You may find that you can go days on end (even a full week) without washing your strands or that you need to reach for a shampoo daily to keep oily roots at bay. If you’re in the latter camp, it may have you envious of your friends who can prolong the time between their shampoos—and wondering if you’re on the right wash schedule. How often should you wash your hair? This is an essential haircare question, and one we want to help you sort out. Ahead, we answer popular queries like, "How many times a week should you wash your hair?" and break down the basics of how to wash your hair.
Is It Bad To Wash Your Hair Every Day?
Chances are, you’d like to keep your hair happy and healthy-looking. When taking this and the hair-washing frequency dilemma into account, you may be wondering if it’s harmful to wash your hair daily or if that’s even what you’re supposed to do. Rest assured, washing your hair every day isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it’s actually a must for some hair types. With that said, if it isn’t right for you, overwashing could dry out your hair. Read on for an explanation of which hair types should and shouldn’t wash their hair every day.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
If you find yourself asking, "How often should I wash my hair?" there are a few factors you’ll want to consider. First, your hair type can play a significant role. Other factors that affect your ideal washing schedule include your age, hair length, and lifestyle.
Factor #1. Hair Type
Your hair type and texture can affect how quickly your hair’s natural oils can make their way from your roots to your ends. Those with a curly texture tend to have drier hair than those with smooth, straight hair. This is because the oil needs to travel along corkscrew-shaped strands instead of in a straight line.I Those with oily hair can tolerate washing their hair daily, whereas someone with drier hair probably requires washing less often in order to give natural oils time to moisturize their strands. It’s also a good idea to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that won’t strip the hair of oils. Amino Acid Shampoo is formulated with coconut oil and amino acids to cleanse and soften hair while helping to add volume. Use it in conjunction with Amino Acid Conditioner. While gentle products are ideal for dry hair, this duo is suitable for all hair types.
Factor #2. Age
As you age, your skin and hair both become drier. This is because your hormone levels are typically higher at a younger age, which prompts the oil glands to be more active.I If you find your hair is becoming drier as the years go by, consider washing your strands less often. You can also switch to a system of haircare products formulated for dry hair, like our Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo and Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Conditioner. The moisturizing combo helps nourish and hydrate your hair thanks to cleansing formulas with olive fruit oil, avocado oil, and lemon oil.
Alternatively, Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo is formulated with argan oil and babassu oil, and it gently cleanses without stripping hair of its natural oils. Use it with Smoothing Oil-Infused Conditioner to help polish and soften your strands.
Factor #3. Hair Length
The same way curly hair can make it more difficult for natural oils to reach the ends of your strands, the length of your hair can also play a role. Think about it: The longer your hair is, the more time it will take for those natural oils to travel from roots to ends. So, if you have a longer mane, you can probably get away with washing it less frequently.I
Factor #4. Lifestyle
If you’re someone who loves to exercise, you may find yourself itching to wash your hair daily. But washing your hair after sweating at the gym isn’t always necessary.I Your hair type and how oily it gets can help you determine how often to wash your hair. Even if you frequent the gym, try to stick to your regular washing routine, whether that’s three times per week or once a week.
3 Tips To Keep In Mind For Your Haircare Routine
Now that you know some of the factors that can impact how often you may want to wash your strands, here are haircare tips to keep in mind when you do wash:
#1. Use Shampoo Formulated For Your Hair Type
After hopping in the shower, reach for a bottle of shampoo made for your hair type. Lather and rinse, making sure to follow the directions on the shampoo you’re using. You can use one of the options we mentioned above or try one of the following formulas based on your needs.
Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo: This strengthening shampoo contains moringa tree oil and is uniquely formulated for very dry and damaged hair depleted by physical stressors like chemical processing and heat styling. Use it with Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Conditioner.
Rice & Wheat Volumizing Shampoo: If you have fine, flat, or oily hair, this shampoo is a great option. It’s infused with lightweight proteins and rice bran oil, which help add body and fullness while gently cleansing. Pair it with Rice & Wheat Volumizing Conditioning Rinse.
Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo: For those with color-treated hair, try this color-protecting shampoo. It’s formulated with sunflower oil and apricot oil, along with a blend of vitamins B3, B5, and B6. Best of all, this gentle shampoo has a UV-protective filter to help defend hair color from the sun’s damaging effects. Use it for vibrant, healthy-looking hair. Be sure to also use its counterpart, Sunflower Color Preserving Conditioner.
#2. Follow With Conditioner
For the best results, use a conditioner that’s designed to work with your shampoo. You can also use one suitable for all hair types, like Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133, which is formulated with hydrolyzed soy and wheat protein. It is a great option for those with dry, curly hair that needs an extra boost of hydration. Apply your conditioner, let it sit (usually for about two minutes, but you can follow the directions on the product you’re using), then rinse with lukewarm water.
KCR Tip: Certain conditioners can also double as a leave-in conditioner. Try applying the Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133 after rinsing more extra nourishment.
#3. Use a Hair Treatment
Replenish moisture and show your strands some TLC with a hair mask or treatment. Keep in mind, most masks aren’t meant for everyday use; typically, once or twice a week will suffice.
Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Reparative Hair Mask: This moisturizing hair mask is enriched with olive and avocado oils. It’s formulated for hair that has been weakened by overexposure to the sun or excessive heat styling.
Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Hair Mask: This hair mask for color-treated hair has a UV-protective filter and contains sunflower and apricot oils. The efficacious product helps protect hair to extend its vibrancy and boost shine and manageability.
Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-in Treatment: Our treatment for damaged hair targets hair’s weak spots to help reinforce and smooth strands. Apply it daily to help strengthen dry, depleted hair over time for a shiny, lustrous appearance.
Next: Find The Right Conditioner For Your Hair Type, so you can customize your haircare routine based on your needs.
I. "The dirty truth about washing your hair." Cleveland Clinic. 2018.