While beauty trends have come and gone for decades, one trend that has run the test of time revolves around washing your hair. For years experts have been saying the less you wash your hair the better. While each person’s hair and scalp are different, the trend seems to have had some definite truth to it. There is no solid numeric answer as to how long you should go without washing. However, if you pay attention to your hair you can find the right balance for how long you should wait between washings. A lot also depends on your hair type, texture, and your daily routine.
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The Effects of Washing
While the effects of washing your hair help you feel like you have a clean scalp, it may not be all good in terms of your hair health. Shampoo can dry your hair out and leave it more brittle than before. Dry and brittle hair can cause split ends, breakage, and hair that looks weak. Your hair produces natural oils that help keep your scalp healthy and moisturized. Frequent and continuous shampooing can strip your hair of these oils.
Some Exceptions to the Rule
While most people can skip some wash days, there are some exceptions. Below you will find those who are exceptions to the rule.
- Fine Hair: If you have fine hair, you’ll likely need to shampoo daily. The natural oils that your scalp produces show up much more clearly on those with fine hair. Without shampooing daily your hair may look greasy.
- Exercise: If you are someone who exercises vigorously every day or sweats excessively on your scalp, washing your hair daily is probably the best option. The sweat and natural oils can build up and clog your pores. Also, your hair may look greasy with the extra sweat on top of the natural oils.
- Location: If you live in a humid location and experience sweating on your scalp, daily washing is likely better for you. As stated above, the excess sweat and natural oils can lead to clogged pores and greasy roots.
How Long Can I Go Without Washing?
If you do not fit into one of the above-mentioned categories, you can likely go a few days without washing your hair. But everyone’s question always is: how long? If you have thicker hair that produces oil-less frequently than most, you can likely go without washing every day. The average person can go two to three days without washing. You can test out how long you can go but remember that certain factors may change your range. For example, you may be able to go two to three days usually, but if you work out at the gym you may have to wash more frequently.
It’s important to note that there may be differences between men and women. For women who get their hair styled, you may be able to go longer. Some women can wear a blowout for a week if properly cared for. If you cover your hair and lay it properly in the shower, and use dry shampoo effectively, your hair can last much longer. For men with traditionally shorter hair, you may need to shampoo more often. The grease in men’s roots can be more prominent as compared to someone with longer hair.
Only you will know how long you can go without washing. Start tracking your oil levels between washings and see how many days work for you. With the help of dry shampoo, you will likely be able to extend your washes and save yourself time and money in the long run. If your hair is oily and your scalp is itchy and flaky, you’ll know that it’s time to wash! One expert noted that you should not go longer than two weeks without washing. The pores in your scalp need to be shampooed as the buildup can cause issues.
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