We used to think lathering up our locks every day or two was the norm. Then, with the dawn of dry shampoo, we were allowed some wiggle room between washes (OK, maybe a lot of wiggle room). And while shampooing less frequently has been ideal for our sleep schedule, we weren’t totally sure how the habit was affecting our scalp health. So we decided to do some investigating and find out: How often should you wash your hair? The long and short of it is every day for most hair types, with a few caveats (which we’ll get into below).
To help set the record straight, we tapped celeb hairstylist Helen Reavey, cofounder of Act + Acre (a hair-care brand that specializes in scalp health). Reavey proceeded to not only tell us about our dry, neglected scalps but also show us what happens when you don’t shampoo often enough (or incorrectly)