Most shampoos on the market contain water, foaming agents, fragrances, and various amounts of detergents. Shampoos that are designed for oily hair have more detergent than shampoos for non-oily hair. Detergents, while useful for washing away dirt, dead skin, and excess oil, can make hair less manageable and cause it to become dry, brittle, and lose body.
Proper hair and scalp care involves washing your hair regularly to remove the normal buildup of dirt, dead skin cells, oils produced by skin glands, and any other substances you put in your hair. How you define "regularly" is up to you. The frequency with which you wash your hair depends on the unique qualities of your hair and of your environment. As a basic guideline, people with normal to dry hair can wash once or twice a week, while those with oily hair can probably wash more frequently.
People of different races and ethnicities may have differing hair care needs. For example, people with hair that is tightly coiled, or coarse, may find that shampooing once a week is plenty. This is because oils produced by the scalp can't easily migrate from the hair follicle down the curly/coiled strand of hair, so oil build up happens slowly. On the other hand, folks with straight, fine hair may notice oil build up sooner and may wash a few times a week or even every day. If you are flummoxed by how often to wash, you may want to speak with a stylist who is familiar with your hair type.That's what we do!!
Here are some tips for choosing a shampoo for your type of hair:
Next time you go for a cut, you could ask how often you should wash your hair based on its condition and composition. Perhaps your stylist will have a recommendation for a shampoo and hair tips. Whether you find yourself in the doctor's office or hair salon, if a specialist says something you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask! It's our job to provide a service as well as educate you about what they're doing.