How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Gordon Beauty Blogger

In the salon industry, we hear this question almost every day: how often should I wash my hair? There’s no quick and easy answer, but here’s a brief explanation as to why the topic of shampooing has become controversial!

Our scalp produces natural oil called sebum. Sebum coats each hair strand to give it a shiny gleam. When there is too much sebum, it can cause our strands to clump together and create a greasy look. This is how we know it’s time to wash our hair. When we shampoo our hair, those oils are washed away. Stripping the oils may make it seem like our hair is left dull and lifeless, but there are ingredients in shampoo that are meant to replace sebum’s protective coating. Even though shampoo is replacing what it washed away, our scalp is still trained to produce it’s natural oils. That’s its job. The more you wash away these natural oils, the more your scalp is going to want to reproduce them.

Now that we know why our hair gets greasy, we can determine how often we should wash it.  There is no right or wrong answer. Everyone’s hair is different, and everyone’s body produces oil at a different rate. With that said, the stylists at Gordon Salon recommend washing hair every other day on average. Anything more may cause your hair to become more oily, and anything less may help your shampoo supply last longer!

For more information about shampooing, take some advice from beauty guru Lauren Conrad: