Let's talk about something we all do but might not fully understand - washing our hair. It seems simple enough, right? You lather, rinse and repeat. But wait, how often should you be doing that? And what happens if you're washing your hair too much or not enough? What is double-washing and is it right for me?
We've all been there, looking in the mirror, wondering if it's time to wash our hair or if we can stretch one more day. Should you reach for the Dry Shampoo? And, if so, what’s that mean for my hair? It's a common dilemma that so many people struggle with, but don't worry - we're here to help! This post is going to delve deep into the world of hair washing, debunk some common misconceptions and give you the lowdown on creating a hair wash schedule that works for YOU!
Hair Washing: The Myths and The Reality
First things first, let's bust a myth that's been floating around for what feels like forever: you need to wash your hair every day. Nope, not true! Tim Abney, Neuma Global Vice President of Education, explains in Bydrie.com’s article, “Effects of Hair Washing,” that "sticking to a consistent wash, treat and condition regimen is crucial to have the best hair days possible. I’m not a fan of over-washing the hair because this leads to drying the hair and scalp out and, in many cases, can lead your scalp to overproduce oil, making your hairstyle (especially volume) not last as long. The fact that your scalp itches or is flaking isn’t always a sign that you need to wash. Often, a dry, itchy and flaky scalp can indicate that you’re shampooing too often.” So, in conclusion, washing your hair every day might be doing more harm than good! Eek.
Instead, the frequency of hair washing is unique to each person because so much of it depends on various factors such as hair type, lifestyle, activity level and even weather. It's not a one-size-fits-all answer but a personalized ritual that should be adapted to your hair type and lifestyle! For instance, someone with fine hair might need to wash their hair more often than someone with curly or oily hair. And doesn't your hair behave differently in the scorching summer heat compared to the chilly winter months? The humidity of the summer versus the dryness of winter? In hot and humid climates, you may need to wash your hair more frequently to deal with excess sweat and oil production. On the other hand, in colder, drier climates, over-washing can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Each season/weather condition brings its own set of challenges, and your hair-washing routine may need to adjust accordingly.
Creating a Hair Wash Schedule That Works for You
So, how often SHOULD you wash your hair? Good question! We're glad you asked. According to Tim, "Let your hair and scalp tell you when it’s time to wash, not just because it’s become a habit. You will absolutely know when it’s time to wash because your scalp will look and feel sluggish and dull, and your hair will not hold onto your style for the whole day."
He recommends rinsing and conditioning every day but shampooing only once or twice per week. This approach will allow your scalp to self-regulate and get back to a normal sebum production rhythm, keeping your scalp naturally moisturized and enabling your hairstyle to last much longer. Think of it as giving your scalp a mini vacation!
And remember, you know your hair better than anyone else. Don't be swayed by popular trends or what seems to work for others. Experiment, adjust and find what works best for you. After all, it's your hair, your rules.
2 Is Better Than 1: The Art of Double Washing
Sometimes a double wash is necessary, especially if it's been a while since your last wash. In such cases, Tim recommends using a detoxifying shampoo like Re Neu Shampoo for the first wash. This product is like a spa treatment in a bottle—it gently exfoliates and detoxifies the surface of your hair and scalp without stripping the natural moisture barrier.
You can then follow your Re Neu Shampoo cleanse with a more texture-specific wash for your targeted needs, perhaps Neu Moisture Shampoo or Neu Volume Shampoo. If your hair is left a little dry after a double wash, Abney recommends Neu Moisture Masque, which deeply hydrates and nourishes from the scalp to ends to keep hair at its most flexible. Our range of products is designed to cater to different hair types and needs, so whether you have curly hair that needs extra hydration or fine hair that craves volume, we've got you covered!
Maintaining Hair and Scalp Health
On the flip side, not washing your hair enough can lead to suffocated hair follicles and heavy, lifeless strands. It's like your hair is gasping for air! In an InStyle article titled “What Can Happen if You Don’t Wash Your Hair Enough?” Tim notes, “over time, the scalp will become dull and sluggish, which could adversely affect healthy hair growth because the surface of the scalp can become significantly clogged or smothered. You could also develop quite a bit of buildup which can eventually lead to your hair and scalp having an undesired odor and appearance.”
To maintain optimum hair and scalp health, Tim recommends a weekly three-step routine of using Re Neu Shampoo, following it with Neu Moisture Masque and finishing the in-shower experience with Neu Volume Conditioner. This approach delivers incredible results by keeping the scalp gently exfoliated and detoxified to ensure there's no lingering buildup. The Neu Moisture Masque deeply hydrates and nourishes your hair from scalp to ends to keep hair at its most flexible, allowing you to maintain your style even longer.
Wrapping It Up
Creating a hair wash schedule that works for you is crucial for maintaining healthy locks and scalp. By understanding your hair type, listening to your hair and scalp and using the right products, you can create your own routine in no time that keeps your hair looking its best.
Don't forget that your hair is as unique as you are, so treat it with the love and care it deserves. Happy hair-washing!