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Why You Probably Don't Need to Wash Your Hair So Often

Why You Probably Don't Need to Wash Your Hair So Often

Though shampoo companies would probably love you to wash your hair every day, the truth is, you probably don't have to. Of course, there are exceptions: people whose jobs or exercise schedules get them dirty on a daily basis, for instance. But for other people, you can probably skip the shampoo for a day... or longer. Doing so may actually be healthier, as your scalp's natural oils won't be stripped away as frequently.

There's no hard-and-fast rule to follow on this issue, though. "It totally depends on the texture of your hair, the style you are trying to achieve and your lifestyle," says Kevin Mancuso, creative director for Nexxus. "For example, fine hair needs to be washed more frequently, whereas thicker hair can benefit from the natural oil/moisture produced by the scalp."

Generally speaking, though, if your hair texture is fine, you'll need to wash more frequently than you do if you have thicker hair. In the latter case, you may want to shampoo once weekly and just rinse your hair with water otherwise; especially if you have black, natural hair, shampooing too much can make hair too dry. And though it should go without saying, if your scalp is very oily, washing once a day might be just what you need to do.


Ashleysh22 Ashleysh22 6 years
The problem with this is that I now workout 6 times a week so I HAVE to wash my hair everyday. It has really taken a toll on my hair. I would love advice! Send me a message :)
chequettex chequettex 7 years
I usually shampoo (only shampoo) my hair every other day, and condition on the off-days, to get any product out. My hair looks better on days that I shampoo, so sometimes I have to re-time it - you know, add a shampoo day or skip it an extra day- in order to have nice hair for a party or something. I really want to do it less, like 1-2 times per week, but it's so hard, since my hair is supposed to look "professional" at work monday thru friday.
Nicole14830270 Nicole14830270 8 years
I wash my hair every day that I plan on going out (unless it's just some sweatpants-worthy errands, then I throw it up in a messy bun). My hair is curly and when I sleep at night I wake up with so much frizz that it needs to be washed! But in my defense, I do let it air dry. I'm also a part-time waitress, and hair that smells of food and cigarettes is not exactly sexy.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 8 years
I have thick, hip-length hair that doesn't respond well to blow driers. If I washed it more than once a week, it would never be properly dry. (Plus I'd have to spend countless hours re-straightening!)
AvaLaila AvaLaila 8 years
I shampoo once a week normally, i have natural afro hair, sometimes i do it more often if i've used styling products. I used to wash my hair every day( with conditioner) but i stopped that. I use sulfate free shampoo's or wash with conditioner so as not to dry out my hair.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
I'm an every other day person as well. It depends on the season too. I also tend to find that if I wash my hair without shampoo it gets oilier faster, which I cannot stand if I'm going to be seen in public. I'm more relaxed about not washing my hair when I know that I'm going to be at home... Home is the only place my hair's natural oils are allowed to do their thing.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I shampoo every other day.
lil11ro lil11ro 8 years
my hair used to get really oily on top and dry on the bottom. Since I stopped dying and switched to a natural shampoo and conditioner (Burts Bees moisture line) I can go three or four days without washing my hair. No oil, and still very managable without looking weighed down at all. It was the best change i've ever made for my hair and no more dryness on the ends!
rippintricycle rippintricycle 8 years
I wash my hair at least every workday, and usually if I go somewhere on the weekend. I have thick hair, but I also have dandruff- so if I go to long without watching, my head gets really itchy, and I can't help but scratch.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I wash my hair every two or three days. If it looks gnarly I just put it in a high ponytail or pigtails. But it always gets washed when I'm off to work. No one wants to be served by someone with dirty hair.
jbenny jbenny 8 years
I wish I could go 2 days w/o shampooing but my scalp feels irritated and itchy when I skip. So I try to just keep the shampoo on my scalp and quickly rinse.
audrina audrina 8 years
I wash my hair every other day. I wish I could go every 2 days or so, but I work in a restaurant and my hair always smells like food so I have to wash it more often.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I HAVE to wash my hair everyday I was blessed(my mom says its a blessing) with oily skin and hair. If I don't wash my hair everyday i feel like the whole world is staring at my head. The days I go to the salon I wash it even though I know its just gonna get washed because I'm so ashamed of my oily hair. it looks so dirty!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i wash my hair 2-3 times a week, when i was younger (read: before the hormones and stuff) it was once a week. my mom's hair and scalp isn't oily, so she washes her hair once a week. i do the dirty hair day once a week to let it get naturally oily and not strip it of all the natural stuff. today was such a day :) i'm not from US though, so shampoo thing is different in Europe. we are thought that it is unhealthy to wash your hair too often.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
Shampoo ever 2nd day as london pollution makes the hair oh so dirty looking and greasy!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
If you are black and have relaxed hair, you cannot "rinse with water between shampoos", nor do you need to. I shampoo weekly and use a shower cap. I sleep on a satin pillowcase and my hair is great all week. Just wanted to say this; no one ever does!
emalove emalove 8 years
My hair is baby-fine, so I can't go too long without washing...definitely not more than every other day.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
Since I work in a professional job, I can't do the hair training since it has to look good every day.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
I have an extremely oily scalp and can't do the every other day thing. I wish I could!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
The dry shampoos are great if you're worried about the greasy look on in between washing days. The T3 one is my favorite.
Advah Advah 8 years
^Ren - I'm right in the awkward week phase, tell me about it! :? Although the funny thing is it LOOKS greasy, but actually isn't. Not that that makes me feel any better..
ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
oh! my boyfriend has been trying this "no shampoo" dealio (only wash with water) and I must say, it works if you can bear through the super oily sticky hair week phase. Surprisingly, his hair/roots does not smell bad, just....natural I guess.
ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
I used to wash my hair everyday just because I liked to have the clean fluffy feeling at my roots, then my hair started to get more drier and drier at my ends. For years now, I've been trying to "train" my hair to get less oily by washing every 2 days, but it really fails for me. I now use dry shampoo (a must for my 2nd day!) and now i don't have to wash my hair 3-4 days. But, my roots does get a bit flat, but no oily roots galore no more!
brandysbug brandysbug 8 years
I am such a bad girl with my hair. I know that it's best not to wash often and that it will eventually start to take care of itself, but I am just a control freak, I guess. I wash every single day - shampoo, conditioner, and hair masque! My hair is thick, coarse, and long (down to my lower back when straightened) and gets greasy very quickly. I just wouldn't be able to stand the time it would take to "train" it. Plus, a shower is my excuse to take time for myself!
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