How Often Do You Need to Wash Your Hair?

by Viviscal Hair Expert on September 2nd, 2015
How often is really needed to wash hair

The truth about how often you should wash your hair is controversial. As science has uncovered the negative effects of certain chemicals often included in shampoos, hair washing has become vilified. Certainly, over-washing with the wrong products can damage hair, but is it bad to wash your hair everyday, period?

How often do you wash your hair? It is commonly accepted that washing your hair everyday can be damaging, yet countless people still do it! The truth is that there is no 11th commandment for how often to wash hair. Only one thing’s for sure: the number is not universal.

Everybody has a different skin and hair type. Whether or not it is healthy to wash your hair everyday depends on your unique biological makeup. Each of your hair follicles is flanked by sebaceous glands. This is where the natural oils originate that moisturize your hair. Those of us with oilier skin are more likely to have a higher level of sebum production. The accumulation of this natural moisturizing oil can lead to greasy-looking hair. This article illustrates the biology of the hair follicle.

Sebum has its benefits in acting as a natural moisturizer, but for many the greasiness can get out of hand. Anyone who has been picked on in high school as a hormonal teenager knows that producing too much sebum can make you miserable. However, should you wash your hair everyday just to make your hair look better?

The reality is that there are people who produce more sebum than others, and daily washing will not adversely affect their hair. For example, people of different ethnicities have very different hair washing requirements. This expert explains that coarse, tightly curled hair may need to be washed less often, as it is more difficult for oil to travel down the whole length of the hair.

So how often do you wash your hair? Whether you wash daily or bi-weekly depends on your body, but it is important to always use a gentle shampoo. Many widely used products contain irritating foaming agents (SLS/SLES) or excessive amounts of detergent, which can affect your scalp and strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to become dry, brittle and lackluster. Viviscal Gentle Shampoo is completely free from SLS/SLES, mineral oils, parabens, artificial colors or artificial fragrances. It is kinder to your scalp and helps to provide a fantastic environment for healthy hair growth.

Aside from choosing a specialist shampoo and moisturizing conditioner, it is important to remember the cornerstone of healthy hair growth: nutrition.

Healthy hair growth originates from within the body, and is fueled by a host of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Ensuring that your body has the right balance of these important ingredients can help to keep that healthy shine and bounce in your gorgeous locks. Rather than radically altering your diet, you can simply use Viviscal Extra Strength, which has been specifically designed to nourish hair from within.