How Often Should you Really Wash your Hair

We’ve all been through our bad hair days and it affects not just our physical appearance but our moods for the day as well.

That’s why we make efforts in caring for our hair and wash it every day using high-end hair care products.

However, experts say that washing our hair too often can be counterproductive and may cause additional damage rather than repairing it.

The question is, how often should you really wash your hair? Well, it depends on several factors including the oil content of your hair, the color, and the type.

All of these factors must be taken into consideration if you want good hair days in the future. This list will tell you how often you should wash your hair depending on your hair type. There are some practical recommendations as well. Keep reading to find out more.

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If You Have Silky Straight Hair

The most common type of hair is the silky straight hair that you often see in commercials and advertisements. If you have that ultra-fine and flat hair type, then you can wash your hair every other day.

One thing is true for people who have straight silky hair. Their hair is oily and greasy, more so than any other hair type. The oils and grease show even if it isn’t ‘that’ greasy. Yes, it’ll be tempting to wash your hair every day, but it’ll end up being stripped out of all the essential oils.

Instead, try a shampoo for oily hair. These shampoos can blast your roots and provide extra strength. You can do this every other day so that your hair can maintain its essential oils without producing too much of them.

If You Have Thick Coarse Hair

Thick and coarse hair usually takes days or weeks to get oily. This means that you can only wash your hair every 4 to 7 days, or once or twice a week. Denser and coarser hair disguises oils better than silky straight hairs, making the hair less oily.

If your scalp is prone to dryness and itchiness, you can use a shampoo with pore-clearing and inflammation-healing ingredients. This will clean your roots without being stripped, and it also avoids the formation of dandruff.

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If You Have Wavy or Curly Hair

If you’re blessed with wavy or curly hair, the recommendation is to wash your hair twice or thrice a week. Using too much shampoo can weigh down the curls by giving it too much oil and grease. You can also use some curl-defining shampoos while washing your hair to maintain the compactness of your curls.

Also, to keep the definition and volume of your curls, you can wash your hair every other day using a sulfate-free shampoo. These products are formulated with lightweight moisturizers which are helpful for oil-prone scalps and normal scalps.

If You Have Damaged Hair

Your hair can be prone to damage due to hairstyling, coloring, heat drying, and other chemical methods that can deteriorate the structure of the hair. These methods can damage the hair cuticles, leaving your hair dry, frizzy, brittle, and lifeless.

To prevent damage, it’s recommended to wash your hair twice or thrice a week. You can use some sulfate-free shampoo which can help build proteins in your hair. Also, plant-based formulations of these shampoos are proven to be effective to gently cleanse your hair without stripping it of essential oils.

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If You Have Oily Hair

Regardless of whether the air is humid or not, some of us have naturally greasy hairs and it’s very tempting to wash it every day. The recommendation is to wash your oily hair every other day to avoid drying out the scalp and preventing it from producing more oil.

Same as with the other hair types, it’s best to use some sulfate-free shampoo to avoid extra damage and clean up your hair gently. The sulfates in the shampoo can leave your hair dry and brittle by stripping off its essential oils.


There is no ultimate recommendation on how often you should really wash your hair. Some hair types need extra work while some others require minimal effort.

The key is to determine the type of hair you have and assess if the products you use can cause damage. Select your shampoo carefully and wash your hair as often as recommended.

No need to go to a high-end salon when you can use these handy tips at home based on your hair type. Now, wash your hair with care and cheers for many more good hair days to come!

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.

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