Daily shampooing is a discussion I frequently have with clients at my hair salon in Frome, so I thought it would be good to explain why I and some hairdressers recommend it, and why the health of your hair and scalp depend on it. Obviously I understand that it isn’t realistic for everyone to wash their hair daily due a busy lifestyle, their hair texture and length – this maybe so if you have very unruly, curly, coarse hard-to-control hair, most clients also point to the time then spent on styling their hair post shampooing and some find their hair is more manageble and looks better after a few days of not washing. It really is individual preference, but research and experience shows that frequent shampooing helps to maintain a healthy scalp and hair.
If daily shampooing isn’t possible, I would suggest every other day, or try using a scalp toner or dry shampoo with scalp benefits on the days in between to help keep your scalp and hair in better condition and to discourage the overgrowth of bacteria.
The most important thing is to choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture and needs.
These are the 3 common myths usually connected to people’s reluctance to wash their hair frequently: ‘Shampooing dries my hair’; ‘Shampooing makes my hair oily and dirtier’; ‘Frequent washing makes my hair fall out – if I washed it every day I’d have none left.’ Of course these myths are simply not true.
THE SIMPLE BENEFITS OF FREQUENT SHAMPOOING
Your hair and scalp visit the same places your face and it gets just as dirty. Clean hair reflects light better and so has a glossier and shinier finish.
A clean scalp encouarges your hair to grow at its optimum rate. Build-up of oils, dirt and sweat on your scalp can lead to dandruff and clogged follicles – both conditions which can affect your rate of hair growth and also your hair’s general appearance.
If you are already prone to dandruff and a flaky/itchy scalp, daily shampooing helps to remove the excess skin and clear up visible flakes. This is especially true if you use a shampoo specifically formulated to clear dandruff.
Shampooing hydrates your hair. It is in fact moisture (water), not oil, content that keeps your hair supple and elastic. ‘Natural oils’ on your scalp simply sit on top of your hair, but do not penetrate the cuticle or cortex.
Daily shampooing encourages the use of a daily conditioner, which will help keep your hair shiny and tangle free. Conditioning also smoothes your hairs’ cuticles, which helps to protect your cortex from damage and dryness.
Frequent shampooing removes unpleasant hair/scalp odour. If grease and sweat are left on your scalp for too long, bacteria starts to break them down and creates the equivalent of B.O. So take a look at what might help you speed up your daily routine when it comes to your hair, ask your hairdresser for tips on blow drying to make things easier.