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Is There Such a Thing as Over-washed Hair?

Smiling woman with yellow backgroundYou can whip your hair back and forth all you want as long as it stays shiny and healthy. Isn’t that what regularly shampooing and conditioning is for?

The country is divided on that answer. The results of a February 2018 survey by Lookfantastic US revealed that California tops the list of states with the most women washing their hair every day. Meanwhile, Tennessee was the last one on the list, with women washing their locks an average of once a week.

Beyond the knowledge of which state has the most women shampooing their hair, however, the more pressing question is how often should people really wash their hair? And is there such a thing as over-washing? Dermatologists say it depends on the hair, but you should be on the lookout for signs that suggest you’re doing something that’s destroying or adversely affecting your hair. Below are some of these signs:

Your hair is dry and frizzy

If you notice that your hair is dull and easily-breakable, it might be a sign of excessive washing. Kerluxe, a provider of premium hair care products, said that frequent hair washing strips the hair of sebum and dries out the cuticle that protects hair from breakage.

Your hair colour is fading faster than it should have

The state of your hair dye and highlights may be an indicator of excessive hair washing. Hair colour should stay vibrant as long as possible, and you can achieve this by using shampoo and conditioner made for colour-treated hair.

You have a lot of dandruff

Shampooing too much strips your scalp of its needed oils that keep it nourished. Because of lack of moisture, your scalp dries and starts flaking, forming dandruff.

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To maintain healthy hair, Dr. Zoe Draelos told the American Academy of Dermatology that you should:

  • Wash oily hair more frequently, but wash dry hair less.
  • Use conditioner to improve the look of damaged hair.
  • Choose hair products that are formulated especially for your hair type.

Of course, no hair and scalp are the same. You know your hair better; it’s still up to you to figure out what works best for your hair and what makes you feel your best.

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