How often do you wash your hair? Everyday? Every other? Once a week?
We all want to make sure our hair is nice and clean (especially if you have an event coming up or about to grab a drink with a special friend) but in case you didn't know, over-washing also can lead to dry, brittle hair or an irritated scalp.
Rather than over-washing so your hair feels squeaky clean (which it shouldn’t, your hair should always have some natural oil in it - if you want a nice sheen that is :) you may want to think about creating a hair regime that keeps your hair looking and feeling its best.
The frequency with which you wash your hair really depends on the season and the texture of your hair but identifying your ‘hair type’ goes a long way to picking the right products for your locks.
If you have coarse, wavy hair…
Make sure to use products that are sulfate-free and PH balanced so you won’t aggravate your bee-you-tee-full locks. That's right girlfriend, you don't want to over-strip the natural oils on your scalp b'cuz that's a sure fire way to give yourself dry, damaged hair.
Textured hair has a bunch of twists and turns throughout the shaft, making it hard for the oil to make its way down. You want to wash it less for two reasons: It doesn't get greasy quite so fast, and you don't want to strip it of any of the moisture and natural oils it needs to be healthy. A good rule of thumb to start is to wash once every 1-1.5 weeks.
With textured hair, it’s harder to get to your scalp, so try washing in 2-4 smaller sections and work them each one at a time. Be careful to only use your fingertips, scrubbing in circular motions, and not your nails to avoid scratching your scalp.
Using a great conditioner is super important to properly nurture coarse, wavy hair. Look for a moisturizing conditioner or a leave-in treatment to work into your regular hair regime.
On the other hand, if you have fine, thin, straight hair that's another story!
If your hair is fine, thin and straight you will likely want to wash your hair once a day.
The easiest way to explain that straight, finer textured hair get greasier faster is because the scalp’s natural sebum literally passes down through your hair strands more easily!!
If that is the case make sure to look for a gentle shampoo like our Matcha Mint Shampoo which contains ‘green’ ingredients designed to clean and nourish your hair at the same time.
Rather than using shampoo before conditioning, co-washing is a technique where you use your conditioner as your shampoo, working the product into your scalp to remove buildup and condition your roots.
No matter how great your conditioner is, it will never completely clean your scalp the way a shampoo would, so it’s still important to shampoo from time to time.
The perfect cadence will (of course) be different for everyone, but to start, try out shampooing somewhere between every other wash or once a month depending on how your hair feels.
Using a conditioner like our Hair Smoothie helps stimulate the scalp and improves blood circulation since it contains herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Or if your hair is super thin and/or fine you may want to shampoo afterwards.
Just make sure to not over condition your hair. If you see increased buildup in your roots then it’s a sign that you need to start using shampoo.
Everyone's hair is different. For me personally, I like to condition my scalp and hair shaft and then rinse with warm water before applying shampoo to clean my hair a bit more. I work the shampoo into my scalp and hair shafts and then use cold water to rinse which is also good stimulation for the scalp. I follow that up with conditioner again but only on the hair shafts and then do another warm rinse.
Do a scalp treatment
No matter what your hair type is, looking after your scalp health is key. Good hair starts with a healthy scalp so doing a scalp treatment every now and then plays a big role in growing healthier hair.
Here’s a great (and easy!) hair treatment that you can try at home using castor oil.
On days when I’m too busy to wash my hair, I use dry shampoo. This overnight dry shampoo by Kaia Naturals is my favourite. It’s effective in absorbing excess oil and leaves your hair looking fresh. Give it a try and let me know what you think!