Shampooing your hair: how often is best?

Shampooing your hair should be the most basic of all routine activities, but is also one of the most important for keeping your hair healthy and looking its best and should be adapted to your hair type and scalp.

Many hairdressers pride themselves on how seldom they wash their hair to create that amazing grip and texture so many guests lust after. “The truth is, why and when to shampoo hair depends on a couple variables, so you can’t just offer a one size fits all schedule to guests,” advises Sam Villa, Co-founderand Chief Creative Officer of Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken.

The fact is, shampooing your hair removes impurities and product buildup, yet not washing enough can cause dandruff, irritation, clogged pores and more. Knowing a person’s hair type and lifestyle will determine how often to shampoo.

Women are embracing their natural texture more and want to shampoo less. It’s important that you assess each guest’s texture and how oily their scalp gets before making a recommendation,” he adds. For example, it’s best to wash normal hair about 3-4 times a week. When hair becomes oily or the scalp is itchy, or flaky, it’s best to shampoo.

Oily hair means the sebaceous glands are overactive, so it’s better to shampoo as often as needed. People with very fine hair, who perspire a lot or live in an extremely humid environment may need to wash their hair daily.

If your hair is dry, fragile, or curly, or if the texture is thick, washing your hair 1-2 times every week to 10 days should suffice. Shampooing your hair actually traps natural oil, so removing too much will compromise the health of the hair and cause breakage.

How to shampoo less frequently:

  • Use a dry shampoo like Redken Invisible Dry Shampoo, it doesn’t leave residue, so it can be used on dark hair, extensions and ombres.
  • A dry shampoo is a great way to add volume at the crown and sides when pulling hair back into a ponytail, essential for keeping fringe fresh and a great way to tame frizz when braiding, twisting, and knotting.

Regardless of hair type and texture, simplicity is a factor in why people shampoo less. They’re looking for cuts with layers that have versatility and that look equally as good styled on day 1 as it does multiple days later, refreshed and pulled back with a dry shampoo,says Villa.

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