How often should you shampoo?

How often should you shampoo?


We understand the perfect hair-wash schedule is often impossible! Wash your hair too much, and it can get dry and brittle. Don't wash it enough, and it can get oily, dirty and lifeless. It can be tricky to find the perfect middle ground, but we at Ethaircal have compiled all of our secrets, tips and tricks to spill in today’s blog post! 

We'll look at a few factors to consider, which in end will bottle down to a single solution!
1. What's your hair type?
You can generally categorise your hair type into 4 different categories.
  • Thick/Course hair tends to be dry on the ends and occasionally oily on the scalp if you aren't giving it a good clean
  • Fine hair tends to be limp and somewhat lifeless - so you may find it to gets oily really quick, forcing you to wash it more often.
  • Curly hair tends to be on the dry side, so can go longer without washing, while straight hair may require more frequent washing. 
  • Finer hair but lots of it - dependent on weather and daily activities you've got the luxury of choosing when to wash it.


2. What's your lifestyle and activity like?

Here's something that not many people factor in: the amount of activity in your day to day life. Do you gym? Run? Workout? Have a physically demanding job that causes you to sweat? Unfortunately, the more active you are, the more often you should wash your hair. The reason is pretty simple: sweat piles up, clogs your pores and dirties your scalp and roots faster. 
3. So? How often should you shampoo?
Well, generally speaking, according to most, dry hair types require shampooing a maximum of two times a week, while oily hair types may require washing on a daily basis. If you have normal hair and don’t suffer from dryness or oiliness, you have the luxury of washing your hair whenever you feel like you need to.
Hair that's thicker and curlier can go without a wash for longer than hair that is fine. This is because the oils in your scalp don't travel down the hair shaft as quickly as it does in finer hair strands.
4. The Universal Solution
If it's too difficult to figure out all these factors that influence frequency, you'll probably rejoice to know that there is an average recommendation! If you wash your hair once every 2-3 days, you should be just fine!
In actual fact, the less you wash your hair, the more it trains itself to adapt to less washing. 
When your hair realises it isn't being stripped from its natural oils it produces less oil - which brings me to my next point... What's in your shampoo?!? 
Certain ingredients found commonly in shampoo and conditioner can cause more damage, more dryness or oiliness and create higher maintenance for your hair... 
We'll leave that for another blog post shall we?

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