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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Rutuja Jathar
How often do you believe you should you wash your hair? This is something very important, and not given much thought my most people.
Having healthy hair and maintaining it is not a given in today's world. Pollution, busy lifestyle, poor diet and stress are the culprits to the unimaginable damage caused to our hair. If not given proper and timely attention, this damage can become irreversible.
Well, there are a few things a person can do for the long life of hair by washing them on a regular basis. There are many commercial hair care products that can be very useful for hair care.
Nevertheless, there is a lot of confusion regarding the number of times one must wash the hair. Well, to be frank, one can wash his/her hair for as many times as he likes and as per convenience. There is no limit to that. But when talking about the health of the hair, there comes several restrictions on the frequency.

Factors to Be Considered

Everyone wants to have great looking hair that possess natural shine and color. Keeping both these things intact requires several efforts. Hair wash is one of the basic efforts that a person has to take to maintain its health. How often actually depends upon two basic things that need to be evaluated.

Hair Type

The type of hair determines the frequency of washing it. If you have oily or thick hair, wash it daily. But if you have dry or thin hair, you can wash it only twice a week. For normal hair, wash it every alternate day. Remember, applying a conditioner to your hair before and after washing is equally important.


This is an important deciding factor. Those who work in dry and air conditioned places must wash their hair twice a week with proper conditioning. If your workplace makes the hair oily and dusty, then you must wash them on alternate days. If you do exercises causing sweating, then you wash your hair daily. For mild exercises, you can wash it every other day.

Useful Tips

Apart from lifestyle and hair type, there are certain other things that need to be considered too. Men are not much conscious about washing their hair too often. But, they do need to take as much precautions as women. Not only the number of times but the washing procedure and after care also play a vital role in hair care.
Right type, right quantity of hair care products and massaging the hair with coconut or almond oil before head wash is vital. Oiling hair for a night, washing it the next day and applying a hair conditioner is beneficial. Using excessive shampoos amounts to damage the hair.


  • How often should you wash your hair with shampoo?
    Washing the hair with shampoo depends upon the ingredients in the shampoo and the amount that you use each time. Be sure not to use too much of shampoo. This way, any quality shampoo can leave its negative effects on your hair.
  • How often should you wash your hair with a perm?
    First rule of perm is to not wash the hair for next 24 hours after getting the perm done. You can wash it twice a week using a good shampoo and conditioner.

  • How often should to wash the hair extensions?
    You can wash them after every 5 to 6 times you use them and also wash them after exercising and swimming.
Also, washing African-American hair is not a big issue, and it depends on the sort of hairstyle that one is sporting and the time in hand. You can wash it once a week, but if the hairstyle is complex, then it will require more time to clean it.