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No matter your age, you may struggle with one long-unanswered question — how often should men wash their hair?
It’s no wonder you do. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what everyone thinks is the best method of hair care. Finding the right answer can be more complicated than it needs to be.
Well, look no longer. If you need to know “How often should you wash your hair?”, here is a look at what people are saying and which advice you should follow.
Is It Okay for Guys to Wash Their Hair Every Day?
You might feel the need to shampoo as frequently as possible. Some men with finer hair may see their strands getting greasier faster than others with thicker locks. However, those thicker-haired guys might also struggle with the same problem.
Once your hair starts to look greasy, you’ll probably want to break out the shampoo. But hold that thought — lathering up too frequently depletes your hair of its natural, healthy oil sebum.
Scientists are still researching sebum, but what they currently know is it helps keep your hair moisturized, preventing cracking and brittleness. By shampooing too frequently — say, every day — you’ll get rid of this oil too fast. Doing so can damage your hair and scalp, leaving them dull and itchy. It can even lead to excess sebum production, making your hair greasier faster.
Try leaving out the soap and wash with water, conditioner and vigorous scrubbing only. The water will help remove extra oil and dirt without stripping your hair of the good stuff. You could even leave out the conditioner if you’re doing this every day since too much of it can create more tangles. Add some healthy hair care products and you could see an improvement in texture.
Water-only washes can be less valuable if you add many products to your hair. The water often can’t break down what makes up your styling additions on its own, which is where shampoo comes in.
How Often Should Men Wash Their Hair With Shampoo?
The answer — definitely not every day.
While daily hot showers are good for keeping you smelling fresh, they aren’t the best for your hair. Yes, water temperature is part of the equation as well.
Many experts recommend only using shampoo two or three times a week. Some might even say once or ask you to start your no-poo (not using shampoo) journey as soon as possible. While this might not be an option for you if you’re a big product user, it’s certainly an idea worth looking at if you want the healthiest hair possible.
When it comes to shampooing, less is more — even if you’re working out during the summer months. Your scalp will start to balance out after a few shampoo-less washes, leaving you with less oil production and healthier hair. You might even need fewer creams and gels to style your ‘do. But, if it’s still not achieving the look you want, try to use more water-soluble products you can wash out with a solid scrub.
The heat of your shower can also have an effect. Hot water gets rid of build-up but can leave your hair more brittle and frizzy. Cold showers have tons of benefits for your hair and scalp, including leaving them healthier and cleaner. If you can’t stand the chill, a lukewarm shower should be enough to wash out the bad and seal in the benefits.
How often should you wash your hair with shampoo? Too much of it will hurt your hair in the long run. Try cutting back to two or three times a week and do more warm water-only showers to reduce grease and strengthen your strands while keeping the rest of your body clean. Remember to condition every time you shampoo as well.
Clean Your Hair Smarter, Not Harder
There truly isn’t a need to shampoo every day. Most men could improve their hair by using it only a couple of times per week and opting for more shampoo-free washes. With a deep scrub and warm water, your hair should look healthy without harsh soaps.
However, everyone’s hair is different — no one tactic will work for every man. Give these shower tips a shot and see what works best for you.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.