Is washing hair every day good for hair health?
Two experts weigh in on the topic....
As menial as it sounds, there is always a doubt if one should opt for a daily hair wash daily or not. Gone are the days when washing hair was only a weekend-to-weekend task; some experts now recommend washing it every day. However, the controversy on the topic arose when a few hair masters stood against it. If washing hair frequently removes oil buildup, not washing it preserves scalp’s natural oils. For clarity, we ask two experienced hairstylists to share their views on this.
“Given the lifestyle and environmental aggressors we are surrounded by, there are several conditions which require washing hair every day. If the hair texture is thin and fine, strands get greasy quickly. That’s because oil from the scalp travels down to the locks and gives them an oily appearance. For a grease-free look, washing it daily is recommended. Also, working out and sweating daily can lead to excess oil build-up on the scalp, which can cause skin problems. In this case, too, it’s a good idea to wash hair every day. No doubt that daily shampooing removes healthy oil, however, an excessively oily scalp can eventually cause seborrhea, a condition that leaves the scalp itchy and scaly. Just like those who sweat every day at the gym, living in a humid climate can also lead to excess oil build-up on the scalp. Shampooing removes dead skin cells that would otherwise clump up and fall off (also known as dandruff). It is true for some that shampooing too often can lead to a dry scalp, causing dandruff, but if the scalp feels itchy, a head wash can help remove those dead cells and clear out flakes. Removal of dead skin and hair follicles also stimulates hair growth. Deciding to wash your hair more often can let the hair grow in length. At the end of the day, only you have to live with the hair on your head. And if you like it best when it’s washed daily, then by all means, wash it. ‘We wash our bodies every day and clean our teeth twice a day, why should hair be any different? With all the pollution and fumes from cars, daily shampooing and conditioning is ideal,’ says Marilyn Sherlock, Chairman of the Institute of Trichologists.”
Creative Hair stylist and Educator “There could be a thousand reasons given to wash hair daily, but the fact that it’s not as healthy for tresses can’t be ignored. It’s true that too much oil isn’t necessarily a good thing, but some natural oil is essential to the health of your hair. Overwashing can strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it drier and more prone to breakage. To preserve and prolong the life of the colour, the best way is to wash hair less frequently. In fact, it is also the best way to restore shine to your hair and preserve its lustre. Washing hair every day does not allow enough time for the hair to replenish its natural oils. The result? Dry, brittle hair and split ends. The fix? Try washing your hair every other day instead. Every day washing can take away the oil buildup, but overwashing can cause the scalp to become drier, and therefore produce more oil to compensate. Finally, a fun fact: dirty hair is easier to style, and who doesn’t like their hair to be styled well? Pin-straight hair cannot hold a hairstyle for long and dirty hair can be the solution!”