How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Most people wash their hair on a daily basis, but this is a relatively new concept according to an article on Discovery Health. In the 1950’s women often went to the hairdresser once a week to have their hair washed and styled. Before that, many people went even longer between shampoos, back at the turn of the 20th century, washing your hair once a month was the norm, until 1908 when an advice column in the New York Times suggested that washing your hair twice a month was okay. Some people, such as the singer Adele, prefer to use shampoo only once every couple of months, rinsing their hair with water in between.

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    Sebaceous glands secrete oils that are natural moisturizers and help to waterproof your skin and hair. Shampooing your hair washes away these oils, which may cause drying of your scalp and hair. On the other hand, too much of these oils can also cause a problem by clogging hair follicles and causing acne. But since each person is different, the amount of oils secreted and the texture of hair vary widely, how often you wash your hair depends on your body and hair type.  


    How often you wash your hair is often a personal preference. Some women prefer to wash their hair only once a twice a week because it is easier to style. Others find that washing their hair on a daily basis causes over-drying and makes their hair brittle. For those with curly hair, washing every day can cause curls to be limp, so washing less often and using moisturizer in between may work better.


    Many dermatologists agree that shampooing your hair on a daily basis isn’t necessary, anywhere from a few times a week to once a week is probably enough. For those with thick, long or curly hair, shampooing once a week is usually all that is needed. You may want to skip a day or two to see if your hair is more manageable, easier to style or just looks better in between washings.


    On days that you don’t shampoo, talcum powder or baking soda can be to help absorb some of the natural oils. Sprinkle on your hair, blot the excess and then comb out.




    “Adele Does What With Her Hair?!” 2012, April 2, Carly Cadelline, Cosmopolitan Magazine


    “How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?” Date Unknown, Josh Clark, Discovery Fit & Health

Published On: October 16, 2012