The frequency with which hair should be washed differs from person to person and with the varying needs of their hair and scalp – with some people requiring hair washing every other day and others who should wait a week or more between hair washing.
Oily scalps can tolerate and should receive hair washing with more regularity. Regardless of hair type, if your scalp leans toward the drier side, you should wash your hair less frequently.
If you have no skin conditions affecting your scalp, some good rules of thumb to follow as it relates to hair washing are to wash your hair when your scalp starts to feel itchy, as well as when your hair looks like it could use washing. Dandruff sighting is a good indicator that hair may need a good wash. Exercise to the point of heating up and sweating can also increase the amount of hair washing required.
When washing your hair, you should keep in mind that while oils travel at differ rates down the hair shafts of different types of hair, oils tend to reside closer to the scalp. So, if your hair is longer, you may want to wash around your head, leaving those ends alone – to soak up more necessary oils and nutrients.
For the best hair washing results, you also want to make certain you use the right products for your particular scalp and hair. For instance, if you have dandruff, a dandruff shampoo might be a good idea; if your hair ends are dry, a deep conditioner on those ends is recommended, as is using shampoos and conditioners for your specific hair texture – whether it be curly, straight, thick or thin…you get the idea.
As with anything in life, moderation is key and finding a perfect balance can be a wonderful thing!