How often should you wash your hair? We asked a hairdresser

Natalie Cornish
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From Red Online

How often you should wash your hair is one of those age old questions that throws up lots of debate, even between hairdressers. So what's the answer?

Justin Adams, a hairdresser at Mooch salon in Brighton, says hair washing routines really depend on the person's lifestyle.

'If, say, you exercise every day then you might need to wash your hair more often,' he explains. 'But I also have clients that come in for a wash and blow dry once a week...so it really does depend on the person.'

The type of hair you have also factors in to your hair washing routine. If you have an oily scalp or super-fine textured hair, you may need to wash your hair daily – and that's no bad thing.

'Many people think it’s bad to wash their hair everyday as this will dry it out, but that's n0t true if you are using high quality shampoos and conditioners and then gently drying the hair,' hairdresser Michael Van Clarke recently told Harper's Bazaar.

'But, more frequent use of hot styling tools will have an impact on condition so try air drying on alternate days, especially if you are staying at home.'

Justin agrees, explaining that using the right products for our hair type can make all the difference to how often we need to shampoo.

'A lot of people use the wrong shampoo for their hair,' he says. 'They think they have dandruff so use an anti-dandruff shampoo that strips the oils, making it more greasy, more quickly, when in actual fact it's just a bit of dry scalp that needs hydration. Speak to your hairdresser for advice on what will work for you.'

What about washing other hair types? Unless your hair is super-fine, you can probably wash your hair less often (say every other day for medium hair or a couple of times a week for coily or coarse hair). Simply invest in a decent dry shampoo. We like Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, from £10.

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