Maybe you’ve heard shampooing less often is better for your hair. Or perhaps you’re thinking of ditching shampoo and joining the “no ‘poo” movement in search of healthier, better looking hair.
Experts say there’s no single answer to how often people should shampoo. You may not need to do it as often as you think. It usually comes down to personal preference. For guidance, take a look at your hair type and styling choices.
“I have always said, ‘It’s fine to go a few days without shampooing,’” says AlliWebb, professional hair stylist and founder of Drybar. “For hair that’s normal in terms of oiliness and medium weight, I sometimes tell my clients to go as long as they can without shampooing.”
The idea behind this? Shampooing too often may lead to hair that’s less than lush.
So, how often should you “do” it? We asked a handful of pros for their opinion, so you can consider the search, well, done.
From a Hairstylist
“If you have an oily scalp, washing your hair every day can be good for it, especially if you have fine, straight, wavy, or curly hair and you are seeking volume and lift at the root,” said Mancuso. “If your hair is very curly to 4c, daily washing may not be practical if your styling requirements are laborious. In this case, I suggest washing as frequently as you can (every two weeks should do). If you have a dry scalp, this doesn’t necessarily mean you get a free pass to a filthy scalp, but I have many clients who’s hair looks amazing after three days and beyond.”
From a Dermatologist
When it comes to your scalp health, dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD, said there is no “golden rule” for the amount of times you should wash your hair a week. “If a person is oily, it’s fine to wash it every day. If they are dry, it’s fine to wash it once a week, but once a week at least for hygienic purposes. Individuals with dandruff should shampoo at least twice a week using an antidandruff shampoo.”
From a Colorist
Anyone who frequently dyes their hair knows that washing it too much can dull your color. That’s why as a general rule, colorist Stephanie Brown said these people shouldn’t wash their hair more than every other day. “If you have drier hair, try waiting a little longer. You want your hair to absorb some of your natural oils so it’s strong and shiny,” said Brown. “If you feel like you need to wash your hair more often, use a substitute, like the cleansing conditioner Unwash ($29). These don’t strip the oils out and add moisture.”