Some of us can’t go a day without washing our hair, and some lucky ones can wash it once a week. And while it may seem like washing your hair day after day helps you stay clean and healthy, it’s actually the other way around.
And if you start to notice that your locks aren’t looking their best, you may want to be on the lookout for some signs that your wash program may be too intense.
We believe that less is more when it comes to washing your hair. And we searched the internet to find some warning signs that your hair may be asking for a break from shampoo.
You Notice More Hair Loss Than Usual
While it is totally normal to lose some hair in the shower, washing too often and using too much shampoo can affect hair growth and eventually lead to hair loss. Shampooing very often removes the natural oils produced by the scalp, affecting your microbiome.
When the scalp is out of balance, it prevents new hair growth, makes the locks more fragile, and can lead to hair loss. To keep the scalp microbiome in balance, it is recommended to use mild sulfate-free shampoos and elastic hair washes.
You See A Lot Of Split Ends
Trimming your hair regularly can help you avoid split ends, but the habit of washing your hair daily may be sabotaging the good effects of the cut. Wet hair is extremely fragile and prone to breakage, so the more you wash it, the greater the chances that the ends will break.
Excessive washing and aggressive towel drying will remove moisture from the hair, which can result in excessively dry and harsh ends.
Your Hair Looks Greasier Than Usual
While shampooing should leave your hair completely clean, it can actually make it greasier. Washing your hair too often causes the scalp to produce excess oil to rehydrate.
Washing your hair less often is actually the key to keeping it cleaner longer, and you can train your sebaceous glands to produce less oil, gradually waiting between hair washes.
Your Hair Looks Less Shiny
If you start to notice that your hair looks thirsty and has lost its shine, you probably need a break from washing. The constant lack of hydration can affect the texture of the hair, leaving it dull and lifeless. In addition to removing oil from hair, washing too often can also lead to residue build-up, making hair appear less shiny.
Your Hair Color Fades Fast
If you’ve dyed your hair, paying attention to how long the color stays vibrant can often indicate if you’re washing too much. Washing your locks too often can darken the color and make it fade faster.
It is recommended that you train your braids to be washed every 2-3 days and use products made specifically for colored hair.
How often do you wash your hair? Do you know of any tricks that can help your hair stay cleaner longer?
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