How often should you wash your hair?
In the men’s grooming guide, if there is such a thing, listing one section surely polarizes more than others – especially, for example, washing your face or applying sunscreen, which do part of a good hygiene routine. I’m talking about washing your hair; giving it the classic punch: shampoo and conditioner.
Experts, officially and self-proclaimed, are divided on how many days per week you should wash your clothes. Hair obsessed people have also come up with their own guidelines. With some washing their hair morning and night and others skipping the shampoo every shower, subscribing to a proven rule seems impossible. And resources online are chock-full of the most manageable tips that everyone and their moms seem afraid to mention: How often you wash your hair really depends on too many criteria to say there is only one solution. universal. However, there are general guidelines for most hair types and some scalp conditions.
If you have fine textured hair shampoo every day.
If you have medium textured hair, shampoo every other day.
If you have thicker hair or curly hair textures, do not leave more than 3 days between washes.
(Want to know what type of hair you have? Put a single strand between two fingers. Is it there but you can’t feel it exactly? It’s fine. There and you can feel it? Medium. There and pronounced ? Thick. Yes, this is a short test, but you get the gist of it. Settling on wavy, curly, or straight hair is a little easier.)
Anabel Kingsley, trichology consultant at Philip Kingsley, is well aware of this seemingly endless debate. (A trichologist, for those who don’t know, specializes in the care and maintenance of human hair and scalp.) She also points out that those who engage in it should switch from “washing the hair” to ” scalp cleansing “. which, according to her, is the main focus when putting your hair under the shower head.
Shocking, right? Maybe not if you have a masters degree in men’s grooming. But, for the other guys, including me, this is all useful information. And there are plenty. Kingsley offers answers to all of your pressing questions below.
Wait a second. Shampoos are not concentrated on the hair?
“The object of the game when you shampoo is to clean your scalp, which is a living tissue. Any lather that will run through your strands will be enough to clean them. The shampoo cleans the scalp by removing dust, dirt. , sebum and sweat. Conditioner is then used to moisturize the hair, smoothing the cuticle. “
How often should you shampoo?
“Your scalp is the support system for your hair. Frequent shampooing keeps your scalp clean and healthy, which is very important for the health of your hair. I recommend people with fine textured hair shampoo every day. This is because people with thinner hair have more sebaceous glands on their scalp and therefore their hair becomes oily more quickly. If you have medium textured hair, try shampooing every other day. Ideally, coarser, curly hair textures should not leave more than 3 days between washes.
“However, it also depends on what you do to your hair after washing it. If you have to heat the style with every shampoo, the damage from styling can outweigh the good of cleaning. find a balance. “
Can you wash yourself too often?
“Shampoos are formulated to effectively cleanse the scalp. This is their goal. So if it doesn’t do its job, it’s not a well-formulated shampoo or it’s not suitable for your hair texture.
“All shampoos that have been formulated correctly for your hair texture should be gentle enough for intended daily use. If it is stripper, it is not well formulated or does not match your hair texture. . “
What about the “no poo” method?
The context: There is a whole subset of the hair wearer who thinks that modern shampoos do more damage than they are good. Kingsley and I don’t necessarily agree with a 360-degree ban on hair cleaning products, but there are certain chemicals to avoid in most common shampoos. (See: SLES, SLS, parabens, sodium chloride, alcohols, and a whole list of others.) It’s not that shampoos are inherently bad, but rather not mild enough.
“If you don’t clean your scalp frequently, excess oil, dirt, pollution and dead skin cells can build up. This can clog the pores on your scalp and cause pimples to form. A buildup of dead skin cells can also cause itching, irritation, and noticeable dander, while excessive levels of oils on your scalp can disrupt your scalp’s microbiome. “
Should I wash in hot or cold water?
“Use lukewarm water when rinsing. Cold rinses can be invigorating, but they don’t make your hair shinier. They also do not close the hair cuticle; the conditioner does. Cold water constricts the blood capillaries in your scalp, which provide vital hair growth. nutrients to each follicle, which can negatively impact your hair. ”
What should people with dry scalps do?
“A true dry scalp is actually very rare and is most often dandruff. Dandruff occurs when their scalp’s microbiome becomes imbalanced. Yeasts live naturally on our scalp and usually don’t cause any problems. ‘a certain species of yeast called Malassezia yeast proliferate, this can cause the skin cells to divide too quickly, resulting in telltale flakes and itching.Malassezia yeast thrives in an oily environment and is therefore likely to overgrow if you wash infrequently or have naturally oily skin. scalp. “
Do you have to wash the product each time you use it?
“The product can also build up on the hair and often shampoo alone is not enough to cut and reveal the hair’s natural shine and shine. [Vitamin C] dissolves impurities on and under the surface of the hair cuticle for cleaner, lighter hair. “