One current “in” thing for personal beauty is not washing your hair. Dirty hair can be a mistake because your scalp health deteriorates. Your hair also can become dull and lose volume. Here are a few reasons why it’s still worth your while to grab that shampoo (and conditioner).
- It’s Better for Morale
Guess what happens when you wait a long stretch to wash your hair? You lose more at once, and while that signals nothing abnormal, it’s bound to get you down. You try hard to take care of your hair, and here it is, falling out…and out…and out.
When you wait days to wash your hair, odds are high that you use a few products to compensate or help. The thing is, these products aren’t weightless, and the nerve endings near your hair follicles feel the stress. You could experience headaches and pain, especially when taking down a hairstyle at the end of a long day. Also, the news is bad if you value your abundant locks; over time, this type of strain may cause your hairline to lose some ground. Not good for morale at all.
- Dirty Hair Has a Domino Effect
People wash things to clean them, so the fact that your hair becomes dirty after a few days of no shampooing is not a surprise. What may be unexpected, however, is the ripple effect of dirty hair. For one thing, your hair shines less. The dirt isn’t blocking light per se, but it is making your hair rougher, and rough hair just doesn’t reflect light well. Shampoo helps your locks shine, and conditioner gives them that extra oomph.
The dust created by your dirty hair diminishes your hair’s innate ability to shine and dulls its color. That’s not all; the products and dirt weighing down your hair make it look greasy and cause it to lose volume. Last but not least, dirty hair tends to have too much sebum (an oily secretion) in it, and that can lead to even more dirt.
- Your Scalp Will Thank You
A healthy scalp means your hair grows to be strong, but going many days in between hair washes is bad for your scalp.
It can make your scalp smell: When your sweat glands get clogged, and there’s too much oil on your scalp, you get the “fun” side effect of lots of bacteria. Result: Your scalp smells — and not in a good way.
Your scalp itches: Too much dirt, dust and particles rolling around leads you to scratch your scalp more. This may cause a chain effect because satisfying your itch could lead to flaking. This problem is particularly serious in winter, when conditions for scalp dryness are more present.
Even if you experience no itching, your scalp could be happier. Dust, dirt and grime don’t constitute the ideal environment for a healthy scalp.
From scalp irritation to dulled shine to lowered morale, there are at least three reasons why grabbing that shampoo is a good idea. But how often should you wash your hair? While it really varies from person to person, a good number to strive for is every two days. Even every three days might be okay. On the other hand, if you’re an avid exerciser or have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may make sense.
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