Why doesn’t our hair look natural like it used to be when we were younger? It’s because we make it oily by shampooing it every day.

The scalp has a pH balance of six, and it wants to stay there. The majority of shampoos and even some salon products have a higher or lower pH depending on the shampoo, therefore your scalp is over-producing oils to bring it back to its happy place. The more you shampoo, the more you need to, and it becomes a vicious circle.

Have you ever missed a day of shampooing and realized you liked your hair more on Day Two? Then you might miss Day Three, and, lo and behold, your hair is even more cooperative.

Your scalp is not over-producing oils, and you’ve saved time and money. Say “Thank you, Joy.”

It’s not a good habit to shampoo every day. Even if you’re outside and get sweaty, you can just rinse instead.

Lately I’ve seen many clients with extremely strong cowlicks or growth patterns, making their hair stay strongly parted and laying totally flat from the front to the back of the head. It’s difficult to close that gap, and the only answer I could find was that it’s a genetic growth pattern.

I found it hard to believe that throughout my 28 years of hair styling, I have only really noticed it in the last few years. There seemed to be more each day, but then I realized why.

Most of my clients are spending less and less time styling their hair. No blow dryer, no product and no tools mean hair is just parting and sitting there. It becomes stubborn and very comfortable laying flat to the head.

The hair needs to be coaxed and blown around in order to make that separation close. It will take time to cooperate, but it needs to be done, even if it’s only in that spot.

Unfortunately, it will become more stubborn and look balding if it’s not corrected. Try texturizing either side of that part to give it a bit of a brace to hold it away from the scalp. Please take that extra three minutes of former shampoo time I gave you at the beginning of this article to blow that area in different directions, lifting it away from the head.

Direct it all ways around that area. That will help it to meet in the middle and close that unsightly gap in the back of the head. Take a peek in the mirror. Don’t be surprised if I’m talking about you.

Email your hair care questions to me at joy@styleitsalon.com, and I will try to answer in a future column.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. www.styleitsalon.com