One of the many questions I ask my new clients is …
“How often are you washing your hair?”
I would say on average, the answer is usually every 2-3 days. There are a few that wash it everyday, and some wash it once a week.
Let me begin with saying, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. It really depends on the type of hair you have.
Do keep in mind though, the more you wash your hair, you are slightly changing your hair color with every wash!
Here’s a little history of my own hair. I have fine, straight hair, but a good amount of it (it can hold a curl for 2-3 days), BUT my scalp can be VERY oily. I used to wash and dry my hair everyday because of the amount of oil that would build up over a few hours of drying it.
As I started my career in the hair industry, I started to experiment with different routines, and products that worked best for me.
I am currently using “Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, Kenra Clarifying Shampoo, & Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner”. I’ll start out with the clarifying shampoo to remove all the buildup in my hair from the last few days, and then wash it again with the hydrate shampoo. I let the conditioner sit in as long as I can (between 5-7 minutes), and comb it through with a wide tooth comb. Immediately after the shower, I put my hair in a towel for 5 minutes (without brushing it), and when I take it down I use “R + Co Salt Spray” generously throughout my hair, following a loose messy bun. I will leave it in the messy bun for about 30-45 minutes and then let it down.
Again, this is just MY haircare routine. I personally like a messy look, plus this technique avoids the hot tools which I am a fan of.
Now, moving forward I’ll touch base on a few different hair textures and some techniques and tips that I find might be useful for you.
For those of you washing your hair 4-5 times a week…
You are most likely washing it everyday because you feel “dirty” if you don’t. Rather then actually shampooing it everyday, try every other day, and the days in between, just wet it in the shower and skip the shampoo. If your hair is a little on the dry end, just wet it and use a little conditioner on the ends to re-hydrate. Truth is, your stripping your hair of its natural oils when washing it everyday, which can eventually cause a lot of dryness and possibly breakage throughout your hair.
If you feel like your hair is a little on the oily side…
You should probably be using some type of volumizing shampoo, these type of shampoos have less oily/heavy ingredients in them to allow your hair to have some body to it without weighing it down.
Only use the conditioner on your ends, I usually tell my clients to put their hair in a imaginary pony tail and start the conditioner there, and whatever is left over on your hands (which is hardly anything), run it through the top of your hair.
For those of you washing your hair 1-2 times a week….
Make sure your washing your hair well enough, sometimes if you don’t wash it twice, you’ll have a residue left in your hair due to the left over product that didn’t get washed out all the way. This usually happens to my clients with thick, heavy hair. It’s a JOB washing your hair when you have so much of it, which is a good problem I might add, but it’s definitely not a cute look when you just washed and styled your hair but it still looks oily because you didn’t wash it thoroughly enough.
Even if you do have thick hair, do not start out putting the conditioner on your scalp and moving it to the ends, start out on the ends and whatever is left over run through your scalp.
For those of you who have a dry/ itchy scalp
Sometimes you don’t want to mention anything to your stylist because your embarrassed you may have “dandruff”, which 90% of the time is just a dry scalp. It’s nothing to be ashamed of! I would say 70% of my clients have scalp issues. This can be caused by a number of things weather, stress, products, and possibly diet.
When dealing with scalp issues, I always recommend “Tea Tree Oil”. Whether you actually purchase the oil itself and mix it with your shampoo, or purchase products that contain it in the ingredients, tea tree aids in any type of scalp issue. My favorite is “Paul Mitchell’s” Tea Tree line. It has a nice tingly feeling to it, which is relieving to the scalp.
Again, these are just some of my own experiences, and some tips I’ve learned the last few years in dealing with all types of hair. If you have any tips, advice, or even products you would like to shout out, please comment below, you never know when you might be helping someone else out!
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for some more hair tips & tricks!
Hair by Brie xo