How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

As you have likely heard or read, this is a widely debated issue. The good news is that the varying opinions put forward by dermatologists and hairstylists are neither right nor wrong. It simply means there are many options out there, and not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Shampoo today is no longer just shampoo, so you need to ensure you’re using the right one for you.

In most cases, it usually comes down to personal preference, and it might not be as often as you think. As most of us have discovered, it’s generally fine to go a few days, or more 😉, without washing your hair.

Let your hairstylist help evaluate your hair type and suggest options. Medium hair with normal oiliness is usually the best candidate for going a while without washing. In fact, less frequent shampooing can offer this hair type a more luscious look and feel.

Shampoo Basics

The scalp produces an oil called sebum. Its purpose is to condition your hair and keep it healthy and shiny. Shampoo is an emulsifier which is used to capture and trap excess oil, dirt, and hair product residue. When you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, it carries all these with it.

But how to choose the RIGHT shampoo?  There are just so many options! Clarifying, volumising, smoothing, for color treated hair… The main thing to remember is that a shampoo has to be for your hair type. Essential Haircare from Davines, a range of 9 products, is sure to have one for you. Learn more about Davines.

Who Should Shampoo Daily?

Every day washing is ideal for people who exercise a lot, work in dusty conditions, those with a naturally oily scalp, or with fine hair which can easily get weighed down. The thicker your hair is and the less oily your scalp, the less you need to shampoo. Dry or curly hair? Yes, you should definitely wash less frequently. See our previous post on Curly hair maintenance.

There is no universal recommendation, but the average person can generally get away with washing every 2 to 3 days.

In-Between Options

Recent innovations have offered us new products to help care for your hair and keep you looking awesome between washes.

  • Dry shampoos work to absorb oil. They freshen hair while giving you a boost of volume at the roots. You can also use dry shampoo as a maintenance step to preserve your look. A good choice: Hair Refresher from Davines
  • Conditioners, sometimes called “co-wash” are a great option, too. Essentially, it’s using conditioners instead of shampoo to cleanse your hair.

Whatever option you choose, do what you and your hairstylist feel is right for you, so you can have healthy and great-looking hair every day!


How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?