"It’s Fine To Go A Few Days Without Shampooing" Said By Hair Experts

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Deanna Rivera in Health & Wealth

Last updated: 29 February 2020, 03:39 GMT

How often should you wash your hair?  According to experts, there’s no single answer to how often people should shampoo, the longer you leave your hair in-between washes, the better. But it also comes down to personal preference.

Says Alli Webb, professional hair stylist and founder of Drybar.

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“I have always said, ‘It’s fine to go a few days without shampooing,’”

She added:

“For hair that’s normal in terms of oiliness and medium weight, I sometimes tell my clients to go as long as they can without shampooing.”

In order to strike a balance, Tim Scott-Wright, founder of The Hair Surgery gives his guidance:

"How often someone should wash their hair is a much-debated subject, but the longer you can leave your hair between washes, the better,"

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"Firstly, a greater length of time between washes means that hair has the opportunity to build up its natural scalp oils which moisturize and protect your hair. Quite simply, it's your body's natural protection.

He also added

"Secondly, it'll mean that you are limiting the amount of damage done to your hair through styling. Intense heat from hairdryers and straighteners or tongs is one of the top reasons for damaged hair."

According to Tim, twice a week is the ideal;

"I would recommend washing your hair twice a week - this should be sufficient for most hair types,"

And if you really struggle with a build up oil, he recommends using dry shampoo and cleansing conditioners.

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"Dry shampoos are fantastic for keeping your hair feeling manageable between washes. There are so many to choose from now that you are likely to find one that's right for you and your hair needs. Try this before reaching for the shampoo bottle. If the thought of washing your hair just twice a week fills you with dread, there are a few other things you can do to minimize damage.”

He also said that:

"This type of product often makes you feel like you've gone through the motion of having your head under the shower and can be a great alternative to daily washing," he explains.

He continued:

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"If you are washing your hair every day, try to use a really good shampoo and conditioner. Ask your hairdresser to prescribe one that is suitable for your hair type and lifestyle; this will help maintain your hair's condition."

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Staying under the sun for too long or often use of blow drier can also damage our hair.

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"Finally, where possible, try to let your hair dry naturally. Avoiding the heat from blow drying and especially straighteners is essential,"

Remember, over-washing can trap more oil so if you do it too frequently, you may dry your hair out. The less you wash, the less oily your hair will become.

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