Not washing your hair often has become trendy; however, this practice isn’t beneficial for everyone. While frequent hair washing may not be necessary or even advisable for women with dry hair, it’s associated with an array of negatives for those with oily hair. Dirty hair can adversely affect the health of your scalp and the appearance of your tresses.
The advent of dry shampoo on the market has undergirded the infrequent hair-washing trend because it is viewed as a cleansing alternative. Yet, this product doesn’t actually cleanse your hair: it merely absorbs oil. Although it temporarily makes your hair look cleaner, it contributes to the buildup of debris that occurs when the hair isn’t washed in the traditional way.
Women have reduced their hair-washing frequency because they’ve been warned that over-shampooing is drying. It is, indeed, but some have gone too far in the other direction. Here is what to expect from not keeping the hair clean.
If you detect an unpleasant scent on your fingers after massaging your scalp, it’s a sure indication that you have dirty hair and your hair washing has been too infrequent. Just as the skin has glands that produce odor-causing bacteria, so also does the scalp. Unfortunately, the people in your life may notice this problem before you become aware of it.
- Itchy Scalp and Dandruff
Itchiness is a telltale sign that your scalp isn’t clean. It’s a natural response to the oils and dead skin cells that accumulate. This buildup can also worsen dandruff because if feeds the yeast-like fungus that causes it.
- Volume Loss
As oil accumulates, your hair loses its volume and buoyancy. Women who don’t shampoo often enough also tend to use more styling products that can weigh down the hair.
- Dull and Greasy Appearance
No products can camouflage or compensate for the detrimental effects of grime on your hair’s appearance. Dirty hair is loaded with dust, which reduces shine. It also has a coarser texture that doesn’t reflect light as well. In addition, the oil buildup can make your tresses look greasy.
- Hair Loss
Infrequent cleansing causes your hair follicles to become clogged with product residues, oil, and debris. If the problem is severe enough, it can pose a challenge to hair growth. Moreover, when the hair is dirty, some women put it back in a tight ponytail, a habit that may contribute to a receding hairline.
- Head Discomfort
As a common complaint among infrequent hair washers is that their head hurts, experts have speculated about the cause. One theory is that the buildup of yeasts and bacteria irritate the scalp and produce inflammation that leads to discomfort. Another possibility is that the fragrances and preservatives in hair products may be the culprit. A third hypothesis revolves around the tendency to wear the hair up when it is dirty: This may put a strain on the nerve endings around hair follicles.
How often should you wash your hair? There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Regular shampooing is essential for good scalp and hair health, but “regular” doesn’t necessarily translate to washing every day. It depends on the oiliness of your hair and the number of hair products you use, as well as whether or not you often engage in exercise that makes you work up a sweat. According to WebMD, washing the hair every other day or every two to three days is fine for the average person.
At Embassy Studio we have trichologist practitioners on site that can help you if you’re experiencing hair and scalp issues.
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