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How often should you wash your hair? - February 1st 2010, 04:13 PM

Because some people tell me every other day, others tell me once a week and others tell me twice a week o____O If I don't wash it every other day it gets really greasy I washed it yesterday morning and I know it'll be slightly greasy tomorrow :/


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 1st 2010, 04:18 PM

I think the reason we all get mixed advice is because it really depends on your own personal hair. I know for me, I need to wash my hair every day because it's curly-ish and I put product in it, so if I go longer than 24 or so hours, it gets greasy and yucky. But, I also have a friend with curly-ish hair who washes her hair every third day (the other days just rinses or washes with conditioner) and her hair is fine! So, I'd say experiment for what works for you




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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 1st 2010, 04:52 PM

Exactly what Jen said.
It does depend on your hair, you said that you need to wash it every other day otherwise it gets greasy. So thats how often you should wash it then
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 02:20 AM

I've heard that if you wash it every-other or every-third day, it looks sexy and natural by the 3rd day...
However, this is NOT my experience with it. Day one, after washing, I straightened it. By Day two, it was straight from the day before still, only a DULL straight, not the treandy straight I usually go for. And my routes were greasy and gross! By day three, I felt like I'd been camping! I didn't even want to go out in public, my hair looks and felt so greasy. When I pulled my bangs back, they looks all clumpy and..greasy! :P
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 05:35 AM

Every other day, but sometimes when I work out at night I have to wash it because I don't like going to bed all sweaty. It really depends on what I do on the day.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 05:45 AM

Like other posters have said, it really does depend on your own hair. For me, I have to wash it every other day.
But my sister, on the other hand, can go three or four days without her hairy becoming dirty or greasy.
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 05:59 AM

I have to wash mine every second or third day but it all depends on your hair.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 06:47 AM

You really should wash It as less often as possible. But that's just not how most girls hairstyles are anymore.

I wash mine everyday, hence straightening/blowdrying and product.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 07:56 PM

i wash my hair every other day because it gets greasy after that really. People with different hair types can leave their hair different amounts of times and that is why you got different answers. My physics teacher told me that blonde haired girls need to wash their hair less than brunette hair but she also told me I only need to wash mine twice a week and that isn't the case


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 08:01 PM

Like others have said, it depends on your hair. Mine goes greasy really quickly, and because it's dark it really shows! If you have lighter hair you might get away with washing it less often, even if it feels a bit greasy. I know some people who barely wash their hair once a week and they look fine - lucky! I wash mine every other day, but it also depends what you do to your hair. For example, if you go swimming you should wash your hair afterwards so the chlorine doesn't damage your hair.




   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 08:05 PM

I generally wash my hair twice a week. If I wash it too much it gets dry and gross. Usually my hair doesn’t get greasy till like day five. Strange, I know. I have weird hair.




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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 08:06 PM

It really does depend on your hair type, I wash mine every other day or every third day. Going on what Holly said, I read somewhere that if you don't wash your hair in a week, then it starts to wash itself :]


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 2nd 2010, 08:11 PM

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It really does depend on your hair type, I wash mine every other day or every third day. Going on what Holly said, I read somewhere that if you don't wash your hair in a week, then it starts to wash itself :]
It's more than a week, it takes about 6 months for it to start washing itself. Which is all well and good but who wants to have greasy hair for 6 months

I think it depends on hair type.

If you have very greasy hair then you might have to wash it once a day whereas if you have very dry hair it might be once a week.

I has thick hair which gets fairly greasy quite quickly so I have to wash mine every other day at least.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 3rd 2010, 10:51 PM

I tend to wash my hair every second or third day, but I went two months without washing while camping and traveling and it didn't look greasy. It depends on what you want, where you are, what kind of air you have, and what kind of water you have, and most importantly, what kind of hair.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 3rd 2010, 11:06 PM

I wash mine every day. Otherwise it gets greasy. However, you're basically meant to wash it as little as possible. So leave it until it gets greasy



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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 3rd 2010, 11:13 PM

I wash mine EVERY night before i go to bed.
Except on weekends then it really just depends on if it feels greasy or not.
I straighten my hair every day except for weekends and it gets really flat after I sleep on it and I dont like it plus i love the feeling of freshly washed hair


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 3rd 2010, 11:29 PM

every day. ew, i can't imagine not washing my hair for a few days.. it would be all greasy and disgusting. i do know some people who are lucky and have hair that seems to stay clean and non-greasy for a few days.. but even if my hair was like that i'd still wash it every day. i wouldn't feel clean.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 3rd 2010, 11:43 PM

I wash mine maybe once or twice a week. I don't really need to wash it anymore than that but i dont use prosuct or anything and its always in its natural state.

As others have said, it completely depends on your hair type. I know that for your hair to be in the BEST ondition you need to let it go greasy and when its past greasy, then wash it.

The reason I say that is because the natural oils in your hair wash it, which makes it greasy, however in todays society you cant really wash it ever 2 weeks or whatever due to social behaviours.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 4th 2010, 12:22 AM

I wear hair gel everyday so I basically have to wash it everyday to get old gel out.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 4th 2010, 01:18 AM

If I don't wash mine every single day, it's just plain disgusting. It runs in the family.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 4th 2010, 11:21 AM

Mines is really thick so it takes a while for the greasy to permeate it. But I normally wash it every two days, since on the first day, it's all nice and clean and soft and silky and all those other pretty words, but on the second day, whilst it doesn't have that 'fresh' feeling to it, it's still really vibrant, health and silky looking, and pretty girls who like long hair on guys have complimented me on both days, so it's all good




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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 4th 2010, 01:08 PM

I wash mine everyday because if I don't it goes a little out of control. It really depends on your hair type, everybody will be different.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 5th 2010, 02:06 PM

Before something crazy happened (more humidity? dye job?) I would wash it once a week. Now it's more like every other day. I hate it.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 5th 2010, 03:25 PM

I was mine every morning. But I'm a guy, so I guess it helps that I don't have much hair.

Also, when I was in grade 7 or 8 I used to go like a week without washing my hair, it was madness! I'd have so much dandruff, it was revolting. Now I refuse to go to school if I've missed a single day or washing my hair, I'm so self conscious about washing up, and cleaning my hair.
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 8th 2010, 02:35 AM

My friend washes her hair once a month. :0 And brushes it once a week. I don't know how she gets away with it, especially since her hair is beautiful and curly and never looks dirty.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 8th 2010, 02:58 AM

I think that the people who only have to wash their hair once a week are really lucky...I wish I could go that long without it looking greasy and not having to style it! It's so time consuming because my hair is long...and I have to blow dry it because it dries weird on its own. I personally wash my hair every night before I go to sleep... sometimes I skip a day, but I can't always get away with it. When I'm lucky, I guess.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 8th 2010, 03:21 AM

I wash mine every 1-2 days (usually every 2). It depends on how much oil you produce.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 9th 2010, 09:48 PM

I have to wash it every other day else I look like I never clean myself. If I want to wear it down I have to wear it the night before/the morning.. so if I want to wear my hair down I have to wash it every day but it takes so long I have to wear it up more than I like to. No one wants tied up hair
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 10th 2010, 09:37 PM

I wash my every other or every third day. Depends on how greasy it looks. Sometimes if it's a bit greasy, not toop bad, but I don't wanna wash it I curl and and you barely notice it at all


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 11th 2010, 11:20 AM

It is recommended no matter how gentle your shampoo is that every 2 - 3 days a woman should wash her hair so as not to strip the oils. If the hair is oily then it should be every day or every second day.

Here is a tip to get the hair squeaky clean and also helps doing this method before getting your hair colored or streaked:
Short hair ...... 1/2 cup of baking soda with teaspoon of lemon, then mix into a creamy like paste, then wet hair and apply (wrapping a towel around your head after application) and leave on for 15 minutes. Add your favorite shampoo and wash, then rinse well. If you don't have lemon handy don't worry.

Long hair ....... use 1 full cup of baking soda with two teaspoons of lemon, then mix into a creamy like paste and follow the above directions.

Men should use this method as well especially if they work in a dirty environment where there is lots of dust. The baking soda helps to take away the dust, gels, hair sprays, etc., leaving the scalp refreshed and pores clean.

Washing your hair every day strips it of all the natural oils, which is often why it gets greasy (its creating more oil than usual to try keep up)

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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 11th 2010, 11:21 AM

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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 22nd 2010, 11:00 PM

EW! I apologize to anyone who washes their hair once-twice a week but that is NOT healthy for your hair. It gets so much dirt and other yucky particles stuck in your hair throughout the day and it collects grease, and not to mention it begins to smell dirty after a day or two. I personally wash my hair every other day and to keep it strong and healthy I only blow dry it 2-3 times a week as well as sparingly using straighteners and hair curlers. I think the longest you should go without washing your hair is about 3 days, but by then my hair is just gross. It depends on hair type but, yeah 3 days is the maximum imo. Also like i've stated in other threads, rub olive oil in the hair from the ends up once a week and leave it in for about 5 minutes before rinsing along with conditioning or hot oil treatments as well. Leave in conditioners are awesome too.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 23rd 2010, 03:42 AM

I wash mine every-other day. That's when it starts to look cute (I mean, it has waves and everything) but at the same time I feel its dirty, LOL. So I wash it anyway. It also depends on the shampoo you're using... some of them protect your hair more than others so you don't have to wash it everyday


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 23rd 2010, 03:49 AM

I can generally get away with once a week, but it looks nicest if I wash it about every three or four days. Really, the more you leave your hair to its own devices, the better.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 23rd 2010, 03:56 AM

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EW! I apologize to anyone who washes their hair once-twice a week but that is NOT healthy for your hair. It gets so much dirt and other yucky particles stuck in your hair throughout the day and it collects grease, and not to mention it begins to smell dirty after a day or two. I personally wash my hair every other day and to keep it strong and healthy I only blow dry it 2-3 times a week as well as sparingly using straighteners and hair curlers. I think the longest you should go without washing your hair is about 3 days, but by then my hair is just gross. It depends on hair type but, yeah 3 days is the maximum imo. Also like i've stated in other threads, rub olive oil in the hair from the ends up once a week and leave it in for about 5 minutes before rinsing along with conditioning or hot oil treatments as well. Leave in conditioners are awesome too.
I have gone a whole summer without washing my hair with shampoo and it didn't smell, so I think it really depends on your hair type, believe it or not. If anything, blow drying, straightening, curling, covering it with heat and chemicals is actually LESS healthy than washing sparingly with a low-toxicity shampoo of some sort. Often, hair gets "greasy" because you are washing it too often, and your body is overcompensating for the product and heat damage by producing more oils. Just sayin'.


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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 26th 2010, 12:57 AM

Everything you just said, is exactly what I said in my post. Depends on hair type, and i'm not sure if you read it correctly but I said the same exact thing about hair straighteners and blow drying..are you agreeing with me or did you read my post wrong? I don't mean it in a bad way at all i'm just a little confused lol!
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 26th 2010, 01:13 AM

Ew whats wrong with some of you who only wash it once a week? Thats so wrong, or a whole summer?! Are some of you too lazy to wash or what? Im not having a go, i'd like to know just exactly what posesses you to do such a thing.
   
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Re: How often should you wash your hair? - February 26th 2010, 02:01 AM

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Ew whats wrong with some of you who only wash it once a week? Thats so wrong, or a whole summer?! Are some of you too lazy to wash or what? Im not having a go, i'd like to know just exactly what posesses you to do such a thing.
Lol, ok, I guess I am in the minority here, but I think that you don't have to use shampoo to wash your hair, because your hair will ultimately adjust and stop producing as much oil. I guess I can only explain by restating my own experience:

I do not smell (I promise!). I rarely use soap on my body, I do wash my face with oil and I do wash my hair once week with an oil shampoo now (the place where I live now is very dry, and that summer when I did not, I was living by the sea, so I think the climate worked fine... I ran out of shampoo and found it not imperative to buy a new bottle). I have short hair and I do not use any hair styling products or heat treatment on my hair (these are things make your hair more gunky and damaged...), and the way I do it, my hair looks good.

I am not lazy, and I have several good reasons to back away from hair/skin/body products. I assure you that I look good and I do not smell, I am not covered in grease/grime/acne/odor and I am not a lazy slob. I'm not saying that this is the way for everyone, I'm just saying that it's a viable way, and it's not gross.

If you have any more questions about this, I would be happy to entertain them. I posted a thread about giving up make up and the like for new years and I have successfully cut out a lot of things. I am definitely an advocate for healthy decisions about one's body, and I have done an extensive amount of consumer research on these topics. PM me if you're not convinced, I guess?

PS maybe you mean that I don't wash.. like I don't wash up? I take showers daily, it's pretty marvelous


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