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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

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When it comes to hair care routines, many of our patients ask “How often should I wash my hair”? Understand your hair type and scalp condition to know the right care routine for you. Each person is unique, with factors like texture, oiliness, and lifestyle playing a role in determining washing frequency. Each person is different and should find the right balance of maintaining health for your unique condition.

Over washing hair can lead to hair loss, so educate yourself on the right routine for your specific hair care. Take these factors into consideration for the best hair care routine:

Oily Hair: If your hair tends to become greasy quickly, you may need to wash it more frequently. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, some might need to wash as often as once a day, depending on the severity. Young people going through puberty fall in this category due to the enlargement of oil glands caused by new developing hormones.

Dry Hair: Our age affects oil production. As we age, our bodies produce less oil, drying out the scalp and hair. For dry hair, washing it once to twice a week is generally sufficient. Opt for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners to help retain natural oils and hydrate the hair.

Treated Hair: Coloring or chemically treating your hair can cause your hair to be dry and brittle. Washing it less than once a week and treating for dryness can help with breakage and split ends.

Curly or Coily Hair: Thick, curly hair doesn't need to be washed daily. Curly and coily hair is prone to breakage and is more on the dry side. This hair type can usually go a week in between washes.

Scalp Health: Pay attention to your scalp condition. If you notice excessive oiliness, flakiness, or irritation, it might be an indication that you need to adjust your washing routine accordingly. Remember to always scrub your scalp well to break away any build up and promote your natural oils.

Lifestyle: Your daily activities and exposure to environmental elements can determine if you need to wash or not. Exercising regularly, working in a dusty environment, or exposing your hair to pollutants can require more frequent washing to maintain cleanliness.

Product Use: The use of styling products like gels, sprays, or waxes can build up over time, causing your hair to be heavy and weighed down. Regular washing a few times a week can help remove residue build up, keeping your hair shiny and fresh.

Understanding your hair's unique needs will ultimately lead you to the optimal routine. If you or a loved one is struggling with hair loss, see the experts at the Pure Hair Restoration Center, a state-of-the-art hair, beard, and brow restoration center in Newport Beach, dedicated to providing the most innovative hair loss treatments for both men and women.

AUTHOR: Dr. Nader Ronaghi, founder of Pure Hair Restoration Center, is a leading physician in the field of hair transplantation in Newport Beach, California with over a decade of experience. Dr. Ronaghi uses biologics with advanced medical technology to restore hair, helping his patients improve their appearance and self-esteem.