Washing too often can lead to stripping, straw, dry scalp, inflammation and irritation, so let your scalp and strands of hair tell you what they need each day. Whenever you experience itchiness, flaking, product buildup, greasy strands, or unpleasant odors, you should wash your hair without saying a word.
Health Shots spoke with Dr. Nivedita Dadu, renowned dermatologist, founder and president of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, who listed the correct signs to wash your hair.
This is when you need to wash your hair:
1. Look for accumulations
Product buildup is a reality and it will come for you if you don’t wash your hair enough. Don’t let all the sprays, serums, and stylers start to build up in your hair. This will help weigh down the hair, causing dullness and even some clumping and falling out. Too much product buildup will look and feel unsettling.
2. If your hair feels greasy
When the hair becomes too oily, it’s about time you wash your hair. The longer you wait to wash your hair, the oilier it will be. As the temperature rises, you will not only have to deal with oil, but also sweat and contaminants.
3. If your hair has knots and strands
Due to product buildup, oil, sweat, and all that jazz, hair will start to knot and tangle more easily. Once the struggle to brush your hair becomes too real, you’ll know it’s time to wash your hair.
4. Notice the smell
If your hair doesn’t smell fragrant or has no trace of your shampoo or conditioner duo, it may be time to wash your hair. If your hair directly smells unpleasant, it’s time to wash it.
5. If your curls and waves seem straight
If the familiar texture of your hair, which is wavy or curly, starts to straighten, it’s due to oil secretion. Not having a product to help maintain and enhance your hair type can also leave your hair flat and in need of a makeover.
What happens if you wash your hair too much?
1. It can dry out your hair
Washing your hair too often can damage your hair. Washing your hair too often can make your hair dry and brittle and lead to scalp irritation. When hair is wet, it swells, making it more vulnerable.
2. It can damage the hair cuticle
The process of moving shampoo or conditioner through your hair can damage your hair cuticle, which is the outer layer of your scalp.
3. Shampoo can take away shine
When hair dries after too much washing, it doesn’t lay perfectly flat, making hair look dull and taking shine out of strands.
4. It can give you split ends
Washing your hair too much makes it more difficult to style and increases the chances of hair breakage.
5. It can irritate your scalp
Women with sensitive scalps should be especially careful. Exposure to detergents can cause scalp irritation. For some people, washing their hair too often can lead to breakouts and itchiness.
So girls, consider these factors before you grab the shampoo and rub your hair. Look closely at the changes in the texture and oiliness of your hair and you will!