How many times a week should we wash our Hair?
I read an interesting article this week, which stated that on average, British women are washing their hair less than 3 times a week. This has resulted in UK households buying less shampoo and subsequently sales of shampoo are down. In real terms, this equates to about five million less bottles being sold last year, a downturn in revenue of about 17 million pounds.
The main reason for the drop in shampoo sales was found to be due to the increase in use of dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is a quick fix for many people who want to freshen their hair between hair washes. We have previously highlighted that there have been high profile cases where overuse of dry shampoo has resulted in hair loss. Men and women with sensitive skin and especially dry and flaky scalps, should be extremely cautious about prolonged use of dry shampoo.
The report indicated that women are now opting for longer hair styles. Longer hair can be very versatile, it can be tied back, platited, put in a top bun - all delay tactics to hair washing, as opposed to wearing short hair, which generally needs to be washed and maintained more frequently. The report indicates that 1 in 5 short-haired women wash their hair every day, whilst 1 in 4 females with long hair wash their hair just once a week
In addition, more women are being influenced by beauty bloggers, who advocate, that hair is stronger and healthier if it is left for 3 or 4 days between washes. This will allow your scalp to build up natural oils, in turn keeping hair moisturised and healthy looking.
It is important to maintain a healthy washing regime, especially if you are wearing hair fibres. We recommend that hair fibres are rinsed off each night with warm water. There is no need to actually shampoo the hair, as the fibres will usually dissipate and rinse away. Hair fibres become quite grainy when wet, so the fibres are best washed away in a sink or shower area, which can be washed down after use.