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How you wash your hair and the products you use can go a long way toward maintaining smooth, shiny hair. Follow these simple tips from dermatologists to maintain healthy hair.

 

  • Wash oily hair more frequently. How often you wash your hair should be based on how much oil your scalp produces.

 

  • If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it as often as once a day.
  • If you have chemically treated hair, your hair may be drier, so you may want to wash it less frequently.
  • As you get older, your scalp makes less oil, so you may not need to shampoo as often. But if you see flakes in your hair, you may not be shampooing enough. This can lead to dandruff and other scalp diseases.

 

  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp. When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning the scalp primarily rather than washing the entire hair length. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse.

 

  • Use conditioner after every shampoo unless you use a “2-in-1” shampoo, which cleans and conditions hair. Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength and offering some protection from harmful UV rays.

 

  • Concentrate conditioner on the tips of the hair. Because conditioners can make fine hair look limp, they should only be used on the tips of the hair and not on the scalp or length of the hair.

 

  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type. For example, if you colour your hair, use a shampoo designed for colour-treated hair. If your hair is damaged or chemically treated, consider a “2-in-1” shampoo. Regardless of cost, many shampoos and conditioner brands provide the same benefits.

 

  • Protect hair when swimming. Protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine by wetting and conditioning your hair before swimming. Wear a tight-fitting swim cap and use a specially planned swimmers shampoo and deep conditioner after swimming to replace lost moisture.

 

How often to wash your hair:

 

Based on your hair type, we went straight to the pros to determine how often you should be shampooing your strands. But before we get into the details, here’s a little background on why you should be shampooing in the first place.

“Washing your hair is important for hair growth,” Courtney says. “It relieves your hair of product build-up and dermatitis that can negatively affect your scalp.” Shannon King, the partnering artist with KMS Hair, adds that “not cleansing your hair can lead to issues with dryness, tangles and ultimately, hair loss.”

 

But whether you should wash hair daily really depends on your specific hair type and the shampoo you are using. “Washing your hair every day can cause dryness and breakage, but generally will not cause excessive hair loss,” shares Angela Styles, a hairstylist in West Hollywood, CA. While some hair types should avoid a daily wash for those reasons, those with super oily hair “can benefit from washing every day because of the amount of oil it produces,” Courtney explains.

 

Finding the right balance can be tricky. Generally, if your hair isn’t greasy or dry, you should cleanse it every two to three days, King recommends. But if you wash hair too often for your hair type, “it could be very drying to the hair, depending on the ingredients in the shampoo,” King says. Whereas if you wait too long in between shampoos, “you could end up with a scalp that is very clogged, meaning hair won’t be able to grow out of the follicle the way and at the rate that it’s supposed to.”

 

But there’s no need to stress about shampooing. Instead, here are our pro hairstylist’s guidelines for the best washing routine for your hair type:

 

Oily hair: “Typically, you would want to wash your hair every day to prevent build-up unless you have very long hair or it’s very coarse or curly,” King says.

Dry or damaged hair: While noting that it depends on the level of damage and dryness, King typically recommends shampooing every five to seven days, as “you may need to allow some [of the hair and scalp] natural oils to get in the mix until that time.” Courtney adds that “if the hair is dry and damaged, maybe you’re shampooing too often.” Make sure not to overuse a clarifying shampoo, as it can strip the hair of the nutrients it needs to be healthy and may allow it to become dry and damaged.

 

King suggests wavy or curly hair: Shampoo every four to five days. “It will depend on the density of the hair, but this is a good estimate for this hair type.” If that seems too long of a stretch, shorten it by a day or two and see how your hair and scalp react.

 

Oily hair: Courtney and King suggest washing once per week for optimal hair growth. “Don’t forget to follow with a conditioner,” King adds. “It’s equally important to the condition as it is to cleanse.”

 

Fine or thin hair: “Fine hair will need to be shampooed as often as every other day to provide it with the moisture it needs to flourish and grow,” Courtney says. Cleansing also helps remove build-up and oils that can weigh fine or thin hair down.

 

Thick hair: “Thicker textures hold on to moisture, so washing once per week is sufficient.

 

How does the season affect your shampoo schedule?

 

Seasons change, and so does your hair regimen. For example, colder weather typically causes slower scalps and sometimes produces more dandruff. “Shampooing more often, such as daily or every other day in the winter, can be helpful for those who experience more dryness and dandruff,” Courtney says. Conversely, people shampoo less often during the summer, especially those with curlier or coiled textures. “This allows time for people with drier scalps to produce natural moisture and let it distribute through the hair strands before wash day,” she explains.