Are you someone who washes your hair every day, or are you team every other day? And most importantly, which side is right? In today's post, we will explain all you need to know about the correct frequency at which you should be cleansing your locks. Come find out!
To understand better the proper way to care for your hair, first, we need to discuss one crucial component: the scalp.
The scalp corresponds to our hair root. It is responsible for sebum production – the same substance produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin – a natural oil that keeps the capillary structure hydrated and protected, even from external agents.
Similarly to our skin, excessive sebum production can leave the hair looking oily. Does this mean I must avoid oily hair by lathering it every single day? No, that's not really it. Let us explain.
THE TRUTH ABOUT WASHING YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY
Hair-washing frequency can vary from person to person. And that's because numerous factors contribute to the specific number of washes you need. For example, shower temperature, scalp health, the structure of the strands, the amount of sweat produced, and so on.
Think about your skin: if it is dry, it requires different care than oily skin, given that they have different characteristics and structures. The same goes for the hair.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD WASH MY HAIR EVERY DAY?
People with a tendency towards oily hair might need to wash it more frequently in order to remove excess oil from the scalp. On the other hand, those with dry hair will benefit from spacing out that routine, preserving the natural hydration.
LIFESTYLE AND PHYSICAL EXERCISES
If you practice regular physical activities, you will likely need to wash your hair more often because of the presence of sweat. Health professionals may also need to stick to a daily regimen due to being constantly exposed to viruses, bacteria, and other pathogenic agents.
THEN WHAT HAPPENS IF I WASH IT EVERY DAY?
Washing your locks daily will not necessarily be harmful. Some steps, however, are essential. Remember, hot water and aggressive products can weaken hair follicles. Pay attention to the following damage your hair can suffer if not appropriately cared for:
- Dryness: Hot water can remove natural hair oils, leaving it dry and dull
- Itchy or irritated scalp: Chemical substances in more aggressive hair products can irritate the sensitive scalp area.
- Hair breakage and weakening: After some time, repeatedly handling wet hair can weaken or break the strands.
HOW TO WASH MY HAIR EVERY DAY WITHOUT DAMAGING THE STRANDS
1. CHOOSE A GENTLE SHAMPOO
Opt for a formula free of aggressive ingredients such as sulfates and parabens. We at Simple have a 100% natural Solid Shampoo bar line suitable for all hair types.
- Solid All Shampoo - for all hair types;
- Solid Control Shampoo - for oily hair;
- Solid Balance Shampoo - for dry hair;
- Solid Detox Shampoo - deep cleansing for all hair types.
2. USE COLD OR WARM WATER
Again, hot water can be very damaging to your hair. It takes away natural oils and promotes dryness. Stick to warm or cold showers, especially if washing it daily.
3. HYDRATE AND CONDITION IT
After lathering it with shampoo and rinsing it off, make sure you use the ideal conditioner for your hair type to rehydrate.
- Solid All Condicionador - for all hair types;
- Solid Balance Condicionador - for dry hair.
4. AVOID EXCESS HEAT
Ok, we know how hard this can be during winter. But you should always try and reduce the use of appliances like hair dryers, flat irons, or curly irons to avoid hair breakage.
5. HAIR NUTRITION
Caring for the scalp is important so the hair grows strong and healthy. Pataua Oil (soon available in the US) is a great natural and organic option to strengthen the scalp. It works as a capillary toner, strengthening both the strands and scalp, increasing shine and softness, and helping treat and prevent dandruff and seborrhea.
Washing your hair daily is not necessarily harmful, as long as you know your hair's qualities and needs and take due care not to harm it.