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How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

When it comes to washing your hair, you might think getting the best products is the most vital factor regarding hair health. However, the best products in the world will not matter if you do not wash your hair with the right frequency.

How often should you wash your hair? Every other day? Every day? Once a week? Every two weeks? We have all asked ourselves this question at one time or another as we struggle to achieve the best possible style while maintaining a healthy head of hair.

You may think you need to do it daily, but it depends on several factors. Read on to learn more about what determines the frequency of hair washing.

How Often You Should Wash Your Hair: Understanding the Factors

Here are some factors that influence your hair-washing frequency.

Hair Type

Factors Influencing the Frequency of Hair Wash - Hair Type

There are several different hair types, and your type can dictate how often you should wash your hair. You may have wavy, straight, coily, or curly hair

In general, people with straight hair need to wash their hair more frequently than those with more texture in their hair. 

Those with coily hair only need to wash their hair once a week to avoid stripping it of oils. 

Oil Level

In addition to having different hair types, people can have a range of oil levels, or sebum levels, in their hair.

Some people only produce a little oil, while others produce much more oil. If you have a lot of oil in your hair, you may want to wash your hair more frequently. 

Season and Climate

Where you live and when can have an impact on how often you should wash your hair. If the season or climate is warm, you will likely sweat more and need to wash your hair more. Humid locales also often require more hair washing. 


Factors Influencing the Frequency of Hair Wash - Hair Length

Longer hair can often get dry near the ends. As a result, you do not want to wash those dry ends directly. Instead, focus on cleaning the roots.

You can also go longer between washes and help properly moisturize your hair ends by brushing regularly. Shorter hair may require more frequent washings.  


Over time, we produce less oil on our skin and hair. As a result, older people do not need to wash their hair as frequently as when they were younger. 


People who use many styling products in their hair may need to wash their hair more often than those who do not.

Certain products can also build up on your scalp or irritate your scalp, causing the need for more cleaning or scalp-specific cleaning treatments. 

Activity level

If you are very active, you may sweat a lot, and more sweat may mean more washing your hair. Besides exercise, a few other things can make your hair sweaty. Wearing a hat can make your hair more sweaty.  

Who Should Wash Their Hair Daily?

Who Should Wash Their Hair Daily?

In general, most people should avoid washing their hair every day. Frequent hair washing can dry out the hair and scalp. As a result, your hair may incur damage, and its appearance may suffer. 

The only people who should wash their hair daily are those with fine hair, those who live in a humid climate, and those who exercise daily. You may also need to wash your hair more frequently if you have dandruff or other conditions. 

If you already wash your hair daily, consider going for a few days without shampooing. Taking a break can allow you to better gauge how oily your hair is and lead you to understand proper care. 

Who Should Wash Their Hair Less Frequently?

Many people are likely washing their hair too frequently. Those with thicker, curly, or dry hair can go longer between washes. You can also wash your hair less if you live somewhere dry or do not exercise often. 

Most people only need to wash their hair every two to three days. Those with coily or textured hair should leave at least a week between hair washings.

You can also gauge when you need to wash your hair by its appearance. Visible oil, flaking, visible dirt, and an itchy scalp are all signs that it is past time for you to wash your hair. 

What Are the Signs that You’re Washing Too Often?

Signs that You’re Washing Hair Too Often

There are a few ways that you can tell that you need to wash your hair less frequently. Excessive hair washing can lead to dry hair that breaks easily and a dry and itchy scalp.

These issues can lead to further issues, such as hair loss. Certain ingredients in your shampoo and hair products can exacerbate these problems. 

Avoid shampoos and hair products with harmful ingredients such as ketoconazole, sulfates, zinc pyrithione, parabens, denatured alcohols, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, and phthalates. 

For healthy hair, choose products with good ingredients and look out for signs that you are washing too much.

Alternatives to Hair Washing

Alternatives to Hair Washing

Transitioning to washing your hair fewer times can be tough since it can take your hair a while to adjust to a different washing schedule.

Until that adjustment occurs, your hair may feel like extra oil, and you may want some ways to help your hair feel cleaner without washing. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways that you can help your clean hair last longer between washes. 


Brushing and combing in between washes is a great way to distribute the oils throughout your hair. As a result, your roots will be less oily, and your ends will be less dry.  

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is an easy way to help your hair look fresh between washes. This product absorbs excess oils from your scalp and provides volume


Rather than using shampoo, co-washing only involves the use of conditioner. With this method, you wash your hair as you would with shampoo, but you use conditioner instead. 

Natural Washing Methods

If you still want to wash your hair fairly regularly but want to avoid shampoos, there are several ways to wash your hair without shampoo. There are countless natural remedies, including apple cider vinegar, baking soda, clay, lemon juice, and coconut oil

Washing your hair too much can lead to damage, dryness, and other difficulties. Washing too rarely may cause dandruff and other issues. However, if you get to know your hair and its needs, you can determine exactly how frequently you should be washing your hair. 


Here are some common questions about washing your hair.

How long is too long without washing hair?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the person. In general, more than a week is too long to go without washing your hair. However, you should get to know your hair so you know what signs to look for. 

Your hair may be in desperate need of a wash if you have build-up in your scalp. If your hair is tangly, it feels oily, you experience dandruff, and your hair texture feels odd, wash it. 

How many times in a week you should wash your hair?

If your textured hair type permits, you can wash your hair only once a week. However, those with thinner hair or more active lifestyles should wash their hair more frequently. They may wash their hair twice or three times per week. 

Will using shampoo daily damage my hair?

While shampooing your hair daily can lead to some damage, there are ways to protect your hair with the right products if you must wash your hair daily.

Looking for shampoos free of harmful chemicals, such as sulfates, is a good way to protect your hair.  It is not shampooing alone that can lead to hair damage.

All elements of hair care can impact its health. For best results, do not dry your hair too vigorously, only brush your hair when dry, avoid hot styling tools whenever possible, and do not frequently tie your hair too tight.  

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