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It seems everybody has a different opinion on how often you should be washing your hair. It’s a question  our stylists are frequently asked when clients visit the salon. The answer is slightly more complicated than we’d like it to be. Factors such as lifestyle, weather and skin type will all effect how well your hair  and scalp retain their cleanliness.

The root of the problem

Firstly, it is important to remember that the skin all over your body goes through the same process. Glands in the skin produce an oily substance called Sebum which is vitally important in keeping hair moist,

How much sebum is produced varies greatly from person to person and hormonal factors, genetics and age will all affect sebum production.

How much washing is right for you?

The only thing that can be guaranteed is that NOBODY should be washing their hair every day. Washing too often can in fact be counter productive.  If you wash away the sebum too often you won’t allow the oil to do its important job of moistening the skin and hair. The scalp will quickly dry out and produce more sebum to compensate for this. Therefor leaving you will oilier hair than when you started. Not ideal.

There are 3 important factors to consider when determining how often you should be washing your hair.

1. Skin type

Skin is generally classified from Very oily to Very dry with normal being somewhere in between. The general rule is that the more oily your hair is the more often you will need to wash it. Normal hair will probably only need to be washed once or twice a week.

2. Hair texture

Hair texture will affect how quickly sebum nourishes the hair. The more coarse or curly hair is, the longer it takes so those with this texture hair  should hold off on washing. On the other hand, sebum works very quickly through fine hair and will need to be washed more often. The trick is assessing where you fit on the texture scale.

3. Styling

As you will know, colouring, sunshine and over styling your hair will dry it out. The use of a good conditioning product and less washing will help your body to overcome this by using your bodies natural sebum.

We think 1 in 3

Our best advise is to aim for once every 3 days. This may seem tough to do at first if you’re used to an everyday scrub, but after about two weeks on the new schedule, you’ll find yourself with hair that looks healthy and isn’t too greasy, and subsequently with a lot more free time.

We recommend Kerastase Bain Divalent shampoo as the best calming shampoo for oily hair.

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