I would love to help you out with the debate on how frequently you should be washing your hair.
I have been a professional hairdresser for over 30 years now and I have to say that in my opinion, the trend toward washing once a week is not working out really well for those over the age of 40.
The countless article that I have been looking at over the last several years, trying to help my clients with fine, thinning hair is pointing more and more to lack of cellular turnover and lack of stimulation as well as congested hair follicles. In other words, it needs more stimulation and cleansing than once a week. These are my rules of thumb for my clients:
- Think of the skin on your scalp as you do the skin on your face. You would never dream of going a week without washing your face. What would happen to the pores on your nose? Congestion? Flakiness? Sebum, dirt buildup?
- You need to wash at least 2-3 times a week depending on lifestyle. Exercisers -3+ times, sedentary girls, 2+ times.
- Dry shampoo combined with brushing is key to keeping blood flow to the scalp which is what keeps your hair follicles healthy and strong. Also, the dry shampoo combined with the brushing will help clear the hair follicle of any dead skin cells and flakes that may build up in between washing.
- Brushing with a Denman Brush is imperative. It’s silicon bristles will not break or blow apart fragile hair. They are like an amazing mini massage to the scalp. They cause so much less friction on the hair shaft and cause much less breakage than with a boar bristle brush.
- Omit #3 if you have super curly hair on the days in between washing. Stimulate the scalp with fingertips by adding some nice stimulating essential oil remedies such as Surface’s hair treatment.
Thanks for checking in on my blog! Stay beautiful till next week!
Update! This post was picked up by Naturally Curly dot com. I was quoted along with Sam Villa in her article!! You can see Sam’s tips along with mine here!