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Should You Wash Your Hair Every Day?

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Should You Wash Your Hair Every Day?
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Unless you have really oily hair, you should give hair and scalp a rest for at least a day between shampoos. Washing hair too much strips hair of oils and even color if you've had a dye job.

Here are my best tips for washing your hair:

  1. For those of us with oily hair who don't want to wash every day, consider a dry shampoo. Spray or sprinkle it at the roots and hairline. See my list of the Best Dry Shampoos of the Year. A good dry shampoo will buy you a day or two between shampoos.
  2. If you want to save money, skip the fancy dry shampoos and try baby powder. It works even on brunette hair, just make sure to brush hair very well after you apply.
  3. If you have dry or curly hair, you probably know better than to wash your hair daily. Instead, try shampooing once or twice a week and always condition hair. Leave-in conditioner, coconut oil and argan oil are all godsends for curly hair.
  4. Just got your hair colored? Protect your investment by not washing hair for 3 days if you can. Your color needs time to set.


Get the full scoop in my article, How Much Should You Shampoo Your Hair?

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