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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Men are weird. Most guys, these days, have a solid idea of how to manage their beard. They wash it, condition it, oil it and groom it like an expert. Meanwhile, they have no idea what to do with the hair on top of their heads. It’s crazy. Well, the days of clueless ignorance are over. Manscaped is here to save you with yet another vital guide. Today, you’re going to learn how often you should be washing your hair.

In General

When you’re talking about all guys, you have to account for a huge range of differences and possibilities. So, we’re going to start this with some general advice, but there are countless exceptions and caveats. We’ll cover the major ones a little later.

With the disclaimer out of the way, you should wash your hair two to three times a week. That’s roughly once every three days. This is referring to scrubbing your hair and scalp with shampoo and conditioner. You should still shower more than twice a week, and every time you shower you should rinse your hair and exfoliate your scalp. The lesson here is that you don’t need a daily dose of shampoo.

When you use too much shampoo too often, it causes more problems than it solves. It dries the scalp and can actually cause your hair to produce excess oil in response to the persistent hair treatment. This makes your hair less resilient and causes all kinds of issues with hair health. If you’re not worried about all of that, washing your hair too much messes with the texture and look. So, as a general rule, only wash your hair every three days or so.

how often should you wash your hair

When to Wash Less

For the majority of people, washing your hair less than twice a week is bad. Allowing some natural oil to persist is healthy, but letting it build up to excess is bad. If you don’t wash your hair enough, you’re much more likely to get dandruff and yeast problems in your scalp. These issues can even lead to hair loss, so take your shampoo seriously.

With that said, there are legitimate reasons to wash your hair less than twice a week. The first is pretty self-explanatory, but it needs to be said. If you have a medical condition that affects your hair washing, do what the doctor tells you. We might be experts on male grooming, but we aren’t doctors. They have the final authority here.

Medical issues aside, there are other reasons to let your hair go au natural. The most common reason that comes to mind is roughing it. It really is ok to take a long camping trip and not shower for a week. As long as this isn’t your average week throughout the year, your hair and scalp will be fine. Now, there are creative ways to manage a little hygiene during a camping trip, but if you’re going really hard core, it’s ok to lapse for a single week out of the year. You won’t come home bald. 

The third time you don’t need to wash your hair so often is that it’s gone. There comes a point where you have to give into your male-pattern baldness and bust out the razor. Once you do, you’ll feel a little better. You’ll take your hat collection more seriously. Most importantly, you won’t need to shampoo and condition your scalp the same way. You still need to wash the top, but the rules change a bit when you’re bald.

There are probably other exceptions that change the appropriate shampoo schedule. Just be sensible and check your hygiene against the norm. That should be enough to keep you out of trouble.

how often should you wash your hair 

When To Wash More 

Exceptions run both ways, and there are times when two shampoos a week is not going to cut it. Naturally, medical conditions top the list. Suffice it to say that you should still trust your doctor. That hasn’t changed from 30 seconds ago.

The most common reason to wash your hair more often is because you abuse it. There are a lot of jobs and lifestyle choices that put the hair under stress. Mostly, we’re talking about being sweaty. If you hit the gym every day, work in manual labor, run a kitchen or hit the pool on a regular basis, your hair is taking a beating. For most of these cases, upping the shampoo schedule to every other day is sufficient. If you find your hair is abnormally greasy or smelly despite that, then invest in dry shampoo. It’ll keep you hygienic without exposing your hair to the shampoo chemicals that are rough when used excessively.

For some guys, none of this matters. For these guys, whether they work out or not, they’re going to be facing a greasy scalp. This may or may not be a condition that affects one of our own. He may or may not be blaming his Italian heritage while he types these words. You never know. The point is that some guys have extra-greasy hair, and that requires additional use of shampoo. If you’re in this category, match your shampoo use to your level of grease. Every other day is still usually just fine, but the test is whether or not your hair is able to stain your sheets between showers. Ok, that might be going too far, but you get the idea. 

If you find that daily shampooing is necessary to deal with your particular lifestyle, there are a few things to consider. First, the majority of guys are already shampooing too often. If the stuff you’re using isn’t too harsh, it won’t be the end of the world to wash your hair every day. On the other hand, you could adjust things so that you might not have to wash your hair every day. It’s worth considering.

how often should you wash your hair

What About Conditioning?

It’s important to understand that conditioner and shampoo are not the same thing. A lot of guys get confused by this because they use all-in-one products. If you’re one of those guys, then your all-in-one counts as shampoo. If you do happen to condition separately, then you have a different set of rules to follow. Conditioners typically do not have grease-stripping formulas. That means they aren’t harsh on your hair, and if you have need, you can condition daily. A lot of people don’t really need to condition every day, but dedicated conditioner is a great means to keeping your hair in good shape between shampoo sessions. Dedicated conditioner is also a good tool to help you remember to exfoliate your scalp on the days you don’t use shampoo.

Does All of This Apply to Body Hair?

As modern men, we have to consider hair below our heads as much as the hair on top. As you’ve no doubt learned, body hair differs from the stuff on your scalp in a lot of ways. The biggest distinction is that body hair isn’t as dense. Well, for most of us it isn’t. That means that body hair isn’t collecting and trapping oils to the same extent that scalp hair is. If you manscape at all, then you’re groomed hair really won’t trap much oil or yeast ever.

Despite all of that, there are elements of shampoo and conditioner that are good for the hairs on your body. If you want to have the best of everything, then all-in-ones are suddenly your best friend. Crop Cleanser is an amazing formula that is designed to work on scalp and body. It cleanses the skin, conditions hair and combats oil. But, because it is an all-in-one, it’s nowhere near as harsh as a dedicated shampoo formula. This allows you to use it a little more liberally, and it means that your body hair is getting the full treatment. The cleansing plus conditioning will prevent dry skin, manage skin oil and keep your body hair softer and healthier. Most guys aren’t used to this, but when your pubic hair loses some of its stiffness, things get more comfortable downstairs.

Let’s wrap this up. As a starting point, you should wash your hair every two to three days. It’s pretty easy. If you think you might be an exception, then experiment a little and do what seems to produce the healthiest hair. That’s all there is to it. So, until next time, be sure to check out for all of our updates on men’s grooming, health and lifestyle. 



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