Hair washing routines depend entirely upon your hair type - what works for someone with thin, wispy hair may not work at all for someone with a thick, full head of tight curls. Some tips to help you figure out the best routine for you:
- If you wash every day and then skip a day, your scalp will get greasy - that’s because washing dries out the scalp, triggering it to produce more oil. If you skip a day, your scalp might miss that memo and still put out extra oils. So if you want to reduce your frequency of hair washing, give yourself at least a few oily days before giving up. Your scalp will settle into a new routine, it just might take a week or two ... or not, in which case you may go back to your old pattern.
- Dry, itchy scalps make dandruff. Sometimes this happens when the scalp is irritated by the ingredients in hair products; other times it’s a result of washing your hair too frequently and drying out your scalp; and sometimes dandruff happens when there’s a small infection on the skin. If you’re dealing with dandruff, in addition to changing your hair-washing schedule you may want to get a dandruff shampoo that will help your scalp calm down.
- Should you use conditioner? It depends upon your hair type, the heaviness of the conditioning product, and where you are putting it. Most conditioners have instructions to work it through the ends of the hair, applying less up on the scalp where the hair shaft already secretes oil.
- After pool or ocean swimming, at the very least rinse out your hair well - better yet, shampoo it.