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Should You Wash Your Hair Every Day?

By May 8, 2007

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Unless you have really oily hair, you should give hair and scalp a rest for at least a day between shampoos. For those of us with oily hair who don't want to wash every day, consider a dry shampoo.

Since washing hair too much strips hair of oils and even color if you've had a dye job, you're better off washing every other day and sprinkling a bit of dry shampoo at the roots and hairline. If you want to save money, skip the fancy dry shampoos and try baby powder. I hear it works even on brunette hair.


May 10, 2007 at 12:42 am
(1) Deanna says:

As a kid I had oily hair and my mom would put baby powder on my hair between washings and no one was the wiser. You just comb it in, fluff and go.

May 14, 2007 at 12:41 pm
(2) Kate says:

I have brunette hair and use corn startch (something in baby powder can be bad if inhaled) and it works. Just use sparingly and only on the roots or for me greasy spots, because I have very oily hair. I then comb it out using one of the dry shampoos that is a built in brush with moist towettes built in. Works pretty well. It saves color, but also less blow drying and therefore less damage!

May 14, 2007 at 1:02 pm
(3) Rachel says:

I have a quick , cheap way for those of us with oily hair, I use a translucent face powder , the kind that comes in a jar , I swirl a blush brush in it apply to my hairline or my more visible spots , fluff or give a quick blow dry on cool setting . This stuff is great it absorbs the oil with a quickness and your go to go .

May 14, 2007 at 2:22 pm
(4) Sande says:

I have oily hair, but couldn’t imagine anybody’s hair being so oily that one day could need powder (which I’ve used when I was in the hospital over a week, and it looked awful)

May 14, 2007 at 2:35 pm
(5) zen says:

don’t you know that if you wash your hair too often you have a higher risk of hair loss ??

May 15, 2007 at 3:44 am
(6) Fiona says:

I have always washed my hair everyday and hairdressers always comment on what great condition it is in. Philip Kinglsey (top UK trichologist) says its ok, so again its if it suits you do it.

May 15, 2007 at 2:22 pm
(7) RNGfreckles says:

I am a brunette and have oily hair. I used to wash it every couple of days when it was longer. I would stick it up in a ponytail. But now that it’s shorter, I wash it everyday. When I would put powder in it, it only made it look worse. I’ll stick with the routine I have now, whether or not it’s the best thing for my hair.

May 15, 2007 at 5:12 pm
(8) reneern says:

i wash my hair almost everyday. i swim and work out 5 to 6 days a week. what other options are there for my and people like me?

May 15, 2007 at 9:03 pm
(9) J says:

Rinse your hair with water/white vinegar, 50/50 mix. You can go several days without washing.

May 15, 2007 at 9:03 pm
(10) J says:

Rinse your hair with water/white vinegar, 50/50 mix. You can go several days without washing.

May 16, 2007 at 9:22 am
(11) Moi says:

I have shoulder length hair.
After hair wash, my hair sort of blows up…i.e. volume increases…..and all the small hair stand up.
It settles down only after a day or two.
Once it settles down, it is straight and the ends curl outward.
So cud ny1 suggest something for my hair to settle down faster??

May 16, 2007 at 9:47 am
(12) erindreg says:

I used to wash my hair everyday because I thought it was oily. Then I started getting salon coloring, which is too expensive to allow to fade quickly, so I started washing my hair every other day. It was an adjustment, and it took a month to get used to, but now I prefer my hair on the unwashed day! I use a root booster instead of dry shampoo, it works and smells awesome. I work out daily but try to do cardio on the days I need to wash my hair. Another easy trick is to wash just your bangs/hair around your face while you are in the shower. It only takes a minute to dry, too!

January 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm
(13) Elizabeth says:

I have shoulder length brunette hair that is really fine. I am washing it every day but since it’s winter, it is really dry. The only thing is that when I don’t wash it, my scalp is a bit oiler but my face is way oilier. I think the oil from my scalp seeps onto my face, but I think I’ll try just washing around my face and maybe that will help. =]

January 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm
(14) Elizabeth says:

If anyone has any tips on this, please reply. Will not washing my fine hair everyday weigh it down???

January 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm
(15) beauty says:

Hi Elizabeth, if you have fine, oily hair, it will get oily and flat if you don’t wash it every couple days. This is why I suggest baby powder or a dry shampoo in between washings.

Some suggestions: If you wash every day, apply shampoo only to the roots and crown. At the same time, apply conditioner only to the bottom 2/3rds of hair. Rinse. This will keep the shampoo from drying out hair. Air-drying is better than blowdrying. Do not apply conditioner to roots or crown.

March 17, 2008 at 9:28 am
(16) James says:

I have greasy hair ,and i have tried everything.The so called “clasic”baby powber trick doesent work for me, and like zen (above), says washing your hair everyday can cause a
higher risk of hair loss.It’s a proven fact!!
And im not goin for that crap. If anybodys got any tips please help me!!!

April 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm
(17) kristen says:

Yeah well I have a different problem because I am 24 and I have never had problems with oily hair til now. All of the sudden I noticed my hair around my roots felt and looked oily even after washing my hair w/out using conditioner. It starts at my roots and goes for about 3 inches. So its not just at the roots. And the ends are soft clean and shiny and the texture isn’t just like an oily feel its like a dry oily feel and I can’t seem to get it back to normal. Help me! What should I do and what’s wrong with my hair?

May 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(18) billy raybar says:

‘You shouldn’t wash your hair every day’. This is simply NOT true. This was true at one time but most shampoo/conditioners nowadays are actually good for your hair and replenish natural oils. This is fact. Source P&G beauty Science the research group for Proctor and Gamble.

May 17, 2008 at 7:05 pm
(19) beauty says:

Of course a research group funded by a company that has invested interest in daily use of shampoos and conditioners would report that! Procter and Gamble wants us to wash our hair daily. If even just a few more people did it, they’d sell so much more shampoo.

July 6, 2008 at 10:00 pm
(20) chana says:

My older sister let me in on a trick. I’ve been washing my hair every day for 20 years because my hair was really oily on the 2nd day.

My sister said that your hair gets used to the frequency of shampooing. If your hair is accustomed to a daily shampoo, it will be oily on Day 2. But if you start skipping a day, your hair gets used to it and doesn’t get oily until Day 3.

I did this for awhile, then decided to see how far I could stretch it. Now I actually wash my hair, then skip TWO days before washing it again. It took a couple weeks for my hair to get used to this. And on the final day before washing, I do need to put it up or something. But the amount of time I’m saving each morning has allowed me to work in a fitness routine!

August 17, 2008 at 4:35 pm
(21) ROSITA says:


September 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm
(22) claire says:

it seems to me that no-one actually knows the answer to this question, after asking several people, friends, family, hairdressers and looking on websites, everyone says something different. to be honest, i agree with if yr hair needs it, wash it. oh and my answer to ‘moi’ you should try conditioner, leave in conditioner or frizz control it sounds like, ask your hairdresser

September 26, 2009 at 10:54 am
(23) Ashley Paskov says:

I have never has trouble with my hair up until a couple weeks ago, I have always washed my hair everyday and never had a problem…now with in 3 hours of washing my hair it feels greasy along with my face, and by the end of the day the top of my head and especailly the back of my scalp is just gross. I tried head and shoulders shampoo and I never use conditioner. What should I do?

October 3, 2009 at 11:02 am
(24) nicole says:

mabey you sshould ask a pro to see what your prob is cause you know that can be a sythom of cacer

October 24, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(25) Courtney says:

if you have dandruff or dry scalp instead of paying for expensive shampoos and matching conditioners mix BAKING SODA with your SHAMPOO about 3-4 times a week it has made a huge improvement in my hair

November 6, 2009 at 7:49 am
(26) Natural Shampoo says:

I only recommend a natural shampoo for everyone. artificial shampoo contains harsh chemicals one of the biggest reason for hair loss.

December 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(27) Shanpayne says:

You should wash and condition one day..the next day just condition..I have very curly hair that gets really dry…this works great!!!

January 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(28) hairr says:

i have thick and poofy hair..when i get out of the shower it”s acceptable to wear but after like an hour it dries and poofs out..how can i prevent this? also i wash it every other day, is that okay?

February 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(29) travis says:

I am a guy and i get oily hair and was so sick of washing it so much! I also heard that over washing causes hair loss… So i switched to a natural, plant based, organic shampoo and conditioner called live clean… it’s awesome! the chemicals in my normal shampoo caused my hair to be oily faster as it would dry out my scalp, the plant based stuff has brought my hair some inner peace lol

March 15, 2010 at 7:25 am
(30) Bella says:

Everyone I know has told me it’s bad to wash hair every day, but I couldn’t stand the greasyness on the second morning, especially when most girls in my school seem to wash their hair every day. It is true that during the period that I washed my hair every day, it seemed to get greasy faster (I have almost waist long hair and it’s very thin so that might be the reason it becomes so flat and looks oily) so now I wash my hair only twice a week and and I don’t know if baby powder works on brunettes (Does it, anyone?) but I use bronzer and it seems to do the trick.

March 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(31) Rosie says:

I am 12 and my hair goes greasy in about 2 days, after a day it starts feeling a bit greasy so instead of wasting time in the morning and being in a rush i wash it at night so it would be a day after washing my hair. Is this good or will it ruin my hair because i feel after doing that it gets greasy after 2 days or is it the shampoo?

April 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(32) Jen says:

My hair feels dry and when drying naturally has a lot of kinks and frizzies. (does not look prettY)
And it has some shine but looks really dull about 2/3′s of the way down after my roots…

But I have oily hair…. I wash it in the morning and usually by the late end of the day, my scalp will start feeling greasy and it doesn’t smell to nice.. Like you don’t notice it unless you were to scratch your head and then smell your hands afterwards. Gross…I miss the way my hair used to be … would dry straight and had a lot of shine.

I heard a ad on the radio about ovation self therapy hair shampoo but not sure if it works. I have been trying the. “wash hair every other day” trick but I really HATE the 2nd day because it feels so matted that I have to always put it up.

I have the same problem as the person above me. Feels like the oil seeps downward on my face “mostly my forehead” and causes little tiny break outs sometimes.

How do I fix this??? T_T I thought of maybe chemically straighting my hair but I hear it’s expensive and can damage hair if done incorrectly.

April 27, 2010 at 12:35 am
(33) beauty says:

If you have super oily hair issues, you CAN wash your hair every day. I suggest sprinkling talcum powder along the crown to soak up oils. It works wonders, trust me, I’ve sold so many people on this great little beauty trick. — Julyne

June 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(34) masiel navarro says:

I have brunette hair, is thick, is straight and curls in the ends, by my roots is oily, I also have volume and I have a lot of hair too. my hair is the most difficult hair ever. I will like to find a shampoo and conditioner that make my hair calm straight all the way down and fresh. if I use for dry hair its get to oily, and if I use for oily hair it get with a lot of volume or too dry. I bought everything in the store ,even my scalp got a white itchiness stuff so I had to buy head and shoulders, but it make my hair oily.I don’t know what to buy any more, can some one recommend me something? it driving me crazy. I need help????

July 10, 2010 at 3:51 am
(35) shreeya says:

hi I am Shreeya my problem is that i play basket ball and attend school and in India we have very extreme climate so after the school my hair tends to become oily and when i comb it its a disaster so what can I do and when i shampoo it everyday then people keep telling me that later you will have a lot of hairloss is that true and if yes then please give me a solution i am very congused please help!!

July 10, 2010 at 9:27 am
(36) shreeya says:


August 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm
(37) intensive says:

A solution for those who work out/or still prefer to shower but are worried about the effects of over-shampooing. You can still shower and rinse your hair, just skip the shampoo. Use conditioner on the ends if you need to. I work out about 4x per week, so I still shower almost everyday. I comb my hair out and then rinse really well, but I only shampoo 2-3x per week. Of course, it ranges depending on your hair type and daily routine.

February 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm
(38) dry hair conditioner says:

I have enviable hair, long, wavy, thick, lots of it. It’s just on the dry side from living in the desert. The Shielo Color Protect conditioner hits just the right balance of moisture without heaviness or oiliness. My hair is SO soft and the curls stay apart with minimal frizz without the need for any additional products. Just a touch of product now for the frizz, even with air drying. Love the scent… coconut and something else. Love the absence of many common chemicals.

February 10, 2011 at 9:24 am
(39) expensive shampoo says:

Although it’s more expensive than buying shampoo at a discount store, the Shielo Volume line is more than worth it. Im obsessed! My hair is shiny, healthy, and smells amazing (not to mention that it feels fantastic as well). I am hooked on the Shielo Volume shampoo/conditioner, and I tell all of my friends about it. I am a very frugal person who is always couponing. This is something that is worth the extra money.

February 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm
(40) WomanNYC says:

I have tried dozens of different conditioners but the Hydrate Conditioner from Shielo Hair succeeds them all. I have found that many conditioners can leave your hair looking a little greasy and worn down, especially if you have thin hair like me. However, after using the Hydrate Vibrancy Conditioner I feel as though I have just stepped out of a hair salon to get my hair professionally treated. It always leaves my hair with more body & shine and it smells great too! You can truely tell the difference after using it just one time.

February 26, 2011 at 1:55 am
(41) Nicole says:

I’ve washed every other day for a couple months now, and I’ve noticed a change in my hair- it’s much smoother. My hair tends to get greasy, when it does I usually just braid it or do a quick updo. “Dirty” hair holds styles better than “clean” hair, which you should use to your advantage if you are alternating days.

March 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm
(42) rachel says:

to all the people saying that they wash their hair everyday and just a few hours later its greasy: try using a clearer shampoo. not always clear, but bot a rich creamy shampoo. i know head and shoulders and most panteen shampoos are very creamy, and those always leave my hair greasy, but i now use herbal essences tousle me softly, and its a clear formula, and my hair is only greasy when i go too long with out washing it. i also try and switch up my shampoo brand everytime i get a new bottle because i find my hair will buils up a resistance and wont get as clean..hope this helps!

April 1, 2011 at 5:38 am
(43) tee says:

I had to cut my hair because it was breaking and I guess it was because of the relaxer and dye and all the artificial hair products. I have now decided to start growing my hair but this time I want to get it right.
My front her has always been a concerns because it brakes easily. I have decided to go natural beaus I have an African hair. Can any one advise me on hair product that can help my hair grow and remain healthy. I also wash my hair everyday should i stop doing that.

June 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(44) Jade says:

I’m pretty sure that you shouldn’t wash your hair every day in winter as it can lead to dry hair. But if you play sport often, are prone to oily hair or if it is summer or spring I think you can wash it every day. Since it is winter I don’t wash my hair every day but since I don’t use any heat on my hair ( straightener, hair dryer, curler ) very often it gets oily between washes. I would suggest for my fellow brunettes to put some baby powder on a large makeup brush and dust it over oily roots. I think you can use flour too. Hope this helped! Good luck! :)

July 27, 2011 at 6:19 am
(45) malica says:

I have really oily hair! There are days when they get oily by the evening! So I give them a second wash! But the texture of my hair is lovely! I see no reason why should you not wash your hair everyday when we wash your face every now and then!

August 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm
(46) katy says:

i seem to be th opposite to most people. Ive recently started to wash my hair daily because when i do this it tends to feel sooo much healthier. When i wash every other day or once every 3 days my hair feels really dry. I just came across this coz ive heard the rumours about washing hair daily is bad for ur hair so im concerned i mite be damaging my hair however, nobody seems to actually know the answer lol :s

September 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm
(47) Nicole says:

Hey, I have really straight thin hair and it gets
greasy pretty quick! I usually wash my hair
every other day but the day I dont way my hair I
still shower but just get my hair wet. It works pretty
well and my hair has never been more beautiful!
Hope this helped Hun;) xoxo

January 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm
(48) kev says:

I plant trees for a living. The trees that I plant have chemicals on them for protection from bugs. This is a problem as it ends up in my hair and due to this I shampoo everyday. What should I use bearing in mind I need something stronger than corn oil?

March 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm
(49) Vivian says:

It actually depends which shampoos you use. Manufacturers have obviously come to realize that some people tend to wash their hair everyday and they do take that into consideration that’s why shampoos and conditioners these days say that they are gentle enough for everyday use. http://web.pantene.com/en-CA/hair-science/pages/wash-your-hair.aspx it also says on my tresemme conditioner that it is gentle enough for everyday use. BAM! You just got schooled.

March 27, 2012 at 9:13 am
(50) angel says:

I used to have dry hair that has been dyed many times before (12 times, and bleached). My teqnique to keeping healthy hair is deep conditioning!

When I take a shower, I put in Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (found at local drug stores usually), and LEAVE IT ON for 2 (plus) hours! Sounds crazy, but it works! If you watch Amber Katelyn Beale on Youtube, she dyes her hair every week and her hair is SUPER healthy! She made a video on “how to keep your hair healthy” or something, and she uses it.

Hope this helps!


October 2, 2012 at 5:22 am
(51) Crys says:

I’d suggest everyone should try an organic shampoo. I use Natures Organics, which has nothing that will adversely affect your hair or scalp, for a fraction of the price of ‘salon’ products. I use it every day, because I have short hair that I wax, so washing it out.every day is better for it, and have never had a problem.

And for those of you who don’t use conditioner, shame on you, that’s one of the worst things you can do to your poor hair. Shampooing your hair strips it of all natural oils as well as dirt etc, leaving it dry and fragile, conditioner gives your hair back some of that protection. The reason your hair would be much more oily would be your scalp overcompensating for the lack of oil.

January 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(52) amal says:

my mom don’t let me wash my hair day after day she said that it’s inhailthy and i have an oily hair !! what should i do???

January 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm
(53) beauty says:

Try using a dry shampoo on the day you don’t wash your hair. You can also try baby powder at the crown and roots. It will soak up oils.

February 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(54) Sadie.C says:

my hur always gets oilyy if i do say sur my self. wanna khew me scert? take baby lotion rub it in when ur hur is wet. I ALWAYS ALWAYS GET OILY HAIR AND IT GETS SO PUFFY!!! also try wen, yes wen. my hur is sooo fresh and clen also use herbal essences!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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