How Often Should You Really Be Washing Your Hair?

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Most of us know that we shouldn’t be washing our hair daily. But how often should you really be washing it?

Factors to Consider for Your Hair

While we wish we had a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, it’s unfortunately not that straight forward. There are a variety of factors that can impact how often you should be washing your hair. We’re sharing the factors that can influence how often you should be washing, as well as tips on when to wash.

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Activity Level

If you are more on the active side, you’ll want to wash your hair more frequently because you accumulate more sweat on your hair and scalp. If you want to push your hair washing to the next day, rinsing hair with water can remove sweat while still protecting your hair’s natural oils. And when you do wash your hair, a good foaming shampoo, like the Solutions by Great Clips Clarifying Shampoo, is great for thoroughly cleaning the scalp after a workout.


Environmental factors, particularly the weather, can impact your hair more than you would think. A good rule of thumb is less washing in the winter, more in the summer. In the summer, spending more time outside means that your hair is more exposed to the elements, and sweat and dirt can build up more easily. In the winter, you want to wash your hair less frequently to prevent stripping your hair of the moisture that it needs in the colder months. Use a moisturizing shampoo in the winter.

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Is your hair thick? Thin? Somewhere in the middle? Thickness plays a large role in determining how often you should be washing your hair. People with thinner hair need to wash more frequently, as thin hair tends to noticeably accumulate oil faster than thicker hair. If your hair is on the thicker side, you could benefit by going a few days without washing. 

Hair Type

Having curly or straight hair can also impact how often you should be washing your hair. Curly hair tends to be more dry than straight hair due to its coarseness. People with straight hair can often benefit from washing more frequently to eliminate visible oil. People with curly hair should opt for less washing but continue to include moisturizing products in their hair care routines, like the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint products.

Chemical Treatments

Do you dye your hair? If so, you may want to space out your washes. Less washing will help keep your hair color vibrant and allow you to get touch ups less frequently! When washing, consider using a color protection shampoo and conditioner, like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner. A color protection shampoo will help maintain vibrancy and combat color fade on chemically treated hair while still giving your strands a great cleanse.

Hair Products that Can Help You Out

As you start to wash your hair less frequently, don't forget about dry shampoo! It can help keep your hair looking refreshed between washes. If your hair is feeling dry or frizzy, use a hydrating leave-in conditioner on your ends to add moisture. 
You know your hair best - if your hair is feeling greasy, dirty or making you uncomfortable, give it a good wash! 

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