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How often to wash hair? 6 hair-washing questions answered

  • 1
    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. 

  • 2
    Do I need to shampoo twice?

    If you’ve heard of ‘lather, rinse, repeat’, you might be wondering whether there’s any truth in it. Well, it all 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

  • 3
    Does coloured hair need special products?

    The short answer: yes, frequent colouring could cause damage, making hair look dry and dull. So it's always best to use products specially designed to nourish coloured hair

  • 4
    What are 2in1 shampoos and do they condition effectively?

    There are times when 2in1 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 Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner. It nourishes hair to keep it tangle free, easy to style and protected from daily damage

  • 5
    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?). Hair can suffer in the summer sunshine. To avoid split ends, look for products that give all-important UV protection to help minimise damage from the sun. Help to care for damaged hair with a repairing product like Dove Intense Repair Shampoo

  • 6
    Is there a way to extend time in between hair washes?

    Sometimes we just can’t squeeze in that scheduled hair wash. Thankfully a good dry shampoo brightens hair in between washes, absorbing excess oils and giving lift to roots. Your hair should look instantly clean and full of body