We have all heard that the best way to wash our hair and keep it squeaky clean is to lather, rinse and then repeat. But how many of us do that? And is it really necessary? Well, as it is often the case, there isn’t a clear answer that suits everyone. It really depends on your hair type and how many products you use on your hair.
Most people don’t need to lather, rinse and repeat
Most people don’t need to repeat the lather and rinse step twice and if they do, it might cause more damage to their hair! Shampoos contain cleansing agents that are designed to remove dirt, product buildup and other impurities from your hair but they usually work too well and remove too much natural oil as well, which is what keeps hair naturally moisturized. If you strip too much of it, hair becomes dry and that’s why it is recommended you use a conditioner after shampooing: to replenish what’s been removed.
Who should repeat the lather and rinse step then?
Sometimes though your regular shampoo just isn’t enough to remove all the dirt in your locks and so lathering more than once may be necessary. That’s true for people with very oily hair and for those that have a lot of product buildup in their hair. Even in this case though, using a clarifiying shampoo, which contain a higher concentrations of detergents than regular shampoos, once a week may be a better option.
What I do
I have very oily hair and the day after I wash them they are already dirty and greasy but I have never lathered and rinsed more than once. Instead, washing it every other day with regular shampoo and using a clarifying one once every 10 days seems to be enough to keep my hair clean. Granted, apart from shampoo and conditioner, I hardly use any other product on my hair so I hardly have any buildup to remove. If I did use a lot of products on my oily hair, I think every now and then I would have had to repeat the lather and rinse step though!
What about you? Do you lather, rinse and repeat?