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How often should you wash your hair? Hair care, tailored to you

How often should you wash your hair? Hair care, tailored to you

Some questions are more complicated than they seem... 'How often should I wash my hair?' is one of those questions. There are the little things to think about, such as the weather, where you live and how often you use straighteners, as well as the more obvious points like your hair's natural texture and thickness. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you and simplified things: so without further ado, here's our guide to how often to wash hair, tailored to you. 

  • If you have: Fine, oily hair.
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    If you have: Fine, oily hair.

    Thick hair can more easily hide and absorb oil (or sebum), so if you have fine, oily hair, you might feel like washing it more. But your scalp needs those oils to stay healthy and washing too often strips them away, leaving your hair and scalp too dry. Instead of daily washing, try cleansing four times a week using Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. If you feel like you need a refresh between washes, try our Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo

  • If you have: Colored hair.
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    If you have: Colored hair.

    Spent hours in the salon getting your signature hair color, then stepped into the shower and watched it wash away? It's a universal hazard of coloring. To help keep color vibrant, try adding an extra day into your hair cleansing routine – so if you usually wash it every 2-3 days, make it every 3-4 instead.  And if you don't already, give products designed especially to care for colored hair a go, like Dove Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Need help between washes? Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo will give your hair a refresh, without water

  • If you have: Regularly styled hair.
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    If you have: Regularly styled hair.

    We love styling tools but if the straighteners or curling irons are a regular part of your hair routine, washing it less often could help minimize that heat damage. Instead of blow-drying and styling all over again, which can cause more damage to hair, try to replace a wash with refreshing products like Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo. And when it does come to heat-styling, protect your hair with a spritz of Dove Style+Care Thermal Replenishment Spray before blow drying

  • If you have: Sun-damaged hair.
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    If you have: Sun-damaged hair.

    There's no better feeling than the sun shining down on you – but it means your hair needs protection, especially if you live in a hot place. The sun's rays can cause damage so you don't want to dry your hair out even further with too much washing. Keep cleansing to a maximum of three times a week and add Dove Intensive Repair Mask into your routine once or twice a week for a boost of hair nourishment

  • If you have: Curly hair.
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    If you have: Curly hair.

    Curly hair is a tricky one to answer – it really comes down to you. Washing your curls every day can be pretty drying so it's best to keep it to 2-3 times a week (or less). It's all about figuring out what works for your hair – down to finding the right shampoo designed to keep your curls defined, like Dove Absolute Curls Shampoo and Conditioner 

  • If you have: City hair.
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    If you have: City hair.

    Trains, planes and automobiles: if you live in the city, you'll know it can be harsh on your hair. That urban environment tends to leave your hair feeling less than fresh, so washing it more often to get rid of pollution is a good idea. Just make sure to use cleansing products that will leave your hair moisturized as well as clean. Infused with micellar water, Dove Purify & Strengthen Shampoo and Conditioner will cleanse and nourish hair in one

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