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Can You Over Wash Your Hair?
Freshly washing your hair can make it feel wonderfully soft and silky and give you confidence. However, if your hair does not feel like this after washing it, this may be a sign that you are over-washing,
and you need to cut down on the shampoo. Here are some of the issues that can arise if you are over-washing your hair.
It Strips Your Hair of Natural oils
Your hair needs to have natural oils in it to keep it soft and shiny. However, you will strip these if you wash your hair too often, leaving it looking dull and brittle. Something like this Rehydrating Organic Marshmallow Shampoo Bar could help to keep your hair healthy.
It Causes Split Ends
If your hair has been stripped of natural oils by over washing, it is more likely to split. The problem is likely to grow worse with washing as wet hair is more prone to breaking, especially if you brush it before it has dried.
It Leads to More Heat Styling
Using a hairdryer or straighteners dries your hair out, and if you wash it every day, you are much more likely to use these appliances daily.
The Color Fades Quickly
Washing your hair too much will make the color fade quickly as even permanent hair color will wash out eventually. You should add a cool rinse at the end of your shower to close the hair cuticles and preserve the color for longer.
Not only do you have to color your hair more often, but you also must get it cut more regularly to keep it looking good. Going to a salon can cost a lot of money, and that is before you factor in the cost of the extra hair products you are using.
Dirty Hair Is Easier to Style
You won’t be able to achieve those fabulous up-dos with clean hair as it is too soft and malleable. If you want to put your hair up in a sophisticated style, make sure you haven’t washed it for a couple of days first. This will make your look a lot easier to create. You may well find yourself washing your hair the day after to get rid of any hairspray or gel, but you will look great on your big night out.
It Causes Product Buildup
You may think that the opposite would be true, but if you use a lot of products in your hair anyway, you will have to use extra when you wash it to create your signature style. This causes it to build up, and it is a waste of time and money.
It Is More Time-Consuming
Washing your hair every day is very time-consuming, especially if you have to style it afterward. You will be amazed at how fast your morning routine is if you skip washing your hair as often.
Your Hair Will Be Greasier
This may sound like a bit of a contradiction, but your hair will be greasier if you wash it too often. This is because your scalp will think it needs to replace oil and therefore overproduce it. To avoid this, use a mild shampoo and a leave-in conditioner.
It Causes your Scalp to Flake
Over-washing your hair can make your scalp flake as washing it makes it drier. If you notice flaking, you should try to go a couple of days without washing your hair and then use a more moisturizing shampoo, such as this Coconut Silk Conditioning Shampoo Bar.
It Isn’t Easy to Brush
You would think that hair that is washed frequently becomes easier to brush, but this isn’t true. Over-washing your hair keeps the pores open, which means that it will get tangled more easily. This will make it harder to brush, and it can be painful trying to get the knots out.
It Becomes Frizzy
Hair that is dry and over-washed becomes frizzy. Skip shampooing it for a couple of days at a time, and make sure you always use a conditioner when you do wash it.
Your Hair Looks Lackluster
Your hair will look lackluster if you wash it too often because the cuticle is not lying flat on the hair shaft as it is left open when hair is too dry. This prevents your hair from looking glossy and creates a lackluster effect.
These are the signs to look out for if you think you might be over-washing your hair. Stick to shampooing every couple of days rather than every day, and your hair will look so much better.