How often should you wash your hair?

Washing your hair depends on various factors. For instance, if it is dirty, oily, or you have an itching scalp, washing is recommended, and with a shampoo. I cannot say there is a specific frequency for washing, but I mostly recommend twice or thrice in a week, especially exercisers who sweat.

What could washing your hair too much lead to?

Overwashing risks hair loss. It is worse if you use harsh chemicals for treatment that potentially make hair brittle and prone to breaking. Shampoos remove essential scalp oil, leaving it dry.

What’s the best way to gradually cut down washing your hair?

I tell my clients to gradually reduce hair washing if they think they overdo it. For example, I encourage them to start by skipping one wash every week or taking more time between washing days. Furthermore, use more favorable shampoos or opt for a different cleaning method. Please avoid the rush of switching from one option to the next. Slow is the key for your scalp and hair to adjust.

What about those who are more prone to grease?

If you are prone to grease hair, washing often is a no. Frequent washing will mainly strip off your hair’s natural sebum, and the body responds by releasing more sebum, which leaves you with more greasy hair. I also recommend applying the right conditioner and on the hair alone- avoid the scalp to prevent a flat hair appearance.

Good product recommendations – what ingredients should you watch out for with your shampoos/conditioners? (and ingredients not so good)

Passionfruit and rosemary shampoo

Shampoos with natural ingredients are the best for nourishing and strengthening hair. I love this product because it is made of rosemary and passion fruit extracts that cleanse, hydrate, and leave the hair shiny. It also has vitamin B12 for the scalp’s hydration.

Davines oi shampoo

This product contains beta-carotene filled with antioxidants that increase melanin production in hair. Applying it makes your hair hydrated, silky, and shiny. It is sulphate free, thus safe from hair stripping and breakouts. It also lacks other harmful ingredients like parabens and preservatives that can harm your hair.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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