Here’s How Often You Should Actually Be Washing Your Hair

The question of how often we should be washing our hair is one that has always remained a mystery. In summer, it’s hard to resist washing it at least every other day and yet we know that this strips our hair of its natural oils and causes our dyed hair to fade quicker.

Even with dry shampoo and a bag of hair ties, it’s hard to know exactly how long we are supposed to postpone wash day. Fortunately, we may finally have an answer. According to hair experts, we should be aiming to wash our hair no more than every 2-3 days.

“Washing your hair too often is drying and damaging. Many shampoos contain harsh chemicals like sulphates that are used to create lather”, Adir Abergel, Celebrity Hairstylist and Virtue Creative Director told Glamour.

Of course, different hair types require different types of care. Still, 2-3 days is the general rule of thumb for most people.

“Generally speaking, thick brunette and Asian hair types tend to get greasy quite quickly and should be washed more regularly – maybe around 3+ times a week,” Jake Wanstall from Jo Hansford said. “Whereas coloured, over-processed, textured or Afro-Caribbean type hair tends to be drier and can go longer without being washed (eg. 1+ times a week).”

So that’s that mystery solved.