take at least 2-3 weeks to start seeing results. Be patient and remember that washing your hair daily will damage the quality, as well as get rid of its natural luster. Not only will this be better for your hair, but it will also save you some time.