This is a question that often comes up in the world of hair care. Many people notice that their stylist washes their hair twice when they visit the salon, and wonder if this is a practice they should start when caring for their hair at home. The answer really depends, and the same answer goes for if you’re using a more natural lower lather option like our Natural Shine Enhancing Shampoo.
How Often Do You Typically Wash Your Hair?
If the answer to this question is daily or every other day, chances are you don’t need to shampoo twice. This is because the oils on your scalp and the natural buildup that occurs on the hair itself (think dust, dirt, allergens, and whatever other fun stuff is floating around in the air) haven’t really had a chance to accumulate.
The Weather and Your Level of Activity
The decision to shampoo twice can also depend on the weather and what your activities are. For example, if you’ve been active all day in sweltering heat and humidity, you’re going to have a heck of a lot more buildup on your hair and irritants on your scalp than if you’ve mostly been inactive indoors.
There are many times I’ll wash after being outdoors and mowing the lawn or working in the yard to remove the typical allergens that can get on the hair like pollen and other particles that can aggravate allergies. Not only do these organisms cause allergy irritation, but the buildup can make the hair look dull and dirty.
Humidity can also make it worse. The moisture that is absorbed from the humid air acts as a magnet for more dirt, pollen and other airborne particles. If you’ve been out in humid weather, washing twice before conditioning your hair can be a nice “reset” for a smoother surface and less frizz.
What Does Your Hair and Scalp Feel Like?
You will usually know if your hair needs a double wash simply by feeling it when the water starts running over your hair and scalp. If you add shampoo and it’s having a hard time lathering up, that’s usually a sign that you’ve got quite a lot of buildup that needs to come off.
This has always been a good gauge for me. If I don’t get a slightly “squeaky clean” feeling after the initial wash, then I know I should at least add a bit more shampoo and lather again. For me, getting that slightly squeaky feeling is not only a psychological cue that my hair is clean. It also usually means a much better hair day as well.
Often times, thorough cleaning results in a great conditioning experience and a better outcome when my hair is blown dry. This is probably why stylists often do two shampoos. It creates a better basis for the conditioner to soak into the hair, and it removes any buildup so that style they give you stays set for a longer period of time.
So the short answer is, use your judgment when deciding whether or not to double shampoo your hair. You definitely don’t want to dry it out, so use the lathering level as a litmus test to decide whether or not your hair needs an extra thorough cleansing. I’ve found it to be the most reliable test.