“If you shampoo less often, your scalp will gradually produce less oil.”
How many times have we heard this beauty myth? Some of us may even have put it to the test. I sure did, years ago. I’m plagued with oily hair that requires frequent washing, and so I’m willing to try anything that promises to fix, or even just reduce, the problem. So, how did this work?
It didn’t. As I gradually reduced my washing frequency, my hair remained as oily as ever. Actually, there were days when I thought my scalp was producing even more oil as a revenge for ignoring its need to be washed. Argh! I had to quickly go back to washing my hair every other day. I was not a happy camper.
So, what really happens when you shampoo less often? Well, dermatologist Jeffrey Bernabio explains that, because the amount of oil our scalp produces depends on genetics and hormones, “cutting back on shampooing will have no effect on your sebaceous glands”.
It gets worse. The purpose of shampooing is to eliminate excess oil and dirty. Do it less often, and all this gunk will accumulate on your scalp and hair follicles. As your result, your hair will be oilier and dirtier and your scalp may become inflamed or irritated. Ouch!
So, there you go. Wash your hair whenever you feel you need to, however often that is.
How often you do wash your hair?
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