How Often Should You Really Wash Your Hair?

Once a week, every day – there always seem to be conflicting advice on how often we should be washing our hair. When it comes to answering this age-old beauty question, we turned to celebrity hairstylist Maranda whose client list includes Olivia Munn and Catherine Zeta Jones. "On a general note, it’s not good to wash your hair too often because you remove too much of the hair's natural oils,” she explains. “Hair will eventually get used to not being washed as often - it almost starts cleaning itself!” So how much is too much? Here’s what you need to know for you and your hair type.

Fine Hair

Many people tend to wash their fine hair quite often since it can get very oily and limp. However, Maranda suggests that it’s better to wash it every 2 to 3 days. To control that oil in-between washes, use a dry shampoo on your roots.

Try this: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo, $12

Thick, Curly and Coarse Hair

Maranda gives the same recommendation for these hair types as well. Curly and coarse hair has a propensity for dryness and washing them too much can just make that problem worse. Besides, curls tend to get better a few days after washing.

Try this: DevaCurl No Poo, $20

Colored Hair

This hair type definitely dries out with too much shampooing so Maranda suggests limiting your wash sessions to once a week. “Just give it a rinse and apply some conditioner,” she says. “This will help preserve the hair color and prevent it from drying out.”

Try this: Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Vibrant Color Shampoo, $22