How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

by Nicki on April 16, 2012

in Saving Money

Megan

Maybe I’m weird. I don’t know. I’ve always washed my hair every day. I shower at least once per day and every time I take a shower I wash my hair. I always have.

(As I type this, it occurs to me what a weird topic this is …)

I’ve heard many times that it isn’t good for your hair to be washed every day – but I imagined my hair would be greasy and pasted to my head if I didn’t wash it daily. I have oily skin and it makes my hair, especially around my face, also oily.

Well, I was in the Dominican Republic a couple months ago (that’s a post for another day) and while I was there my hair felt like it was really getting dried out so I started only washing my hair every other day. To my complete shock – it was fine and I’ve kept it up since. Actually, I’ve been having some stellar hair-days on the second day.

My initial reason for the skip-a-day hair washing was for my hair, but a really wonderful side benefit has been that I am literally using HALF as much shampoo and conditioner! I have pretty thick hair and I go through it quickly, so this has been a pretty cool perk.

Am I the last person in America to realize that super-clean isn’t always super great? Do any of you wash your hair less than daily?

Why I do what I do ~ Chloe is learning to read and picking it up really quickly. From another room, Chloe yells to me, “What does chilleds mean?” I yell, “Chilled?” She corrects me with an exaggerated pronunciation, “ChilleDS.” I think she’s saying it wrong and I tell her that chilled means something is cooled. She makes an adorable annoyed sound and says, “Will you just come look?” I go to where she is and she points to a word in a book – child’s.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Dale M Moore


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1 Heidi April 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

I first started ‘no poo’ a couple years ago when I had an itchy scalp that no over the counter product could touch, so I rubbed in baking soda on damp hair and poured apple cider vinegar over it (a la a volcano!), and after the eruption and another try (in the shower, of course), the itch was gone and waa-la, a no poo convert was born! I used shampoo every now and then, but last time I ran out, I didn’t buy more. The “no poo method” (Google it) works for me….After my pharmacist(!) asked what I’d done to my hair after a day of no shampooing and with an apple cider rinse the second day, I was sold. My hair was like spun silk ~ and I’m in my mid-40′s, with typically dry hair, so its not a normal thing. North Americans are conditioned (ahem) toward consumerism and having the newest products, but we don’t always need them! Thanks for the timely post!

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2 Elisa | blissfulE April 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

You’re back! :) And hurrah for Chloe reading!

My experiments with waiting a day or three between shampoos started when I first began the “no poo” method of hair cleansing, scrubbing my scalp with a tablespoon of baking soda and rinsing with apple cider vinegar.

Now I wash my hair every third day or so, which is so much kinder to my fine hair than the daily washing routine I used up until a couple years ago. My great hair days are often the third day – fourth day it is usually starting to get too oily, but my hair does sometimes wait that long since I have four small kids.

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3 nopinkhere April 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

I have long, thick hair and never blow dry it. I went from washing every day to washing every other day. Then I switched to organic shampoo and washing every third day. Now I do “no poo” and wash twice a week. This transition took me a couple of years, and that time gave my scalp a chance to adjust.

Now I love the “no poo” method, but it did take me a bit of trial and error to determine what amounts of baking soda and apple cider vinegar worked for me. So don’t write it off if it doesn’t work at first! Just adjust!

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4 ImpulseSave April 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

How interesting that you were able to switch! I, too, have very thick, curly hair that also tends to get very dried out in some spots if I overwash it. I have always only washed my hair I have a very big family and if we all took showers every day, that would pretty make us run out of water! Also, some of my hair products are pretty expensive, and I need a lot of them to work in my ‘fro. I save a lot of money by only doing it three times a week instead of seven!

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5 Emily@remodelingthislife April 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I just washed my hair for the first time in 6 weeks today. I don’t even use the baking soda or vinegar. My hair has never been healthier or looked better!

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6 Nicki April 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

6 weeks! You’re kidding! I’m entering a whole new world of less-cleanliness and I think I’m starting to like it :)

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7 pam April 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I don’t know if I could not wash my hair every day. It is so thin and fine (has been most of my life not new thing) that I often cannot get it styled at all if it is not freshly washed. I want a style and if I don’t wash, condition it then blow it dry it is flat to my head and looks terrible

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8 sarahimboden April 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I was my hair about every 3-4 days. My hair is finer than yours (if I remember right) and I started out washing it every other day and then every three days and now stretching it sometimes to four. I do find that it seems oily if I let it go longer than that and my impression is that thicker, curlier hair can go longer without seeming oily. But I do think (as the ladies who’ve commented before me assert) that over time your hair and scalp adapt to the amount of washing and the products you use. Less is definitely more! Now the next trick…not showering unless you worked out heavily and sweated…

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9 Nicki April 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

You girls must be right that your hair and scalp adapt. That seems to make sense. I don’t know about the showering Sarah … It’s like my coffee in the morning. I can’t wake up without it!

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10 lyndsey April 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I wash my hair every 2-3 days… i find that if i wash it every day it gets really dry and brittle.. so i go 2-3 days in between washes… i find i can get a better hair day on day 2 and 3…i love being able to save on shampoo and not use as much so my bottle last a lot longer as well..

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11 Jeanette April 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I actually started experimenting with the baking soda/vinegar method right after I decided to quite my full-time job 2 years ago. After that I found that all the acne that I was getting was due to my shampoo. My skin was finally clearing up after starting to look like I was going through puberty all over again in my thirties. Not fun! But now I experiment with going several days without “washing” it. I have tried some organic shampoos but still haven’t found something that doesn’t break my skin out. I should mention that I have wavy thick hair and it does curl better when I don’t shampoo it. Good luck to everyone in their “no poo” endeavors.

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12 Danna April 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I was just looking for the “no poo” post and found this one which I haven’t tried. There is a list of links at the bottom for the other “poo” posts.

http://www.crunchybetty.com/not-ready-for-no-poo-try-sorta-poo-with-coconut-milk-and-castille

I wash my hair 2 times a week. I think your scalp oil levels do adjust, but I haven’t found a cure for seborrheic dermatitis.

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13 Becky May 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I agree with all the posts that say their hair is better the days after they wash it and that your scalp oil production adjusts to how often you wash it. I buy Nature’s Gate shampoo and conditioner because it doesn’t have all those unhealthy chemicals in it, and it doesn’t seem so expensive when you only use it every few days. My hair has always been frizzy growing up, but since I haven’t been washing it everyday it has been much softer and silkier!

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14 Becky May 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

…since you mention “entering a whole new world of less cleanliness”, and on a related note- I have limited hand washing with soap to those times that they really need to get germ free (like after cutting up raw meat), otherwise I use only water. My reasoning is 1.) we need exposure to germs for our immune system’s sake 2.) less soap means less dry skin, fewer chemicals, and buying soap less often :) .

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15 Becky May 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Since I don’t wash my hair everyday, on the days that I do wash it, I only put conditioner on the lower half of my hair- maybe it helps and maybe it doesn’t, but I think that it helps hair not to be so greasy so fast. I also put shampoo only on the top half of my hair (the hair closest to the scalp) since that’s the only part that gets greasy. Doing this helps to make the shampoo and conditioner bottle stretch even further! :)

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16 John May 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Okay, I’m a guy, so I wash my hair once a day with a hair shampoo that is also a body wash. Haha. It’s so convenient!
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17 Laura Rogers June 13, 2012 at 12:48 am

I wash my hair everyday, but I don’t usually use shampoo regularly. Instead, I just use conditioner and massage my hair. In that way my hair will soften and won’t get dry and dull.

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18 Janet July 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

I have been on my own since I was 11 and I can squeeze a penny until it screams uncle , uncle, uncle! When I was young I lived with my Grandmother she washed her hair one time per week (it was very dry hair so this is all that was needed) so she washed mine one time per week. SO when I was on my own I started washing every other day I have dry hair but I wanted it to look nice this worked well for me so I kept doing it. Rarely do I wash it more often. I am 56 and it works well and I have way more hair than almost everyone I know my age.
Added side benefit when the kids were really young I had more time on the days when I did not have to dry my hair. This helped with young kids.

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