How Often Is Healthy To Shampoo Your Hair?

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washing-hairEveryone needs to keep their hair in good condition and there has been an on-going debate for years on how often you should wash your hair for it to be healthy.

Shampoo is the most commonly used product to use and there are thousands of varieties that are on sale. You will probably have your own routine when it comes to shampooing your hair, but do you know how often it is healthy to do this? Probably not. So let’s look at this in more detail so you can decide what is best for you.

When do You Wash Your Hair?

As mentioned most people will have their own routine when it comes to washing their hair. Some will do it every morning in the shower; others might do it every other day whereas some will wash theirs much less.

You will notice that there is a definite change in the texture and condition of your hair once you have washed it. For some this change will make their hair more manageable, for others it will make it flyaway and unruly and it is this difference that will often influence how often someone washes their hair.

Hair Types and Washing

Your hair type will have an impact on how often you do or should be washing your hair. Afro hair, as shown above in corn rows can be very hard to manage if it is washed every day. Doing this can make it very tangled which can cause problems with styling.

In fact afro hair is in the best condition when it is washed as little as possible with shampoo. However, there are products that can be used in its place to keep the hair fresh and clean without it getting wet and soapy.

Fine hair can be washed more often as shampooing it will not affect it as much as it would with thicker hair. It is a good idea to choose your shampoo carefully and experiment until you find one that works well for you.

Using Shampoo Correctly

 If you are using shampoo and looking to get plenty of bubbles you are actually washing your hair incorrectly. The bubbles that are created by shampoo are actually made by sulphates, and these can cause the hair to become very dehydrated.

This will worsen the condition of the hair and make it even more difficult to manage. Unfortunately most people associate washing their hair with having lots of bubbles and foam, so will add more product to create them. This dries out the hair and means that many people will want to re-shampoo the next day which makes the problem even worse.

It is much better to follow the instructions on the shampoo bottle and use the recommended amount. Don’t worry about the bubbles that are created as these are simply a by product of using shampoo and nothing to do with how clean you are making your hair.

How Often is Healthy?

The best way to decide how healthy it is to shampoo your hair is to think about its condition after each wash. If your hair is hard to manage you should leave a longer gap in between washes, if it feels good and is easy to cope with you have chosen the right shampoo and you are washing it at the ideal intervals.

If you tend to use a lot of hair styling products on your hair you will probably have to wash it more often to get rid of the build up on your hair. You might not like to wash your hair every day but find that it can get a little oily, in these cases some dry shampoo or a little talcum powder can help to absorb the oil and make your hair look great once again.

This is a guest post.  An article by Joanne who loves to write about hair and shopping for hair products at

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