9 Tricks to Wash Your Hair Less Often

If hair gets too dirty, we feel uncomfortable and wash it more often. However, that doesn't mean that it will stay clean for very long. This article takes a look at how you can keep your hair clean.
9 Tricks to Wash Your Hair Less Often
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Written by Lorena González

Last update: 11 June, 2022

One the most uncomfortable beauty problems is having dirty hair. It tends to make people feel quite insecure and uneasy, since our hair is one of the most noticeable things about our image. However, you don’t need to wash your hair as often as you might think.

Keep reading to find out how you can keep your hair clean longer and, as a result, wash it less often.

1. Wash your hair with boiled or filtered water

Wash Your Hair

One of the first things you can do to wash your hair less often and keep it clean longer is rinse it with boiled or filtered water at a temperature of about 38C degrees (100F).

2. Don’t overuse hair products

Some of the products we use to enhance our hair’s appearance, like keratin, or certain products like dry shampoo, hairspray and gel can dirty it quickly and considerably.

For this reason, if you want to wash your hair less often, you’ll have to use small amounts of these types of products once or twice a week at most.

3. Brush less often and use a comb

Brush less often and use a comb

Contrary to what you may believe, hair that’s brushed too often doesn’t look cleaner and shinier. In fact, the more you touch your hair, the faster it becomes dirty.

That’s why the most you should brush your hair is two or three times a day, preferably with a comb instead of a brush. Doing so means you’ll have less split ends, and your hair will look shiny and healthier.

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4. Use styling mousse

To keep your hair much more natural, a quick solution is to use products like styling mousse instead of others like hairspray or gel, which will dirty your hair much more.

5. Use a sulfate-free shampoo

Use a sulfate-free shampoo

Sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as SLS, is a nontoxic substance added to shampoos. It’s known to cause dry scalp, and increase hair oil in some people. If this applies to you, choose a shampoo that doesn’t contain these kinds of ingredients, and use hair masks and oils as directed instead.

You can also try your own exfoliating tonics or hair masks made at home with various natural ingredients.

6. Turn down the heat

When you use hair dryers and styling irons too often, your hair could suffer and appear dirty more quickly. To avoid this from happening, lower the temperature of your hair dryer and styling irons anywhere from 150 to 180 degrees.

7. Make a peeling treatment for your scalp

Make a peeling treatment for your scalp
Making the occasional peeling treatment for your scalp helps to get rid of dead skin cells, removes impurities, and also strengthens hair follicles to let your hair grow out stronger and healthier.

8. Change your pillowcases more often

One of the ways our hair can get dirty more often is by using the same pillowcase for many nights.

Our pillow case absorbs oils and the products you put in your hair, much like it does for skin oil. As a result, it can become covered in bacteria and impurities. That’s why it’s crucial that you change your pillowcases at least once a week.

9. Protect your hair from the cold and the sun

Protect your hair from the cold and the sun

Finally, it’s necessary to protect your hair in winter and summer when temperatures are low and high. This is because these conditions stimulate the production of oil on your scalp and lead to oilier roots.

The best measure you can take is to wear a hat or cap to protect your hair from high summer temperatures, and winter hats to shield your hair from winter’s cold and frosty temperatures. Doing so will make your hair healthier and shinier. It’s easy!

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.