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Should I Wet My Hair Every Day?

by Gabbi

Developing the proper hair care routine can be challenging. There are hundreds of factors to consider, like using the right products, styling your hair with the least amount of heat, and finding your hair type or porosity. It gets overwhelming. 

You may feel lost or confused, but taking baby steps and learning what works for you in the long run will help improve the overall health of your hair. When in doubt, it’s always recommended to seek advice from a licensed hairstylist or cosmetologist. 

How often should you wash your hair, and what products are the best? Something as simple as washing your hair can get confusing. It’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of questions. Even wondering if wetting your hair every day can lead to uncertainty.

So, should you wet your hair every day? There are multiple factors to take into consideration. Your hair type, texture, porosity, and elasticity can all determine how healthy wetting the hair daily is for you. 

As we take a deeper dive into how wetting your hair every day can affect you, it’s significant to clarify one thing. Hair is personal, and what works for one person may not work for everyone, but it’s always interesting to learn something new every day.

Does Wetting Your Hair Everyday Damage It?

Everyone has different needs when it comes to hair. Some people have hair that is resilient and can absorb products well, while others are the opposite. Wetting your hair can be more damaging for specific hair types and textures too. 

Now you may have heard countless times that washing your hair every day or even every other day isn’t good for the health of your scalp and strands. However, people with extremely oily hair can’t help but wash their hair on a daily basis to keep it clean and fresh.

However, does water damage your hair if you wet it every day? First, it’s essential to learn what dampening the hair means and how to do it at home. 

How To Wet Your Hair Properly

Wetting your hair consists of rinsing your hair with plain water. You can mist water into your strands, or you can thoroughly wet it in the shower. However, it doesn’t take the place of shampoo and conditioner. 

One thing to consider before wetting your hair is that if it’s done incorrectly, you can end up stripping the natural oils that your hair and scalp need to remain healthy and balanced. Stripping oils away isn’t always a good idea.

It is always recommended to add a nourishing or moisturizing element while wetting the hair if you plan to water the hair every day. This will ensure that you don’t lose moisture or oils that your hair needs to remain intact. 

Hair Type and Porosity

Your hair type, texture, and porosity will help you figure out if wetting your hair every day is the right choice for you. Multiple combinations form the makeup of your hair. For example, people with fine hair can still have dense and thick hair.

Just because the texture of your hair is fine doesn’t automatically mean you have thin, stringy hair. However, it can be an indicator of how water will affect your strands in addition to other characteristics. Thankfully, it’s not too tricky to figure out. 

Hair Type

There are four general hair types you should know about. Within each hair type are three variations. The following hair types are:

  1. Straight (1A, 1B, 1C)
  2. Wavy (2A, 2B, 2C)
  3. Curly (3A, 3B, 3C)
  4. Coily (4A, 4B, 4C)

1. Straight

It is possible to wet your hair daily with straight hair, but you may not find it necessary. Straight hair is the most prone to breakage when it’s thoroughly wet. While it’s wet, it’s recommended to wait for it to dry before brushing or combing through it.

However, if you must wet your hair, the best tool to detangle straight hair is a wide-tooth comb. Don’t forget your leave-in nourishing products, either. Also, a little product goes a long way. Straight hair can quickly look greasy or stringy when oily. 

Hair is the most fragile and prone to breakage while it’s wet, so if you do want to try wetting it daily, brush through it while it’s dry before going in with the water. This will get the knots out so you can minimize any damage while your hair is damp. 

2. Wavy

Wavy hair can go either way. This is where personal preference and experimentation will come into play. You will have to figure out if wetting the hair works best for your hair type. Also, it’s recommended to add a hydrating element like a leave-in conditioner.

Just in case your wavy hair doesn’t react well to wetting your strands daily, it still needs hydration and nourishment to retain its healthy structure, so adding a leave-in conditioner can be beneficial. 

3. Curly/Coily

Each of the hair types above will act differently towards water. Curly and coily hair tend to have a dry scalp and hair, while straight and wavy hair is more prone to an oily scalp and hair. This is the main distinction between the hair types. 

When it comes to wetting the hair on a daily basis, anything in excess isn’t beneficial. However, some hair types will need it more than others. For example, individuals with curly or coily hair can benefit from wetting the hair daily.

It’s important to clarify that wetting the hair with water and washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner are two different things. Curly and coily hair types are more likely to be dry, so adding moisture each day can help retain curls. 

However, while wetting the hair for curly and coily hair, always add a leave-in conditioner, oil, mask, or moisturizing hair product to keep the curls full of life. This can also help reduce frizz and create more defined curls. 


Porosity refers to the ability of the hair to retain or absorb moisture. This is also important to know whether you are shopping for a new hair product or are interested in wetting your hair daily.

A quick hair lesson, the strands of your hair is composed of three layers

  1. The Cuticle – the outermost protective layer of the hair
  2. The Cortex- the thickest layer of the hair that determines the hair’s pigment
  3. The Medulla- the center layer within the hair shaft

How tight or open your cuticle is can help determine the Porosity of the hair. 

There are three levels of porosity:

  1. Low Porosity: The hair’s cuticle is tightly closed together, making it challenging for water to saturate the hair. However, once the cuticle allows it to penetrate the cortex, it will be hard for the water or moisture to leave the hair.
  2. Medium Porosity: The cuticle is not tightly sealed, but there are not as many gaps either. 
  3. High Porosity Hair: The cuticle of the hair is open with wide gaps, it can absorb moisture or water quickly, but it can be difficult to retain that moisture. 

Once you determine your hair’s porosity, you can further conclude if wetting your hair on a daily basis is the right choice for you. Learning how your hair absorbs or holds in moisture will also help you next time you need to purchase a hair product.

The Takeaway 

So, can wetting your hair every day damage it? Not necessarily, especially if you supplement wetting your hair with a leave-in conditioner. It can add moisture that your hair may need. Washing your hair daily, on the other hand, can be damaging to hair.

Is wetting your hair for all hair types? Those who have straight or thin hair can be prone to breakage if they brush or comb through wet hair. It’s recommended to stay clear of hair wetting, but if you decide to wet your hair, brush your hair first while it’s dry. You may want to make use of gentle accessories to keep your hair from breaking as well.

Wavy hair individuals can go either way when it comes to dampening the hair. Some people may find it nourishing to add moisture to the hair every day, and others may find that it will cause more breakage. Wavy hair can also be coarse and prone to frizz. 

Those who have curly and coily hair will most likely see the best results regarding hair wetting. Whether it’s in the shower or if you use a spray mist, wetting the hair and following with a hydrating product can keep the curls defined. 

Overall, it’s all about personal preference and trial and error. If you know a trusted hairstylist or cosmetologist, it can be beneficial to seek out their advice. Remember, hair is personal, and we all have different needs and goals. 

If you are interested in wetting or dampening your hair daily, find your favorite hydrating or leave-in product. Also, anything done in an excessive amount of time can lead to unwanted results, but mildly wetting the hair for moisture can have its advantages.

Your hair can act as an extension of your health, so it’s significant to be kind to your strands. 

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