Here’s a rough guide for how often you should wash your hair:
Everyday: If you use high-street brand gel, wax, styling clay or other sticky styling products, you need to wash your hair everyday – I explain why this is later in the article.
1 – 14 days: If you don’t use leave-in styling products like gel you can wash your hair as little as once every two weeks. However, keep an eye on your scalp. If it gets shiny and greasy wash your scalp to keep the pores clear.
1 – 7 days: If you want to use styling products like gel you can wash your hair less frequently providing you use natural styling products that do not clog the scalps pores.
Styling products made from 100% natural ingredients can be rinsed out with water quite easily, meaning you can avoid the harsh chemicals found in all the popular shampoos. Again, if you follow this method, keep an eye on your scalp to make sure it’s not getting greasy or shiny.
What is the ideal approach for preventing hair loss?
In an ideal world you would not use any styling products. However if you really wanted to use styling products, you should only use natural styling products that contain nutrients that feed your hair. If you follow this ideal approach you could follow these simple rules:
- Non-greasy hair and no styling products used: Wash every 3 – 14 days
- Greasy hair and no styling products used: Wash every 1 – 3 days.
- Non-greasy hair and natural styling products used: Wash every 1 – 7 days
- Greasy hair and natural styling products used: Wash every 1 – 2 days
Of course if you’re adding styling products to your hair you should rinse these out before bed to prevent them from getting rubbed into your scalp and clogging your pores.
The most important rule to follow is to never let grease and styling products build up on your scalp – this can cause the pores to become blocked, preventing hair growth.