In Which We Share The Merits Of Rarely Washing Your Hair

When the Styleite team saw a tweet from Vogue‘s Lauren Santo Domingo that read: “I honestly can’t remember the last time I washed my own hair…”, we were all sort of shocked. Only our grandmothers don’t wash their own hair!  How impractical! How annoying! But that led to a much more interesting conversation about how often we wash our hair.

I wash mine twice a week, and so does Styleite EIC Verena. This is something we feel strongly about! And you should too! Let us count the reasons:

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the more you wash your hair, the oilier it gets. Why? Because excessive shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils, and your scalp overcompensates by producing even more sebum to replace what’s been washed away. This is why people who wash their hair every day say they need to — their hair does in fact get way more oily than everyone else’s. And it’s their own fault.

Yes, you can train your hair! Are you a slave to the daily shampoo, caught up in the cycle of hair that gets oily by the end of the night? Fear not. All you need to do is start spacing out your shampoo schedule. If you usually wash your hair every day, begin by skipping every other shampoo for a week, and then by getting yourself on an every-three-days (or whatever you feel most comfortable with — some types of hair only need to be washed once a week!) schedule the next week. Painless!

Dry shampoo is a thing that exists. If your hair is feeling oily, a spray or two of the stuff will soak that excess oil right up. This is especially applicable if you’re in the hair training stage, or want to squeeze an extra day between shampoos. (I use the Oscar Blandi one.)

If you wash your hair every day, you’re also probably subjecting it to a lot more heat damage than you should. Washing your hair twice a week means blowdrying it twice a week max, as opposed to undergoing daily blowdrys. If you’re a flatiron user like myself, less frequent shampooing also means less frequent ironing, which is a very good thing.

Washing your hair twice a week is not gross. It is not gross because it does not preclude you from showering whenever the hell you want. Shower caps, people! They work! That being said, if you do things that make you sweat excessively (like take Bikram yoga classes or walk around New York City in the middle of July), some extra shampooing might be necessary.

So, how often do you wash your hair? Have any great hair care tips? Let us know in the comments!

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