Why Not To Wash Your Hair If It’s Short

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If you have short hair, it’s a lot better for maintenance for a lot of reasons. None less so than the fact that you really don’t need to wash it, or at least not like you would other hair-types.

The shorter the hair strand, the less distance the natural oils have to travel. This means that your hair will not appear as greasy as someone with longer hair. Again, longer hair tends to be a lot flatter. This means the oil travels far more easily.

Removing the oils from your hair with shampoo is the main reason we wash our hair, and people with longer hair need to do this more often, use more shampoo and be more aware of the condition of their hair generally.

So if you’ve got short-wavy hair, or short-short hair this means you don’t need to wash your hair nearly as often. The same goes for Men with shorter hair styles. Most do not need to wash their hair more than once per week.

A great alternative is to use things like Dry Shampoo or gentler shampoos less frequently – don’t think I’m saying that you should never wash your hair because that’s simply not what I’m trying to advise at all.

The real advice here is to wash less frequently, or set up a wash frequency based on your hairs own unique needs and requirements. If you’re still going to be washing your hair once – twice per week, getting a shampoo that doesn’t strip the hair of these oils so much is your best bet.

Alternative Treatments For Your Hair:

There are a number of alternative treatments you can use for short hair to give it back some of it’s natural oils if you’re going to continue using regular shampoos.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • Hot Oil Treatments
  • Argan Oil


Generally there’s a heap of different oil treatments you can use on your hair to give it back some moisture if you’ve got short hair and you’ve stripped it of it’s natural oils without meaning to.

Coconut Oil: This is a really popular oil for treating your hair, often taking the place of conditioners, people with medium length hair should use this after using a regular shampoo. Not after using a shampoo that doesn’t strip the natural oils from your hair. For people with shorter hair, if you’ve been washing too frequently, it’d be good to use this at least once to get your hair back in good condition again.


Castor Oil: This is my personal favorite for hair treatment right now, because it’s deeply nourishing and does help replenish and revitalize your hair from the follicle to your split ends. It’s also quite cost effective as you only really need to use a few drops mixed in with some coconut oil. That combination is honestly amazing. Anyway, not all castor oil is created equally, you really need to find out what the best castor oil is and go from there since some can smell, and some lack quality.


Hot Oil Treatments: Hot oil treatments are very popular, but they’re not necessarily best for people with short hair. I think these are best used for people with long to longer hair that’s severely damaged after poor hair care. The heat in these oils is obviously an extreme, and there are far better ways to treat your over washed ‘short length’ hair.



If you’ve been over washing your hair there are plenty of things you can do to put it right, and hopefully some of these tips have helped you in some way.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments.

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