The winter months can be particularly brutal on your hair and scalp. Dryer air both inside and outdoors contributes to frizz and, at the same time, can leave hair looking lank and dull. Many people try to combat these harsh conditions by washing their hair more frequently, but daily washing might actually be doing more harm than good. Below are six reasons why you might want to reconsider that daily dose shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair looking beautiful all season.
- Shampoo strips your hair and scalp of natural oils.
While the obvious solution for oily, lifeless hair might seem like a daily wash, shampooing can actually make your hair even more greasy by stripping it of the natural oils that your scalp produces to protect follicles in dryer conditions. Not only does this dry out your hair, leaving it with less natural shine and more frizz, but it can also cause your scalp to produce even more oils to try and compensate. This means that your daily shampoo habit can end up making your hair even oilier and more prone to breakage.
- Daily washing leads to more split ends and a drier scalp.
While shampooing removes those vital oils from your hair, daily washing also subjects your scalp to hot water, especially in the winter months when we’re prone to taking longer steamy showers. Hot water can dry the scalp, leading to flaking, while also causing your hair to become more brittle and more likely to split at the ends.
- Washing your hair every day is expensive.
Many people purchase more expensive shampoos and conditioners in the winter months in an attempt to revitalize their hair, but daily application of these products means you’ll run out of them twice as fast while actually causing even more damage to your hair and scalp. A daily shampoo treatment also takes a considerable amount of time, and that’s a valuable commodity you could invest doing something else.
- Your color will fade faster.
Another hidden expense that comes from washing your hair every day is that your color will fade faster. Shampooing and rinsing color-treated hair once a day will eventually strip it of its vibrancy, making those pricey highlights look brassy or that deep mahogany and little faded.
- Daily shampooing can lead to product build-up.
While it might seem like the opposite would be true, washing your hair everyday can actually cause you to use more styling products to combat the split ends and frizz brought on by frequent shampooing. Couple this with the fact that slightly dirty hair is often easier to style than freshly washed hair, and you could be using twice the product your normally would had you just skipped the daily shampoo.
- Washing your hair everyday means daily heat styling.
Finally, if you wash your hair everyday then you’ll be more likely to use a hair dryer or curling iron to style it, and constant application of direct heat to your hair can cause it to be become more damaged over time.
Try skipping your daily shampoo and allowing your scalp to regain its natural balance, saving yourself time and money with healthier, more beautiful hair