How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

by Anjelina Tongco

In an interview style video, there was a woman asking her co-workers how often they wash their hair. The answers were different as some saying they only wash theirs once every week or two to some saying they wash theirs every single day. Some people were also sharing how often they wash theirs and some were asking if they’re doing the right thing or if they’re under washing/overwashing their tresses. 

So, how often should you really wash your hair? Let’s talk about that today. 

The thing is, we all have different types of hair. What works for one may not necessarily work for you. That’s why haircare routines are highly personal and tips about it should always be taken with a grain of salt. 

The best time to wash your hair is when it starts to look and feel greasy or oily. Younger people, especially those in their teens may find that their hair starts looking and feeling greasy the day after washing their hair. In that case, it’s perfectly fine to reach for the shampoo and conditioner and wash it again.

If you have thin to normal hair, you might be better off washing your hair once to twice a week. Washing it too often can lead to breakage so you’ll want to avoid overwashing your hair. If you’ve been washing your hair too much, stop and start using a strengthening hair serum to help your hair regain its health. 

Now let’s talk about thick hair. This is where it gets tricky. People who have thick hair (especially those with curly or coiled hair) tend to have it kept in a protective hairstyle all the time. If this is the case for you, you might want to try starting with washing your hair once a week and see if you can extend it from there. If you don’t have your hair up in a protective hairstyle, you can probably go three to five days between washes. 

But, what if you have a really oily scalp and you don’t want to overwash your hair? The solution is to use dry shampoo in between washes instead.