How often do you wash your hair?

(38 Posts)
Fanjounchained Sat 23-Mar-13 19:14:08

I have cropped hair so it dries in the morning when I'm putting on some makeup, not used a hair dryer for years. However I recently changed my hair colour from blonde to red and was advised not to wash it every day to try and preserve the colour. The longest I can leave it is to wash every other day then I feel like a right manky coo and was it. Have tried dry shampoos but they make it feel candy floss. Any suggestions ?

JambalayaCodfishPie Sat 23-Mar-13 19:20:49

I have a crop too, I do it every 2-3 days but since i had it cut I don't use shampoo, because I found every brand I tried made it seem greasy within hours.

I use a shower gel from Lush, its called Snow Fairy. It's lovely, and my hair can go a few days without a wash easily.

It's a seasonal limited edition though so I've had to stock up! grin

QueenBee245 Sat 23-Mar-13 20:16:55

Baby shampoo is good for preserving the colour as its a lot milder
In the long term though if you don't wash it every day it will stop feeling so yuck, it's crap because you have to go through the greasy period for a bit but after a whole you will find you don't need to wash it everyday

Allthingspretty Sat 23-Mar-13 20:18:43

Once a week with long hair

QueenBee245 Sat 23-Mar-13 20:18:56

Google the no poo movement, although I'm not brave enough to go as long as some of them have, but since washing every 2-4 dayside hair condition has improved loads!

cookielove Sat 23-Mar-13 20:23:40

I have very thick hair 3/4 down my back (which I adore) and wash it every 2-3 days. Any longer and it smells although I have left it longer any less and it never be dry grin

PigeonPie Sat 23-Mar-13 20:24:31

I use Faith in Nature shampoo and conditioner and wash it twice a week. No problems and so much time saved by not having to dry and style it so often.

JumpHerWho Sat 23-Mar-13 20:24:52

I used to wash, blow-dry and ghd straighten every 2nd day when I worked FT, but now that's my Saturday treat as the only day I work. I wash it usually Saturday, and then twice more during the week but don't blow-dry. Look like shite but my hair is in much better condition than it used to be and actually growing past my shoulders, rather than breaking due to being frazzled all the time. The days I straighten it I feel like a member of Girls Aloud <swish>

I wash every 2 days with a colour care shampoo e.g. l'oreal Elvive for coloured hair

Maat Sat 23-Mar-13 20:28:49

I wash my hair every other day and use Elvive Colour Protect shampoo and conditioner to preserve the colour.

Maat Sat 23-Mar-13 20:29:10

x post ilove grin

p.s. I have heard the opposite about baby shampoo and have read that it is good for stripping colour out of hair

I wash my hair daily, it goes wild and untamable otherwise. It's twixt shoulder and bra strap in length.

greenandcabbagelooking Sat 23-Mar-13 20:31:34

Every other day.

MintyyAeroEgg Sat 23-Mar-13 20:33:41

I have to wash my hair every other day, otherwise it looks greasy like a teenager's. I am 50 and it naffs me off!

Fyouimfabulous Sat 23-Mar-13 20:36:34

I have dyed deep red hair, I wash it twice a week to preserve the colour! I wash it on a Sunday night, by Wednesday morning I wear it up in a bun for work, and on Thursday I usually wear dry shampoo until Thursday night when I wash it again.
Anymore than that strips the colour really fast. I have to agree with the poster above who said after a while the condition improves, I think allowing the natural oiks through does your hair and scalp some good.

Fyouimfabulous Sat 23-Mar-13 20:36:57

Oils not oiks ha ha

Snowgirl1 Sat 23-Mar-13 20:41:42

Between shoulder and bra strap length hair and I wash it every day. I'd feel manky if I didn't. Have to admit that I'm a bit shock that I'm in the minority - I just assumed everyone washed their hair everyday!

catlady1 Sat 23-Mar-13 20:41:56

Every other day, and I have to put a bit of dry shampoo or talc in it on the second day and backcomb it a bit if I want to look acceptable. I used to wash it every day, I've been trying for years and years to "train" it to last longer, but I think I must just be a greasy person!

BassDownLow Sat 23-Mar-13 20:42:51

I have a long bb, thick straight hair and , so shampooing too often dries it out. I wash my hair 1-2 times a week, but wet it and put some conditioner through it every morning in the shower before drying/styling.

BassDownLow Sat 23-Mar-13 20:43:06

Meant to say'and coloured'

Springsister Sat 23-Mar-13 20:49:52

Every day.
Can't have a shower and not wash it. That would feel weird.
It's fine. I've never left it longer to see what would happen.

Catbert4pm Sat 23-Mar-13 21:00:31

Four times a week (ie after swimming).

Before I swam so much I was down to twice a week, from daily, and trying to achieve weekly. It's great if you can achieve once or even twice a week, but, to be fair, conditions (if you'll pardon the pun), have to be right for you to keep your nerve as you go through the greasy stage. But I sacrificed my reduced hair washing achievements on the altar of fitness (still a long way to go!). I have shoulder length, coloured hair.

Good luck grin

Thurlow Sat 23-Mar-13 21:07:21

Every day. I'm like you, its a crop and generally I leave it to dry itself unless its really cold. I do sometimes not wash it but it feels nasty to me, as if its all sticky and messy. Dry shampoo helps. But then I do smoke, so I think it would smell more if I didn't wash it every day.

LittlePandaBear Sat 23-Mar-13 21:08:44

Every day - I have fine shoulder length hair and after I've slept on it it sticks out everywhere and feels greasy so I can't leave it any longer!

chickydoo Sat 23-Mar-13 21:34:07

Twice a week
On a Sunday and either a weds or Thurs. My hair is quite long, past bra strap. It's in good condition, but washing dries it out.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Sat 23-Mar-13 21:35:59

every day, mine is really fine so the grease seems to slide straight down. Also, my hair frizzes if I shower so I can't beat the thought of not showering. eugh!

if I exercise, I'll wash it twice in one day happily.

freerangeeggs Sat 23-Mar-13 21:46:02

I have long thick hair and I wash it almost every day.

I've tried washing it less often but I hate it - it gets greasy at the roots and makes me feel manky. Even wearing it up still feels yuk. I really did persevere with washing less often, in the hope that it would be all lovely and shiny, but what's the point having lovely shiny hair every few days and it being an oily mess the rest if the time? Dry shampoo was also no use.

It takes me ages to wash and dry as it doesn't dry quickly enough on its own. But as long as I condition and get regular cuts its fine, and I feel nice.

faustina Sat 23-Mar-13 21:52:32

twice a week here too. I have highlighted just past shoulder length naturally v mad and curly (but I straighten it each morning). Like many things as I get older, I find it is more of a production - though it has good results. Once a week I use Philip Kingsley elasticiser before shampooing, then the other time I just shampoo and condition with Kerastase. It often looks much better the day after washing.

When I shampooed it every day with any old thing, it was in much worse condition

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 23-Mar-13 22:03:23

Every other day or more often if I have been exercising.

futterbingers Sat 23-Mar-13 22:04:00

When I had a crop I washed it every day. Now I have a bob and a couple of years ago, when I moaned to the hairdresser about the colour going very bright, she said that washing it every day was doing this, and to try reducing the amount of times per week that I washed it. So I gradually went to every other day, then to every 3rd day, and so on. I can leave it to a full week but it does feel a bit rank, so I usually wash it every 5/6 days. After 4 days I usually use a bit of dry shampoo, or I have a Tresemme foam thing which I scrunch through the hair and blowdry it (no need for ghd as its just a reviver). Definitely the colour lasts better with less washing.

mewkins Sat 23-Mar-13 22:06:35

Wash and dry it everyday - hate the feeling of unwashed hair.

TuesdayNightDateNight Sat 23-Mar-13 22:21:17

Every other- sometimes every 2 days...

Use redken body full...

oaks2012 Sun 24-Mar-13 03:20:26

Used to have to wash daily, went no poo a few Weeks ago ( bicarb to wash, apple cider vinegar to condition, google it) & it's now not greasy the day after washing. I'm now down to 3 washes a week & it feels loads better. My psoriasis is clearing up too...

MrsHoarder Sun 24-Mar-13 07:33:02

Every other day, if I wash it daily I get a frizz explosion.

singaporeswing Sun 24-Mar-13 07:55:25

Once a week.

Used to wash it every other day, but it left my hair in awful condition.

Flojobunny Sun 24-Mar-13 08:02:02

I have really thick, dry hair so I wash it give the outside a quick blast with drier then tie it up, when I go to bed that night and untie it, its still wet underneath. By morning its dry and I ghd it. It's still usually quite frizzy. By day 3, I ghd it in the morning and it looks fab. Then day 4 I look at my nice smooth hair and feel sad that I have to bloody wash it again.

Bunbaker Sun 24-Mar-13 08:33:20

"Have to admit that I'm a bit that I'm in the minority - I just assumed everyone washed their hair everyday!"

Washing hair every day is a fairly recent thing. When I was a teenager in the 1970s most people washed their hair once a week. But most houses didn't have showers either.

I have short hair that is prone to dryness and wash it twice a week. Any more frequently and it looks like straw.

Does washing your hair more often encourage greasiness?

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