For my entire life, I suffered from having greasy and oily hair. My brother suffers from the same affliction. It seemed, just hours after washing, that my hair would be greasy and dirty looking again. If I had plans to go out at night, I would have to wash my hair twice to ensure it didn’t look dirty. Since my brother has the same experience with his hair, I was sure it was a genetic issue that I would be unable to remedy. Then, a hairdresser gave me some valuable information. She said that she only washed her hair twice a week, and that you really don’t need to wash your hair much more than that. I told her that it was necessary to wash my hair everyday and she disagreed, she said that it would get less oily the less frequently I washed. I decided to look into it further.
After some basic internet research, I found some interesting facts. Shampooing your hair strips essential moisture from your hair follicles, your scalp releases oil to replace the moisture that shampoo stripped out, the oils that your scalp emits is what makes your hair look greasy. With this knowledge I concluded that if I washed my hair less, my scalp would not respond to the lack of moisture by releasing extra oils and my hair would get less greasy.
It has been years since I started this experiment. I wash my hair on average one-two times per week, and only because I feel I have too. My hair is never greasy or oily. I have gone seven days without washing my hair, and my hair was still clean and fresh looking. It only took a few weeks of not washing my hair for me to start seeing results. In the first few days my hair would look like I literally poured cooking oil all over it, but the less frequently I washed my hair, the less oily it would get in between washes. My hair is healthier, thicker, and less damaged looking than it has ever been before and I contribute it all to the lack of shampooing I do. My hair is much more manageable now and significantly less frizzy since I stopped washing my hair on a regular basis.
It may sound disgusting, but avoiding washing your hair is not gross. It wasn’t until the 1960’s when media started marketing a more regular hair washing routine for woman. In the beginning of the century, woman only washed their hair once per month! It is because of mass media marketing that United States woman feel the need to wash their hair so frequently. A quick check on the back of a shampoo bottle will show an entire list of hard to decipher ingredients; it’s no wonder why our hair is unhealthy, damaged, and dry. By eliminating the harsh ingredients that are supposed to be cleaning your hair, you are helping your hair retain its natural moisture.
There are many benefits to nixing shampoo from your daily routine. Simply putting your hair up while showering is an effective way to avoid washing your hair while still being able to wash your body. Investing in a neat shower cap can also be useful. Shampooing is not all that it’s made out to be, and it is unnecessary to be done on a daily basis.