Should I wash my hair everyday? Certainly NOT!!

Should I wash my hair everyday? Certainly NOT!!

A Drug Called Shampoo

There was a stage in my life where I washed my hair everyday. The more I would wash my hair the oilier it would become.

It’s like an addiction the more you do it, the more your hair is going to need it to look great.


No More Oil

Then I decided enough is enough, I left my hair in that oily doughnut making stage for a week – pretty darn long I tell you. After that I enforced a rule upon myself to just wash it every third day and it’s been working wonderfully for me ever since.

But I know that does not answer your question yet, it only answers mine.

So you’re asking yourself should I wash my hair everyday?

YOU SHOULDN’T!! But depending on your hair type and daily excursions it’s quite difficult not to wash it when your hair is an oily mess even though you’ve tried everything including the third day rule.

The Exceptions

If you’re an athlete that sweats like crazy after a long day of training, you work in a coal mine or you have super fine and oily hair by nature then you’re obviously going to have to wash it everyday, whether you want to or not. But if that’s the case you should wash your hair with a mild, sulfate free shampoo, you could even try a conditioner wash/rinse only if your hair isn’t oily by nature.

How Often ?

Every hair type is different and not one person is the same so it all comes down to knowing your hair and knowing what it requires.

If you wash your hair once, twice or three times a week it should be fine and won’t break or damage easily.

  • If it feels very oily and dirty, WASH IT!
  • If you can’t style it anymore, WASH IT!
  • If dry shampoo can’t save it anymore, WASH IT!

Most shampoo’s dry the hair out, it strips the hair of it’s natural oils which could leave your hair fragile and prone to breakage so use it sparingly.

Thicker, Coarse Hair = Less Washing

People with coarse. thick strands or curly hair should definitely not wash everyday because their hair is already much dryer than straight or wavy hair. Because of the hairs shape and texture the natural oils don’t travel very far down the hair shaft, but you can’t go more than 2 weeks without washing that will just give room for many more issues not just oily hair.

Conditioner wash/rinse or leave in conditioner would work best if you would be willing to skip a shampoo wash every now and then.

Thin, Fine Hair = Frequent Washing

Straight hair allows the oil to travel down the hair shaft much faster that’s why your hair will already be flat and oily by day 2 or 3, unfortunately that’s just how it works, but there are a few things your could do to get to day 3 without looking like an oily mess.

A Lifesaver Called Dry Shampoo

Just a few sprays only at the roots where the oil has accumulated and you will be fresh and oil free again. Spray the areas that will people will see depending on the style you’re wearing that day.

Baby Powder – Not just for babies

I don’t always have dry shampoo on hand and to be honest I can’t always afford it. In that case I just use baby powder or corn starch for a more natural option. Put some powder on your hands and pat them together then work it into your roots. Don’t take the bottle or a whole handful of powder and drop it on your head, because it sticks to the scalp, trust me people will think you’ve got mold growing on your head. The powder is also less visible on blonde hair but can be used on darker hair too. It works!! You don’t need much, just brush your hair thoroughly or take your hair dryer and blow through your hair quickly to remove the excess and you’re done.

Washing = Styling Tools

Hair dryers, straightening irons and curling irons, these styling tools all damage our hair, and yet we can’t go without them, so we should work around it. Using them moderately is the answer. If you only wash your hair twice a week that means you only have to dry and straighten twice a week.

It’s a win, win situation.

Just a few more hints to keep your hair oil free.

The Don’ts

-Don’t Allow conditioner on your scalp, you’re hair will become oily 10 x faster.

-Don’t rub your scalp with shampoo or any other product your oil glands will produce more oil then.

-Don’t use more than a pea sized dollop of conditioner.


-Rinse shampoo and conditioner well out of your hair, otherwise your clean hair might seem oily just after washing.

-If your hair is oily after day 2 or 3 comb those oils through your hair before washing it.

The best oil for your hair is it’s own oil.

For Aloe Vera hair treatment recipes for any hair type click here.
For easy Coconut Oil hair treatment recipes click here.

I would love to hear from you if you have any hints or tips please leave a comment.

Love Chani

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18 Replies to “Should I wash my hair everyday? Certainly NOT!!”

    1. Hi Clyde, Let me know how it works for you. My whole family follows this rule now and I haven’t heard anyone complain yet:) It works with their hair type. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Kind Regards

  1. Thanks for a very informative post Chari.
    I keep my hair short and I rinse it during every shower, adding shampoo every second time.
    It works for me, but we tend to travel quite often to places where there isn’t ablution facilities and then it isn’t possible to wash everyday. Next time, I will keep your baby powder tip in mind.
    Cheers 🙂

    1. That’s a great idea Cobus, that way your hair is not exposed to shampoo that often and will be more healthy. I’ve received a great tip by one of our readers to use corn starch instead of baby powder for a more natural option but I still use baby powder about once a week, I will swap between the 2 until I can completely move over to corn starch. Thanks for reading my post 🙂

  2. Hi Chani,
    I do agree that if it is not a necessity then there is no need to wash your hair every day. I do not wash my hair every day. I would not have the time to do so. It is a long process to wash my hair and detangled it and style it.You see my hair is
    I kept promising to get a dry shampoo and has never done so but I will put it on my shopping list this time and see how it works.
    I get a good result by using the conditioner only to wash my hair. I think some of the shampoos are really dangerous for my hair. I kept smiling after reading your post.

    1. Hi Luna

      I also have long hair which takes very long to dry. I use dry shampoo quite frequently as I work with clients everyday I have to look fresh otherwise I might scare business away. I agree some shampoo’s are pretty much dangerous I’ve had some dry out my hair so badly leaving it straw like and full of static. But i’m in a transition period now moving over to natural products only so it takes experimenting but will post the best recipes as soon as I can find one that works 🙂 at least I could make one person smile today.

  3. This is a great article, I honestly don’t know how often I should wash my hair. I have very curly hair and tend to wash it every other day, but maybe I should start washing it every 3 days. I have never used the dry shampoo, does it make your hair look freshen up? I have thought about trying just unsure.

    Thanks for a great article, I will try and wash my hair less and see what happens.

    1. Hi Ann, give it a try, I use it quite a lot, my hair gets oily super fast and it smells great. One of my best friends has curly hair and she only washes her hair twice a week and her hair is very healthy she also opts for the wet look every now and then washing it, putting a serum on and leaving it to dry like that it looks very fresh and clean that way. And no heating tools for that day which is a bonus. Let me know if it worked for you. 🙂

  4. I think I will wash it every day because I train almost every day and well I sweat like crazy. But I did not do it with a mild. With that I think my hair can be healthier than before.

    1. Haha, at least you train it’s more than I can say. Yes it definitely will, most shampoo’s are quite harsh on our hair and without noticing it straight away it damages our hair immensely. Let me know how the Sulfate free shampoo works for you. 🙂

  5. I always believed that I shouldn’t be getting my hair wet every day, and now I know why and I was right. Great post, I was even able to learn new reasons as to why it is bad to wet my hair every day in the shower. Thanks for recommending.

    1. Same here but was never too sure about it until I got in to the Rat Race of washing everyday and I realized this really can’t be good for my hair and the state that my hair was in, was just terrible. Small changes, big impact. I’m glad you could learn something. 🙂

  6. I wash my hair every other day. It seems to do the best for me. I try to plan it out so on the days that I work out are the days I wash my hair, but sometimes life gets in the way and I end up washing my hair way too many times during the week! I definitely can’t stretch past 2 days or the grease will really get to me. How do you feel about the safety of using baby powder? There have been studies that link it to ovarian cancer. I use corn starch instead and it works pretty much the same way as the baby powder with the risk. Great post!

    1. That is a great idea Bailey, yes it is difficult sometimes,
      you have dinner with the in-laws or a big meeting with the boss it’s pretty easy to forget about all rules and just wash it.
      I tend to give my hair a few days gap if I have messed up.
      That is a great point that you have made, I haven’t done much research on baby powder but have read a few scary posts just now, but will definitely adjust my post thanks for the great insight, I just want what is best for my readers and if that is corn starch then corn starch it will be!! Thanks Bailey 🙂

  7. Thanks for your detailed article. I work out pretty consistently so I need to wash my hair or it tends to get pretty gross pretty quickly. You mention above to make sure you use a sulfate free shampoo if you’re washing daily. Can you please clarify why something sulfate free is important?

  8. Hi Craig
    Glad you’ve enjoyed it. I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m too lazy to work out these days.
    My hair is quite long so it takes up too much of my time to wash it.
    Sulfate free Shampoo : Less frothy, does not dry out your hair that much and no scalp irritation.
    I hope it helps.
    Thanks for reading my post 🙂

  9. Dear Chain

    Your tips are so useful. Another tip for curly( dry) hair is, rub coconut oil in your hair before you go to sleep. Tie it. Next day you can just comb it and it looks great. Also comb your hair then tie your hair or best plet it before you sleep, this will help with knots in the morning. Love your post. Thank you for your helpful advice

    1. Hi Marliz

      Thanks for the wonderful advice on curly hair, I’m planning to do a post on hair care for each type and that tip will fit in wonderfully for my post on curly hair, I love coconut oil and all its benefits, Thanks for reading my post. (Miesa)

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