How often should you wash your hair?

by Hair Magazine

Celebrity hairdresser Jay Birmingham tells us exactly what we should be doing!

Knowing when to wash your hair, how to make it last longer between washes, what to do to ensure it stay healthy – there’s so much to think about when caring for your hair. Celeb hairdresser Jay Birmingham shares his top tips.

Is it really bad to wash your hair every day?
It’s definitely not advised to wash your hair every day. Washing your hair too much can disrupt your scalps natural balance. This can lead to it feeling sensitive and inflamed. You can also cause your hair to feel dry and a little brittle on the ends if you over wash it.

How do you stop washing your hair every day?
To stop washing your hair every day, you need to train your hair out of this cycle. In the beginning you will need to be prepared to go with it and accept that your hair will be a little greasy. Top tip – try to let your dry shampoo work overnight. Apply it to the roots of your hair and gently work in with your finger tips. Then leave it over night and wake up to the morning to refreshed hair.

What are the products or tips and tricks to get you started?
Dry shampoo is your BFF. You need to try a good quality dry shampoo and make sure you’re using it correctly. I love the Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo. It refreshes your hair, absorbs excess oil and leaves your hair without any residue.

You also need to try a blow dry crème to help your blowdry last longer. I recommend the L’Oreal Kerastase Ciment Thermique one for damaged hair. It smooths hair out and leaves it looking super healthy and glossy which should help elongate your blow dry and help you avoid over washing.

Is it bad not to wash your hair?
Yes, it is bad to not wash your hair. You need to get the balance right for you. You don’t want to wash your hair every day but you don’t want to avoid washing either. You need to find what works for you. As a general rule, 2-3 times per week is usually best.

What are the benefits of double shampooing?
You can really cleanse and clarify your scalp when you double shampoo. You can remove any build up of styling products including your dry shampoo, your hair is really clean and it helps to go longer between washes if your scalp is super clean.

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