April 14, 2021

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How Often do you Wash and Shampoo your Hair?

Washing Hair

When I had perfect hair before age 18, I washed my hair 5-10 times a month. Usually after being outdoors playing sports or after swimming in the pool.

Even more shocking, I would only shampoo my hair a few times a year, usually after going to the beach. And whether I was washing my hair with a shampoo or without one, I tended to use cold water. Nowadays, I usually wash and rinse my hair using hot water from the shower. Hot water tends to dry the scalp.


How often do you wash and shampoo your hair?

Poll: How Often do you Shampoo your Hair when Washing it?

I initially wanted to conduct two polls:

  1. How often do you wash your hair (with or without using  shampoos and conditioners)?
  2. How often do you shampoo your hair when washing it?

Instead I am only doing the second poll. Feel free to comment to this post about how often you wash your hair with shampoo versus without shampoo. Most dermatologists seems to suggest shampooing at least 2 times a week.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Frequency of Shampoo use

Once my hair loss and dandruff exacerbated in my 20s, I was forced to wash my hair almost every single day. I usually use a dermatologist recommended dandruff shampoo twice a week. On the other five days, I just wash my hair with plain water.

Overuse of shampoos can dry scalp hair and skin, and strip the scalp off its natural oils and minerals. Harsh chemicals and additives in shampoos may kill more than just bacteria. Many people think that human hair is self-cleaning and does not require shampoos. Unfortunately, once you start washing and shampooing your hair daily, it becomes extremely difficult to stop.

Women tend to use shampoos more frequently then men. A Norwood 5 or higher scale of hair loss in a man will make it easier to wash hair less frequently. Women tend to have a more generalized pattern of hair loss.

Nopoo — No Shampoo

The “Nopoo” method and movement (see Reddit) entails people never using damaging shampoos to wash their hair. This makes obvious sense, since humans never used shampoos for most of our history. Moreover, increasing evidence suggests that hair loss rates have increased in humans during the past half century. So the advent of shampoos has not really helped us when it comes to less baldness.

In developing countries, the majority of poor people rarely or never shampoo their hair. Even in the developed world, there are some cases of people who never shampoo their hair. Actor Gary Barlow did not even wash his hair for 14 years, forget shampooing.

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