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12th Dec 2018

We finally have the answer to how often you should wash your hair

And it's good news!

Cathy Donohue

An expert has clarified exactly how often you should wash your hair and the answer might surprise you.

When you’re juggling a million and one things as busy mamas tend to do, pampering doesn’t get prioritised every often.

Instead of spending hours on perfecting your DIY blow-dry, it’s often a lot easier to put your hair in a bun and go about your daily business including school runs and dinners and work and whatever else you have going on.

However, for some reason, there is an old wives tale that dictates we should wash our hair every day BUT the good news is this isn’t strictly necessary.

Instead, you’ll want to wash it twice and at the most, three times a week because this helps to maintain the texture and shape of your hair.

Justin Anderson, creative director of his own haircare line and celebrity hairstylist, spoke to Byrdie and explained the problem with overwashing.

“Overwashing your hair—which means every day or more—will dry out your hair, not only because you are stripping the hair of its natural oils, but also because you will probably end up using heat on the hair more often as well”.

Not only that, if your hair is coloured, you’ll find that the colour fades a lot quicker if you’re washing it every single day.

Anderson also has a top tip for those with coloured hair and that’s to avoid hot water when washing your locks.


Simply put, hot water opens the cuticles of your hair and can strip the colour, not exactly ideal if you’ve just forked out on a visit to the salon.

Instead, try rinsing your hair in lukewarm to cold water.