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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

One of the biggest questions lately when it comes to the topic of hair, is how often to wash it. It’s a difficult question to answer as it can be completely personal! The most general is simplified answer would be, to try and wash it as least as possible.

Benefits of Not Washing Your Hair Daily

g7MNDPP3TyS8WnRNJkQ1_DSCF0623There are many benefits across the board that can come when adapting the habit of less shampoos. Starting with the health of your hair. It can be dramatically improved when the shampoos are cut down. Typical shampoos can be stripping and damaging to not only your hair, but your scalp as well. The natural oils that help protect and nourish your scalp and lead to healthy hair shafts are removed by shampoos, which leaves you with not only an unhealthy scalp, but dry, limp and damaged hair. Also, replacing the oils with synthetic materials, that weigh down you hair and add damage. Benefits from cutting back in shampoos can be reflected in the health of your hair and scalp but also into your wallet! With a cut back on washes, means a cut back in the amount of shampoo you use, as well as the amount of water used during your shower. Your hair color will also stay longer and look fresher, which means less money spent on upkeep.

Alternative Solutions

Now don’t expect to be walking around with dirty greasy hair. No one wants that! The best thing to do when wanting to stretch your time between shampoos is being proactive. Dry shampoo and product is one of the key components to keeping hair cleaner longer. Having dry shampoo in your hair to combat the oil once it is produced helps to leave your hair looking clean and fresh. Another way is learning the best way to style your hair on the “dirty days”. Braids, buns and headbands are all cute ways to style your hair, but learning the best way to deal with 2nd or 3rd day hair will also take time and practice.

Where Do I Start?

So, what are the beginner steps to take when you find yourself trying to cut back on your shampoos? The best thing to know is that it will take time. A nice way to think of this process is that you will be “training you hair”. By washing your hair frequently, you are telling it that excess oil need to be made daily because it it getting removed too often from daily shampoos. It is a revolving cycle that will take some time to break, but you can do it! Baby steps need to be made for the first couple months. However once you have your hair “trained” you will rep all the benefits and rewards! If you find yourself washing it every day, just try to start washing it ever other day and move on from there.

The stylists and staff at Alex’s Salon & Blow Dry are completely knowledgeable on the best ways to keeping your hair healthy and happy! Whether it’s suggesting the right dry shampoo or great ways to style 2nd or 3rd day hair, Alex’s Salon is happy to help you cut down on your shampoos. Contact us today to learn more!


Alex's Salon

11 W De La Guerra St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Located in Paseo Nuevo across from the Paseo Nuevo Cinema

Call: (805) 845-8849


Tues - Sat: 10 am to 7 pm
Sun-Mon: Closed

After hours appointments available for special ocassions.