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How Often Should You Shampoo Your Hair? A Comprehensive Guide

I often get asked, "How often should you be washing or cleansing your hair?" There's so much guilt and embarrassment around this question, but it doesn't have to be that way. The simple answer is: whatever works best for you. If your routine isn’t causing any problems, there's no need to change it. However, issues can arise if you experience scalp or hair problems due to improper cleansing techniques. Here are some common issues and solutions:


Build-Up, Dandruff, or Hair Loss

If you’re dealing with a lot of build-up, dandruff, or even hair loss, it might be because you’re not cleansing your hair enough or you're misusing cleansing creams or co-washes. Co-washes and conditioners can act as emulsifiers, effectively cleaning the scalp and being gentler on curly or coiled textures. However, they are easy to misuse. Here’s what you can do:

Solution

Next time, add a bit of water to your co-wash and thoroughly massage your scalp, ensuring the product is evenly distributed. You’ll notice a slight lather forming, which helps keep your scalp cleaner and healthier. Additionally, I highly recommend using a sulfate shampoo a few times a month for a deep cleanse and to reset your hair.


Constantly Oily Hair

Is your hair feeling constantly oily, no matter how often you wash it? You might be over-washing your hair. Here’s a step-by-step plan to reduce the frequency of shampooing:

Solution

Start by reducing from twice a day to once a day for the first week. In the second week, wash with shampoo one day and just use conditioner the next day, adding water and massaging as if you're using shampoo. In the third week, shampoo every other day. Gradually decrease shampooing until you achieve a better oil balance.


Oily Scalp and Dry Ends

If you have an oily scalp but dry, sensitized ends, try this trick:

Solution

Fill a spray bottle halfway with shampoo and halfway with water. Spray this cleansing solution section by section onto your dry scalp, avoiding the midshaft and ends. Massage your scalp thoroughly, then rinse and follow with conditioner, applying it only to the midshaft and ends to avoid further drying out your scalp.


Embrace Your Unique Hair Needs

By understanding your hair’s needs and adjusting your cleansing routine, you can achieve a healthier scalp and more balanced hair. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to hair care. Listen to your hair and adapt your routine as necessary for the best results.


For more hair care tips and personalized advice, feel free to book a consultation at our salon or check out our blog. Your hair journey is unique, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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