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How Often Do I Need to Shampoo?

Maybe not as often as you think, dermatologists and stylists say.

The Trend and the Stigma continued...

“Many of my patients worry about washing their hair too frequently, yet they really need to wash it more often!” Goh says.

But longer can be totally acceptable. Caroline Lynch, an IT consultant from Michigan, feels like she can put the shampoo bottle down most days. “Since I have thick and curly hair, and more hair than most people, I started shampooing less frequently a few years ago,” she says. “I just kept pushing the date off further as I saw that I could.”

She shampoos about once a week. “Less-frequent shampooing has improved the quality of my hair, because I am not damaging it or drying it out with shampoo, and then with styling tools like blow dryers and flat irons and curlers,” she says. “It also saves money, so I can buy higher-quality shampoo and conditioner since I use it less frequently.”

Lynch does likes to keep hush-hush about her once-a-week habit, though.

“I get a lot of compliments on my hair, and stylists are always telling me how healthy it is, so I think I am in good shape,” she says. “But I still am nervous to tell people about the frequency because of the stigma, or people thinking I’m dirty for not shampooing more often.”

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