Shampooing your hair every day?
Some people obsess over their hair, others don’t exactly care too much about it, so the answer to this question depends on who you’re asking.
If we dig a bit deeper and acknowledge the fact that every individual is different, general rules, sadly, can’t apply to everyone.
Before we get to the bottom of this issue, we should take a quick look at some of the factors that influence this question… Should I shampoo my hair every day? Benefits, drawbacks, and best practices.
Oil in your hair works both ways
First and foremost, let’s get rid of the notion that ‘greasy’ hair is a bad thing by default. Although it may not look aesthetically pleasing to some (although a good bunch of people rocks it just fine), oily hair offers a variety of benefits too.
Namely, we naturally attract and house healthy bacteria in our hair that are helping our scalp remain healthy, preventing all sorts of skin-related diseases.
Every time we set out to wash our hair, we eliminate a large group of bacteria; some reproduce almost instantly, some are replaced by the ones that can actually cause a bit of harm.
Understanding your hair’s microbiome
The most important thing here is to be cognizant of your microbiome – the bacteria types that are inhabiting your hair. The healthiness of it ranges from perfect to terribly ill – both extremes are very rare, though.
A healthy microbiome is often taken for granted, as you won’t actually ‘feel’ the bacteria doing all the hard work. When its health level starts to deteriorate, we start experiencing irritation around the scalp area (which typically happens in a sporadic fashion). Redesigning your hair-washing cycle by a day or two could work miracles to help this issue in most cases.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t leave your microbiome’s health unobserved. Take active steps to search for better-quality shampoos (preferably ones with mainly natural ingredients) to promote its well-being. There is a lot of selection available for organic products and with a simple online search, you should find sulfate-free paraben-free and silicon-free products such as the Iles Formula Shampoo, which contains rich antioxidants and natural oils that protect both scalp and hair.
Washing actually dries your hair
From a standpoint of shallow ‘black & white’ logic, most people would assume that washing their hair would moisturize it in the long run simply based on the fact that water is wet. This can’t be further from the truth.
Jumping back to the talk we had about hair’s microbiome, healthy bacteria types are actually responsible for moisturizing it. In simplest words, bacteria treat every strand of our hair as homes, tending to our scalp and keeping ‘intruders’ away.
With every hair-washing process, especially using a commercial shampoo with sulfates not only do we eliminate some of these bacteria, but we also remove the oil that was needed to keep it sparkly and shiny. The more frequent you wash it, the slower the oil will be able to build up, which inevitably leads to dry hair followed by damaged and split ends.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should make the gap as big as possible – if you happen to notice that your hair is drying up, switch to a different shampoo and delay the washing for at least a day in comparison to your average cycle.
Pick the right shampoo
Shampoos can be classified as light-duty and heavy-duty. Lighter ones feature fewer ingredients (which are mainly chemicals), so they may not smell as intensely or as great, but they’re far healthier to use. Heavier shampoos are sprinkled with all kinds of fragrances, leaving your hair with a stunningly beautiful smell for days on end, but they exact a heavy price.
Shampoo models that are often advertised as ‘natural’ are typically light-duty shampoos that feature special ingredients, which are better suited for trapping excess oils and residue, leaving the necessary amount intact. This is another reason why using products like the Iles Formula Shampoo is perfect, as its lack of parabens and sulfates ensures the right amount of oils and unwanted build-up is removed.
Hair type and washing habits
Length, thickness, volume, genetics, and habits all play their roles when it comes to the health of your hair. It would be best if we described these parameters as positive factors that increase the time gap, and vice versa.
Long hair requires a bit less maintenance than shorter types; thick hair doesn’t need daily washing; you can’t really influence your DNA, but you can break some of the bad habits you have and introduce a set of brand-new ones to your lifestyle.
For instance, dyed hair is by default more damaged and shouldn’t be washed as frequently; people who’ve had a habit of washing their hair multiple times each day (for a period of time) should add a couple of days in the aforementioned time gap between washing.
Scalp massages actually work
Just as our body requires massaging and reconditioning after extensive physical activity, our scalp is no different. It requires equal attention to ensure your hair’s health is maintained, HairGuard helps you do this in their comprehensive guide to massage hair correctly.
Obviously, you shouldn’t use it too often, so it would be ideal if you combined it with old-fashioned scalp massages whenever possible. Another way you can condition and massage your scalp is by using the Iles Formula Spa Pack, it has multiple products and hair accessories to make it easier to apply. For example, this pack features a vitamin-infused cocktail of raw ingredients in the hair mask, and I suggest smother it not only on the hair but the scalp and massage away!
There are too many factors in the way of answering our question, so a blank, a general recommendation wouldn’t reliably help. The best way to determine when you should wash your hair is to listen to your body’s needs as opposed to relying on visual cues. If it starts itching or has a sebum smell lingering use a good shampoo, that’s essentially all there is to it. We hope that this brief guide was useful to you and that you’ve learned something new about hair-washing habits. If you want to read more on how to maintain luscious, strong, and healthy hair visit Iles Formula’s Journal page which gives you the latest on tips and trends as well as any product guidance.
Stay safe, guys!
Article by guest writer: Lorena Ramsey