Post # 1
Ok, so a few years ago when I was growing my hair long I was pretty active on the Long Hair Community forums, and sort of a generally accepted rule was “shampoo every other day”.
Well, I shampoo my hair twice a day – once in the morning so that I can style it for work. And again at night to clean out workout sweat and product. Does over-shampooing really impact hair health? I’m pretty careful about keeping it moisturized (And I style with oil).
Anyone else out there washing your hair daily or more? Pros? Cons? It it really that bad for your hair?
Post # 3
If you use a quality shampoo it shouldn’t damage your hair. I usually do the same (morning and night) but wash my hair at least once a day. My hair is extremely fine and it looks disgusting if I don’t wash it in the morning. Any time I go to get my hair done they always fawn over how healthy my hair is so I guess that means it is ok! LOL
EDIT – I should also note that I do not use any products in my hair or curl/straighten my hair either which can have an effect as well.
Post # 4
@TripleNickle: Really depends on your hair! My hair is very oily at the scalp but color/bleach has the ends dried out. I don’t think more than once a day is ever recommended, so what I do when I need to shower twice (morning getting ready for work, evening after gym) is shampoo and condition in the am, focusing shampoo on roots and conditioner on ends. My evening shower i usually just condition the ends and do a water rinse for the roots.
People with dry hair overall should definitely NOT shampoo every day or twice a day.
Post # 5
I just switched from every day to every other bc I want to try it. But honestly, I asked my old (I have moved) hairdresser and she said my hair looked quite healthy and she would tell me if I needed to switch from every day shampoos. If you have a regular hairdresser, I would ask his or her opinion. Also, I just let it air dry for work bc I’m lazy.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@TripleNickle: Washing your hair daily (especially more than once) is terrible for your hair. Trust me, I used to do it. It completely dries your hair out — it needs those natural oils. It also breaks your hair easily (it’s more fragile when wet), which will cause more split ends.
Just invest in a good dry shampoo, and wash every other day. Definitely not twice a day, though. My hair is in the best shape it’s ever been in since I started washing my hair every other day or sometimes every other two days depending on how oily it is.
Post # 7
I wash my hair every time I shower. That could be once or twice per day. I do it because my hair is oily, but then again, it could also be that I cause it to be oily by overwashing. Either way, I just don’t care. I don’t feel clean without shampooing.
Post # 8
Definitely don’t use a clarifying shampoo, it will strip your hair. I can’t wash it that often without my hair getting destroyed
Post # 9
I used to, but I have super curly ethnic hair that turns into a frizzy ball if I wash it daily, so I’m down to washing it with shampoo once or twice a week, and just rinsing it and doing a conditioner wash otherwise. Goodbye frizz, hello defined, shiny, full-bodied ringlets.
Post # 10
Also – I have fine hair, but there’s a ton of it. It tends to get too oily very quickly. I also have a pixie cut that I’m trying to grow out. I use organix products, which are SLS free. That makes me feel a little better about washing so much.
Post # 11
@TripleNickle: I wash my hair daily and my hair tends to be dry without products. My hair just feels oily and dirty if I don’t wash it everyday. What I’ve been doing for the past couple of years is to wash my hair all over one day, and then just shampoo the roots the next day. Obviously the shampoo still gets on some of the rest of my hair but I feel like it makes a difference in how dry my hair is.
I know many people say not to wash everyday but I just can’t help it. My hair is very thick and healthy and I haven’t noticed that it has become MORE dry shampooing every day.
Post # 12
I wash my hair every day because I exercise everyday (swimming several times/week) and I have oily hair/face. If I skip a day, it looks awful and I feel so gross! My hair is long and pretty healthy, but I’ve never dyed it which helps. I’ve never tried dry shampoo but maybe you could try that for the morning? I would just not want to waste that much time!!
Post # 13
@TripleNickle: I am a firm daily shampoo-er!!!! On Fridays, I usually shampoo twice. I have straight, thick hair that tends to get oily. I could never, ever sleep on my hair and then go to work or go out for the day…Just couldn’t ever in my life happen. It gets crazy looking! I will rotate drugstore shampoos with higher end shampoos…I’ll use Dove color care and then the next day use the MoroccanOil Extra Volume shampoo. I have very healthy and strong hair, so I don’t buy the BS about it damaging your hair if you take care of it. After towel drying, I spray It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Spray, then I rub MoroccanOil through my hair and blow dry. I usually do another pump of MoroccanOil after my blow dry, and work it through my hair. I personally think it’s gross when people don’t wash their hair…it picks up smells of my environment and stuff, and I wouldn’t feel clean if my scalp wasn’t washed.
Post # 14
My hair is oily at the roots but dry at the ends on the 2nd day of not washing it. It used to be so oily that I had to wash it everyday but ever since I stopped doing that and let my scalp adjust I only wash it every 4 days…wash on the 4th.
Like @mrspinesol: said get a good dry shampoo to help it look and feel fresh on the day in between.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@WhatMaeBee: how much Moroccanoil do you use? And do you put it all over or just on the ends? That could be what is making your hair oily if you’re not using it properly.
Post # 16
@TripleNickle: Personally I dont shampoo daily or more than 1x a day because I have dry hair. My good friend has to shampoo a minimum of 1-2x daily. She says depending on how oily her hair is she will water down the shampoo. So if she has super oily hair (post workout) she will use straight shampoo, but if her hair is only slightly oily (like after waking up) she will water down the shampoo to 50/50 water/shampoo ratio.
When I say slightly oily, I really mean in terms of her hair. Her “slightly oily” would be very oily for me. Post workout her hair looks like she forgot to wash the conditioner out.. Her hair is gorgeous and beautiful from all that naturally conditioning oil!