Why You Should Not Wash Your Hair Every Day

Why You Should Not Wash Your Hair Every Day

Have you heard the idea that shampooing every day is bad for your hair? Are you one of the many, in a growing movement, who have decided to stop shampooing altogether? If you haven’t, you probably know someone who has, and who talks about the ills of shampooing. How often you should wash your hair, if at all, is a common personal care question, and we would like to share the answer with our readers.

Our body’s natural oils moisturize and protect our skin and hair. However, we have a strange ritual. We bathe using soaps and shampoos to strip our bodies of these natural oils, only to use moisturizers and conditioners. We perform this ritual for several reasons. The buildup of oils and clogging of pores can create health issues, like acne. Moreover, going days without washing and we actually start to feel gross and dirty. 

Shampoo traps oils and washes it out of your hair. The result for many is dry, brittle hair that can become damaged. However, the correct frequency is a bit complicated, depending on both biology and personal preferences. Nonetheless, WebMD reports, “Only a small group needs to shampoo daily, like those with very fine hair, someone who exercises a lot (and sweats), or someone living in [a very] humid place.”

There are ways to avoid shampooing. For many, just using water and scrubbing with your fingers is enough to rinse away dirt, especially is you have public water. Public water already has harsh chemicals in it. Start a routine of “washing with water” and regular conditioning, and see how that works. Even if you don’t eliminate shampoo completely, you will be able to extend the time in between.

Another method to eliminate daily shampooing is talcum powder or dry shampoo. It will absorb extra oils, but not strip your hair. There is actual powder, but in today’s market, you can find it in a pump dispenser or as an aerosol spray. However, some complain about a residue. Try applying at night before bed, and then rinsing in the shower in the morning.

A final option is non-shampoo hair cleansers. These alternatives are cleansing conditioners. The products contain very little or none of the harsh detergents that will cause hair to become dry and damaged. In most cases, cleansing conditioners will not completely strip the natural oils from your hair.

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Kelly Fuller Logan

I haven’t shampooed my hair fo r over 5 years, its never been healthier or shinier. I use a cleansing conditioner on my hair about every third day, letting it have a rest for the days I can….I’ve been saying this since Wen came out, its just a cleansing conditioner….and it is….I use Aussie then switch it up to something cheaper like Suave then back to a more high rent brand…..it works, my wig has never felt better!

Timothy Alexander

I’ve tried this too. However, with my fine hair, I can only go 4 or 5 days. Any longer and I am sporting the greaser look.


i personally don’t wash my hair everyday. I definitely agree that it is not good for the hair because in the past, my hair was very coarse and dry. After washing my hair for only just 3-4 days per week and also not using shampoo, I noticed that my hair was starting to look shiny and silky. Based from my experience, natural oils produced by our scalp is helpful in making our hair look better.