Your hair is your absolute crown and glory. It’s how you express yourself, pamper yourself and even feel sexy. As a woman in tech myself, I need to feel confident calling out and managing men every day, and my hair really helps me get there. So, when my hair started to feel damaged at the ends but greasy at the roots, I was worried.

It turns out, this was happening for the most simple reason ever: I was washing my hair too much. So here’s why I now only wash my hair every 5 days and how that’s vastly improved how it looks and feels.

Find out the benefits of washing your hair every 5 days below.

1. Healthier Scalp

Cleansing your scalp is really important because it helps your hair to grow and break through skin cells and oil glands (gross!). But if you have a dry scalp, you could be stripping your head of those all-important oils, like sebum which naturally condition your locks.

In addition, you could be throwing off your scalp’s microbiome. Our whole body is covered in good bacteria which balance the skin’s pH and prevent bad bacteria from building up. Removing this can help fungi and bad bacteria to get in, causing lots of irritation and itching.

2. Reduced Split Ends

Now onto your actual hair: and everyone knows that you can’t ‘fix’ a split end. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them off! So prevention is key, especially if you want to grow your hair out.

If you wash your hair often, you’re probably washing away the sebum, which is a natural conditioner, and is one of the oils which makes your hair feel greasy. I for one, always have more defined and less frizzy curls a day or so after I style them (with a curling iron), and it’s the sebum to thank for that. Trust me, your body is working with you on this one: allow the sebum to work through your hair, protecting it from damage, dryness and split ends.

3. Keep Colour For Longer

Getting your hair coloured is expensive. Whether you mercilessly bleach it platinum (been there!) or love a lowlight, reducing how often you wash your hair can help you keep that colour. In turn, you’ll save time and money because you just won’t have to visit the hairdresser as often!

4. Save Time

It’s not like I dread washing my hair…the actual washing process is fine. But the drying and styling of it can be a nightmare! I etch out an hour and a half of my day to make sure that I get it right. If I don’t dry it properly and then straighten it, I can be sure of crazy frizziness the next day.

When I was washing my hair daily, I wasn’t following through on the whole process I follow now, but it was certainly taking at least 30 minutes every time. In total, I have saved 2 hours every week. If you run your own business or are a busy Mum, that time is invaluable!

5. Save Money And Buy Better Products!

By washing your hair less, you’ll find that you’ll use a lot less product, which will create the budget for you to purchase something that’s better for your hair type. When shampoo shopping, opt for a sulfate-free cleanser that won’t strip your hair, and avoid anything with silicone which can be too heavy. You can also ask your hairdresser to see if they have any recommendations.

My Hair Schedule

I know nobody asked, but I thought it would be helpful to provide my 5-wash-day hair schedule. This will, hopefully, help you to work out what’s best for your hair type. I have long hair which is naturally frizzy but fairly straight, and I wash it in the evenings.

  • DAY 1 – Hair down, either straight or with a little wave
  • DAY 2 – Hair down, usually left as the previous day
  • DAY 3 – Hair half clipped back. Dry shampoo in the evening.
  • DAY 4 – Hair up. Dry shampoo in the evening
  • DAY 5 – Hair up. Wash in the evening!

My best tip here is to actually use dry shampoo in the evening. It means you can go to work the next day without your hair smelling weird or having an unintentional white streak across the top!


Lucy is a digital marketer based in the UK who runs a feminist, inclusive blog called VagLife. She loves writing, reading and all things digital. Lucy believes in the empowerment of all women to be exactly who they want to be and, after lots of chats like this with friends, thought that a blog might help her get the word out even more!