How often do you wash your hair?

Got into a discussion today about how often hair should be washed...

Was curious what a broader cross-section would say...
  • Everyday
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  • Every other day
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  • Whenever it feels dirty
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  • Once a week
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  • I'm bald, why ask such a mean Question!!
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  • i have curly hair, so I wash it at most every other day but ideally I should be washing it every 3-4 days. If I'm wearing my hair curly, I'll skip using shampoo because my hair is so fine that oil rolls right off with water and shampoo strips even necessary oils right off. if I can afford it, I buy cleansing conditioners.

    how often and how you wash your hair depends on your hair type.

    "ethnic" hair types like mine require minimal washing, mostly thanks to evolutionary developments in hair through genetics. curly hair doesn't retain heat from the sun (which is why its native to more common in desert/tropical climates), so my hair is less likely to get oily than my straight haired counter part because it doesn't allow for the same production of sweat. thick curly hair often doesn't create much oil and both curly and thick hair don't often create enough oils to saturate from scalp to end, which is also why they don't need to be washed often. since I have fine curly hair, it does allow for more sweat to build, but the molecular structure of curls doesn't allow it to travel far (so it all stays at the roots lol) and so I don't need much of a wash.

    straight hair locks in heat (which is why its more common in colder and more temperate climates) so when in warmer areas, it allows for sweat to build and because its straight it tends to travel faster down the strand along with essential oils. so people with straight or wavy hair often need to wash their hair more often-- but then thicker straight hair tends to keep build up at the root and doesn't need to be washed too often.

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What Guys Said 8

  • According to everything I've read you should only use cleansing products in your hair every other day unless you have unusually oily hair. Using it more than every other day can wash away the natural oils that help preserve it.

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  • I wash my hair every day to every other day, but I spike it with gunk that I don't want to go to bed with. My girlfriend washes hers every 2-3 days, depending.

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  • Every day. Of course, it's less than an inch long at most, and most of it is much shorter than that. A bottle of shampoo lasts me a LONG time.

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  • Everyday... I have sensitive skin and if I don't wash up well and moisturize everyday it gets REALLY dry and/or irritated.

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  • Every 2-3 days seems like the best option in my opinion..

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  • Every other day at most. Usually not even that often.

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  • A.

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  • Defintely B

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What Girls Said 23

  • every 2-5 days because shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils and it makes your sebaceous glands overproduce oil to make up for the lack of it, making it oilier the more often you wash it. not only that but shampoo has silicone's and sulphates which are very drying to the hair. I do however condition my hair daily and it never looks greasy.

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  • Everyday. My hair can last a day and a half before getting greasy but since the half usually happens in the middle of the day at work or school, I clean it everyday. I know it's not supposed to be the best for it, but I use different shampoos so my hair doesn't get too worn out.

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  • I wash my hair every other day. It's usually a little limp on the in between day, unfortunately, depending on how late in the day I washed it the day before. But when I wash it every day, it simply gets oily even faster, plus it's not supposed to be good for it. So I just put up with it.

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  • I have really thick hair, and it doesn't get dirty all that quickly so I wash it two or three times a week. Washing it everyday or even every other day is bad for your hair anyway, and the more you wash it your hair gets oily even quicker, and it also dries your hair out too.

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  • Everyday then deep condition about once a week. It depends on your hair type though. Greasier hair should be washed more. Dry hair needs different attention.

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  • While I step into the shower every day, I shampoo my hair only 2 or 3 times a week. Every other day, I put conditioner in it (or sometimes more often, it depends) ^_^

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  • Usually everyday because I have long hair and it seems to need washing everyday, I've heard that isn't good for your hair though :/

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  • Once a week... at most once every two weeks, but it is best not to go that long for my type of hair... It is really dry :P

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  • I have curly hair so every week. Oddly enough I've never had hair stench in my life. What does that even smell like?

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  • everyday, I shower everyday so I figure why not wash my hair while I'm in there.

    I've heard people say it's not good to wash your hair everyday though

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