I’m talking about shampoo or conditioner for that matter. I did however use my dry shampoo and tomorrow will wash my hair but I wanted to see if I could go two days without having to wash my hair. the ends of my bangs are not as dried out feeling on the second day. I read this great article about how often should you be washing your hair.
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You may be washing your hair more often than you need to.
“I hear so many people obsess about shampooing their hair every day,” says Nick Arrojo, owner of New York’s Arrojo Studio and former stylist on TLC’s reality makeover show What Not to Wear. “They get freaked out because they think anything less will result in dirty, smelly hair. But shampooing three or four times a week is plenty.”
Ultimately, how often you shampoo is a matter of personal preference. “It really depends on the scalp and hair type and what you do to the hair,” says Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a Vallejo, Calif., dermatologist and specialist in hair research.
Chances are you can stand to lather up a little less.
Dermatologists and stylists agree that there’s little reason to shampoo every day.
“Hair is a fiber,” Mirmirani says. “Think of a wool fiber: The more you wash it, the worse it’s going to look. There’s no need to wash your hair every day either.” The longer, thicker, curlier, and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes.
“This is because the oils from the scalp do not travel down the hair shaft as quickly, so the hair tends to be dry and requires less frequent shampooing,” says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, director of ethnic skin care at the University of Miami.
Even most unprocessed, short, thin, straight hair can skip a day. Daily shampooing is only necessary if oil production on the scalp is high, Zoe Draelos, MD, writes in the International Journal of Trichology. Arrojo says that the only reason to shampoo daily would be for the fragrance. And if you must, he says, you should use a lightweight shampoo. Lightweight shampoos, also labeled “everyday shampoos,” contain milder detergents than others.
Every Few Days?
Laura Saunders, a stay-at-home mom in Raleigh, N.C., has straight hair. “It gets oily fast,” she says. “I only wash it every other day, and I put some baby powder on it if I need to absorb some of the oil on the other days,” she says. Arrojo says that powders and dry shampoos do work for absorbing oils between washes. “One trick is to use talcum powder in the hair in lieu of shampoo,” he says.
The powders shouldn’t replace shampoo all together, Woolery-Lloyd says. Many women shampoo their hair less often than Saunders. Melissa Capasso, an artist in Brooklyn, N.Y., shampoos her long, thick curls once a week. “If I shampoo more than that, my hair dries out, it loses its natural curl, and it gets frizzy and unmanageable.” Capasso relies on daily conditioning and scalp massage to break up oils, loosen dirt, and keep her hair manageable between shampoos. “Some people with curly hair actually only shampoo monthly and use just conditioner in between to maintain moisture and healthy curls,” Woolery-Lloyd says.
As hair types and textures vary by ethnicity, so does the need to shampoo. “As an African-American, I grew up being told that shampooing any more than once a week would cause my hair to dry and break off,” says Lori Pindar, a university administrator in Clemson, S.C. Like Capasso, Pindar’s daily routine includes conditioner, not shampoo.
Shampoo’s bubbles, which people often associate with cleanness, are actually created by the harshest ingredients, sulfates, and are not necessary for cleansing the scalp. Experts say these foaming agents, which dehydrate the hair, are only in cleansing products because people expect bubbles. “That’s what we’ve gotten used to because we see the commercials with big white foam,” Mirmirani says.
Excessive shampooing can require excessive styling. “Hair washed every day with shampoo tends to need more styling product. Because it’s so clean, it’s also soft, loose, and floppy and therefore harder to style,” Arrojo says. All these products lead to more shampooing as they build up and make hair look dull, Mirmirani says. “Shampoo removes oil and excess skin cells from the scalp. It’s not doing any favors for the hair, unless you have a lot of product in it that is making your hair look dull. But in general, shampoo is not good for fiber,” Mirmirani says.
Simply switching to nonfoaming, sulfate-free cleansers will also go a long way. “Natural ingredients produce less suds, but they still have plenty of cleaning power with the added benefit of less residue,” Arrojo says. Bogna McAndrew, an entrepreneur in London, quit shampooing her long, straight hair. She says her hair always looked best when it was a little dirty and she wished it could look that way when it was clean.
Six weeks after giving up shampoo, she said, “I love my hair now. I just didn’t know there was any alternative to shampoo. I thought you just had to be a dirty hippie. I didn’t know you could clean your hair any other way.” McAndrew uses a baking soda and water mixture once a week on her scalp, and she’s learned about other shampoo alternatives including lemon juice and even beer. “It has really opened my eyes,” McAndrew says.