overwashing your hair?

8:37 pm - 07/01/2008
There's a hair post a few down below me, and it made me want to ask...

Why shouldn't you wash your hair everyday?
Is there anything us oily-haired girls can do to NOT wash our hair?

My hair gets oily by the next day and I work every day basically, so I need to look presentable. I'm not sure what I could do to not wash my hair as much, it seems gross to me to not wash it every day or every day that I work. Only because my hair can be get so oily and that with my oily/combination face makes me feel naaaaasty.
skye5 2nd-Jul-2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Do whatever works for YOUR hair. You'll know if it's damaged, and if it's note, then you should be fine washing every day. I know lots of people who was every day but I know I could never do that just because my hair is different.
pbandbay 2nd-Jul-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Okay, good. My hair doesn't feel damaged, I don't think... I just worry because so many people say "don't wash it every day!" but if I don't, it's gross.
russian_grl 2nd-Jul-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
you could use baby powder on the roots to absorb the oils and wash every other day
latexxx 2nd-Jul-2008 01:27 am (UTC)
I feel the same way! Sometimes I'll put it back in a pony tail if I don't wash it, but I still feel so gross about it! I don't want to give anyone a hug on those days! Ew. I worry about baby powder in case it would look like flakes? Even worse.
I don't want to wash everyday because of what I hear, but I typically do - especially if I hit the gym or bikram yoga.
fathomss 2nd-Jul-2008 02:04 am (UTC)
I tried not washing my hair everyday because people said my scalp would get used to it. Unfortunately, after over a month of trying, my hair was still greasy. I tried baby powder, but my hair is dark and it made me look like I was getting grays.

Honestly, if washing your hair everyday isn't making it feel damaged and straw like, keep at it. Whatever works best for you is what you should be doing. If your hair ever does feel damaged, just do a deep conditioning once or twice a week.
followblind 2nd-Jul-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
you could always use baby shampoo on the days you want to be more gentle on your hair
everywastedkiss 2nd-Jul-2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Not washing doesn't mean you don't use water or conditioner. It just means you stop using shampoo as frequently. Your scalp WILL get used to it, but you have to give it time. Your scalp will stop producing so much oil because you stop immediately stripping away the sebum.

I use shampoo every 3-4 days. In between I use conditioner once or twice and then just rinse it with water (and sometimes lightly scrubbing my scalp/hair like I do when I use shampoo) the rest of the time.
caliginous 2nd-Jul-2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Assuming your oil issues are from over-washing and not general oiliness, switching to more gentle products is the best way to stop having to wash as frequently. Sulfates are the major culprit in oily scalp dry ends hair, and dropping those from the routine will allow your scalp to calm down. the transition can be a bit of a pain, but ultimately worth it. From there it's much easier to cut back on washing. if you just cut back while using harsh products you won't see adjustment as well or as fast. cutting -cones can also help the transition, many people experience build up that makes their hair lank, flat, and greasy looking, all because of -cones.

There are lots of tricks for adjustment periods, rinisng with water or just using conditioner are common, as are dry shampoos, or just wiping hair with a damp washcloth.

If your hair is oily by nature, lemongrass tea as a rinse, or treatment with ylang-ylang essential oil helps regulate the oil production. Lemongrass must be tea as essential oils are way too strong. Ylang ylang has to be diluted with a carrier oil (jojoba or similar), massaged into scalp, let sit for 30+minutes, then washed out. How often you need to do these depends on your body, I use ylang 1-2x a month, but only wash my hair 1-2x a week. You can end up slowing oil production to the point where you must pay attention to your ends, as they won't be getting the oils they need from the scalp.
purple_malik 2nd-Jul-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
My skin is REALLY oily and my hair has been oily since as long as I can remember. Does that mean it's naturally oily? I do shampoo everyday as well.
caliginous 2nd-Jul-2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
maybe, maybe not. Do you use harsh products on skin and hair? Is your hair shoulder length+, and do you have dry ends? if so there's a good chance you are making it more oily.
do a test for your skin type http://www.ehow.com/how_5028_determine-skin-type.html
and then decide.
seren5 2nd-Jul-2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oiliness is due to hormones. I don't think doing anything externally will stop excess oil production.

Just wash hair everyday and use a light conditioner, like a spray detangler.
meshuggenah42 3rd-Jul-2008 06:38 am (UTC)
In most cases, people get oily skin from overwashing their skin. Your scalp could be producing more oil to make up for you washing it so much. You could try out a few things. You can start washing your hair every other day, and then add more time in between washes as your scalp gets used to it. Or, you could try just rinsing or just conditioning on the day you don't shampoo.
meshuggenah42 3rd-Jul-2008 06:38 am (UTC)
*from overwashing their hair. Sorry.
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