Is it okay to wet your hair everyday?

I was wondering if it was all right to wet your hair everyday. My mother insists with me that it's not, since it will dry out my hair, but I honestly don't think she knows what she's talking about, because over the past two years I have only been wetting my hair when I poo and condition it, which is once or twice a week. My hair is very dry, and I think it's because I don't wet it enough. So, what's the deal? Is it really harmful to wet hair everyday or is that just a bunch of nonsense?


P.S. I'm only speaking of wetting, not shampooing. I always wait at least three days to poo again.
I'm wondering the same thing because my mother says it's not good to wet your hair everyday because it will dry out your hair.
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I've wet my hair everyday since I'm a teenager, if not longer. I'm 57 and I don't think it's done me any harm.

I currently wet and style everyday. Today was a first for second day hair.
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There's nothing wrong with wetting your hair every day. I have never heard that wetting your hair will dry it out, and it doesn't dry mine out at all. Water is just water, I would think that product would be the thing that could be drying if anything.
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I wet and style my hair every day too. I only air-dry though, no heat. Ever. I may have a problem with my hair being dry but I never attributed it to wetting my hair every day -- more like growing out chemically dyed hair and growing in gray hair causing the dry look/feel to my hair.
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i wet mine daily with no problems......
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There's nothing wrong with wetting your hair every day. I have never heard that wetting your hair will dry it out, and it doesn't dry mine out at all. Water is just water, I would think that product would be the thing that could be drying if anything.
Originally Posted by Dancebabe885
The only products I use are leave-in conditioner for curly hair and shine serum, and I know that neither of them are contributing to my hair's lack of hydration. I guess my hair is just naturally dry. Bummer. Funny, when my hair was chin-length, it was so moisturized, but now that it's past shoulder-length, it's so brittle.

Last edited by Marllon; 03-09-2009 at 08:50 PM.
The only products I use are leave-in conditioner for curly hair and shine serum, and I know that neither of them are contributing to my hair's lack of hydration. I guess my hair is just naturally dry. Bummer. Funny, when my hair was chin-length, it was so moisturized, but now that it's past shoulder-length, it's so brittle.
Originally Posted by Marllon
Most serums are loaded with 'cones. It could be the cause, or at least a contributing factor, to your hair's lack of hydration. Silicone coats the hair shaft and doesn't allow moisture in. If your using a SLS poo to remove the 'cones, that could be drying your hair out even more. The wetting has nothing to do with dryness, as all of these posts show. In all likelihood, it's the products.
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Most serums are loaded with 'cones. It could be the cause, or at least a contributing factor, to your hair's lack of hydration. Silicone coats the hair shaft and doesn't allow moisture in. If your using a SLS poo to remove the 'cones, that could be drying your hair out even more. The wetting has nothing to do with dryness, as all of these posts show. In all likelihood, it's the products.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Oh, yes, I know. My shampoo doesn't contain SLS, and I only use the shine serum occasionally. My hair has been dry like this for a year, and I wasn't even using these products a year ago. I'm figuring it's because I have gone almost twenty-one months without a trim, which I plan to get as soon as possible.
I wet mine every day - it's the only way I can style it. It's never hurt me.
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Most serums are loaded with 'cones. It could be the cause, or at least a contributing factor, to your hair's lack of hydration. Silicone coats the hair shaft and doesn't allow moisture in. If your using a SLS poo to remove the 'cones, that could be drying your hair out even more. The wetting has nothing to do with dryness, as all of these posts show. In all likelihood, it's the products.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Oh, yes, I know. My shampoo doesn't contain SLS, and I only use the shine serum occasionally. My hair has been dry like this for a year, and I wasn't even using these products a year ago. I'm figuring it's because I have gone almost twenty-one months without a trim, which I plan to get as soon as possible.
Originally Posted by Marllon
Needing a trim could be another issue contributing to your problems. If your serum has cones (even if you use it occasionally) you need to wash it out with a SLS shampoo. Otherwise, you'll have build up. Build up causes problems.
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I wet mine almost every day too, with no ill effects.

Except....

I recently read on The Beauty Brains blog that if you color your hair, water will make it fade faster (faster than sulfate shampoos, they say). Makes sense, now that I know that water is alkaline and therefore opens the cuticle. Once the cuticle is open, by god all hell breaks loose.

Just thought I'd throw that out there. It was news to me so maybe it'll be news to somebody else out there.
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I wet mine almost every day too, with no ill effects.

Except....

I recently read on The Beauty Brains blog that if you color your hair, water will make it fade faster (faster than sulfate shampoos, they say). Makes sense, now that I know that water is alkaline and therefore opens the cuticle. Once the cuticle is open, by god all hell breaks loose.

Just thought I'd throw that out there. It was news to me so maybe it'll be news to somebody else out there.
Originally Posted by jillipoo
My hair is not color-treated, but I'm glad you posted that. It's good to know. I had no clue water could make dye fade faster.

Needing a trim could be another issue contributing to your problems. If your serum has cones (even if you use it occasionally) you need to wash it out with a SLS shampoo. Otherwise, you'll have build up. Build up causes problems.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I use an ALS (ammonium lauryl sulfate) poo, so shouldn't that surfactant be strong enough to get rid of the silicone build-up? I only began using the silicone serum three weeks ago, and I've only used it twice since, and my hair has been dry for about a year, so that's why I don't think its because of the serum, but rather the lack of a hair trim.

Also, would you happen to know if sulfate-free clarifying shampoos are the real deal? Or is it a gimmick? Because I'm wondering if they're a better alternative to sulfate-laden clarifying shampoos.
I use an ALS (ammonium lauryl sulfate) poo, so shouldn't that surfactant be strong enough to get rid of the silicone build-up? I only began using the silicone serum three weeks ago, and I've only used it twice since, and my hair has been dry for about a year, so that's why I don't think its because of the serum, but rather the lack of a hair trim.

Also, would you happen to know if sulfate-free clarifying shampoos are the real deal? Or is it a gimmick? Because I'm wondering if they're a better alternative to sulfate-laden clarifying shampoos.
Originally Posted by Marllon
There was a curl chemist article that told you what ingredients you needed to remove different cones. I think low poo will remove amethicone, but not sure about the others. jillipoo, always keeps those links readily available.

I guess I have to be more direct with you, since the subtle approach isn't working. If you're using products that require a sulfate to remove them--you're causing dryness. The bottomline is that use of cones and sulfates dry out hair. If you continue to do this, you need to have regular trims and frequent DTs or suffer dry hair.
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I wet my hair everyday, sometimes twice daily, wash once a week, and herbal rinse or cowash once a week. The key for me is that everytime water hits my hair in those processes I seal in the moisture with a light layer of something like Camellia Seed Oil. If I just allow my hair to remain wet without a sealant, the water evaporates rather quickly since some areas of my hair are naturally highly porous. I think if I had that constant easy evaporation of water on my hair I would be doing harm to my hair over time.
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I've wet my hair everyday since I'm a teenager, if not longer. I'm 57 and I don't think it's done me any harm.

I currently wet and style everyday. Today was a first for second day hair.
Originally Posted by kathymack
KathyMack do you wet it in the shower properly or just mist/spray it down?
KathyMack do you wet it in the shower properly or just mist/spray it down?
Originally Posted by storm
I wet in the shower every day. If I'm not happy with the way my hair looks or feels, I've been know to have "do overs!"
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Ok sorry for stupid questions :P but do you detangle and restyle as well when you wet your hair?
Ok sorry for stupid questions :P but do you detangle and restyle as well when you wet your hair?
Originally Posted by storm
I am an unusual curly on these boards--my hair doesn't tangle! There are two times in recent history that I remember it tangling--when I used a CV bar and the third time I used Dairy Whip. Everyday I soak my hair in the shower, do my rinse out conditioner and do a complete styling every day. I'm picky and like styling--I did get second day hair this week--but that's a first!

I wash my hair with a natural soap bar every three days. On those days, I lather, rinse, rinse out conditioner and ACV, rinse--style as usual.
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