How Often Should You Shampoo & Condition Your Hair?

curly hair

"How often should I wash my hair?" we hear you ask. It really depends on your hair type, so it's time to learn more about what your hair needs...

 

First things first: there is no 'one rule fits all' when it comes to how often one should washing be their hair. It all depends on your hair type. You probably have been told to leave your hair as long as possible, or that every day is bad for you, but unfortunately that’s all just hearsay. Your curls won’t require the same care as someone else’s ultra-fine, super-straight locks.

If you’re struggling with scalp irritation, dandruff, clogged pores, and in extreme cases hair loss, you too may also not be washing your hair enough and thinking that by abstaining you’re doing the best thing you can for your head of hair.

Generally, Asian hair types and thick brunette hair get greasy pretty quickly so require washing more frequently whereas Afro-Caribbean hair and colored or heat-styled locks are drier so don’t tend to need as much. Your lifestyle also plays a factor when it comes to your hair washing requirements. If you use a lot of products to style your hair, participate in regular sweaty workouts or work in a polluted environment (on a building site or in a factory), your hair may require more washing.

Hormonal imbalances can have a big impact on the rate your hair needs a wash too. Imbalances can cause the sebaceous glands to work themselves into overdrive which is why greasy hair can become more common during pregnancy or menstruation. So yes, you might find you need to wash your hair more often at certain points during your period cycle or throughout pregnancy.

At Cel, we want to celebrate and champion hair and we look to science to support our products and our ethos. We think it’s time for a hair wash revolution! Below you’ll find a diverse range of hair types, and expert advice to match, on how many times a week you should be washing your hair.

How Often To Wash Your Hair: Do You Shampoo Or Condition First...? Find out below!

wavy hair

How Often Should I Was My Hair? Wavy/Loose Curls

Wash Hair: 2 to 3 times a week

If you wash this hair type too often it can become limp and heavy under all the excess oils. To maintain that healthy, desired volume but you have an oily scalp, wash every other day as necessary. However, if your scalp isn’t too oil-prone, try to stick to every two days.

fine hair

How Often Should I Wash My Hair? Flat & Fine

Wash Hair: every other day

Fine hair loves to show off grease and oil. Even if your hair isn’t that bad, it will still glimmer for all the world to see. Because of this characteristic in flat and fine hair, it’s tempting to wash every day but all this will do is strip the needed nutrients from the hair. Turn to dry shampoo on an interim day to help diminish any oil on the roots. 

curly hair

How Often Should I Wash My Hair? Coil

Wash Hair: conditioner only, 1 to 2 times a week

So, here you’re battling between two things: Dry ends vs. greasy roots. Unfortunately, it does make sense. Due to the tightness of the curl in the coil hair type, the naturally produced scalp oil can’t easily make its way down the entire hair strand. Every three days, try washing the hair with conditioner only (some people refer to this as a Co-Wash) and every two to three weeks bring back in the shampoo to remove any build-up.

thick hair

How Often Should I Wash My Hair? Thick

Wash me: 1 to 2 times a week

Did you know that the denser your hair follicles are, the better they are at hiding oil? Thick hair types don’t tend to generate as much excess oil, so you only need to be washing your hair one to two times a week. If you have an itchy or irritable scalp, look for tea tree oil in your shampoo as this will help reduce inflammation and keep your roots clean.

coloured hair

How Often Should I Wash My Hair? Damaged

Wash me: every 2 to 3 days

So you love to color, heat style, or chemically treat your hair? Unfortunately, when the hair experiences this, it roughens the cuticles which leave the locks brittle and dry. You urgently need a sulfate-free shampoo that encompasses lightweight oils and plant-based proteins (like Cel’s Microstem Shampoo & Conditioner), which will gently rehydrate the hair. Treat your hair once a week to a deeply nourishing hair mask like Cel’s Hair Thickening Mask which smoothes, strengthens, softens, and regenerates troubled tresses.

How To Wash Your Hair: The Rules For ALL Hair Types

Turn down the heat!

How hot are your showers? Maybe it’s time to turn down the heat because no matter what hair type you are, hot water can strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils that are there to moisturize and strengthen your hair. The cooler the water is that you wash with, the better condition your hair will be in afterward. A cold rinse can also help maximize shine too!

Avoid sulfates!

Check the bottle of your shampoo, and if you’re unsure: google it, stat. Sulfates are added by brands as foaming agents to form a luxurious lather, but it’s all a facade! Sulfates actually dry out the hair. These are extremely harsh chemicals and destroy all the naturally occurring nutrients and moisture that your hair needs! Cel’s Microstem Shampoo & Conditioner are both completely sulfate-free and suitable for all hair types. This popular pair strengthens each hair strand to prevent breakages and encourages high cell turnover to promote new hair growth. Give it a go!

Should I Was My Hair Everyday?

Washing hair everyday? Washing hair twice a day?

Stop. This will be stripping the hair and scalp of its natural oils and actually triggering the body to make and overproduce sebum and oil. In addition, your locks will start to thin out and weaken which can make it fall out! Yep, over washing can induce hair loss!

If you're hair is actually getting dirty and oily at a rate that requires washing that frequently, try reducing the amount you wash for 6-8 weeks and see if the scalp naturally stops producing so much oil. If not, check in with your doctor about the issue.

Do You Shampoo Or Condition First? How To Wash Your Hair...

How do you wash your hair? Well, here at Cel, this is the method we think is best for washing most hair types, other than coil (scroll back up for our advice on how to wash the coil hair type!): 

      • First, brush your hair through. This will help untangle and loosen dirt and dead skin cells. 
      • Then, make sure your shower's running at a lukewarm temperature. Water that’s too hot will open the hair cuticle and this will mean essential keratin proteins and your natural moisuturizing oils to escape your scalp and hair.
      • Shampoo twice. Your first shampooing will rid your scalp of dead skin cells and unwanted grime, and after a quick rinse, a second shampoo will help your capitalize on shine!
      • Massage and lather each shampoo round. Apply your shampoo directly to your scalp and massage thoroughly all over with your fingertips for several minutes. This is not only relaxing and ensuring a deep cleanse, but massage will stimulate your follicles to encourage more growth. 
      • Condition the ends only. Only apply conditioner to the driest part of your hair. Usually, this is the ends (Unless you have coil hair, so see our advice above!). Avoid putting conditioner on the roots.
      • Rinse thoroughly and gently. And keep that temperature of your water low so you don't damage or dry out the hair. 
      • Pat the hair dry. Preferably with a microfiber towel as the hair is it's most vulnerable when wet, pat drying protects it from unwanted damage or breakage. 

What About Not Washing Your Hair? How To Not Wash Your Hair...

So, you’re thinking about not washing your hair? You’ve heard about the “no-poo” trend and are starting to research alternatives?

Maybe you’re concerned about how much plastic you’re using, or you’re worried about product build-up restricting your hair growth or affecting its health? 

If it’s the latter, then perhaps a baking soda hair rinse is for you (more so if you have oily hair)! Baking soda hair rinses are touted as a great excess oil buster, and help restore the hair in shine and softness. But, that’s when it’s used in moderation...

Read more about Baking Soda Hair Rinses here

Final Thoughts On When To Wash Your Hair...

It’s time to get to know your hair and treat your tresses with the routine it deserves. Remember, everybody is different so trial and error will help you on your way to getting in the know on how your hair wants to be nourished. 

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