Some of us can’t go a day without washing our hair and some lucky people manage to only wash it once a week. And while it might seem like washing your hair day after day helps keep it clean and healthy, it’s actually the opposite.
And if you start to notice that your hair isn’t looking its best, be on the lookout for some signs that your washing schedule might be too intense.
At herewere, we believe that less is more when it comes to washing your hair. And we scoured the internet to find some warning signs that your hair might be asking you to stop shampooing.
1. You notice more hair loss than usual.
While it’s totally normal to lose a little hair in the shower, washing your hair too often and using too much shampoo can affect its growth and eventually cause it to fall out. Washing too often removes the natural oils produced by the scalp, affecting its microbiome.
When the scalp is unbalanced, it prevents the growth of new hair, makes the hair more brittle, and can lead to hair loss. To keep the scalp microbiome in balance, mild sulfate-free shampoos and extended washes are recommended.
2. You see a lot of split ends.
Cutting your hair regularly can help keep your ends open, but the habit of washing your hair daily could be sabotaging the good effects of your haircut. Mojado hair is very fragile and prone to breakage, so the more you wash it, the more chances there are that the ends will break.
Excessive washing and drying aggressively with the towel eliminates the dampness of the hair, which can cause overly dry and rough ends.
3. Your hair looks less shiny.
If you start to notice that your hair looks drier and has lost its shine, chances are you need a break from washing. The constant lack of moisture can affect the texture of your hair, leaving it dull and lifeless. In addition to stripping your hair of oil, washing it too often can also lead to the buildup of waste, leaving your hair dull.
4. Your hair color fades fast.
If you have colored hair, paying attention to how long the color stays vibrant can indicate if you’re over-washing. Washing your hair too often can dull the color and cause it to fade faster. It is recommended that you train your locks to wash every 2-3 days and use products made specifically for colored hair.
5. Your hair looks frizzy.
If your hair keeps getting frizzy, this could be another sign that you’re washing it too often. Curly hair is often damaged by coloring or heat, and washing it too much will make it even more brittle. To control frizz, limit washing to 2-3 times a week and use a repair spray to revitalize your hair.
6. Your hair gets tangled easily.
Daily washing causes the hair cuticle to be open, making it drier and more brittle. This, in turn, creates knots and tangles in the hair, and when you brush your hair, the comb can get stuck, further damaging your hair.
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