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How Long Can You Go Without Shampooing Your Hair?|:Are You Washing Too Often?

Are you one of those people who constantly wash their hair? Well you may be washing your hair more often than you need to.  About 90% of Americans wash their hair on a daily basis. About a hundred years ago, people only washed their hair monthly. Back in the 1950′s, it was customary for women to have their hair washed and set once a week at the salon.

The average person’s hair grows less than half an inch per month. Long strands that have been subjected to a lot of shampooing tend to get dried out and dull at the ends and will eventually break off. Oil-known as sebum travels more easily down smooth, straight hair, thus making it look greasier faster. As unsettling as it may seem, sebum helps to moisturize and waterproof the hair shaft. This is one of the main reasons why curly or coarse hair is drier than usual. When you wash every day, you typically strip off this natural moisturizer and then have to replace it with some form of conditioner.

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Stylist on TLC’s makeover show Nick Arrojo made a claim stating “so many people obsess about shampooing their hair every day.” He also goes on to say that “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.

 

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On gym days, try simply rinsing with water instead of shampooing. Then you can finish it off with a light conditioner to DE-tangle. If you are used to washing your hair daily, it can take a few weeks to get used to a new routine. You may be over producing sebum to compensate for stripping the scalp. Gradually increase the days between shampooing and see if your hair becomes healthier and takes more time to appear dirty as a result.

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 In my opinion I believe that how often you shampoo your hair, is all a matter of personal preference. You must take into consideration the scalp, hair type/texture and what you do to your hair.  Washing your hair incorrectly can lead to scalp irritation, dandruff, lice and other scalp issues. Certain hair types and textures only require washing once a week, where others work well washing 2 – 3 times a week. The longer, thicker, curlier, and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes.

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Oils from the scalp do not travel down the hair shaft at a rapid pace, so the hair tends to be dry and will require less frequent shampooing. Daily shampooing is only necessary if the oil production on the scalp is very high. If you intend on shampooing your hair every day you should stick to using a lightweight shampoo. Lightweight shampoos are normally labeled “Everyday shampoos”. These shampoos should contain milder detergents than other shampoos.

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