(Closed) How often do you shampoo?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How often do you shampoo?

    Every day

    Every other day

    Once a week

    Twice a week

    Less than once a week


  • Post # 62
    4081 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’ve always washed daily (due to greasy scalp), but after reading so many here recommend trying just every other day, I’m going to give it a shot!

    Post # 63
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I am a no-poo kinda girl ๐Ÿ™‚ Have been for about a year now!

    I gave up on shampooing after I got frustrated spending 45 min each night trying to get a comb through my hair. Even with a deep conditioner and a detangler spray, I could not for the life of my get through all the knots in my hair! I probably broke at least a hairbrush a month…

    Now I do what’s called condition rinsing, and my hair is soooo much more manageable. I use a non-dimethicone conditioner (basically whatever’s on sale at the drugstore and meets the ingredient criteria) and use a good-sized dollop and scrub it into my roots and rinse to get rid of oils and dirt. Then I use another dollop and smooth through from roots to ends while I take care of my other business in the shower. Most conditioners actually have cleansing agents in them, albeit at much lesser quantities than shampoos do. So, as a result my fine, wavy, color-treated hair is bouncy at the roots, shiney, and knot-free. I only need to condition rinse every other day to every 2 days, so my color has been lasting me longer, too.

    I found out about this method from a former roommate who had super curly and unmanageable hair prior to using the “no-poo” method. I was kind of grossed out when she explained it to me, because I thought it would never work. But now that I’ve been using this method for a year, I can’t imagine ever going back to stripping harsh shampoos.

    Post # 65
    1088 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @teenybird: I am intrigued. Was there a transition period where your hair would get greasy? I’ve read about a few of the no-poo methods, and it seems that with most of them there are a couple of really gross weeks before your scalp gets used to it.

    Post # 66
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ve got not-quite-waist-length, very fine hair. The day I shampoo, it’s one big long frizz-pouf. That’s regardless of whatever else I do to it–blow dry, towel dry, air dry, conditioner, no conditioner, anti-frizz cream, nor not. That’s just how it goes. The day after, my hair is pretty darn perfect, and all I have to do is brush it out. Day three usually requires shampooing because somehow, overnight, every possible oil from my body ends up on my scalp.

    Kind of frustrating that I can really only get perfect hair 50% of the time, but I suppose that’s better than less. Sometimes I skip an extra day of shampooing, or do it twice in a row, if I end up needing to go somewhere I’d like to have perfect hair for.

    Post # 67
    1260 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I shampoo my hair……wait for it….*drumroll*…… NEVER!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ hahaha

    I stopped a few months ago. There are a variety of “no-poo” methods I have tried (google if curious), but what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks that works well for me is kind of a combo of several of them. I condition-only wash (use a huge glop of the stuff, make sure it’s silicone-free), leave in for 5 minutes or so, then I pour diluted baking soda/water (about 3 teaspoons in a 12 oz bottle) over my head, concentrating at the roots, then use a shampoo brush to scrub it into my scalp, then rinse all of it off. I sometimes skip the baking soda water. Oh and sometimes I add a bit of raw organic honey to my conditioner (yes, that is totally weird, but no it doesn’t make your hair sticky! Honey is a natural humectant and also has antibacterial properties). I also like to add just a tiny bit of jojoba oil to my hair after I come out of the shower.

    I will nevvvverrrrr go back to shampoo. For reference, I have fine, straight-to-slightly-wavy hair that I used to *have* to shampoo every day unless i wanted to look like an absolute greaseball. No-poo isn’t just for curlies!


    ETA: oops sorry, Teenybird beat me to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 68
    66 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony: Catholic Church, Reception: Hotel Ballroom

    I wash my hair every day.  I have very fine hair, but a lot of it, and like many other girls who have said thy have this same hair type, if I don’t wash it looks like I stuck my head in a vat of grease.  Icky, I know…but that’s why shampooing/conditioning is necessary! FWIW, all of the hairdressers I have gone to said that my hair is very healthy and washing it every day is not damaging (for my hair type).

    Post # 69
    591 posts
    Busy bee

    My hair falls in the middle of my back. It is thick with waves and loose curls (very similar to Mrs. Grape). I have to wash my hair twice a week otherwise it gets too dry that it poofs up and is crunchy to the touch. My hair usually looks best on the third day when the oil has had a chance to move further down my head and my curls have bunched together. I also wear a showercap in between washings.

    I don’t use any special shampoo or conditioner, but do use a lot of product after washing while it is still wet (i.e., John Freida’s Frizz-Ease Hair Serum and DownPlay Volume Reducer). I also air dry my hair because regular blow-drying dries it up. I only use hairspray and tools for special occasions.

    Post # 70
    486 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012


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    @littlemissmango: I am so intrigued by the “no-poo”! How long did it take to start seeing results? Is your hair greasy at first? My hair is so dry and lifeless that I would love to convert…

    Post # 71
    584 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am learning so much from this thread!

    My hair is super curly – like tight sausage curls all over – and usually pretty dry.  I’ve been having good luck the past couple of years with Aveda products, but I am totally going to try shampooing less frequently and only using conditioner on the off days.  As I am now, I am pretty much an every day shampoo-er (unless I don’t wash my hair, that is!)  I’m super curious to see if this would help with some of my hair dryness. 

    Post # 72
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    Never. ๐Ÿ™‚ A few months back I switched to daily rinses/weekly washings with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and my hair is a LOT healthier since then! Most shampoos will strip your hair’s natural oils, which you don’t need to do to clean it.

    Post # 74
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @SouthernGirl: Have you tried just shampooing your roots/scalp, and only conditioning your ends? : ) It’s what works for me.

    Post # 75
    833 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i am definitely a once a weeker, if not less. i use ocean texture spray (makes it feel like i went swimming in the ocean) in my hair every day, and always go with the tousled, messy look. i love bed head (the look, not the product!)

    Post # 76
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I voted everyday– I’d love to train my hair to go longer though!

    I have really thin hair and not much of it, so it gets greasy in less than 24 hours. I’m so jealous of my thick-haired sisters- who even through exercise only have to wash once a week!

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