How Many Times A Week Should You Wash Hair?

how many times a week wash hair

How Many Times a Week Should You Wash Hair?

There isn’t really a set “rule” when it comes to washing your hair, everyone’s hair and scalp is different just like our skin so we need to use products that are targeted for our hair type.

The only “rule” I would like to mention is that you should wash your hair when you start to feel uncomfortable with it.

I wash my hair every other day and even though it’s curly/wavy I always try to use products that contain “moisturising” ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil which all help to reduce breakage/split-ends, keep it soft and smooth.

Different Hair Types


 Don’t be ashamed if you struggle with greasy hair/roots – I did!
I realised that I was using harsh products on my hair that were stripping the natural oils (just like skincare) and what you need to do is use products that will hydrate/moisturise and cleanse.

What You Need: Look for hair products that contain tea tree, green tea, mint, orange/lime/lemon which will cut through grease and product build-up but at the same time moisturise.
Try: Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Clarifying Shampoo



 There’s nothing worse than an itchy scalp, it doesn’t feel great and of course you don’t feel good either!

What you Need: You need to find something that is delicate on your scalp so anything containing Aloe Vera will work wonders as it will soothe and nourish your hair/scalp.
TryDr Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo


Fine Hair

Fine hair might feel really smooth but 9 times out of 10 it really lacks volume.

What you Need: Make sure you use products that contain plenty of vitamins as this will add natural volume to your hair and keep it healthy.
Try: Pantene Shampoo Breakage Defence


The main thing that I would like to get across is that our hair needs just as much attention as our skincare…. would you use a foaming oil removing cleanser on dry skin? No, so why do we think it’s ok to use anything on our hair?

If you start to use products targeted for your hair type ( just like skincare) then you’ll see such an improvement in how your hair looks, feels and behaves!

Let me know what products you’re loving, how many times you wash your hair and if certain things work better for you!! 🙂

Uk Beauty Blogger



  1. 17th December 2014 / 10:50 am

    Fine and oily hair….def washing every other day!!

  2. Jenny
    11th December 2014 / 11:13 am

    Excellent post and something I have always been curious about! I normally was my hair 2-3 times a week and try to hold it off as long as possible. I have just changed my shampoo/conditioner recently to the Aveda range, pretty expensive but I managed to grab them in the Black Friday sales from lookfantastic and they are made from natural ingredients and lather nicely compared to most shampoos I have used in the past. My hair was falling out a lot lately but since switching my scalp and hair feels better and looks much healthier! Plus I have not had any hair loss 🙂 My hairs pretty oily and colour treated so this is why I try to prolong washes to keep the colour in longer x <a href="; | £100 Christmas Giveaway ♥

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:35 pm

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment, yes even though products may be more expensive you can really tell the difference and I do think it’s worth it especially if you see a difference in your hair colour, feel and overall appearance!! Your hair is always looking gorgeous though 🙂 xxx

  3. 11th December 2014 / 12:27 am

    This is a great post, Layla. Back in Malaysia I would would wash my hair every day, there was no way around it, the humidity is crazy. Now that I’m in Canada, I actually get away with a 2 days old hair, it’s fantastic!

    Reflection of Sanity | Smashbox Giveaway

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Hahaha – yes, it really is great to see the difference in countries too!! It does make such a huge difference!! In the summer my hair can go a little longer, in the winter with rain and humidity, not so much! 🙂 xxx

  4. 11th December 2014 / 12:24 am

    I totally agree with finding the right products to suit your hair and scalp. I wash my hair about two times a week and use products suitable to my red dyed, coarse/dry hair. Not only in shampoo and conditioner terms, but also in styling products and aftercare and have experienced a major difference in how my hair feels and looks 🙂 Xx

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Exactly – I love that you agree and have seen a difference in your hair after using products for you!!! It does make such a difference! 🙂 xx

  5. 11th December 2014 / 12:08 am

    Great post! I’m never sure how often I should wash my hair. I usually aim for every other day, but since I’ve invested in better quality hair care products I find I can go much longer. Also- dry shampoo is my friend 🙂

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:27 pm

      Yay – dry shampoos can be great and really help the hair but if you look at products specifically for your hair type you will see a different and yes better quality is better overall! 🙂 xxx

  6. 10th December 2014 / 11:33 pm

    Such a nice and interesting post. 😉
    Lovely greets….

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks xx

  7. 10th December 2014 / 11:24 pm

    I wash my hair every other day 🙂 & I use the Herbal Essence’s Beautiful Ends in shampoo and conditioner x

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:33 pm

      I love that shampoo, it’s great! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      17th December 2014 / 12:55 pm

      That’s true – try products that will hydrate and nourish your hair like argan oil, coconut oil etc… xxx

    • sprinkles
      18th December 2014 / 9:10 pm

      aww bless you!! try aloe vera products, they will really help you! 🙂 xxx

  8. 10th December 2014 / 9:36 pm

    Hair can be washed as often as you like. Water isn’t hair’s enemy. Layers of products and heat are. Whilst ‘should’ should be used with caution, any trichologist will tell you that hair gets dirtier than skin. You wouldn’t dream of not washing (cleansing) your skin once, if not twice, a day, why would you neglect your hair? Of course, if you have fabulous hair (like yours), that’s thick and long, it’s hard to fit into your daily routine, as it’s time-consuming. There’s nothing worse than unclean hair…it smells.
    I’m liking the recent do-it-all cleaners/conditioners, eg, Ojon, Grow Gorgeous. The occasional dry shampoo day falls into my routine…the new Colab dry shampoo is wonderful.
    I’m always on the look-out for body-building shampoos as my hair is very fine…I recently tried one by Lee Stafford which is really good.

    • sprinkles
      23rd December 2014 / 1:54 pm

      I agree, it’s all about the products you use – I always make sure to try and use things suited for my hair and look at ingredients which will work for my specific hair type! I like Ojon products too, they do have some great things especially for dry and dehydrated hair!! 🙂 xx

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks x

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks xx

  9. Joanna
    10th December 2014 / 7:10 pm

    I wash my hair every other day and use dry shampoo if needed 🙂 My favorite shampoo is definitely Biolage but I like Pantene too!

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:22 pm

      Ah, I’m like you! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you very much!! 🙂 xxx

  10. Diana P.
    10th December 2014 / 6:08 pm

    Your post is so detailed and specific, well done Layla!!! Most of the times I’m in the first category, but lately I’ve come across the 2nd too because of anxiety… It’s really important to use the right products! 🙂 <3

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much – hahaha, sometimes I do carry on a bit more than is needed! 🙂 xxx

  11. 10th December 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Great post! I totally agree that you have to do what’s right for your specific hair. I tend to wash mine every other day also, so I don’t dry it out!

    Chowing Down by the Bay

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:19 pm

      Exactly!!! 🙂 xxx

  12. 10th December 2014 / 5:53 pm

    I probably wash my hair too much. I wash my hair every other day. It gets too oily if I go longer than that, even with dry shampoos. I have fine hair, too and it’s always so lifeless! I have tried everything! Help?
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

    • sprinkles
      17th December 2014 / 12:53 pm

      Ok, check out products that have mint, tea tree and citrus ingredients like lemon, lime, orange etc – in regards to the fine, lifeless part….I have a product review which I think you’ll love – it’s from Pantene and AMAZING!!! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you 🙂 xxx

  13. 10th December 2014 / 4:58 pm

    My hair is greasy and I wash it 4 times a week. It’s something I’m used to and I don’t mind. Thanks for the tip what shampoo to use!

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment!!! Yes, just try using ingredients targeted for greasy hair! 🙂 xxx

  14. 10th December 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Great tips! I was my hair every other day too, but I think I’m going to change shampoo to see if I can wash it less often…

    Bella Pummarola

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:14 pm

      Try hair products for greasy hair or things that contain mint, tea tree, green tea and citrus things! 🙂 xxx

  15. 10th December 2014 / 4:47 pm

    My hair is very very thick so i have to wash it every other day which is such a chore as it takes 30 minutes just to dry with a hair dryer! x

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:12 pm

      Awww bless – freshly washed hair is gorgeous though!!! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      13th December 2014 / 2:04 pm

      Yes organic products are great but I find that changing shampoo every few weeks also helps, I’m still loving the Pantene Pro-V range, great products that add volume !!!!

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