by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

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Image via @kim_lizeth

Most people would agree that washing your hair every day is bad for your hair, but in sweltering Singapore, is it even an option? Heat and humidity can often make caring for your hair difficult. Ahead are some hair care tips on keeping your hair clean and moisturised, and which products are up to the task.

Caring for your hair

Given the heat and humidity, washing your hair daily is recommended, regardless of hair type. Choose a shampoo that is suited for your hair type, preferably free of sodium lauryl sulphate and parabens—these foaming agents can strip your hair of natural oils, making it dry and brittle. Conditioning is also a must after shampooing if you have fine, brittle or curly hair.

Remember to shampoo your roots and not your hair strands, and vice versa for conditioning. The reason is that sebum collects on your scalp so washing your hair strands isn’t really necessary; as for conditioning, your scalp and roots don’t need conditioning and it can cause the hair to look oily and heavy if not properly removed.

And in the same way that you would apply skincare products according to your skin’s needs for the day, you should do the same for your hair. Use different shampoos according to what your hair feels like for the day.

Another thing to take note of: One of the most common mistakes involves towel-drying and wrapping your hair up in the towel after a shower. Instead of drying your hair vigorously with the towel, start by dabbing with the towel from the roots up. Don’t put your hair up in a towel. This minimises damage to the hair follicles by reducing the tension on the hair.

For normal hair 

sachajuan shampoo
Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo, SGD34

For dry hair

dry hair shampoo
Ouai Repair Shampoo, SGD45

For fine hair

fine hair shampoo
Living Proof Full Shampoo, SGD42

For curly hair

curly hair shampoo
Ouai Curl Shampoo, SGD45

For oily hair

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo, SGD38

For damaged hair

Botanist Botanical Damage Care Shampoo (Iris & Freesia), SGD26

For coloured hair

Briogeo Color Me Brilliant Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Shampoo, SGD43