How often to wash hair? 8 hair-washing questions answered
Wondering how often should you wash your hair? Or maybe you’ve been asking yourself whether you really need to shampoo twice? We share answers to these, and other important hair-washing questions we’ve all had at some point.
How often should you wash your hair?
It’s all about hair type – if your hair isn’t particularly oily or really dry, 2-3 times a week should be enough. Oily hair? You might need to wash it daily. If you have thick, curly or dry hair, then weekly should be fine
How to wash your hair properly
The first thing you should do is select a shampoo and conditioner that matches your hair type. Do you have oily or limp hair? Perhaps dry hair, itchy scalp or dandruff? Maybe your hair is damaged or colour treated…once you’ve found the right formula, you can start washing.
If you want to know how to wash your hair properly, use these steps as a guide for optimal results.
Step 1: Wet your hair. Make sure you wet all your hair with warm water.
Step 2: Apply. Dispense a quarter-sized amount to your palm; adjust for longer hair.
Step 3: Distribute. Make sure all your strands are covered with shampoo.
Step 4: Work. Massage the shampoo into your scalp, using gentle circular movements. Be sure not to scratch it with your fingernails. Do this for about 1 minute for short hair and 2 to 3 minutes for medium to long hair.
Step 5: Rinse. Use cool water to calm your scalp and rinse all the way through to make sure all the shampoo is out.
Step 6: Condition. For best results follow up with a conditioner that complements your shampoo.
Step 7: Second rinse. Rinse out the conditioner with lukewarm water, making sure your hair is “squeaky” clean.
Do I need to shampoo twice?
If you’ve heard ‘lather, rinse, repeat’, you might be wondering whether there’s any truth in it. Well, knowing how often to shampoo your hair depends on your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or use plenty of styling products, doubling up on shampoo can help remove build-up. If you wash your hair almost daily, then shampooing just once is good practice – because too much shampooing could strip hair of its natural, protective oils, leaving it vulnerable to damage.
Does coloured hair need special products?
The short answer: yes, frequent colouring could cause damage, making hair look dry and dull. Dove Colour Protect Shampoo is specially formulated with Vibrant Colour Lock, keeping colour looking vibrant for longer.
What are 2 in 1 shampoos and do they condition effectively?
There are times when 2 in 1 shampoos are handy – like for washing hair at the gym or packing light for a holiday – but for everyday use they’re not ideal. They contain conditioning ingredients but their effectiveness doesn’t compare to a specifically formulated conditioner. For everyday use, you should care for hair with a conditioner like Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner. It nourishes hair to keep it tangle free, easy to style and protected from daily damage.
Do I need different shampoo and conditioner in summer and winter?
Like our skin, our hair requires different care when seasons and weather change (who knew?). During winter, hair can become dry and static; so try to wash hair with moisturizing products like Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo. Equally high heat and humidity in summer can damage your hair and hair style, look for the moisturizing products that gives heat and humidity protection.
Is there a way to extend time in between hair washes?
Sometimes we just can’t squeeze in that scheduled hair wash. Thankfully Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo brightens hair in between washes, absorbing excess oils and giving lift to roots. It instantly makes hair look clean and full of body.
Washing your hair every day, is this bad?
It’s possible. As mentioned before, washing your hair every day can potentially dry it out even more and strip your hair of its protective oils, specially if your shampoo uses harsh surfactants (a cleasing agents) and at higher level. Also, if you have oily hair, daily washing can make your hair produce more oil. However, if your hair falls limp before the workday is over, you may have to wash it with a light daily shampoo. Try Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo - it’s gentle enough for daily use and cleanses your hair without stripping it of its essential moisture. For optimal results and to keep hair moisturized after daily washing, follow up with Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner. If you want to extend the time between washing your hair, try Dove Volume Dry Shampoo to instantly refresh and revive your hair.