The Truth About How Often You Really Need to Shampoo
Do I need to shampoo every day?
The answer to this question really depends upon your hair type and your personal preferences, but according to many experts, no, you do not have to shampoo every day. In fact, many hair experts frown upon washing with shampoo every day, as this is considered over-washing. You might find yourself thinking, “But if I don’t wash my hair every day, I look like I shampooed with a bottle of Crisco.”
And this is why I say, it really depends upon your hair type. But let’s deeply examine this issue. My inspiration for this post was an article that I read a couple of weeks ago about a woman who hadn’t washed her hair in a few years. At all. However, her hair looked healthy.
I personally can not imagine going so long without washing, but if this is what has worked for that woman and her hair looks healthy, then that’s her business and her prerogative. Many people were grossed out by the idea of not shampooing for so long, etc. and others have issues with the chemicals within most shampoos that a lot of us are aware of that are harmful, such as sulfates and parabens.
So I decided to do a search for answers, because I already knew that you really don’t need to wash with shampoo every day, because I had researched it a little bit a couple of years ago when I was learning about the fact that some people choose to use conditioner and not shampoo to wash their hair. But I wanted to further confirm this and provide some tips to get your hair and scalp used to not washing every day, and to provide tips on which types of shampoos are best and if it’s possible to skip shampoo if you have oily hair. I also chose to experiment with my own hair, so I’ll share what I’ve been doing for my hair and what I think of skipping the shampoo.
How often should you wash your hair?
Some experts say that you honestly only need to shampoo 2-3 times per week, while others say 3-4. If you actually research this, you will find this answer among many hair styling experts all over the web. Anything over 2-3 times or 3-4 times per week is considered over-washing and can actually dry out and damage your hair. Over-washing may also contribute to hair loss issues. Many people opt to not use shampoo at all, due to coarse/curly hair. Instead, they choose to condition regularly as to avoid drying out their hair.
What shampoos are healthier for hair?
Some of the best shampoos for healthy hair are organic shampoos. My personal favorite organic shampoos are Renpure and Aubrey Organics. There was another one that I found in my local Mother Earth store a while back, but I can’t remember the name of it offhand. When shopping around for a shampoo that will not damage your hair or scalp, avoid these particular chemicals: sulfates, parabens, sodium chloride, and formaldeyhde.
What can I do in between shampooing so my hair doesn’t look greasy?
Dry shampoos work great in between washes. There are dry shampoos for every budget. You can purchase dry shampoos online or offline.
Can this work if I have oily hair?
Yes, it really can. I have oily hair and decided to give this a try. I thought that I would look like a greaseball for sure, but instead, I’ve found that my hair is more manageable and appears healthier.
How long does it take for my hair and scalp to get used to skipping shampoo?
It can take a couple of weeks or more for your hair and scalp to adjust, but it’s really worth it. I saw a difference withing 1-2 weeks. Your hair does in fact adjust. I didn’t think it would, but it really does. I’m down to washing my hair every two days, which is three times per week and it took about two weeks for my scalp to adjust. Maybe the reason that those of us with oily hair have increased scalp oil is from over-washing? It’s something to consider. It is a fact that over-stimulation of the scalp can lead to oily hair. It’s the same thing with oily facial skin – if you over wash, you produce more oil.
The Bottom Line
So now that we know that you do not need to wash your hair with shampoo every day, we also know that as stated in the beginning of this article, it also depends upon your hair type and personal preferences. Another thing to take into consideration is if you play sports or get sweaty while outdoors. Those are occasions where you’ll definitely want to wash your hair more frequently.
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