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An Expert Has Revealed How Often We Should Be Washing Our Hair Each Week

An Expert Has Revealed How Often We Should Be Washing Our Hair Each Week

Unless we've committed to a weekend of doing absolutely nothing but binge-watching Netflix, we can't stand the feeling of greasy hair.

Which is why it's difficult *not* to fall into the habit of washing our hair several times a week. So, how many times can we get away with it without causing too much damage?

An expert has revealed how often we should be washing our hair (Credit: Unsplash)
An expert has revealed how often we should be washing our hair (Credit: Unsplash)

According to experts, the longer you leave your hair in-between washes, the better. But with work, social lives and other priorities, this can often be tricky.

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Then there's the different hair types. Those with thinner hair will notice a faster build-up of oil, while thick hair can be *so* unmanageable when it's due a wash.

In order to strike a balance, Tyla has enlisted the help of hair expert, Tim Scott-Wright, founder of The Hair Surgery.

"How often someone should wash their hair is a much debated subject, but the longer you can leave your hair between washes, the better," Tim told us.

Heat is one of the biggest causes of damage (Credit: Unsplash)
Heat is one of the biggest causes of damage (Credit: Unsplash)
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"Firstly, a greater length of time between washes means that hair has the opportunity to build up its natural scalp oils which moisturise and protect your hair. Quite simply, it's your body's natural protection.

"Secondly, it'll mean that you are limiting the amount of damage done to your hair through styling. Intense heat from hairdryers and straighteners or tongs is one of the top reasons for damaged hair."

So how often is ideal? Well, according to Tim, twice a week is the sweet spot. And if you *really* struggle with a build-up of oil, Tim recommends reaching for a dry shampoo, before resorting to an extra wash.

"I would recommend washing your hair twice a week - this should be sufficient for most hair types," he continued.

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"Dry shampoos are fantastic for keeping your hair feeling manageable between washes. There are so many to choose from now that you are likely to find one that's right for you and your hair needs. Try this before reaching for the shampoo bottle."

Ask your hairdresser to recommend a shampoo and conditioner (Credit: Unsplash)
Ask your hairdresser to recommend a shampoo and conditioner (Credit: Unsplash)

If the thought of washing your hair just twice a week fills you with dread, there are a few other things you can do to minimise damage.

Tim recommends using cleansing conditioners (which don't strip the hair of its oils). "This type of product often makes you feel like you've gone through the motion of having your head under the shower and can be a great alternative to daily washing," he explains.

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"If you are washing your hair every day, try to use a really good shampoo and conditioner. Ask your hairdresser to prescribe one that is suitable for your hair type and lifestyle; this will help maintain your hair's condition."

When it comes to keeping a healthy hair of hair, heat is key.

"Finally where possible, try to let your hair dry naturally. Avoiding the heat from blow drying and especially straighteners is essential," said Tim.

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Remember, over-washing can produce more oil, so the *less* you wash, the less oily your hair will become.

Pass us the dry shampoo, we're determined to nail this...

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Hair and Beauty, Life News, Beauty

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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