Why Shampooing Your Hair Every Day Is Bad

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Effects on Scalp

Whilst shampooing cleanses your scalp, it also strips of natural sebum which serves as a protector for your scalp and hair. Once the sebums is stripped off, sebaceous glands detect it and start producing more sebum. Hence, in your effort of shampooing daily to clean your scalp and hair, you are unconsciously encouraging over-active sebum production, which can lead to oily scalp and a whole host of scalp issues.


Effects on Hair

Since hair is essentially dead fibers, frequent washing increases wear and tear. Also, hair is at its weakest state when wet, so not handling them in the proper manner while combing and drying can result in breakage and loss of shine.


How Often Should I Shampoo My Hair?

There really isn’t a definite right or wrong answer to this question. My suggestion is always alternate days especially if you are living in countries with high humidity. Most clients are rather confused to learn that shampooing daily is not the best for their scalp and hair. As far as they can remember, marketers have been instructing consumers to shampoo their hair every day, especially so with off-the-shelf brands.


Suggested Routine

Day 1 : Shampoo & condition.

Day 2: Cool water rinse. For long hair, condition lightly at the ends.

* Day 3: Shampoo 2 rounds & condition.

Repeat Day 2 and Day 3 and start alternating this routine.

** Day 7: Exfoliating/deep cleansing/detoxing

* It is good to note that usually by day 3, your scalp should be super oily so the first round of shampooing only cleanse partially and lather up minimally. In order to get a thorough cleanse, a second round of shampooing is required. The withdrawal period is around one to two weeks so the first week is usually the most unbearable. Most clients will see improvement from the second week.

 **Read Scalp Exfoliation: Is It Really a Thing? If your hair is long, I’d advise to use some hair musk after exfoliating to prevent dry ends.


Tips For An Easier Transition

– Use cool water instead of warm water. My advice is always as cool as your body can take. Warm water sure feels good but they increase blood circulation which cause your oil glands to be more active thus producing more sebum.

– Use very little conditioner only at the ends. It is NOT a good idea to skip conditioner. Not only because the older hair at the ends need it. Skipping conditioning also messes up the PH level of our hair which can lead to brittleness.

– Minimize the amount of styling products during the first one week.

– Using dry shampoo on those non shampooing days. This does not work for me since my scalp is sensitive to most hair products but some clients swear by it. I guess it depends again greatly on the humidity of the country you are in.


Read Brush Your Hair to a Healthier Scalp to understand its benefits right away for how to start your hair care routine with some of the recommended tools. 

Dos & Don’t’s

– Do not go crazy with circular motions like you see on shampoo advertisements. You do not want to deal with unnecessary tangling after a hair wash.

– Do start by wetting hair thoroughly, massage shampoo onto scalp and spread lather onto hair using a scrunching motion. Allow lather to sit for 1-2 minutes before rinsing them off.

– Do dry hair by scrunching and squeezing them in a towel.

– Don’t rub hair in-between towel. This motion causes friction which opens up your hair cuticle resulting in frizzy fly-way hair.

– Don’t use a fine tooth comb. Your hair swells up when its wet so combing with fine tooth comb can cause breakage. Use a wide tooth comb or a detangler instead.

– Don’t blow your hair half dry. Either leave them to dry on its own or blow dry 100%. Blowing half dry result in a frizzy and fly-away finishing.

I hope you find this information and suggestions helpful. If you have more questions or suggestions, please feel free to drop a comment. And if you have tried my suggestions, I’d love to read your experiences. Sharing is caring!