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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

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I’ve received a few emails recently asking about how often a girl should wash her hair. I did a little research and it’s an interesting topic because there really seems to be a big divide in what people recommend.

So, how often should you wash your hair? Personally, I was always taught to wash my hair every day. Over the years, however, I’ve learned that daily washing really dries my hair out.

These days, because I get highlights and my hair is damaged, I only shampoo 3 or 4 times a week. This has definitely helped my hair a lot: it’s much less dried out without the constant shampooing and blow drying.

Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, who does Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson’s hair, agrees that you shouldn’t wash your hair every day. According to Oprah.com, Ken says that “certain hair types and textures only require washing once a week, where others work well washing 2 to 3 times a week.”

Thursday’s New York Times style section had an article about hair washing frequency, only to the extreme. Of Course I Washed My Hair Last Year (I’m Almost Certain) talked about how lots of women wash their hair just once a week and some only wash once a month! Apparently it’s trendy to spend less time on your hair.

As someone whose hair gets oily after just a few days, I can’t imagine only washing your hair once a month, but maybe it would work well for those with dry hair? The idea does sound tempting – who wouldn’t want to spend less time doing their hair each week? I just don’t know how it would really work for the average woman.

What are your opinions on this? Do you wash your hair every day or do you think once a week is best? Leave a comment and take the poll below! I want to hear what you think!

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492 Responses to “How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?”

  1. 1
    February 23rd, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I always wash my hair every day becasue it gets sooo greasy! If I dont wash it I just hate the way it looks. Any tips to make your hair less greasy?

  2. 2
    February 23rd, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    well it really does depend on your hair….i know black women are advised wash hair only once a week or every two weeks depending on the style. Its really just the diefference in texture. whereas people with a certain texture of hair wants to get rid of grease, black women with nappy hair want to keep as much as the natural oils in our hair that we can. too much washing strips our hir of those essential oils. people wearing natural hairstyles tend to condition between shampoos however…but for the most part, washing our hair every day is a big”no-no”

  3. 3
    February 23rd, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I REQUIRE washing daily. Honest to goodness, if I don’t wash daily, it SMELLS, and the slightest touch leaves yuck on my fingers. It’s quite nasty. It’s a royal pain, too, because my mane is waist length. The ends get a really good leave-in daily to make up for the constant washing.

  4. 4
    February 24th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    My hair gets yucky quickly — especially in summer. I wash it when I shower every morning (though sometimes I take a weekend day off). Even now, though, my bangs start looking greasy by the afternoon if not sooner, and my part looks greasy at night and definitely by the next day.

    Cornstarch is my friend.

    If I don’t have time to wash/rewash my hair, I sprinkle it in, then blow dry and brush out.

    It works really well if you’re blonde, I hear. I have to make sure that I get it out, though, because it makes my brown hair look grayish. I’ve heard that bronzer works well. I have a container of it that I don’t use, so maybe I’ll try it (maybe even mixing the two).

  5. 5
    February 24th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Lindsay – I know what you mean; I definitely have that problem at times too! A few tips to make you hair less greasy:
    1. Don’t run your hands through it (your hands have tons of oils and that grease rubs off on your hair)
    2. Use a clarifying shampoo
    3. Don’t use too many products on your hair
    Ultimately a lot of it is hormonal but luckily that means it might level off in a few years. Hope that helped!

    Kendra – That’s a really good point. When I was researching for this topic, I saw a lot of recommendations for hair texture and it really makes sense. Not everyone has the exact same texture and therefore not every washing schedule will work for everyone!

    Cadi – Wow, waist long hair? I’m impressed! I’ve always wanted my hair really long but I totally don’t have the patience to deal with uber long hair. And good call with the daily leave in for your ends. What brand do you use?

    Meg – Summer is the worst time for my hair too, and funny thing about bangs – they always seem to get greasy the fastest! I just got side bangs and was introduced to this phenomenon recently. I think maybe they keep getting greasy because you’re always touching them to get them out of your face, you know? And I’m with you on cornstarch idea, although I prefer baby powder or even translucent face powder (i’m a blonde.) Matte bronzer should work well for brunettes.

  6. 6
    February 24th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Zephyr: It’s hilarious, actually, the length is a product of inertia. I haven’t found any styles that I’ve loved enough to make the salon trip for, so I just let it grow. I did my quarterly trim the other day, 2″ off and it’s still 28″ long.

    Problem is it’s rather fine, so the roots get Pantene Volumizing mousse. Otherwise I use the Garnier Fructis Long and Strong stuff, and so far, so good. I dye my own hair too (Feria), so it should be a mess! So far so good, though :)

  7. 7
    February 24th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I usually wash daily because my hair gets greasy after a day also, but if I know that I’m not doing much that day, like if I only have one class, I just let it go. My question is though, if you don’t wash your hair everyday do you still wet it in the shower and re-style? or do you put it up in a clip or cap while you shower or it doesn’t get wet?

  8. 8
    February 25th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    to answer your question Marleah, for those that dont wash their hair everyday, we wrap our hair up. Shower caps are ideal, but even just a simple plastic bag will keep the water out. for those that wear the “wavy” look, there is an option to re-wet the hair, but a spritzer is ideal.

  9. 9
    February 25th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Cadi – Haha, I know what you mean with being indecisive about hairstyles. I always get scared that I’ll end up hating my new haircut after I get it done, but with the right stylist it’s always fine. And I’ve wanted to try that long & strong stuff, maybe I will now that I know it obviously works for girls with really long hair!

    Marleah – I wash my hair every other day and usually I just kinda work with whatever style it’s in on the second day, maybe using some baby powder if it looks greasy. Sometimes I will put it up in a clip in the shower and other times I will just rinse it and condition the ends.

  10. 10
    February 26th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I have to wash my hair every other day. If i wait longer my hair gets really gross feeling but if i wash it every day after 3 or 4 days it starts to feel really dry and brittle.

  11. 11
    February 26th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Good suggestions; as you guys said, we’re all different with our textures, preferences and daily activities. For those that run/swim daily, what do you do? I’m in the pool or ocean or running daily; I can leave the pool water on for a day but I worry it might do something funky to my hair dye. The ocean saltwater I have to rinse out, as with the running sweat. I’ve been rinsing/conditioning daily and shampooing about 2 times a week. Anyone else in a similar situation with suggestions?

  12. 12
    February 26th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Chelsea, do you wet down beforehand? I started doing that before I swim, and it makes a big difference.

  13. 13
    March 1st, 2008 at 1:45 am

    “….i know black women are advised wash hair only once a week or every two weeks depending on the style.”

    This part of your statement is true I commend you on that but the rest, not so much.

    “Its really just the diefference in texture. whereas people with a certain texture of hair wants to get rid of grease,”

    Some hair types are pin-straight while other have thick & tight spring curls. Texture doesnt have alot to do with the amount of natural oils in your hair.
    A girl with pin-straight hair can have twice the amount of oil in their hair as the girl next to them with massive natural curls and vice-versa.

    “black women with nappy hair want to keep as much as the natural oils in our hair that we can”

    Black women arent the only women with varities of textures. From what I know for sure, hispanics are also included in this category are those who I can speak for. “Nappy” hair – just to let you know theres many different types of hair textures to categorizes them all as “nappy” is just shameful.

    Note famous people you may know: Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Kat DeLuna, Jenifer Lopez, Vanessa Williams.
    Just to name a few.

    From my knowledge ethnic have different hair types, i dont know much about other ethnicities hair type but this is what I can speak on.

    There are many black women out there with oil-filled hair just not most.
    We usually need more hair oils helpers because of the styles, and procedures we do to our hair. Most ethnic women dont always have genetically straight hair so we apply heat, chemicals (relaxers, and such) which is not good for the hair instead of using natural-healthy styles like braids, puffs, etc,. Then on top of that, sometimes we do use chemically altering hair procedures without any counter-acting healthy hair procedures and we can be stuck with what seems like never-ending damage.Which causes to strip out natural oils to even a long-term basis.

    Genetics & hair lifestyles(“preferences and daily activities.”)

    for the most part, are what determines amount of hair oils not the texture.

    Just spreading some knowledge. Ciao.

  14. 14
    March 1st, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Sarah – That’s exactly how it is with me. Washing every day just makes your hair feel really dry and brittle after a while. Do you highlight your hair? I think that’s what makes mine so dry.

    Chelsea – From what I read on this subject, you are definitely doing the right thing by rinsing/conditioning after being in the pool. Letting chlorine and/or salt water sit on your hair for any period of time is definitely a bad idea!

    Nina – I think what Kendra was saying is not that certain ethnicities of women have more oil in their hair but that in general, if you have rougher textured or naturally dried out or chemically processed hair, you might want to keep natural oils in there longer to condition your hair and reduce damage. I don’t think it had anything to do with texture being a predictor of amount of oil? Anyway, I don’t think it was meant to be offensive or anything.

  15. 15
    March 5th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t know if this applies to everyone, but I find that my hair can adjust to how often I wash it.

    When I was a kid I used to wash my hair everyday, but later on I read that that can really dry it out. So I started washing every 2-3 days. At first, my hair felt really greasy and gross the day after washing, but after about a week of this I found that it started to look better and better.

    There was one period of time when I switched back to washing everyday and then switched again to washing every 2-3 days. My hair went through the same process of feeling gross to feeling fine.

  16. 16
    March 5th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    See, it’s that adjustment period that I just can’t hack. WAY too vain to go around with a lanky mess of stringy hair (and I’m not exaggerating, it really does get nasty QUICK). I may try the baby powder thing though. Can’t hurt!

  17. 17
    March 6th, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Yola – That’s a really good point. I think most people’s hair will adjust to washing less frequently, although I’m not sure if it’s actually possible to make your hair produce less oil. The article I posted above says it’s not, apparently we just “get used to having greasy hair.” Idk if I agree.

    Cadi – I know right? It definitely is a pain at first when you stop washing daily, but if your hair is damaged you just can’t always wash it every day unless you want to get tons of split ends and dryness. Baby powder is definitely a life saver!

  18. 18
    March 21st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I wash my hair 4-3 times a week, normally but when I get it straight (I have extremely curly and unruly hair) I wash it 1-2 times a week.

  19. 19
    May 20th, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I wash my hair 3-4 times a week since I got bored and decided to cut my own bangs. My mom was so angry she went on the ‘your a minor and you gotta do what I say, college or not!’ rant.So now next week I’m going blonde, again. It looks natural even though my natural hair color is dark brown with reddish undertones. I’ve noticed that when my hair is light it’s almost never greasy, when it’s dark I have to wash it almost everyday. I know that there are certain shampoos for curly,straight and wavy hair, but I have a strange, catastrophic combination of all three, so I just end up buying whatever smells good. I’ve yet to find cherry blossom scented shampoo. I’d buy that in a heartbeat.

  20. 20
    May 20th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I definitely have problems with oily/greasy hair, especially in the bangs department. One thing I’ve noticed is that not only touching your bangs makes them oily, but your forehead has a lot to do with it as well. Having naturally greasy skin, it’s caused my fringes to look absolutely horrible while the rest of my hair may look great. And baby powder, etc never works for me. I have a strange hairline, so when my bangs get greasy, the hair sort of clumps together and my flawless “swoop” is ruined.

    But most times, I’ve found what works best is to wet my bangs over the sink and add a little bit of diluted shampoo and work that in from the roots out, and then rinse and restyle with a hairdryer. It’s an extremely quick fix (as long as you get all the shampoo out, or it looks twice as dirty.) and it’s painless and easy. There’s my 2 cents away, =]

  21. 21
    May 24th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    I normally have super dry, unmanageable hair (that had been coloured every six months or so since the age of 12, and sun parched for years) which I was washing every other day to keep in check. When I switched to a better salon about two years ago, my stylist recommended only washing when needed. Figuring I’d give it a try, I realised I only need to wash my hair every ten days or so, depending on the weather. I recently had a chemical straightening to try and gain some control over the bonkers tresses and now I find I’m having to wash it about every week or so.

    What I can suggest to those with super dry hair is not to be afraid to not wash your hair every other day. Believe me, it makes dry hair even worse to handle. I found the best way to handle dry hair is with shampoos containing fruit extracts such as Garnier or Naturals (they seemed to work better than those without) and the same goes with product. I found the best for post-flatironed hair to be Garnier’s Sleek and Shine serum; it’s a tad oily but does a world of good for keeping the hair straight and frizz free.

    Also, if you are thinking of a chemical straighten, I would suggest it if you’re not afraid of the chemical part. It was a three hour process that lasts a good six months and can help with problem hair. Now, when I leave my hair to dry, it is more manageable (and straighter!!) than ever before. Used to take a good one and half hours to straighten it properly, compared to the fifteen minutes it takes now. It’s made second semester much easier to wake up, brush it out and not worry about walking up two hours before class just for a nice style.

  22. 22
    May 28th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    If a lot of shampoos are stripping to your hair, I’ve heard of women using conditioner to wash their hair on most days and only using shampoo 1-2x/wk. That way if you want to “wash” everyday you can still keep some moisture in your hair. This works for me, but I had to find a good moisturizing conditioner that didn’t cause too much build up.

  23. 23
    June 17th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I have big full, frizzy, 80’s hair! I could easily go a week or longer and it still be a huge poof.

    The one thing I found thats GREAT for hair like mine… is:

    JONATHAN SILKY DIRT

    It comes in this tube… it smells like vanilla maybe? or coconut? or something like that can’t quite pinpoint the smell.

    The trick is you barely have to use any… like not even close to a dime… usually I sqeeze the tube until it starts to come out like a milimeter (and i have really long full hair)… and just wipe that off onto my finger tip rub it in my hands and use that on dry hair (like you just need a little residue of it on your hands and thats enough)… it makes your hair shiny (the good shiny) and tames all the frizz… and gives the bottom just enough of a textury look.

    But beware… you probably will use too much the first time cause you won’t be able to fathom how little it takes. The bottle will probably last me a decade… but I never found a product that works so well for my hair type.

  24. 24
    July 10th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I used to wash my hair at least once a day otherwise it would fell greasy and dirty. Now i wash my hair every other day and it feels a lot healthier. this is sort of of topic but i have frizzy curly hair, would chemically straightening it make it more managible? would it be damaged and dried out? and if so then how often would i have to wash my hair

  25. 25
    July 11th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I wash my hair once a week, and it’s not about don’t wanna wash it or something, it’s beacuase I have curly hair, but the one with too much that looks all messed up. So I make it straight and it tooks lot of time and I get tired easily.

  26. 26
    July 17th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I have long, really thick hair.. so i wash it every other day (unless i work out or something). Since it’s so thick it doesnt get greasy. But sometimes if it randomly looks greasy, i put baby powder in it. it works so well. the powder makes your hair look really clean because it soaks up the grease i guess you could say… i know it sounds gross but it works!

  27. 27
    July 28th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    I always felt bad about not washing my hair everyday…I just never needed to…it’s good to know I don’t have to embarrassed as times goes on :/

  28. 28
    July 28th, 2008 at 4:15 am

    I have Asian hair (the naturally straight and long type)
    and have to wash it every day or else it looks greasy/smells

    However, I think it’s thinning on top. Any suggestions?

  29. 29
    August 4th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I have to wash my hair everyday. It even gets greasy at the end of the day. I have brunette hair so it looks dirty when it’s greasy. I don’t color my hair either. (not anymore since a bad hair fry 2 years ago) I only use Burt’s Bee’s Shiny Graipfruit Shampoo and Conditioner. I always get compliments on how natural my hair looks. I guess all that hair coloring all those years (about 15 years I colored) really dried my hair. Going natural looks much more natural. Who would have thought.

  30. 30
    August 5th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    I have Asian hair of the thick (it’s too big for my head), dry and coarse variety and I find washing it every 4 days really helps to weigh it down, so I don’t have to wear it tied back all the time. It helps that I have dry skin (eczema), so not washing my head too often is really good for my scalp. Personally, I think it really depends on the condition of your scalp, and not so much your hair. My mom has the same hair as me, but she has a normal scalp that greases up after a couple of days, so she’s just invested in a good hair care system rather than letting her natural oils aid her hair.

  31. 31
    August 10th, 2008 at 6:27 am

    (english is not my first language, but i hope you can read it)

    im also asian, and i have thick hair in a medium lenght ;)
    I usually wash my har at least every second day,
    ´cause i do alot of sports.
    But I wanna start to try to wash it every third day, ´cause i´ve just been in the hair salon, and my hairdresser told me to try that
    have tried it, but my hair looks so greasy the third day
    i´ve just started, but i don´t know if i should continue
    should I ?

  32. 32
    August 11th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I wash my hair every day because if i don’t it looks so greasy. even by the the end of the day my hair will start looking greasy. i wish i could wash my hair less. i don’t know what to do.

  33. 33
    August 14th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Well my hair is the most problematic thing ever. I have a nice face, nice features..and when I straighten my hair I feel like a model. However, my natural hair type is a huge bombardment of unruly and crazy frizzy curls. I love it when it’s just washed because it looks so nice wet, but I have tried every “wet look” product under the SUN and nothing works to keep that “wet look” for long. So I was reduced to straightening my hair right after I wash it, and then I would keep that style for 2-3 days {by wearing a shower cap while im showering} and then wash it again. So basically I straightened my hair twice every week, and I washed it 2-3 times every week {Sunday, Wednesday, Friday}. When I was younger, I used to wash my hair once every week {Sundays}. I never felt it was a problem, and I never felt gross and my hair was still frizzy, but I had no split ends. But then I learned that everyone around me {with straight hair, mind you} seemed to wash their hair everyday, so I, like a fool, started doing the same. Now I feel the grease in my hair if I don’t wash it atleast 2-3 times a week, and it feels gross, so I am not comfortable washing it once every week. However, because I wash my hair so much now, combined with having to straighten it, I have split ends, and my long, previously split end free hair is now riddled with split ends. Please help me. My hair type is crazy insanely curly {and not the good, Beyonce/Vanessa Hudgens/Alyssa Milano curls} and I just want some advice, or hair products to make my curls look NICE so I can finally get my hair cut and have it look nice without any straightening. Not only does straightening take so much time in the mornings, its the reason I have split ends and my hair is so dry and brittle. I hate the split ends in my hair and the dry brittleness. Please PLEASE help me. I need good curl products!

  34. 34
    August 22nd, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    See, I’m conflicted because I am totally for not washing my hair daily, but I have curly hair and I use products in it every day after I get out of the shower. If i don’t wash my hair the next day, its usually flattened out and feels kinda gross. I can just put more product in, but I use mousse, which requires that your hair is wet… hence the conflict! Any suggestions?

  35. 35
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I’m of Caribbean descent from the Bahamas. When my hair is relaxed it reaches just below my shoulder blades, but just washed, it’s a thick voluminous puff like a lions mane. I was raised to only get it washed like twice a month. No routine. Just when it seemed like I needed it. My mother always did my hair because she enjoyed it and for treatments and special styles, I went to a salon.

    I did not start to relax my hair until I was 11. Since I’ve started college I wash it about every 2-3 weeks. Sooner if I used gel in my hair or later if it was recently relaxed. I try to constrain my relaxers to at least every 2/3 months because it can damage my hair. Every time I relax my hair(at the salon only by professionals), I treat it at the same time to repair any damage.

    Lately, I’ve been looking for some quick easy styles because I don’t really have the time between work and classes to style my hair. I’m also looking for some easy professional styles because at the end of each term at my college, we have to dress professionally and do group presentations for each course.

    Any suggestion or tutorials?

  36. 36
    August 31st, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    For black women, washing the hair every day, is considered innappropriate. Since black women have more coarse hair, this leaves it to be less manageable. Thus, black women are advised to wash every second week or once a month – to stimulate the flow of natural oils to the tip of the hair. When wet, a black women’s hair will turn back to it’s natural state – kinky and afro-like. Alot of african-american women tend to put grease in their hair to aid in allowing the hair to grow. As a black woman, I wash my hair once every month, and make sure I comb out my hair while I have a leave-n condition to help with the breakage problem. It depends on the condition and texture of your hair, but in general, hair should not be washed every day – once a week or twice a week is highly recommended.

  37. 37
    September 4th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I have nappy hair, and half Russian, half Hispanic. xD I like to wash my hair daily, because it’s so frizzy and the humidity is horrible where I live that if I get it wet, it becomes straight for the rest of the day, and it is MUCH easier to comb, but I’ve been trying to wash it less starting this week. I’ve gone two days without washing and am going to today. (:

  38. 38
    September 22nd, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I have thick wavy hair, and I try to avoid washing it because it’s damaged from dying and straightening, but I run every day and I don’t want to leave my hair sweaty and dirty. Any ideas?

  39. 39
    October 3rd, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Just to experiment, I haven’t washed my hair for 15 hours. I styled my hair this morning and it is a greasy mess. It’s heavy and I feel it weighing more than normal on my head. It has no body and the scalp is visibly greasy.

    I thought about using just a “smidge” shampoo and ONLY scrubbing my scalp. And not “washing” the ends, which are damaged from coloring.

  40. 40
    October 15th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    im african american and get my hair relaxed almost every two months. i wash my hair 2 or 3 times a week. i cut it in a bob and i find that if i wash it and do the works[blow dry and straighten] to it every few days, it says neat. if not, i have a flat afro on my hands.i use this really good namaste shampoo for now or the relaxed and natural pantene shampoo or dark and lovely. all work amazing. and for product, i use mostly garnier fructis stuff because it keeps my hair mositurized and smells great. the smoothing milk works great for frizz, the shine drops keep my hair shiny and smooth and the leave in conditioner i use almost every day, justa little.

  41. 41
    March 1st, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I have to wash my hair daily because I have thick, curly hair. Also, I use hair spray and the only way to get that stuff out of my hair is by shampooing it. And my hair doesn’t really brush well dry, so it’s daily washing!

  42. 42
    March 14th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    right, im a teenageer and just recently my hair has started gtting greesy every day so i am washing my hair every night i used to be able to leave it 3-4 days before it went greese i know its probs hormoness but im scaRED becose everyone is saying washing your hair everyday is bad for you but i HAVE to at the minute well any way how long will this “greesy stage” last ????

  43. 43
    March 20th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I’ve got really curly hair that’s dry and find that it always looks better the second and third day after I wash it. Alot of times I just rewet my hair and gel it up and it’s good to go. My hair is just to curly to brush everyday it tangles from just drying it with a towel so there is no way for me to not wash it when I brush it out. So I leave it alone after washing it for 3 days to a week. depending on how the hair looks. I’ve been leaving in a condition and it has help alot with letting the tangles come out easier.

    I like to use spray gel lately with leave in condition it gets my curlys to stay in place. Of course anyone who has curly hair knows that you’re hair from wet to dry gets smaller as the curly tighting up.

  44. 44
    March 25th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    anybodyy ????????? plz answer my last question

  45. 45
    April 13th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    I am an african american female,and i have 12 inches of thick relaxed hair,i wash my hair everyday following cantu leave in conditioner,i stay away from heat styling.and my hair is free from split ends and not dry at all.i just cut my hair two weeks ago,it was 16 inches long .i have always washed my hair quite often.and i love it.I find that ethnic people are being miseducated.

  46. 46
    April 15th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I am quite shocked about how little you people know about your hair! You must be insane if you are washing your hair everyday or trying to kill it.

    I have super fine blond hair and I only shampoo twice a week and very few people have fine hair. Most people have medium hair and really only need to wash once a week. If your hair is coarse or kinky your natural hair oils take extra long to get to the ends. I nice little board bristled brush can help you spread the oil from you roots to the rest of your hair.

    My roots can get oily but that is what DRY SHAMPOO is for. Ever heard of this magical little product? I live in a little town in Wisconsin and even we have a store that sells it. Most brands carry a blond or brunette version but some even have ones for people with black hair. Check out drugstore.com I promise you there is a dry shampoo for you!

    NO ONE needs to wash their hair everyday. If it is “smelling” funky most hair products now a days are scented….just a little FYI. Please become more educated about your hair. I am sure you are all fairly educated about your skin…at least I hope so. Spend the same time getting to know your hair and give it a reprieve from your daily washings.

    Chelsea- It is called a swim cap I suggest you invest $5 in one.

  47. 47
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    julia what is dry shampoo?

  48. 48
    April 28th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    About a year ago, I used to wash my hair everyday thinking that I *had* to because it would always be oily and nasty if I didn’t. When I read that shampooing everyday actually makes your scalp produce more oil, while shampooing daily dries out the ends, I figured that was surely the cause of my “combination” hair.. oily on top, dry on bottom ( I have really long, fine hair, damages easy, oils easy). I was dealing with a lot of damage on my hair so I went extreme and decided to try shampooing once every three days.. and it worked! It took a few weeks for my scalp to get used to it and produce less oil, but it eventually did, and now waiting three days is no problem. That coupled with putting coconut oil in my hair and leaving it in overnight once a week has made my hair completely different. I’m thinking about trying to shampoo once a week now.. The damage I’ve avoided it wonderful :)

  49. 49
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Im African American and I also use a relaxer every 3 months. I wash my hair 3-4 times a week. Years ago I was taught to wash my hair once every two weeks and my scalp was itchy, had dandruff galore, was unhealthy and smelled horrible. I then switched to once a week and some of the unpleasant side effects were diminished but my scalp and hair still were unhealthy. Finally, overcoming my fears of washing more than once a week, my dandruff is under control, my scalp feels great and my hair looks and feels a lot more healthy. I still trim my hair about every 8-12 wks, which is no more than I had to do before when washing my hair less frequently.

    Each individual is different and has to find what works best for their hair.

  50. 50
    May 5th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I wash my hair about 3 times a week when I have a bath or shower, I have quite short hair so it dries quite quickly. If I go swimmimg I shower and wash my hair too as it starts to dry out if I don’t wash it owing to the chemicals in the pool. I used to wash my hair more often but found it went very stiff and dry so I stopped washing it to often. My hair doesn’t get greasy at all but I like to keep it clean and looking nice, you have to find a happy medium really some people need to was their hair more often than others.

  51. 51
    May 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I went through a no-shampoo period and didn’t shampoo for about three weeks. Took a shower every day, and it never stank. It was crazy-don’t-leave-the-house-greasy for a few days, but after that it was thicker, softer and had this beautiful wave that my stick-straight hair never had before. I finally broke down and washed it and now it gets ultra greasy by the end of the day, so I may be going back to my no-shampoo theory.

  52. 52
    May 10th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I have to wash my hair everyday. I am blonde and my hair is a natural disaster, it curls around my face and then frizzes out everywhere else. It’s about halfway down my back too. I wash it every day because it starts to feel gross after awhile, especially the parts around my face because I never pull it back. So it’s daily washing and straightening for me. I haven’t noticed my hair being dried out or anything, but I do get split ends a lot so when that happens I just get it trimmed and problem solved.

  53. 53
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    my hair takes an hour to flat iron….if i had to wash it everyday id go nuts!! lol
    But there is a product called rockaholic sold on amazon.com it is AMAZING it takes the oil out of you hair kinda like baby powder just less messy. : )

  54. 54
    May 13th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    lady3
    Dry shampoo is basically a powder spray, you spray it in your roots and it absorbs the oils.. its amazing rockaholic is a good brand : )

    Its perfect for people who’s hair gets oily and they feel like they should wash it everyday (which actually washing your hair everyday makes your hair produce more oil, so they are just making it worse) these people should also try a light conditioner!!!!!!!

  55. 55
    May 24th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Although washing your hair is counted as bad; I have to disagree. I wash my hair every day and it has so much volume and shine afterwards.
    If I don’t wash my hair everyday it becomes really greasy and I can’t do anything with it except put it up.
    I use to wash my hair every other day but slipped into the habbit of washing it everyday but now I just can’t stop.
    I feel dirty if I leave it!
    I’ve tried leaving it for a few days then washing it then leaving it, but it’s no use because it just looks greasy and feels gross.
    I refuse to go to class with unwashed hair because my hair is the one thing about me which I take probably the most pride in.
    I am a brunette, my hair is quite long and straight; having straight hair it gets greasy quicker; i even read somewhere that straight hair reflects the light or something so it’s prone to grease? =/
    I’m happy with washing it everyday; its never dried out – though I will admitt that I too, get split ends.

  56. 56
    May 25th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I am a wash-a-holic when it comes to washing hair! I used to wash it everyday until I started researching on how bad it is to wash your hair everyday.

    Since I have thin fair blonde hair, you can easily tell when it looks greasy and dead. I guess it doesn’t help when I used to straighten it at night and morning EVERYDAY. But I have cut down on the straightening, and I am starting to wash my hair “every other day” and yeah, it usually looks a little greasy on the 2nd day, so I just tie it up.

    I might start the baby powder idea too, which is buying some baby powder and sprinkling some on your scalp/comb, and then brush it through your hair. I would also reccomend, if you don’t have dry hair and use conditioner, PLEASE DO NOT use conditioner if you have perfectly normal hair. It just makes it look even more greasy!!!

  57. 57
    June 2nd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    My scalp was so dry from cheap generic shampoos that i decided to try washing it with conditioner only for 4 days. I t looked ok, but with ash blond hair thats fine, I needed a better product- figured it was tha wax in the conditioner that was yucking up my hair. I just bought something at sally’s beauty store called “Hair One” its sort of like Wen by guthy renker, only its cheaper and my hair has never looked so good! shiny/soft and not flat! Its something called a cleansing conditioner, and it does just that. I could use it every day, cuz it has no surfactants or sulfates, and does not strip your hair, but I might not have to, am waiting to see what it looks like in the morning.

  58. 58
    June 11th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    i have really curly hair, so i wash about every other day. I use this shampoo that smells great the day you wash it, and really nice the day you don’t. Sometimes, when i have sports, I wash every day. That’s when it gets gross.

  59. 59
    July 1st, 2009 at 5:22 am

    well, i wash my hair everyday… but now i’m not so sure. My hair gets greasy if i leave it longer, and ever since i got side bangs they get the worst the fastest. However, i was listening to this podcast, and they said its bad for your hair. Makes my life kind of annoying, now i have no idea if i should try washing it less, because they said it might become better over time. <still, i have no idea since its summer, and i dont really want to walk around with disgusting hair.

  60. 60
    July 2nd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Minimum i have to wash it 3 times a week because i have dragon boat practice (similar to crew for the east coast people) and the lake water gets my hair wet.. yuck :P

  61. 61
    July 4th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    My mother is a hairstylist and has passed on some of her knowledge on to me.

    How much you should wash your hair really depends on your hair texture and how oily it is. Our hair produces natural oils and depending on how quickly and regularly our hair produces this oil should affect how frequently we wash our hair. Washing it too much will strip our hair of necessary oils that keep our hair healthy and shiny. Not washing it enough will result in dandruff, greasy and smelly hair. For most people with straight or wavy or even slightly curly hair should wash their hair 4-7 times a week. Every other day works for people with these hair types.

    People with very curly hair or black people should only wash their hair 1-2 times a week since we naturally have very dry hair. So when you’re taking a bath, be sure to keep your hair up!

  62. 62
    July 6th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I wash mine everyday except if I’m not going out of the house. I have thick straight (not pin straight though at all) blonde hair with a lot of volume. During the school year (sept-june) I straughten my hiar about 5 times a week and blow dry everyday. During the summer, I straighten it about 3 times a week and blow dry about 5 times. I know this may seem like a lot of damage but my hair isn’t dry and is very healthy and people who have flat-iron damaged hair always remark on how healthy mine seems. I have never had it dyed or highlighted. If I don’t wash everyday my hair gets greasy and very heavy so I can’t do much but put it up. I don’t use many products either, only conditioner (John Frieda Frizz-Ease Weather Works) and a serum when straightening or whatever I’m doing with my hair that day.

  63. 63
    July 8th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    While i have bathing I washed my hair. So, I have washed my hair twice in a day. I know women watch a bit less time than men.

  64. 64
    July 9th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I actually wash my hair everyday, but that’s only because I’m going to gym. My hair get’s greasy soo easily if I don’t wash it one day it looks like if I haven’t showered for months…

  65. 65
    July 9th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I wash my hair once every two days!
    i dont think it is good to wash your hair everyday :/
    but i suppose it just depends on what your hair is like!

  66. 66
    July 13th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Yeah, I relax my hair and I guess because of that my hair actually doesn’t get greasy. I wash it once a week if it’s straight and only because it gets kinda knotted. I can wash it every day if I’m just putting mousse in it and letting it airdry curly.

  67. 67
    July 14th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i used to wash my hair everyday, and secretly, i thought it helped my hair become glossier and healthier.
    recently, i was told washing it once every two days works.
    i do this, if it’s feeling greasy i use dry shampoo which works wonders and is pretty cheap!
    xxxxxxxxxxx

  68. 68
    July 19th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I used to have a problem with hair that became oily every single day, which means I had to wash it every single day. Then, after a little research, I realized over-washing means your scalp overcompensates and becomes even greasier. Now I wash every other day and it is SO MUCH BETTER! I rarely have a problem with greasiness.

    I also reccomend buying sulfate-free shampoo because sulfates are very harsh. Companies only add it because it is cheap to mass produce – this doesn’t mean it is healthy for your hair!

  69. 69
    July 28th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    i can’t not wash my hair everyday, i tried it for a while but i just hated the feeling of my hair the next day. i don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s really thick or what but i just didn’t like it.

  70. 70
    August 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    i usually wash my hair once a week.

    Everyone produces natural oils, but the curl pattern of some people’s hair makes it harder for/prevents the oils from reaching all the hair. People with straight hair dont have to put as much care or oil/products into heir hair, and find themselves needing to wash it as often s daily because it gets too greasy. Very curly hair (like mine) is misinterpreted to be tough and able to withstand the chemicals, the heat, the combing. But really, this kind of hair is he most fragile. Scratching my hair with fingernails too much is enough to cause breakage. If you have very curly hair, no perms or relaxers, it is in its natural state where it can be its healthiest and most beautiful. You just have to know how it works, how to care for it.

  71. 71
    August 9th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I have to wash my everyday because when I wake up in the morning my bangs have gone rigid and stick out to the side. I have fine hair but I have a lot of it so I use a de-frizz spray before I dry it in the morning.
    My hair goes very greasy, very quickly because I am a teenager. I have been washing my hair for the past month and it sames and feels fine.

  72. 72
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I wash my hair about twice a week, but I use sulfate-free or natural shampoo bars. I have naturally curly hair and I read the book curly girl and checked out naturallycurly.com and found that washing curly hair with harsh sulfates can do damage, dry out your hair, and create an oily scalp because your scalp overproduced oils to replace the oils that you keep washing out with sulfate. I never understood what was actually in hair products until I did my homework. There can be some seriously nasty stuff.

  73. 73
    August 17th, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I wash my hair everyday. My hair is more on the dry side, however, i live in a big city with lots of air pollution and i spend a lot of time out. So every night when i clean my face the little cotton pads really turn GRAY because of the filth i take off! So imagine what gets in my hair! And im supposed to go to sleep like that, with it rubbing in my face all night and smelling like smoke and petrol? No way.

  74. 74
    August 19th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i wash my hair sunday night. then i starighten it.
    most of the time i leave it lyk this all week. i am mixed so my hair is differnt. if you are black you kno what im talking about…

  75. 75
    August 19th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    except in teh summer. cause i swim everyday and thats when iwashed everday to get teh chorlie out. but i dont straighten my hair int eh summmer

  76. 76
    August 24th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I have very curly hair that is dry. I can only wash it once a week, max, like most people with curly hair like this:

    http://www.lifamilies.com/chat/p/1045603_1.jpg

    Since most people have oily hair (straight or wavy) they don’t really get this, but my mother’s a hairstylist and so I’ve learned it’s so damaging to wash your hair so much. It will damage it.

  77. 77
    August 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I wash my hair everyday but now i must stop! i made myself a schedule [which you should do] and im washing my hair 4 times a week cause if i dont wash it for too long, it smells bad and looks kinda greasy. im OBSESSED with making my hair smell good :) lol but yeah, 4 times a week is good :)

  78. 78
    September 4th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    i wash my hair every day cause i play soccer every day of the week very competitive and i am in high school i am dominican so i have some native american blood and my father is irish german polish he is a mutt so my hair is very smooth and i straighten curl and blow dry everyday for 2 years now and well my hair has not been damaged yet it is i perfect condition and it is also naturally curls and still curls beautifully i only use 2 heat protecters one when its wet and one when dry before you you use heat and i do not pt and conditioner on my scalp and i use clarifying shampoo once a month

  79. 79
    September 6th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I wash my hair every day because I’ve always felt that not washing it the next day makes it look gross and greasy.. it’s more so on my bangs, though. The rest of my hair looks fine but my bangs look extremely greasy because of shine they way the strands clump together.

    I’d like to try washing my hair every other day but I’d be a bit hesitant at first.

    Also, I’ve heard you should shampoo your hair everyday but NOT condition every day as it weakens your hair. It all depends on hair type, I guess.

  80. 80
    September 7th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I have course, wavy hair with dry ends so I usually only wash my hair once a week. That helps keep my hair more manageable or else its just a frizzy nest. I’ve also stopped using conditioner for the last month (I ran out and kept forgetting to buy more) I thought I couldn’t live without it, but I’ve found my hair is healthier, softer and the roots are not nearly as oily after a few days without washing (especially when I’ve straightened my hair)

  81. 81
    September 17th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I used to wash my hair everyday because when I was not they were greasy but then I began to wash it less time and my hair got used to that rythm… Now I wash I think if you have the same problem I had you can try to just wash your hair a day and the other no. And if it’s not working, maybe you are not using the right shampoo, maybe you are using one that hydrate too much your hair.

    Well good luck !
    Isaaa

  82. 82
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I wash my hair every 4-5 days,
    I have naturally really curly hair but i chemically striaghtened
    it which made my hair all dry and unnatural.
    i am growing it our right now and going back to curly hair, but its just so hard to do when half my hair is striaght and the other half is curly
    so then i wash it less so i dont have to worry about styling it so often
    and i can just wake up in the morning and be on my way.
    Its so much easier not waching your hair daily.

  83. 83
    September 25th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    i have waistlength indian hair washing ot everyday is a big no no for me,,otherwise it wud start dropping, i wash it evry sunday wednesday and friday and i also give it a hot oil treatment once a week because of straightening and stuff.

  84. 84
    October 1st, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    my hair gets very oily too without washing it every day.
    but i discovered dry shampoo! & it gets rid if the oily-ness.
    but anyways, even if i do wash my hair everyday, it doesnt dry it because i havnt dye my hair, and i rarely use my ghd.
    but it does suck because it gets oily everyday =(

  85. 85
    October 9th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I have somewhat thick, wavy, kinda frizzy hair. I found a big change when I stopped putting conditioner on my roots. I could wash my hair every other day after that. Then I found I was allergic to something in most soaps and shampoos so I switched to Free and Clear shampoo and conditioner. Now I can go 4 days between washes. I still use a little leave in and heat protectant after washing before straightening, and I play with my hair a lot so i’m pretty surprised. Not having to wash my hair so much really helps the frizz, and I get to sleep in since I can get out of the shower quicker ;-)

  86. 86
    October 16th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    If you wash your hair everyday to prevent it from being greasy, you’re actually doing the opposte. By washing it everyday, you’re teaching your hair that it needs a daily washing, so that when you don’t wash it it gets greasy faster. Try going a couple days in between washes, and after about a week you’ll notice it doesn’t get greasy as fast.

  87. 87
    October 18th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Recently, I’ve started washing my hair more often. Usually I only did it two or three times a week but then my hair got yuck oily the day after I washed. It’s gross. So I started washing my hair every other day and my hair tends to be less oily, look like it has more volume. Hahaha, and something I just tested was “Olive Oil Conditioner”. I gotta tell ya, my hair has grown long lengths since I started using it. Anyways… personally I think every other day is a decent to wash hair. :D USE OLIVE OIL CONDITIONER!!! (dont literally use olive oil itself… not sure what that’ll do to ya, use the actual conditioners for em)

  88. 88
    November 5th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I wash my hair every 3 days, but on the days in between I still rinse it in the shower. I find that helps stop it from getting greasy.

  89. 89
    November 14th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Hi ladies – Whn I was at uni, I used to wash, dry and straighten my hair all before my first lecture! Because I got into the swing doing it every day, if I didn’t do it, my hair would look terribly greasy! Also, I’ll point out that at that point i wasn’t using any heat protector!

    Anyway, my hair got into awful condition – naturally – when you’re washing it drying it and straightening it without any spray!

    So I went to the hairdressers for a new style, bought some new straighteners and some nice heat protection. I started off doing it every other day after that and then every three days.

    Now, I wash my hair on say, a Wednesday and a Saturday and it’s SO much better! I normally have it down for two days and then up for another two and then wash it. It’s so good not having to wash it and dry it etc etc

    My advice to you ladies would be to just leave it – like wash it on a friday, have a chillout weekend at home and put your hair in a french plait or up or something, and then wash it sunday night, or monday morning. Remember that the longer you leave it, the less you’ll have to wash it!

    It’s really helped me! I would also suggest going to the hairdresser and having a good cut, and even some new straighteners wouldn’t go a miss!!

    Good luck Girls! x x

  90. 90
    November 28th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I only wash my hair twice a week, and i thought before that it got to greasy, but then i noticed that it actually looked fine, you may think you’re hair looks gross, but trust me no one will notice if you don’t wash it everyday, and you will notice in a month how much healthier it is

  91. 91
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I have thick, straight hair, and I usually wash 3-4x a week. what I do to keep from getting a greasy look, is that when i sleep I pin back the front pieces of my hair. It keeps them off of my face so that my skin’s natural oils won’t “rub off” (for lack of better term) onto my hair and make it look greasy. I have an oily complexion, and I’ve definently noticed that my hair around my face gets greasy the quickest. Kinda gross, I know, but just keeping it off my face helps!

  92. 92
    December 2nd, 2009 at 12:06 am

    my hair is black, but after many times’ washing it turns brown or a little yellow. I’m really worrying about that. I think I have to wash hair per two days, that will be better.

  93. 93
    December 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I usually wash my hair every other day,so do you thinks that good?
    Also my hair isnt thin but its not thick so its in between.

  94. 94
    December 6th, 2009 at 2:58 am

    I’ve got long, straight brown hair. I used to have bleach blonde with black underneath when I was feeling a little daring. However, the second time I bleached it was a huge NO! The platinum blonde hair on top was extremely damaged, and I’m pretty sure you could have pulled it out haha! However, after treatments and dying my hair back to normal brown (slightly darker underneath due to the black) and about 6 months later, my hair is pretty much lush again.

    I’ve never, ever been a fan of washing it every day. I wash it every second day, or every third day, because having that little bit of extra oil there before a wash makes it feel really healthy. I use Garnier because it makes my hair smelling really nice and it’s so soft! I generally let it almost fully dry naturally, then use the hair dryer on medium heat for a minute, just to finish it off. It does no damage whatsoever. I then use this awesome stuff that’s used to sleek your hair down and hold it’s shape, which I got from the hairdresser’s. (It’s called Absolut Repair by Loreal Professional) It is AWESOME! My hair stays poker straight with no straightening and is so smooth to touch.

    However, I do have a friend and school who washes her hair every single day, and claims that she can “feel the oil on her scalp” and feels gross. What I would actually recommend to her is that if she left the washing to every other day, she wouldn’t have grease problems. The oil is actually healthy and to what I have experienced will promote growth. On the other hand, I have an Asian male friend who washes his hair twice a day (yes, twice). His hair doesn’t appear damaged, as he doesn’t straighten in etc, but it feels kinda like really strong straw. I’ve noticed that his hair doesn’t grow very fast too.

  95. 95
    December 6th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    My hair is thick, rib length, and brown. It takes about 5 hours to dry completely on cold days, and 3 hours on warm ones. I wash it everyday because it gets greasy and even gets a little dandruff, which is pretty disgusting. My hair has never been dry, it’s always very moisturized, so once a day works well for me I think.

  96. 96
    December 9th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Helloo someone? ,

    I need help seriously ?
    I wash my hair everyday as i think my hair the next day will be greasy and i dont wanna be laughed at do i ?
    I have tryed everything like leaving my hair and not washing it when im at home and not doing anything but it dosent work , i see it dunt help as i push my hair across my face but i dont want to stop doing this as i really do like it :).

    Any tips how to make my hair not look greasy ?

    please reply as soon as …thankss sophie x

  97. 97
    December 9th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I’m here to talk about Hair Growth really quick. try only DNC Spectuarl for hair and the shampoo dnc.. you will see big changes.. also we will have stem cell grow hair for good in 2010… last headach we need. please if any doctor or anyone states of hair not growing back if your fully bold. thats a full of b.s crock. take raw vitamines the vitamine code. nothing else.. take women’s or men’s dht blocker. in studies of dec 5th 2009 recent studies have just found that it’s actually proceia which shocked most people. which is a good thing. but dht blocker is aslo something the helps stop the hair loss, we are thrilled about the stem cell research thats been so popular and so happy that we have finally found a cure to rebuild the body. more information on this soon. thank you

  98. 98
    December 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I usually wash my hair every other day, depending on whether I work out or if I’m being lazy, I have really thick hair so this might be part of the reason I can go a day or two without washing, I’ve als found that f you brush your hair into the right place and dont mess with it or lett it move on it’s own it tends to look less greasy.
    Sohpie: My friend has the same problem, and since she has red hair it really shows if its greasy, she washes her hair every morning and uses plenty of shampoo and blow dries it so it wont look greasy!
    also I’ve heard that there is stuff you can put in your hair to make it look less greasy but I’m not sure what it is?

  99. 99
    December 14th, 2009 at 6:48 am

    i have a big problem in my hair. i have a kinky, oily, dry hair. i use a lot of chemicals but it doesnt work.. can you help me or give me an advice??

    please!!

  100. 100
    December 15th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I think you should wash your hair every other day and dont brush it after you wash it and dont put anything in your hair and dont use the flat iron or any other irons.So you should do this routine for 1-2 weeks and after thats over if you use the flat iron or anything heat related use a heat defendant.

  101. 101
    December 16th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    This is a great question. Maybe 2 – 3 times a week at least. You don’t want to go around people with your hair smelling sour or stinky.

  102. 102
    December 16th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    im 15 and im a cheerleader so i put my hair up alot and use LOTS of hairspry and gel
    my hair stylist said when your in the shower do this:
    1.wet hair with cold water
    2.shampoo(gets oils out)
    3.shampoo again ( actually cleans)
    4.condition only use alittle and barely on roots and brush it in

    out of shower.
    1.dont play with your hair
    2. when you sleep at night use a new pillow every so often

    on saturday i have all this hairspray in my hair and when i took it out of a HIGH ponytail my hair looked so pretty and i didnt wash my hair the next day it looks wonderfull still
    so i shower 3 times a week
    its disgusting at first but it gets better wear it up if you have to the 2ed day

  103. 103
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    My hair is pretty weird. I have frizzy, thick hair and if I forget to wash it for one day, it will smell dirty. I hear about how natural oils are good for you, but I’m in high school so the thought of being smelly while surrounded by my peers terrifies me! I’ve tried sooo many things to get my hair to look right but it’s hard. If i leave it down naturally, I start getting that Hermione Granger type hair (triangle, thick and frizzy!!) Does anyone have any advice? I would be soooo grateful!!

  104. 104
    December 18th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I wash my hair every 3rd fay. The firstday i wash…i allow it to dry natuarally rather than blow dry. Blow dry almost causes split ends and damages the hair cuticle. Just towel dry for 2-3 minutes. It takes couple of hours to dry completely …but it looks like i applied gel or something for a while. After it dries, i just comb it and style it. The second day it looks more awesome . I just wait for the second day… the 3rd day…it gets a bit greasy and then I wash it. Always conditioning after shampooing as the weather is dry. if its humid…conditioning is not required.

    For too greasy hair…avoid too much conditioning , or just try not conditioning.Also using a herbal shampoo will help

  105. 105
    December 18th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    i wash my hair every 10 days..and it doesnt even look bad or get greasy.

  106. 106
    December 20th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Just wanted to share my experience especially after seeing so many people say they HAVE to wash their hair every day…

    I’ve always noticed that my hair looks and feels best the day AFTER I wash it. Or even the day after that. The day I wash my hair, it is always a little frizzy (Yes I do use conditioner, and GOOD conditioner too, but it still does it). The day after, it is softer, more manageable, and the frizzies disappear. But when I was a child and teenager, I never really took it past noticing that, and still continued to wash my hair somewhere between every day and every other day.

    Lately, however, I’ve been really noticing that I can go quite a while longer without washing than I’ve been told I should wash. I can even go a week without washing and my hair looks great. It starts to feel disgusting after that though, so I think a week is about my limit for how long I can go. I have been pushing it longer and longer so now I’ve come up with 1 week for about how long I should go between washings.

    You would never guess, because my hair is pretty thin, but I have a lot of it. That’s what my hairdressers always say. They’re always very surprised, because the texture of my hair is thin, but I have lots of hairs. I think it’s because I’ve stopped washing my hair so often. Ever since I cut down on washings, my hair’s texture has improved and I get compliments.

    Anyone with frizzy or dry hair should try washing it less often. It really helps.

  107. 107
    December 23rd, 2009 at 5:00 am

    i swim most days, so i have to wash my hair every day that i swim.. but otherwise i leave it for 2 days. so i wash my hair about 5/7 days a week :)

  108. 108
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I wash my hair once a week for two reasons:

    1. It takes me four hairs to completely do my hair (I wash, deep condition, dry in rollers, than flat iron).

    2. My hair gets dried out quickly and I need all the moisture I can get, especially since my hair is relaxed.

    I rarely experience my hair getting too greasy, and if it does, it is usually because of too many moisturizing products. However, the next day my hair looks normal because my hair quickly soaks up all of the moisture instead of producing more.

    With different hairstyles, such as braids or twists, girls will go for as long as two months without washing their hair because, there is no greasy buildup, and also it makes the style last longer and is actually healthy for the hair.

    It all depends on your hair type and texture. I know people who won’t go one day without washing their hair because it looks greasy.

  109. 109
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:46 am

    ^I meant four hours not four hairs.

  110. 110
    December 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    i have natural curly hair so i have to wash it every day and if i dont it gets frizzy and puffy but i heard that washing it every day makes it worser what do i do???

  111. 111
    December 28th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    should we wash our hand before touching our hair or does that not make a difference?

  112. 112
    December 30th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    i have always wondered how college girls wear their hair.
    my hair now is long, thick, and naturally wavy/curly and im still growing it out to my waist. plus i straighten it everyday.
    im not sure that i will have time to do it anymore when i enter college.
    are there any cute hairstyles that take less time?

  113. 113
    December 31st, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    i wash my hair everyother day it seems to work. my hair looks great. i get a lot of complments on my hair

  114. 114
    January 2nd, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I wash my hair every other day. I’ve got fine, moderately oily blonde hair. I’ve created a system. Wash my hair in the shower, next day put it in a bun and take a bath. and i alternate. On second day if I look a little greasy I tap a tiny bit of baby powder into my blow dryer and just blow it onto the roots then i straighten my hair being really careful to touch my roots as little as possible. if its too greasy to wear down I’ll tease the roots and wear a bumped pony. *this is especially great when i cant be bothered with the flat iron) lol

  115. 115
    January 3rd, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I have to wash it every day because even though my hair is moderatly thick, it miraculously gets greasy over night. It doesn’t particularly bother me, taking me only about 10 minutes every morning to crouch over the bath tub and shower my hair alone. Another bonus is that i’m quite lucky as my hair drys into ringlets meaning that i dont have to bother with any hair products or blowdrying.
    To be truthful my hair did look very nice for the first 6 months since the start of my daily routine, but when we when the winter hit and it was time to take out the scarves and hats, i started getting absolutely terrible tangles and the base of my head, hidden under a layer of hair. They were so impossibly tangled that i could have teased them into thick dreadlocks if i wished and i started shampooing and conditioning over the tangles! After painful hours spent de-tangling my hair felt so frizzy and brittle i realised it was the abusive washing that had made my hair very susceptible to tangling (plus constantly putting on and removing my scarf). My dad (of all people) told me to brush my hair regularly, not to detangle it, but to spread the natural oils all around my hair. Hopefully with doing this i wont get greasy roots and all of my hair will be hydrated.

  116. 116
    January 4th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    i have permed hair and i wash my hair every two weeks.. its the way i was raised. and i dye and straighten my hair alot.. so washing it too frequently wud dry it out too much!!!

  117. 117
    January 5th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Well, it all depends on your hair type and ethnicity. I’m half black, and I only wash my hair once a week. People say “eew, thats nasty” but really, thats only how often I can wash my hair! and it’s nice to be able to skip days flat ironing my hair, considering it takes 2 hours to blow dry and straighten it.

  118. 118
    January 5th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I used to wash my hair everyday and I would immediately get the greasies by the next day. This frustrated me.

    Then when I got older, I didn’t want to wash my hair everyday. I put my hair up and ignored it and started washing it every other day… then it was every three days… then it was every other week. It never looks oily now unless it is the summertime. In the summer I do need to wash it once a week.

    Scalp massage and patience helped me a great deal, hands might be greasy but it felt good and my hair started to look great. It takes a little while for your hair to normalize, I think. My hair was so used to being stripped of oil that it would try to replace what ever I took from it right away. Now I am much kinder to my hair and it’s finally behaving. I don’t have to fight it to style it and I’ve gotten a good idea what length works for me.

    Now I just wash and condition it. I use VO5 hair conditioner on the ends after my hair dries. At first it looks greasy but my hair soaks it in – in about an hour or two. It smells good and I use it even if I haven’t just washed my hair. It keeps the frizzies away and keeps my hair from getting tangled.

    I find if I don’t use the VO5 conditioner, my hair dries out badly in winter even if I wash it every other week. In the summer I don’t have to use it but I think it helps me avoid drying due to sun damage so I still use it only on the ends but then I wash it once a week.

    I have thick hair and a lot of it. Brunette. Semi straight – waves in certain temperatures and humidity and straight without styling or blow drying in dry weather.

  119. 119
    January 9th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I definitely need help.
    My ends are always split, even with my consistant trims.

    I wash my hair every day, sometimes every two days, i rotate days that i air dry and blow dry, i use a heat tamer… and still i’ve got split ends, thin but long hair, and random inch long sections of hair that stick up…

    I’ve tried deep conditioning, but it doesn’t do much but make my hair shinier…
    I’ve already got shiney hair- just horrible ends…!?

  120. 120
    January 10th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I guess it depends on a few factors the climate, texture and the products you use on your hair. I wash my hair only once a week, I do not use any products on my hair or neither do i like to blow dry it so i try to wash it in the weekend so i can air dry it. I have straight long black very healthy hair and i get a lot of compliments on how my hair looks. I am most certain that you should avoid stripping your hair of essential oils and i am sure daily washing will do that to your hair when done over a long period of time. For somebody that is just now getting introduced to this concept must observe their hair and wash it when they start finding it too greasy.

  121. 121
    January 10th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Hi Lisa,

    I would recommend getting a trim and immediately starting a regime of massaging coconut oil or hair oil leave it on for atleast an hour before you wash with shampoo you may have to wash it twice to all the oil out. make sure the ends get a generous application of the oil.Oil usually cools your head so if you live in really cold conditions, you would not want leave it on for more than an hour.I would restrain form blow drying as well until i get back the healthy hair.

  122. 122
    January 11th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I recommend for the ladies with wavy and volumized hair, put hair conditioner in it. it’ll make it less frizzy and keep it healthy at the same time :) an anti-humidity milk works too. i use the garnier fructis line of hair products because some other brands are too concentrated for my hair and make it too dry.

    also i wash my hair at night so that when i sleep, it doesn’t put on as much volume as it does if i air dried it in the morning :)
    but somehow, i sleep in a way that doesn’t put an obvious cowlick x] but try it! it might work for you :)

  123. 123
    January 13th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Oh wow, that baby powder thing sounds cool. Does it really work that well? I’ll have a go.
    I have a shower every night before bed, my hair looks fine though but sometimes it looks gross so I wear it in a pony tail to bed, it somehow looks less greasy when I do that. I went without washing my hair for 3 days using that method. But yeah, I’ll use your idea :) x

  124. 124
    January 13th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Actually i dont wash my hair anymore . i just use conditioner and my hair is better than ever. i was skeptical at first but it doesnt get oily or smell. try it!!

  125. 125
    January 16th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    About me This completely depend on your hair type and/or lifestyle? I go to the gym for an hour in the morning and another hour in the evening. Two showers, two hair washings every single day.

    Zoppini Charms

  126. 126
    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I have dry hair, so I tend to wash only 2x’s a week. But i’ve been working out lately and I sweat so I’ve had to wash everyday, and add leave in conditioner’s. Now, my hair is thinner. Comes out alot in the shower. What can I do to fix this problem?

  127. 127
    January 24th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I’m Hispanic and I have very long, light blonde -brown (naturally black), super straight (almost Asian like), thick hair. Whew… Anyway, I used to wash my hair every single day, but it being half a foot below my waist, it began to be a real hassle. Well, one day I was just too tired to wash it (I usually wash my hair in the evening) so, feeling bad about it, I skipped a day. Well, since dying my hair lighter-I always had a problem with dryness at the tips of the hair and being terrified of what a salon would do to it, I rarely ever wanted to get it trimmed. I’m pretty scared of salons, I had a friend who went in with nice, pretty hair and came out with the most atrocious mullet looking do ever, poor girl cried her eyes out and terrified me. Well, anyway after I had skipped a day of washing I noticed the tips of my hair weren’t so dry. Now, I had been using those salon “professional grade” shampoos and products, but none had balanced out the oily scalp and the dry tips. Well, now that I had skipped a day, it seemed a whole lot better, so being daring- I skipped another day, and oddly enough, my hair looked even better – not dry, not oily, but nicely balanced. Long story short, I only wash my hair once a week, any more than that and I will have alot of dry hair to deal with. Oh, and I also don’t use styling products AT ALL- I’m unsure of the reason why, but my scalp gets all icky with them, and it doesn’t matter the brand, cheap or expensive my scalp reacts the same way. My hair may be a straight, and sometimes flat- but not oily, dry, or icky.

  128. 128
    January 25th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    arrrrrr i hate my hair it gets really greasy so i wash it bout ever 2-3 days but it also gets really frizzy becasue i use greasy hair shampoo. WHAT SHALL I DO?

  129. 129
    January 29th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    wat abt black gurls cuz some white girl wash their hair everyday becaus its soft and not nappy and cannot be breaded but blackwell some black gurls have nappy hair like me and my hair can get briaded oh and im nt tryin to be raciest

  130. 130
    January 31st, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    this is to zoey. i know ur not racist girl. im a white geilr and i oljy wash once i a whiel, like every few months. i take a shower daily and use conditioner on my hair but no shampoo. it doesnt get greasy or smell. i have fine curly hair and it works well for me. i have some black gf’s that wash their hair every day. it just depends on you hair.

    emspfaery@yahoo.com

  131. 131
    January 31st, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    sorry for the typo’s!

  132. 132
    January 31st, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I’m a Lifeguard so during the summer my hair can get washed three times in a single day, its extremely hard on it and I never get to grow it out cause I always have to cut it at the end of the summer. I put conditioner in it before getting in the pool so that protects it a little but only lasts for so long, because of that though my hair is pretty dry even during the winter. If I wash my hair more then about once a week I have to actually put grease into it on the first day in order for it to even look appealing and I always have to but leave-in conditioner in. The worst part though is my hair is curly, so when I wake up in the mornings, even if it was straightened the day before my hair is crazy!

  133. 133
    February 4th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I used to wash my hair EVERY DAY because it got so oily if not. However, my stylist told me that it gets this oily BECAUSE I wash it everyday. So I started washing every other day and sure enough, it took a couple of weeks, but the oily-between-washings stopped. Now I can go two days in between without an oily mess.

  134. 134
    February 5th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I would always wash my thin straight hair every day because it was so oily. I finally took my hair dresser’s advice and started only washing it every other day. Eventually the grease was not as noticeable. I have bangs and since they look greasy faster, will sometimes just wash the bangs in the morning when washing my face. It gives the illusion of freshly washed hair. Now I go 3 to 5 days between washing my hair and it is much healthier. I don’t use conditioner any longer either, just a natural shampoo and sometimes an oil treatment for my ends. It works great. Oh, and for hiding greasy hair- ponytails and hats always are great options!

  135. 135
    February 8th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I have read alot of the comments on this page and i cant understand why most are complaining about dry hair and then in the same sentence they are saying how much they straighten or bleach their hair? The discussion shouldnt really be about how many times you wash your hair but how many times you use heat to style your hair.. There are alot of good shampoo’s, conditioners and treatments available to help you while you are washing your hair. The trick is to find the one that is designed for your hair type. Also i would reccomend changing your shampoo ever once in a while as your hair can get used to the same thing and it doesnt look as good as the first time you used the one you are currently using!
    I reccommend leave in conditioners and shine serums as they can make you hair look alot healthier.
    Why dont you try a good quality leave in conditioner and let your hair dry natually? Only use heat styling products when you need to if your “damaged hair is bothering you that much?…

  136. 136
    February 9th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    That’s easy to do for someone who’s hair looks good when they let it dry naturally, sadly some of us aren’t that lucky! I’d love if I didn’t have to spend hours on my hair all the time, and I do use serums, leave-in conditioners, change my shampoos and conditioners every 6months or so, deep condition once a month, and every other special care you can possibly think of! During the summers I never straighten my hair, for one it isn’t worth it cause of how often I’m in the pool, and two my hair is already undergoing a lot of damage no need to add to it. However during our off-season my curly hair takes up a ridiculous amount of gel in order for it to dry naturally which can get pretty expensive and it is kinda nice to straighten it for a change.

  137. 137
    February 9th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Oh and Meghan, wearing your hair in a ponytail to bed (or when it is wet) breaks it, unless the ponytail is very loose.

  138. 138
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Izzy: Try Aveda Light, Elements smoothing fluid, it has lavender so it smells amazing, helps your hair before straightening, and ive been told its keeps away bugs such as lice(ew!)
    Lisa: Try Neutrogena Split-End Mender liquid balm, Ive heard its fantastic, also try to keep your hair moisturized and only straighten it when it is completely dry, and try to refrain from blow-drying. Also try Pantene ProV breakage defense.
    Alara: Be sure to eat plenty of nutrients, especially Nuts, as these aid in Hair growth and strength. Try to keep your hair un damaged and when possible take a shower without washing your hair. If your hair is greasy and dirty enough to really need that wash, it wont dry out
    Discombobulated:You may aso want to try using products ONLY on your tips, since your hair is so long, the oil from your scalp probably isnt reaching those tips!
    Lizzie:make sure you are washing the chlorine out of your hair at the end of the say with a chlorine removing shampoo! Chlorine does major damage.
    Also, Ya’ll, I’ve noticed that people often think their hair looks and smells worse than it actually is! If you are unsure, ask a friend or someone you trust to tell you the truth.

  139. 139
    February 13th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I was taught to wash it every other day, which would turn out to be at least 3-4 times a week

  140. 140
    February 13th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Commercial Shampoos and Conditioners are made to be very powerful oil removing chemicals (called surfactants). These surfactants work by making dirt and oil soluble in water — they also make the outer layers of your hair and skin on your scalp dissolve in water. For this reason Shampoos and Conditioners damage your hair and scalp. This damage stimulates oil glands in your scalp to overproduce oil (in a futile attempt to repair the damage).

    You could get by without ever washing you hair with surfactant shampoos again. If that sounds gross try using clay based shampoos or making a one to ten dilution of your favorite shampoo in water and wash you hair every few days (you can rinse your hair every day). It will take a few weeks for the oil glands on your scalp to reduce oil production, but your hair will look and feel healthier for it.

  141. 141
    February 14th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    It May Sound Dirty But I Wash My Hair Twice A Week I Have Naturally Cury Hair Bt It Also Tends To Frizz To And I Find My Hair Benefits And Becomes Less FrizzY The Less I Wash It , And Just So You Know Whenever I Wash My Hair I Shampoo And Condition And Every Now And Again I Use A Hair Mask. :)

  142. 142
    February 18th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!

    Ok so i wash my hair every other day because it tends to get a little greasy.But is there anything that i can do to make my hair softer without damaging it????

  143. 143
    February 19th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Ashley: try not washing ur hair at all. it sounds gross but i just rinse my hair out with water and apply conditioner and rub thru like u would a shampoo. ur hair will not b greasy and ur hair will be healthier!!

  144. 144
    February 19th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Thank you so much 4 the advice. Even though im gonna wash my hair 2day im still gonna try not washin it starting 2day

  145. 145
    February 19th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    A lot of you guys are probably making the oil situation worse by washing your hair once a day with commercial shampoos, which are actually detergents. The shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils and so your hair works about 5 times as hard to replace the oil. This means your body amps up the oil production which means you get oilier faster. Your hair is also negatively impacted by the chemicals in shampoo. If you ever wonder why there’s so much hair down the drain–that’s one of the best reasons: you’re hurting your scalp with too much shampoo. I personally don’t even use shampoo to wash my hair. I use organic bar soap (Olivia Care) to wash my scalp. It’s the same stuff I wash my body and face with. The result? Great skin. Great hair that is super soft and feels like what my sister’s hair felt like after she was just born. I don’t have to wash my hair hardly ever. I wash it once a week just as a matter of decorum, but the fact is my hair is NEVER greasy and it never really needs washing. Showering is so easy now.

    Just for reference, I’m an Asian woman with straight, undyed hair.

  146. 146
    February 25th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I do not think it is a good idea to wash it everyday. This makes my hair a lot dryer. I have noticed my hair looks so much more healthy if i wash it every couple of days. My hair does get greasy fast. If your hair does too you can get a dry shampoo from Sephora or Ulta. Or even a grocery store around you. But if that is too expensive for you, you can also use baby powder! run a little at a time on your hands and run it through your roots. it soaks up the extra oil and it makes it look clean. I also stopped using heat on my hair. I let it air dry everyday, and if i do decided to style it i use a heat protector first. If someone likes to do their hair a lot try wearing it up in a bun or ponytail every other day so you are not styling it as much. My friend’s hair has grown an incredible amount in the last few months and I ask her what she does and she said she barely ever washes it and does the baby powder thing! she also goes for runs a lot. excercise helps it grow too. hope this helps!(:

  147. 147
    February 26th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t wash my hair, actually compared to hair being washed, my hair looks shiny & some say it might look greasy but it feels soft and wonderful!!
    Sure it takes about a month or so for the natural oils to get back into your hair and wearing a hat will help you deal with not seeing the changes, but once the hair gets back its natural oil, it looks great!
    My mom B*tches at me for not doing it, and I am 22 years old, her hair looks like i could pull on it and it’d crumble off because its so dry and it looks gross. She even buys me the super expensive natural shampoos (which i don’t use) if you HAVE to wash your hair, use a cup of hot water and a little bit of baking soda once a week and there is your shampoo, if your hair gets to dry use hot water and apple cider vinegar, Also many people who wash their hair daily mm I have seen anyway, have more of a chance of getting lice because they like to be in clean areas. So rock on Anti-Shampooers!
    I am going on a year now, the only time I have gotten my hair washed is by hairdressers when i get it cut, which is like once a year possibly twice. Have any other questions about it feel free to ask! Thanks

  148. 148
    March 1st, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    my hair gets greasy all the time, i washed it only last night and it looks and feels greasy now, what happens when you wash your hair with water, what does it do to the greasyness?

  149. 149
    March 2nd, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I know there are some people who wash their hair 2-3 times a DAY but my hair seems to be the best washing only every other day. sometimes, mostly during the winter, when its especially dry air my hair will be fine for three days. I still shampoo and condition twice. I wonder if thats a good thing or not? would they really put it on the directions of use if it wasn’t actually good for your hair?

  150. 150
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Hey! I’m Jamaican, British, and Puertoguese, i have the texture of a white person’s hair, and I wash my hair everyday, shampooing and conditioning 4 times a week, and conditioning all 7 days a week. All of my friends, and sometimes random people, love my hair. b/c it doesn’t dry up when i wash it everyday, i have the most ahhhhmazing secret, and it keeps my hair really soft, and NOT dry! I have mildly curly, thin hair, and i wash it with any shampoo and conditioner from the Matrix brand. They have shampoos and conditioners for dyed hair, straight, curly, damaged, etc. then once its shampooed and conditioned, i wait till my hair isn’t soaking, but wet. Then i put in my secrettt!! PAUL MITCHELL ‘THE CONDITIONER’!! It is the best thing that will happen to your life! I have all different hair types in my family, and this works on EVERYONE! i love it with alllllll of my heart. so, i squeeze about the size of a dime. (i have really thin hair, and use a lot more then a dime if ur hair is thick), then rub it in, really good, and comb/brush thru. I do this after every time i wash my hair, and my hair is NEVER DRY! (unless i 4get to use Paul Mitchell ‘The Conditioner’ haha)

  151. 151
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Lizzie: During the summer, use a chemical stripping shampoo once a week. I swim every single day during the summer, and that really really helped a lot!

  152. 152
    March 6th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I wash my hair every single day and even twice a day sometimes because I have an very oily scalp. If I don’t, my hair looks greasy and nasty because my scalp gets oil happy lol so if you have a very oilp scalp like me, wash it every day or more and if its dry, cut back to 3 or 4 times a week

  153. 153
    March 9th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I wash my hair every 3 days, i’m latino-white mixed and my hair is long, straight and kinda thick, so i’m too lazy to style it myself, so i go to a beauty salon every 2-3 days to have it styled… i don’t even have to re-styled home because if it gets some waves if i tie it up they go away after 20-40 minutes… what gets greasier faster are my bangs so sometimes i just wash them and dry them and that makes the rest of the hair looks wonderful!!

  154. 154
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    My hair gets greasy and frizzy quickly so i need to wash it daily and looks really bad, sometimes i just wanna shave my head bald!! Any tips?

  155. 155
    March 19th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I think that it all depends on your hair how many times you need to wash it.For example i wash my hair every 3rd day. I only use Pantene, its because it is the only hair product that works best on my hair….My friend Maggie she washes her hair everyday…..it is so dry. But she said that everyone says tat you have to wash your hair every day in order for it to be healthy…I don;t think that she is right…Just like in the article it says to wash your hair 2-3 times a week.And i personally think that if you need advice on your hair, how to wash it and with what and how many times, just try to use every kind of shampoo and see which one is the best.That is what I did.

  156. 156
    March 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    «I NEED HELP I used to wash my hair everyday and now it is FALLING out!!!!!!!!!!!!I’m not going to wash it please answer someone!!!!advice!!!!BTWmedium thick whit

  157. 157
    March 24th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    desperate, wash your hair every other day or every 2 days, I had the same problem and got Nioxin Recharging Bio Complex, i got in thru amazon.com and was around $30. Doing those 2 things will help your hair stop falling in a few weeks (:

  158. 158
    March 25th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Personally i think everyday . . . i wash my hair everyday and it seems to be just fine. . . even though i have bleached, dyed my hair so many times . . . and is processed with heat everyday. . . it’s really smooth. It seems to take treatments really well. I feel very self concious that somebody will aproach me and my hair might have a foul odor after one day of not washing it, Or having oily hair EEEWWW!!! gross!!!

  159. 159
    March 26th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I like every day

  160. 160
    April 2nd, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    i wash my hair every day. i think i need to because i play sports every day.

  161. 161
    April 7th, 2010 at 6:17 am

    i just wash my hair twice or thrice a week, the roots of my hair get greasy the third day after washing nd then my hair start falling, so it becomes necessary to wash……i have very long hair, they’re till my hips, i dn’t know why they’re falling so much, could u pls give me some advise as my hair are dry also and they’re full of split ends nd i don’t even highlight them…..i m 16 years old.

  162. 162
    April 9th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I wash my hair everyday, I want my hair to smell good all the time! But like once a week I put olive oil in my hair for like an hour and it really keeps it moisturized.

  163. 163
    April 11th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    My hair is curly, thick and really oily, so I wash my hair every three days. In my opinion, washing it every day will just damage it! It isn’t really neccassary.

  164. 164
    April 11th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    But, than again, that’s just my hair.

  165. 165
    April 17th, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Great stuff I like this article!

    I used to just wash it whenever its oily. Somehow my hair isn’t oily anymore though and it became drier than before. I used to have oily hair every 2nd or 3rd day but now it never gets oily as I wash it everyday now. Now that I don’t wash it everyday, my hair doesn’t get oily unless over 4 days. I think it is because i’m taking some medicine that dries out my skin heaps and that affected my hair too.

    I will try not washing it, not until its super oily!

    Question is should I still condition my hair if not Shampooing it?

  166. 166
    April 18th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    try conditioning only the tips of your hair, as it can suffocate hair folicles and cause dandruff.
    i trust dreadlock shampoo as it doesnt have any fragrance or contain unecessary product that also damages hair. it’s pretty basic stuff but after a few washes you’ll reap the rewards…

  167. 167
    April 20th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I try to wash my hair every week but i forget and i end up with dirty hair i am going to wash it tomorrow. I need help too because i have thick hair. plus is it better too have long hair if you have thick hair? i need help.

  168. 168
    April 20th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I have REALLY thick curly hair and wash my hair once every 9 days. I blow dry and straighten my hair when I wash it and find my hair site better when it’s dirty. after about 3 days it starts getting curly and the curly sit much better! I even put almond oil in my hair and it still does not get oily. I use to wash my hair every second day and it really damaged my hair from straightening it soo much. Washing hair less is highly recommended. Even on the 9th day people comment on how shiny it is, if only they knew I had not washed it for 9 days :S

  169. 169
    April 21st, 2010 at 8:34 am

    @ Venessa:

    You shouldn’t blow dry, instead, wash your hair, put in a leave-in-conditioner, brush the conditioner thru, and let your hair dry naturally. The double -heat is really bad for your hair! Straightening right after blow-drying damages it, plus it’s been proven that blow drying gives more split ends. If you’re in a hurry, and really need dry hair fast, use a diffuser, which is like a blow-dryer for curly hair, w/o the unnecessary heat, and damage. The diffuser will dry your hair, like the blow-dryer, but won’t damage it. Otherwise, let it dry naturally before straightening!

    P.S, Even though you may not see/feel the oil, that’s whats making your hair shiny on the 9th day.

  170. 170
    April 24th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    i wash my hair every other day, because ive heard that washing it daily is bad for ur hair.

  171. 171
    April 24th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I watched a legit youtube vid recently, about a girl telling us if you want to grow ur hair long and fast the best way is to let the natural oil stay in your hair as long as you can stand it lol i will try that ~ I actually tried that but my hair got soaked with chlorine by accident so I had to wash it ~_~lll but my hair didn’t oil up much… after 5 days it started to have oil at every strand and it would have produced more if I massaged my scalp twice daily.

  172. 172
    May 1st, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    The only way to get rid of greasy hair is to stop washing it everyday. The more you wash it the more your body wants to produce the oils. Your body feels like it’s missing the oils so it over produces to compensate for the lack of oils. To start don’t wash your hair for a few days. It will be gross and icky to start with but once your body is back in sync with your production of oils it will stop trying to over compensate.

    A video I watched on youtube really helped. It was about how to maintain red hair but she makes good points about not washing so much.

    enjoy the video!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/xsparkage#p/u/24/zR8Ld8gdtCw

  173. 173
    May 2nd, 2010 at 9:02 am

    My hair starts to get greasy on the 2nd day after washing it. It didn’t used to but i started using straightners which meant i used more products on my hair, it also meant me conditioning it more as if not my hair would be so dry it would frazzle. I don’t understand how my hair comes from being so dry, to greay/oily.. please help any tips/answers are welcome.. xx

  174. 174
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I wash my hair every 2 days or so, cos it feels greasy on the 3rd/4th day, but it doesn’t LOOK greasy…
    but for personal requirements, I wash my hair every 2 days XD
    I don’t like washing it every day like my sister does though, but she has thin hair, but I have really thick hair.

    My Nigerian friend says she only has to wash her hair every 3 months!? And I mean, that’s just ew :/
    A week, fine. It happens. But 3 months!? Wouldn’t your hair feel heavy, or whatnot ><

  175. 175
    May 6th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I went to the supermarket and the hair lady there said you can wash your hair everyday without damaging or overdrying it IF you use a good shampoo like TRESemme. I use the Moisture Rich one and I think she is right. Should use Salon Silk once its finished for max moisturizing; I don’t really like washing my hair often since I do have xtra dry hair due to pills but I swim everyday and chlorine always get at the back of my head on the roots while leaving everything dry :/ SO i jus shampoo tht area and conditioner that area, and the rest onto my sculp.

  176. 176
    May 10th, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I usually wash my hair everyday because it will get frizzy and greasy. After that I need to blow-dry so it will appear good. what is really the right thing to do?

  177. 177
    May 10th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    @Eurica, the reason your hair becomes frizzy, and probably the reason you have split ends too, is the constant blow-drying. Instead of the routine
    you’re following now, try this:

    Wash your hair w/ a good shampoo & conditioner, then put in a leave-in conditioner, and comb out your hair after putting the leave-in conditioner thru. Then, DONT BLOWDRY. let it dry naturally. Oh, and I would recommend getting a trim b/c of the damage formed by blow-drying. If there’s a morning or two where blow-drying is necessary, then OK, but everyday is not!

  178. 178
    May 10th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    My hair is long, medium thick and straight, I used to wash it every day bacause it got really greasy, but then i realized that the more you wash the more oils it produces, so i washed it every other day, then every 2 days and now i got to the point that I can stay up to 3 days without washing my hair until you can notice that it is getting dirty… it’s the same advice dermatologists give you when you have oily skin and acne, the more you wash your face, the greasier it’ll get, so ony do it when it’s really necessary

  179. 179
    May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hello every1 I left a few question on here but no1 really gave an answer.
    So I was wondering if any kind of product under like 10 dollars thats either at walmart or sallys beauty salon. Also whenever I flat iron my hair without a heat protection spary bcuz the 1 I have just makes my hair worse so what can I use 4 that?? Another question is that I dont have thin hair nor thick hair so its in between and my hair is a little shorter in the back and longer in the front but not a big diff betwwen the length,but anyway my hair tends to always flip up just in the back,anything i can do 4 that??
    So please reply back responding to my name Ashley.
    and im 12 years old soo yea i love my hair and i dont want to damage it!! lolzz
    PLEASE REPLY! :)
    thankxx

  180. 180
    May 10th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    also i wash my hair either everyday or every other day

  181. 181
    May 10th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    READ THIS ONE!!!
    Hello every1 I left a few questions on here but no1 really gave an answer.
    So I was wondering if any kind of product under like 10 dollars thats either at walmart or sallys beauty salon. Also I dont use a heat protection spary whenever i flat iron my hair bcuz the 1 I have just makes my hair worse so what can I use 4 that?? Another question is that I dont have thin hair nor thick hair so its in between and my hair is a little shorter in the back and longer in the front but not a big diff betwwen the length,but anyway my hair tends to always flip up just in the back,anything i can do 4 that??
    So please reply back responding to my name Ashley.
    and im 12 years old soo yea i love my hair and i dont want to damaged it!! lolzz
    PLEASE REPLY! :)
    thankxx
    srry bout so many posts but this 1 is the 1 i fixed!

  182. 182
    May 11th, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Please don’t spam lol

    You need to know that if you want good quality hair, you’d at least need to spend over $10s. $10s for a good shampoo/conditioner isn’t expensive to be honest, but I live in New Zealand so that might not be a lot to me… /shrug..

    I recommend you use TRESemme brand hair products, its amazing, for me and a lot of other people; not everyone because they have their own preferences.

    I have very dry hair because of oratane tablets and I swim everyday. I still wash my hair everyday since the chlorine gets into the roots abit at the back of my neck ( yes I wear a cap) so what I do is I shampoo it on the areas where I have chlorine on, then I wait for 1 minute with a shower cap over it and then wash it off.

    The one I use is called Moisture Rich TRESemme ~ its lite enough for daily use, its very moisturizing, but if you have really oily hair then I don’t recommend you to use this type but another type of the same brand.

    As long as you have sufficient necessary oils in your hair, it doesn’t matter if you wash your hair everyday or not. If you use bad shampoos/conditioners then it would defnitely make it dry, but if you use shampoos/conditioners that is able to nourish and fulfill what your hair needs, then it’s not a problem. i don’t actually apply shampoo or conditioner to the top of my sculp but the ends of my hair if its got chlorine on it, and after a few days if my hair gets oily at the top then I’ll shampoo it there.

    You’re only 12, don’t bother to use anything fancy on your hair i.e. curling or straightening. You’ll realize your hair will seem to ‘age’ before your own maturity… I really don’t get why you’d need it at your age.. I’m coming up to 19 this year and its only this year I actually bothered about curling or straightening my hair… accept the way your hair looks, just make sure its healthy. Using hair spray or heat products (even blow dryers) can damage hair and if you want healthy nice hair then don’t do it. It’s not necessary at all, you’ll still look beautiful the way you are without them.

  183. 183
    May 11th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hi, i wash my hair every other day. My hair is thick and bushy, but thats okay. The problem is, its very brittle. I try conditioner but that just makes my hair greasy!! Somebody,help me!!!!

  184. 184
    May 11th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Hi all.

    I’m black and I’ve gotten relaxers for years so my hair is mostly straight until I need a perm. At first I only washed every two weeks, even though my hair would get pretty greasy and yucky after like a week but I couldn’t afford to go to the salon that often (I was a teenager w/no job), and washing it myself is a major hassle and very time consuming (Think rollers and sitting under a hooded dryer for an hour for those who don’t know. Imagine having to do that every few days!). Now I wash every 6-7 days (at the salon) and I’ve noticed a major improvement in my hair, especially after I do a deep condition. There is absolutely no way I’m going back to washing less frequently than that. Actually, I wish I could wash it when it gets greasy, which is after about 3-5 days, but like I said washing it myself takes so much time and I think I end up doing major damage b/c I can’t be bothered to sit under the hooded dryer for an hour or more at home so I end up blow drying to finish. But if I did wash it that frequently, I would probably end up drying my hair out anyway…

    I wonder about other black women. How long does it take before your hair starts getting greasy? For women who are natural vs. those with relaxed hair, is there a difference in the time it takes for your hair to need washing?

  185. 185
    May 12th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    For those of us who are vintage vixens (meaning not just retro or rockabilly, but full on vintage personal care – from pincurls to cold cream), a lot of girls I know only wash their hair once a week unless they absolutely need it. The way they (and I) keep it from getting gross is to constantly groom it. I may or may not do a tutorial on this concept, because women in, say, the 1930s or 1940s weren’t washing their hair more than once a week in most cases and they seemed to get along just fine.

  186. 186
    May 13th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I wash my hair everyday because I just don’t feel clean unless my hair is washed, I work evenings in a food place and so have to wear a hat and by the end of an 8hr shift it smells. My hair is so dry now and I pile on the conditioner, going to try and find some fish oil capsules because I was told they are good for hair and nails. My hair drives me mad I think I should start wearing hats full time now.

  187. 187
    May 13th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    @Grace

    What Hair product do you use?? Piling up conditioner doesn’t necessarily make your hair better, but actually can go worse. And if you plan to wear a hat even not during work time I highly recommend you NOT to.

    Your hair needs to breathe, don’t let it be in a hat for more than you have to.

    I suggest you use TRESemme as it works a hell better than any other hair products I’ve used; I take pills that makes my hair brittle and very dry, but it cured it for me and I now also use a mask once per week. My hair is so soft now.

    Use the Salon Silk TRESemme one, it will do you good.
    You should not use a lot of shampoo as it dries your hair, but just a small amount would do, you’re getting rid of smell not oil. I’d advice you to eat salmon more and take more proteins as proteins improve your hair condition as well.

    Jus remember not to hide your hair in a hat more than you should!!!

    GOod Luck, tell us how it went.

  188. 188
    May 15th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    as a women of color i think our hair should wash once a week. and trim every two weeks

  189. 189
    May 17th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    @Finar
    and
    @everyone

    thank you so much!
    but see i have to straighten my hair cuz when i dry it it get all wavy(not in a good way)and it looks all crapy,but do you know anything that maybe after i wash it i can use a product???
    i can never let my hair dry without it looking crapy and stupid.
    so is there any product that will help??????

  190. 190
    May 18th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    @ash

    PAUL MITCHELL’S ‘THE CONDITIONER’

    if youre gonna be flat-ironing everyday, or close to every day, condition every time you wash your hair. After you’ve shampooed and conditioned, use ‘THE CONDITIONER’ BY PAUL MITCHELL as a leave-in, comb thru and air dry. Also, once or twice a month, use a stripping shampoo to de-gunkify the heat/chemicals/conditioner build-up that every girl, even ones that take good care of their hair has.

  191. 191
    May 18th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    @Natalia Dawn

    thank you so much for the information!!
    But is THE CONDITIONER’ BY PAUL MITCHELL at walmart or like sallys beauty salon??
    Also what is a stripping shampoo????

  192. 192
    May 19th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I wash my hair twice a week. i went to a top end salon with a friend and she was amazed how beautiful and healthy my hair is.

    i have normal-fine straight hair. depending on the month and week, my hair will be dry-normal or oily-normal. seriously it depends what i eat, if i am in the sun, and so forth

  193. 193
    May 20th, 2010 at 7:23 am

    There is nothing more off-putting than smelly, dirty, oily hair. There are shampoos that are formulated, gently enough for daily use. Oh and when washing hair, massage the scalp. It’ll make the hair grow healthy and naturally shiny.

  194. 194
    May 25th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I wash my hair about once a week. I don’t really pay attention to when the last time I washed it was… mainly just how my hair looks. I just wash my hair when it looks greasy!

    Most of the time, i don’t use very much product, so I don’t need to wash it often. But I do occasionally use mousse, hairspray, and cream combination to try to tame my waves, and all that product usually results in me needing to wash my hair.

    I also have a fairly dry scalp, and live in a dry climate (Gotta love Colorado, where 30% is extremely humid!), so just combing my hairs natural oils through really helps my damaged hair!

    SOmetimes though, when it’s time to wash my hair, my scalp gets really really itchy, does anyone else have this problem? Or know what causes it? I don’t want to have to switch to a “Head and Shoulders” product, because I have color treated hair and I’m scared it would fade it.

  195. 195
    May 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve heard that the more you wash you hair the more your glands produce oils to make up for whats not their i use to have to wash my hair daily but i can go every other day with out washing since i changed my shampooing habits

  196. 196
    May 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    okay. i was planning to not wash my hair but it seriously smells. how can i not wash it if i sweat my head scalp?

  197. 197
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I wash my hair 2-3 times a week. I think washing it daily is just way too stressful for hair and i don’t even have any spare time to wash each day anyway. But it seems like a lot have ‘greasy’ hair or it smells.

    These are just my suggestions but
    – If your’e washing it every day…
    Try not to watch as much. It may get greasy but you are actually damaging your hair with all those chemicals and it is actually healthier not to wash it. maybe in the week don’t wash it for a couple of days then try in a few days.

    for greasy hair…
    maybe the shampoo/conditioner just isn’t working for you. You can also try shampoo or other products specified for greasy/damaged hair. I have this product that helps with oily hair which i use on days i don’t wash it- and it works!

    For Smelly Hair…
    Use nice smelling shampoo i suppose..?

    I have had damaged hair before and it is still recovering from when i straighten it. What i’m trying to stick to is- Don’t treat your hair like an accessory treat it like you need to look after it, it is like a flower :) plenty of sunlight but not too much, a lot of water but not so it’s soaked, yeah i don’t know where i was going with this simile thing aha, just pretty much look after your hair :)

  198. 198
    June 5th, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I have thin, straight, blonde hair with some lighter blonde highlights. Colored or not, I’ve always washed it every day. My hair is super greasy. I have to wash it in the morning, because if I was it at night, it gets greasy by the end of the day. If I go a day without washing it, I swear it turns brown from all the grease. It’s disgusting.

    But my hair somehow looks dry and brittle. I would really like to try washing it every other day to see if that helps it look healthier or shinier. I was wondering if everyone’s hair eventually gets used to the washing it less, or if that’s only for some textures. I think I’m just a genetically greasy person because even my skin is very oily all the time. I’ve tried cornstarch and it still looks like a grease hamburger slicked to my head.

    I guess my main question is – with hair like mine, is it worth waiting for the adjustment? Is it even possible? Or should I just accept the damage and stick with my once-a-day routine?

  199. 199
    June 6th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    @Laura

    You should try at least a day or 2 without washing your hair.If you dont like the way it looks simply put it up in a bun(thats what i do).I usually can go about 3 days without washing my hair. Also its best if you dont flat iron your hair in the summer…it will damage it even more….so after you wash your hair run some leave-in conditioner through your hair and put it up in a bun. This should help your greasy and damaged hair!

    Try it and tell me how it works out!

  200. 200
    June 6th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I wash my hair about every second to third day but it is still drying out my hair, just curious as to if washing hair too much can cause split ends… any answer would be appreciated

  201. 201
    June 6th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    @maddie,

    if you do one or more of the following, that will cause split ends….
    only using shampoo (to fix, add conditioner to routine)
    blowdrying or excessive heat on hair (instead, try letting it dry naturally after combing thru leave-in conditioner)

  202. 202
    June 11th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I am black && I am very well aware that black people have different textures, however, there is not a person on this earth that can convince me that washing your hair once a month is healthy. NO its nasty. Your hair collects so much dirt and oil just from walking outside. Your daily sweating and nastiness seeps through your hair follicles. Yes your hair may be dry && all this bull crap that you find the need to preserve your natural oils. You can preserve your natural oils by washing your hair at least once a week && thats AT LEAST. I am not convinced that there is a hair type on the planet that can only withstand a monthly shampoo. I think the problem with people who have unruly hair as I do is that they get lazy. The thought of spending 3 to 4 hours on your untamable mane frightens people, believe me I know I get it, But I preach to you LISTEN TO ME: 1: find a shampoo and conditioner that allows you to wash your hair more frequently, it took me a year to get down a hair routine. You can’t expect miracles if you aren’t using the right products. This means searching beyond the drugstore, if you want manageable hair you might have to pay the price. 2: other products like leave in conditioners and straight serums are designed for unruly hair. 3. Invest in a good flat iron and blow dryer. 4. take time for yourself. Your hair is a part of your body. Why would you want nasty greasiness that hasn’t been washed in a month or more sleeping on your bed. Touching your face. I don’t want to use a sink or go to a salon where some nasty hasn’t washed their hair since they have been there last. I cannot be convinced people there is no excuse other than nastiness and laziness for going a month or more with out washing your hair. RAUNCHY!

  203. 203
    June 12th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    well im an african american so i wash my hair twice a week but just to let people know that grease is good for the hair and it makes it look better and thicker and i only grease my scalp once a month so its really not all about how white ppl hair is or how blacks is its just more likely that black people have healthier hair then whites and thats why black people dont get lice cause they put grease in their hair but if some black people dont put grease in their hair they will get grease and yeah its true black people hair dont move around and blow in the wind like white people hair dose but all im trying to say is dat its jus based one what race you are thats it

  204. 204
    June 13th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    LOLA: OK listen…Um…your hair probably doesn’t move because you put grease in it. Secondly all black people don’t have the same type of hair neither does any other race. Your comment disturbs me. You can’t categorize black and white people into one group because there are so many different hair types. Its likely that some different races have the same hair type. Anyone can get lice, no races hair is healthier than another races. Putting grease in your hair is disgusting and pointless. Why even bother washing your hair if you put heavy disgusting grease in your hair. Why would you waste your money making your hair look oily and heavy. I think you confuse moisture with grease. Greasing your hair does not moisturize anything, it blocks moisture. I have amazing, clean, non-stiff, “wind blowing”, (again) clean, non-greasy hair, and I don’t use your so called miracle grease. Comments like yours annoy me. Generations of passed down false information. This just makes me angry because its the crap I constantly hear and I constantly have to correct people that are mistaken. I don’t see the logic in using grease. People with the cleanest hair can get lice. Stiff, non moving, greasy hair is not attractive.

  205. 205
    June 13th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I wash my hair once a week I am a swimmer Which dries out my hair really badly so I use heat protection shampoo and swimmers hair shapoo which give my hair some life again x

  206. 206
    June 13th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    my hair is little bit longer than my hip,,, if i wash my hair every day it will get thin so i shampoo& condition it every 2 days ,,abt once evry 2 months i apply HENNA to my hair( for growth, shine, strength), ,,and once a week i use a HOT OIL TREATMENT in my hair(for moisture),,,, i get it abt 2 inches trimmed off every 3 months (to take out all the split ends from using too much heat ),, every one has different hair textures and may need to wash their hair once a week ,,thrice or twice,, but i think once a day is jus too much ,,,especiallly if your hair is not a boy cut .

  207. 207
    June 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Okay so i was my hair every single day i the morning and put it right up. by the end of the day when i take it down it is all greasy by my roots. I shampoo and condition and i have also switched brands alot. never had this problem before until like 3 weeks agp

  208. 208
    June 16th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Well it depends also on how much product you use on your hair also. I wash my hair maybe once a week, or week and a half mostly because i have very dry hair. I find that it takes a week or more before my hair gets oily, mostly because I use no product on it. Also it is very frizzy if I wash it too much and uncontrollable. It tends to be at it’s best after a couple of days after washing.

  209. 209
    June 16th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I tend to wash my hair daily, with the exception of right after i go to the salon.

    My stylist tells me to wait at least 2 days before washing my hair after i get it colourd.

    I just recently got my hair done, i have really blonde hair and she put some redish brown streaks(Ended up kinda dark purple) through out my hair.

    Just from the wash out she did it started to tint my blonde pinkish.

    She says as long as i don’t wash it for 2 days, then only put COLD water on my hair and use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner the pink will wash out and it wont bleed anymore.

    Plus it will stay healthy..

    I have a hard time not washing my hair daily, it doesn’t seem to look good if i don’t wash it before i style it!

  210. 210
    June 20th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I am half hispanic, half german, and have long extremely thick brownish black hair. The texture is coarse, but with the right products and styling tools, can look out of this world. If I were to jump in the shower, shampoo my hair and then let it dry…..wow, what a hot frizzy mess.

    I can not wash my hair any more than once a week. In the summer, I can add maybe one extra wash depending on the outdoor activity, but other seasons, never. My hair would dry out and require the flat iron everyday. I prefer the blow out and that would frizz, no matter what product.

    I also find the quality of the shampoo you use makes a very big difference. And dont forget the conditioner. I only use Kerastase and Bumble and Bumble because my hair doesnt require the whole bottle like drugstore brands. I mean, Ill use a bottle of dove in two weeks. The kerastase mask and shampoo will last me months. Price evens out. But back the the original question. Once a week max.

  211. 211
    June 23rd, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I wash my hair everyday. I am african amerian. I use conditioners and I wash with shampoo once or twice a month. I grew up with the knowledge that we AAs should wash our hair once every two weeks. No way. atleast once a week, is healthier for your hair. my hair has taken off and is much healthier now that I wash it more often. but I only use conditioner. I am natural so its kinky curly.. no styles to wash out.

  212. 212
    June 24th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I usually wash my hair everyday and I would iron it every single day except on weekends if I wasn’t going out . I know it’s really bad but that was the only way to look good. I have side bangs and they get gressy after a day with out washing and I have a huge forehead so I can’t put them back. Now that it’s summer I’m trying no to wash it alot then when my hair gets use to it , I will have a diffrent “schedule” . I washed it Tuesday morning and I am not washing it until Saturday morning. For school I wash my hair at night, I want to wash it lets say Sunday and then wash it again Tuesday night. 3 times a week. Will this work?

  213. 213
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Once a week or less if I want my hair to have lots of body & not fall out. If it gets greasy, I just put baby powder on the roots & rub it in. I learned this from a friend who lived in Europe who had hair past her butt . I visited her for the summer & we backpacked together. I only know of 1 time she washed her hair that summer.

    Her hair was wavy & still looked beautiful, so I slowly tried it. Now my hair is more shiny, less brittle & doesn’t fall out in gobs when I wash it anymore. I think people didn’t use to wash their hair very often before all the shampoo commercials. We should ask our grandmothers how often they washed their hair?

  214. 214
    June 27th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I’m a quarter Hispanic, a quarter black and half white, so my hair is extremely curly and used to reach my belly button. This article is true and helpful because i am trying to grow it out again. Anyone got tips?
    I know for a fact that women who wear weave do not wash their hair for months while the weave is in. Which probably contributes to the reason why their hair isn’t growing well. perms barely make a difference looks wise but they are damaging. I straighten my hair. Is that just as bad?

  215. 215
    June 27th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Jamie,

    For an avid flat-ironer like yourself, how healthy your hair is depends on how you take care of it inbetween straightenings. You should use a leave-in conditioner after you was your hair w/ shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you let your hair air-dry after washing and putting in a leave-in conditioner before you flat-iron. Blow-drying is excessive heat, and not necessary.

  216. 216
    June 27th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Natalia Dawn,
    I appreciate it, i never use a blow dryer though :)
    but i am addicted to the hair straightener, and i know i shouldn’t use it. But if i have leave in conditioner in my hair (which i sometimes use already), wouldn’t that damage my hair even more when i straighten it?
    I do have another question, Is baby oil good for your hair? Its a rumor. I don’t think it works but i know olive oil helps.

  217. 217
    July 1st, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I wash my hair everyday. I’ve always felt like i need to. I have extremely thick (my mom AND my dad had very thick hair) brown curly hair. I honestly couldn’t imagine washing it only 2-3 times a week! I also have a dry scalp, Does washing daily contribute to the dryness?

  218. 218
    July 1st, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Abby,
    Shampooing strips your hair of unnecessary dirt/oil/yuckiness/moisture that has piled up in your hair, but it also gets rid of some
    of the oils/moisture/necessities as well. If you have a problem with dry hair, make sure you’re conditioning after you shampoo, and then try combing a leave-in conditioner thru your hair when you get out of the shower, (Paul Mitchell “The Conditioner”). That should help with moisture-lacking hair.

  219. 219
    July 5th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    During the school year, I used to wash my hair about once every 2 weeks. Nobody had a clue and people were shocked when I confessed that. But I could really care less. Now that it is summer, I haven’t washed my hair in over a month. My best friend is so jealous that somehow it still looks and smells good. My hair is blonde and over 2 feet long and I like the sexy messy look, and when I wash my hair frequently I don’t get that. So i choose not to. I do use a nutient spray on it sometimes that smells great and keeps it healthy. And I’m being an environmentalist by saving tons of water :) But I know this is not for everybody. I have very dry skin and a dry scalp, my skin does not get oily, ever. and rarely does my scalp. Some people think I’m nasty for bathing less, but I think I’m lucky. They never know until I tell them.

  220. 220
    July 14th, 2010 at 3:48 am

    But what if i swim everyday? i have to wash my hair after dunking my head in chlorine!

  221. 221
    July 15th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Weeeelll….I’m kinda still going through puberty, and I just feel kinda nasy if I don’t wash my hair. Also, my hair is blonde, so any oil and dirt is really obvious!

  222. 222
    July 16th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Were can I find the matte bronzer? We live in the middle of nowhere.

    Thank you!

  223. 223
    July 16th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    …also, I am in my fortys, and I do have my hair colored to get the gray out. It is very long and if I leave it alone for 1-2 days, the ends get really knotted and it looks like it has been that way even when I brush it out. All I can say is help!!

  224. 224
    July 17th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    i wash my hair twice a week. it is below the waist and quite thick, dry at the ends and very curly. i wash, condition, blowdry straight, then straighten. hard work. but then it is very silky and nice. i usually wear it up in a loose bun.

  225. 225
    July 17th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    The Graceful Lily,

    blowdrying and then straightening is unnecessary heat. If your hair needs both the blow-dryer and the flat-iron to get your hair straight then you need a new flat-iron, one that’s hotter. Blow-drying & straightening should only be used every once in a while. Let your hair air dry before flat-ironing instead. For those dry ends, try conditioning it better.

  226. 226
    July 24th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I wash my hair everyday. It gets all greasy if I don’t :/

  227. 227
    July 26th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I wash my hair daily… but i am not sure if i should or not!

    I have a little longer than shoulder length hair (blond)

    about 1in thick.

    My hair is dry….

    Should i wash it every day or not?

    I would RECOMMEND for most people to wash their hair EVERY day or atleast 5 times a week! :)

  228. 228
    July 26th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I wash my hair everyday
    sometimes I don’t use shamppo, only conditioner, but I still wash everyday
    mainly because if I don’t, my hair gets horrible split ends, very greasy, and I get really bad dandruff

  229. 229
    July 28th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    i wash my hair every second day if i dontt
    it killes me :S
    but if imm
    outside the whole day i would wash it everyday :)
    i dont knoww
    i should keep doing that will that kill my hair ?
    and i have thick hair ( in the middle of light brown and drak brown )

  230. 230
    July 29th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I wash mine once every three or four days. I used to wash it every day but it either went all dry and brittle or it got greasy quicker, but now all my friends and even family comment on how shiny and healthy my hair looks :) I think everyone just needs to find their comfort zone for their hair type :)

  231. 231
    August 1st, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I wash my hair once a week if I wear it straight. If I wear it curly I wash it every other day. I’m African American and Chinese so my hair is really curly, but I don’t relax it. I used to until my hair stylist said it was fine without it which was two years ago. It gets oily toward the end of the week, but then I usually just wear it in a pony tail or clip my bangs back. It’s pretty healthy because I don’t use heat everyday or wash it everyday. Everyone’s hair is different though. Also, the climate that you live in is a big factor. I used to live in D.C. and there my hair would get frizzy, so I relaxed it. The humidity kept it healthy though. I moved to Vegas and because it is dry, my hair doesn’t frizz. I stopped relaxing it because it was unhealthy in a dry climate.

  232. 232
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    i don’t wash my hair.

  233. 233
    August 2nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    They make “Dry Shampoo” in a spray form, which is like spraying powder on your hair to absorb the grease. Some of them are colored and can temporarily help to hide your roots until you can touch them with hair color. It also helps older folks hide there thinning hair to a point.

  234. 234
    August 2nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    They make “Dry Shampoo” in a spray form, which is like spraying powder on your hair to absorb the grease. Some of them are colored and can temporarily help to hide your roots until you can touch them with hair color. It also helps older folks hide there thinning hair to a point.

  235. 235
    August 4th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Are you supposed to keep your hair completely dry between washes? I’ve just started the “not shampooing your hair everyday” regimen, and my scalp has been getting so greasy and nasty.

    Am I supposed to tolerate this (or invest in a dry shampoo) until my scalp compensates, or is rinsing your hair with just water on the days you don’t use shampoo okay? I wear my Asian hair pretty short, so the “stickiness” I hear that occurs with wet, un-shampooed hair probably won’t really bother me.

  236. 236
    August 4th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    You can rinse with water, especially if you are exercising. Just don’t use shampoo.

  237. 237
    August 4th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    i don’t really need the blowdryer, i’m just forced into it by my mother who reckons letting it dry naturally will give me pneumonia. sigh. also i have the problem that the first 4/5inches of hair from the root is really nice but beyond that it is very curly and damaged.

  238. 238
    August 5th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    @Graceful

    Letting your hair dry naturally can only give you pneumonia if you go into cold weather so i think your okay if you stay in warm temperatures :) Stop using the blow dryer to prevent further damage.

  239. 239
    August 11th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    hi girls! im from Mexico, and the weather here really doesn’t help my hair at all, but i started to wash my hair 3 times a week since last year, and it’s true that at first you feel like its really oily and stuff, but it get used, anyway the thing is that i realized that the more you wash it the more grease it gets , ’cause you’re taking off the natural grease so the hair produces more and more thats why it gets like that, until it get used and starts to look even better than before. by the way is the same with the face, so try not to wash it more than 2 times a day! =)

  240. 240
    August 11th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I personally wash my hair everyday because I can’t stand the thought of all the dirt and grease getting on my face and pillow while I sleep which will cause spots!

  241. 241
    August 14th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I Wash 3 Times à week, more Dries out my hair, less causes the psioriasis on top of my head to start itching like crazy, not to mention THE amount of dandruff, its horrible. Combine that with crazy frizzy wavy hair and you got me. So three times à week is it for me.

  242. 242
    August 15th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    @Iris
    I think you should wash your hair every other day. Believe me it helped with my hair. For your shampoo use “equate Dandruff Shampoo” You can find this shampoo at walmart(if you want to see what the bottle looks like click this link http://www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-W-Pyrithione-Zinc-For-Dry-Scalp-Dandruff-Shampoo-14.2-fl-oz-3pk/12560671). For your conditioner you can use whatever,but to help your hair from getting dried out put a quarter size in your hand and run through just the ends and put in a pony-tail for about 23 minutes.
    If you have any other questions please let me know.
    thanx~ash~

  243. 243
    August 18th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I wash every day that I workout, which is sometimes 4+ days in a row. The least I wash is every 2 days, because it gets itchy and greasy. But sometimes washing every workout gets it dry, so I have to mix it up. I have thick hair, so the entire mass getting itchy and dirty is annoying.

    I recently discovered using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap everywhere-its made of natural oils, and leaves me less dry after washing.

  244. 244
    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    For me, I use to wash my hair everyday, but I started noticing how dry it was getting. I live in a very dry climate so I’ve started washing it every other day and it’s just fine. The only thing is, it frizzes! So I started using a dry conditioner on days I don’t wash and it’s amazing! My hair is still light and playful and I can still style it the way I love! No need to cover it up anymore!

  245. 245
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I used to wash my hair every other day and my hair takes a long time to grow i dyed it alot at one point and it got very dry at the ends i discovered my hair wasnt getting any longer, my hairdresser trimmed off all of the dead ends and it was horribly short i waited for nearly a year for it to grow back whilst having trims in between to keep it nice.
    Not alot happened untill people told me that washing it often dried it out like using the hairdryer all of the time and so i decided not to wash it as often and yes it has worked! it has grown loads faster and suprisingly it hardly gets that greasy but when it is i rather like it because this means my hair is getting all the nutrients it needs those days are usually just stay in at home days (so no one sees it) as it is a bit dry but also i do not use a hairdryer it drys itself very quickly and i use a good handful of conditioner when washing my hair and leave for a few minutes it feels very and nourished afterwards i find that aussie shampoo is the best i use the long hair one and my hair is getting pretty long also i use brunnette conditioning hair mask after washing and that makes my hair very brown and healthy looking the ends are always so much better after using this.

  246. 246
    August 24th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I rarely wash my hair, maybe 2x a week. I know that sounds gross, but my hair is very dry, and straight and long (about midway down my waist). When I do wash it, I use Body Butter from the Body Shop to moisturize the ends. It cuts down on the amount of times I have to go see a hairdresser for a small trim. Or I just trim it myself! Hahaha, and I also dye it myself on occasion, but I more of an au naturel kind of gal. I use vegan shampoo and conditioner, Sonoma Valley First Crush. Love!

  247. 247
    August 27th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    If you want your hair to grow faster, healthy, and longer… Then I suggest you not to take a shower every day. It isn’t healthy. I know America finds it “gross” and “dirty” to not take a shower everyday, but it really isn’t. That’s how native americans hair get so long, so fast, and that’s why its very healthy. Take a shower 2 times a week. Unless you go in the pool, you have too. It can damage your hair if you don’t. Because of the chorline. But, if you don’t put your head in the pool (hair) don’t it doesn’t matter. You can take a shower everyday, but with a hair cap on, so it doesn’t get wet. Trust me, I did this and it worked so good. My hair started growing fast, then it usally does. It’s way healthier. Hope this helps!!!! Thank you.

  248. 248
    August 29th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’ve had issues with dry scalp for years and could never figure out what the problem was. Drove me crazy trying all kinds of products. Dandruff shampoos always dried my hair out and didn’t seem to work. I also tried Psoriasis shampoos. Didn’t work. I also kept changing my leave in conditioners. Didn’t work.

    I too used to wash my hair every day and then every other day and then every two days. I recently read an article about curly hair. It said that if you have curly hair you should never never use shampoo on it. Only wash your hair with conditioner. I decided to try this “radical to me” idea. After a week of only washing with conditioner my hair is the healthiest it’s ever been. 3-4 times a week with conditioner only. Goodbye detergents and chemicals. I mean shampoo.

  249. 249
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:54 am

    depends on your hair type and also what you wash it with hairdressers have told me tresseme and pantene and other products have silicone in it and that is a form of plastic with covers your hairs making them appear shiney but actualy being split and dried by it! I reccomend Charles Worthington product range!

  250. 250
    September 1st, 2010 at 8:47 am

    hi,my hair does tend to get greasy and I do have to wash it almost everyday but BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO is an absolute lifesaver!! it’s only about 2pound from any supermarket,boot or super drug and for that you get a good sized can of it which lasts for about 2months depending on how often you use it but I most DEFINATELY reccomend it seriously.
    it’s like babypower but made just for your hair;you spray it on and brush or rub in.
    buy it seriously!
    hope this helps :)

  251. 251
    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    @Ash

    tnx for the advice, problem is I live in the Netherlands (Europe), still I appreciate it. I actually got a treatment shampoo, and I use either Herbal Essences Curls and waves (cause it’s a shampoo i’m not allergic too) or a dutch shampoo. I’ll try washing it every other day, tnx for the tip.

  252. 252
    September 10th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    i only wash my hair once a week or less and i straighten it twice a week… but after1 and a half weeks it get a bit greasy

  253. 253
    September 11th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I only wash my hair every 2 weeks or so. I used to wash it a few times a week but found that it made my hair too dry. Washing my hair infrequently makes it much healthier and it has grown so long since I don’t have to blow dry it often. It’s the first time I’ve had almost waist length hair! How much you shampoo should depend on your hair type and how oily it is. This works for me since my hair is fairly coarse.

  254. 254
    September 25th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I wash my hair everyday cause if i dont it looks oily. How can i make it not look greasy if i dont wash it everyyday.?

  255. 255
    September 26th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    well i dont think there is a way that you can not make it look completley greasy…im half chinese so my hair is straight and dark brown and i tend to just put it in a bun for school if its looking too greasy. mostly i have to wash my hair every second day because otherwise it tends to feel and look gross but now that its holidays im going to try and cut back on the washing because apparently thats a good way to stop it from getting greasy all the time! oh, and for all those people with beautiful wavy or curly hair….DONT STRAIGHTEN IT! IM SOOOO JELOUS THAT YOU HAVE THAT HAIR TYPE SO DONT GO AND RUIN IT!!!! im just sayin…

  256. 256
    September 27th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I never wash my hair anymore. I used to wash it every day, and it always seemed like it got greasy towards the end of the day. I also had pretty bad acne and super dry skin, plus eczema. It wasn’t pretty. In college, I stopped showering every day because I got so busy. At first, it would be greasy on the day I didn’t shower, but I would just pull it back and eventually my hair reached a point where it was no longer greasy on the days I didn’t shower. As time went on, the time between my showers got a bit longer, so that I was showering about 2 or 3 times a week.

    Then I heard about water only washing. I eased myself into once a week washing with only water over the course of about 12 weeks by using baking soda and vinegar whenever I felt my hair was too greasy, but otherwise washing with water only every few days. I also stopped used soap on my body at this time.

    This has been one of the most liberating experiences of my life. It’s been 3 months since I washed my hair with any kind of cleanser, and I look and feel fantastic. I was afraid my acne might get worse, but it is unchanged, perhaps slightly improved. More impressive is how beautiful and full and soft my hair is. But far and away the best part has been the disappearance of my dry skin and eczema! I used to slather lotion all over, every day, for YEARS, feeling sticky, spending time and money, saturating myself with chemicals… and now I don’t need to. The only place I still have eczema is on my hands, as I still use soap to wash them, not wanting to spread disease.

    I highly recommend that anyone who can try to ease themselves off of using soap for washing. Water takes care of all my hygiene needs, and I look better than I did before, I feel wonderful, and I save oodles of time and money on shampoo and styling products. But do it slowly or understand you may have to wear a greasy-hair-day style for a few months while your body adapts.

  257. 257
    September 27th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I shower 2 times a day. I wash my hair 2 times a week. My hair doesn’t get greasy anymore since I have used this amazing shampoo and conditioner

    ALBERTO BALSAM

    It’s great I am currently using the pommergranite one though you can get blueberry and apple too!

    I highly recommend it ^-^

  258. 258
    October 1st, 2010 at 2:08 am

    i always wash my hair , every day , if i went out to somewhere when i come back i must wash my hair i cannot leave my hair dirty and i love to have a bath loool hhh

  259. 259
    October 1st, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    When I had really long hair I would wash my hair every other day and everything was fine. After drastically changing my hair to a bob a couple months ago, I noticed my hair would become greasy if I didn’t wash it everyday. So maybe there’s some correlation with hair length as well?

  260. 260
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    For me I only need to wash my hair on every fourth day. That’s when it’s pretty greasy, otherwise it’s soft, light and well fluffy. Whenever I wash it, by the third day my hair is starting to get oily and the fourth day it really is oliy, to the point where my light brown hair looks darker, almost a dark brown. Ugh, it’s yuck when it’s like that.

    I heard their some sort of powder people with oily hair can put and it absords the oils to make your hair be oil free. But I’m not sure.

  261. 261
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    My name is Kitty and I’m 18 years old. My whole life I’ve washed my hair every single day, sometimes alot more then once. On some circumstances, it’s good to wash your hair everyday, because of little simple facts. When you sleep, go outside, are being active in activities, you sweat and attract dirt and dust particles. No one wants to keep that in their hair, that’s honestly just digusting. But then, you want to avoid washing everyday for other simple facts, not to catch lice, to dry your hair out, to damage it more, etc. But whether you wash it a couple times a week, or every day, you still damage it. Majority people straighten, curl, relax, perm, treat, and much more to their hair. My best advice is that you wash it every other day. For the reasons stated above.
    My personal opinion is that having dirty hair should no where NEAR be a “trend” because keeping your hair is apart of keeping yourself clean, and hygiene is a must to keep up with.

  262. 262
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I shower everyday, but I only wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. When I was younger I used to wash my hair everyday, and if I didn’t it would start to get greasy after a day or so.

    I found that you really have to “train” your hair and scalp to take longer to get greasy. Your scalp produces oils that naturally protect your hair. If you wash your hair often, your scalp will produce more to compensate. If you gradually wash your hair less, your scalp will eventually start producing less oil. (As your hair doesn’t need as much oil because aren’t washing the existing oil out as often!)

    Of course there are other things that affect the oil in your hair as well, such as your hormones, and environmental factors such as heat, humidity, smog, etc…

  263. 263
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I am a red head with medium thickness hair. I wash my hair every 3 days. I have TRAINED my hair to be able to do this. I used to wash my hair every single day but with research I have found it better not to wash ever day. The way i trained my hair was I started washing my hair everyother day, and every day in the weekend; this last about 2 -3 weeks. After the 3rd week, i continued to wash my hair everyother day but now included weekends. When i felt my hair was ready for the next step, I started washing my hair once every 3 days. It takes some time for your hair to get used to it, and the first few weeks are the hardest because your hair will look a it greasy. But if you take the right steps you can train your hair. Its so much easier not to wash it everyday, and my hair is so much healthier. Try it out.

    P.S. my bestfriend has very thin, big black curks, and very long hair. She washes her hair every 2 weeks. She had to train her hair to do this as well, and her hair is some of the most healthy hair I have seen in a long time. I envy her hair even tho it has taken her months to get to this point. Point of the story? – You can train your hair to do whatever you want…it just takes time. :)

  264. 264
    October 17th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    A lot of cheap shampoos, Suave, VO5, and those types have a lot of wax in them. If you have a little money you are better off spending a little more money on Redken, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, or another salon brand. I have found that since I started using nice shampoo my hair has the right ph which should be anywhere from 4.5-5.5. Yes hair has it’s ideal ph. I learned that in beauty school.

  265. 265
    October 23rd, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I have kinky-curly, chin-length hair. As of today I have not washed it for a week and it is just now starting to feel greasy/oily, but it has never looked healthier!

    When I don’t want to wash it, I use a mixture of one part vegetable glycerin and two parts water, mix it in a spray bottle, and spray on my hair liberally.

    It works as a detangler and I can comb my hair with my fingers!–The glycerin should be available at health food stores and you can use rose water instead of tap water to make your hair smell all good.

    It’s cheap, easy, and it works better and better over time!

  266. 266
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I have relaxed, colour treated hair and the Shielo Hydrate Conditioner is fantastic to use after both of those processes. Nice smell. I use it with each shampoo. Love this product!

  267. 267
    November 2nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I think Black Women need to find products that will make their hair look better by washing it every 2 or 3 days. How gross not to wash your hair. They are always scratching their head, their hair looks like wire. It really seems to be a problem, but they don’t want to do anything about it. Has lazy entered anyone’s mind????? Just wash the hair please. It will look better, feel better, and smell better.

  268. 268
    November 3rd, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I have temperamental hair – sometimes straightish, curly, wavy or frizzy.
    I used to wash my hair every 2 weeks because it would take several days to start to shine and look good. It is dry and damages easily.
    I used Heads and Shoulders to control dandruff from not washing my hair regularly.

    I now get an expensive salon shampoo and conditioner so I can wash it every 4-5 days and not get dandruff. This is doing the trick.

  269. 269
    November 3rd, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Well hello there everyone!
    I am here to talk about the new Pantene Flat to Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. Just to let you know first that this shampoo and conditioner shouldn’t really be used daily because it does make your hair thicker but at the same time it does make it feel dry. I have the medium-thick choice of shampoo and conditioner. I only really use it if I want my hair to look nice for the day. And it does work as it says it does. If you want to know how to get your hair looking nice with volume throughout the day look below(:

    ~Directions~
    1.Put some shampoo in your hand and lather up
    2.Put in a second time if desired
    3.Rinse out shampoo
    4.Put some conditioner in your hand and put it just on your ends and put in a bun(its good to keep a ponytail holder handy)
    5.Rinse out conditioner
    6.Keep in a towel for and extended amount of time, or until very damp)
    7.Do not blowdry, let air-dry until hair is completely dry
    8.Part hair into sections(ears, eyebrows, and middle forehead)
    9.Make sure to use a heat protectant(I use TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray,bought at walmart for $5)
    10.Your finished!

    Have any questions about your hair???
    just leave a comment to me(@Ash)and I will answer it!

  270. 270
    November 10th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    What about teenagers? I’m a teenage girl (with really long hair) and my hair gets really oily about 10 hours after I shower in the morning. I shower EVERY morning, because if I didn’t, it would feel gross and I would look very unclean.
    Is it bad that I shower every day? I’ve never had any problems with my hair drying out or anything.

  271. 271
    November 11th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    @Violet

    I am a teenager too. And I get oily hair also but I usually wash my hair every other day or i sometimes wont wash it for about 3 days. Whenever I dont wash my hair i usually just put it up in a bun. Or if I’m going somewhere that day I’ll just wash my roots with just shampoo.

    Here are some tips thats you can do :
    1.Wash your hair every other day
    2.The day that you dont wash it put it in a bun
    3.If you dont want to put it up, just wash your hair with shampoo

    I hope those tips help you(:
    And if you have any other questions please ask!

  272. 272
    November 23rd, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I want to wash my hair less bit what if you use products like heat protect? surely you have to wash it out or it’ll be greasy the next day???

  273. 273
    November 24th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    hi. i am every day clean ma hair XD …..
    coz when i keep it will be oile :\ and ewwwwwwwwww no ican’t after shower i make ma haire strat coz it more nice and better :)) i tell all girls it no how many it depent from ur haire ( style)
    mabye ( curly haire – strate haire) and coulers ( red-bleu-pink)
    i wish my haire become blue whiz opinck punck style :D
    and itell all girls ( u clain ur haire when u feel ur haire gotte birty loool)\
    thX u ……. :3

  274. 274
    November 29th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    How often one should wash their hair depends on the oiliness or dryness of that individual’s scalp and the texture of their hair. There’s not one answer that applies to everyone.

    I’m East African and my mother is a hairstylist. While my hair is wavy/curly , very dry and very fine, my sister’s hair is more straight , very oily and very thick. My sister washes her hair nearly every day or else her hair gets very greasy. I wash my hair 1-2 times a week. Any more than that and my hair gets stripped of essential oils and my hair becomes damaged. I take care to keep my hair and scalp healthy, so I don’t relax my hair which damages the hair and I don’t wash too often. I use cholesterol treatment every so often for extra protein and salon shampoos and conditioners that have a lot of keratin (K-Pac).

  275. 275
    November 29th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    When I was about seven yrs I thought washing your hair alot would be better but then I found out it wasn’t last year. I started straightening my hair, alot and it got damaged, well one time I was too lazy to wash my hair and I didn’t to it about three days and I noticed it didn’t look as dry. So now I wash it 2 to 3 times a week. It really helps, for me anyway! :D

  276. 276
    November 30th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I wash my hair every third day. It only gets slightly greasy on the 3rd day, so i jsuct use some sort of big hairaccessary/ headband to cover the front, and the rest is not greasy. only the top

  277. 277
    November 30th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    i wash my hair once every 4 months cuz of the weave i put in

  278. 278
    December 1st, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Patty, I find your comment to be incredibly ignorant and offensive. I’m surprised that no one called you out on it. It’s already been mentioned that people have different hair textures and that it’s not helpful to ALL hair types to wash every day or even every other day. Just because it may be gross for YOU to not wash your hair every day or every 2-3 days, does not mean that it’s the same for all women.

    I wash my hair once a week, it’s not gross, smells great, never gets greasy and it works for ME. I don’t need any ‘new products’ because what I use now works. I don’t have any scalp products, my hair doesn’t look like wire nor am I lazy because I don’t follow your beauty regimen. I really think you need to keep quiet if you don’t have anything useful to add.

  279. 279
    December 1st, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I’m African-American, with very thick, coarse African hair. I don’t use relaxers or any synthetic chemicals on my hair. I wash and condition my hair with amazing shampoo and conditioner (Beauty 4 Ashes Super Gro System). I follow that up with a hot oil treatment with olive and safflower oils, then plastic cap and under the dryer for 15 minutes. Then I is I do once a week in the summer time, when I don’t work out much.

    In the winter I like to run and work out more so I sweat a lot. In this case I rinse a few times without shampoo, followed by conditioner and hair lotion. For daily moisture and styling I use Beauty 4 Ashes PuriTea hair lotion or Carol’s Daughter hair milk, and Beauty 4 Ashes HairbeneFITT hair balm.

  280. 280
    December 1st, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Kandi,
    I’m not even African american and I find Pattys comment offensive. I know that African hair doesn’t grow like White peoples, it doesn’t mean that its dirty. Yes, its a different texture but I think it looks wayyy better than long thin white people hair. Some peoples are, but its the same for white people.
    i’m half white and a quarter Spanish so i have thick hair, but long. Im also a quarter Jamaican so its wavy. a strange mix i know, people ask me all the time what race i am lol. I wash it twice a week, and thats completely okay for me. It’s down to my belly button so its not dead, it grows.

  281. 281
    December 14th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I wash my hair every other day as well! I used to wash it everyday but it got so brittle even though I used a lot of conditioner and I’m a teenager. :)

  282. 282
    December 15th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I have straight, fine, medium length hair that normally looks limp and greasy after a couple days between shampooing. I am a stay-at-home mommy of twin 2-year-olds and time for washing my hair is not at the top of my priority list. So, I got a spiral perm. I now wash my hair 1-2 times a week and life is much better. I just put my hair up in a shower cap for showers each day between hair-washing. I used to subscribe to the idea that it is gross to go a week between washing, but to each her own!! I love my perm and yeah, maybe I look like an 80s leftover, but if I’m happy, who’s to say? :)

  283. 283
    December 17th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I have curly hair, that I absolutely love, and the best thing you can do to care for it is stop using shampoo unless it’s sulfate-free. Even then, curly-haired people should only wash their hair with shampoo every couple of weeks or once a month, depending on their texture, if at all. I use conditioner on my hair when I want to clean it up – I’ve stopped used shampoo at all – firm scalp massages using your conditioner are sufficient to get rid of dirt and retain essential natural oils that make your hair beautiful and healthy.

    I used to wash my hair every day, and couldn’t imagine not doing so – it got so oily so quickly! As I learned more about my hair type, I discovered that the more the oil glands in your hair are stimulated (through shampooing and regular washing), the more oil you’re going to produce – making it so that the very act of washing your hair every day makes it necessary to wash your hair every day! Stopping this was hard for a couple of weeks, but it only took my hair 2 weeks to adjust to my new regimen, and I can honestly say my hair is much healthier and cleaner for it. I seriously recommend that people read up on curly hair to make the most of it and take care of this beautiful part of your body.

    I’m not sure what is recommended for straight-haired women, but I do know that every hair type requires different hair care – and that it’s easy once you decide to treat yourself well.

  284. 284
    December 18th, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Unless it is very hot and humid, once a week is plenty for washing my hair. I have thick, long straight hair to my waist. The odd thing about hair, is if it gets washed daily, it gets used to it and starts getting greasy by the end of the day. Overwashing hair leads to split ends and damaged looking hair… you are stripping the oil from it. In certain countries where many women have long hair… guatemala, india, tahiti…. women oil their hair periodically. Hair becomes flyaway if the natural oils get stripped by washing

  285. 285
    December 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I wash my hair every 3days so like 2time a month

  286. 286
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Wash your hair 2-3 times a week or more

  287. 287
    December 23rd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I have blond hair to about the middle of my back and bangs… I work out 5 days a weeks, and still only wash my hair usually 2 or 3 days a week. With long hair its easy to put my hair in a bun and pull back my bangs. Also, I wet my hair (without washing) and sleep in 2 high buns and in the morning my hair is curly. Also, curling your hair with a curling iron looks much better and stays longer if you curl on the second day after washing your hair. You just have to be creative!

  288. 288
    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Oh yeah! I used to wash my hair every day because it also got greasy but after I started cutting back, my hair got less greasy. If you wash every day your scalp produces more sebum (stuff that makes your hair look greasy) to replace the natural oils you’re stripping from washing.

  289. 289
    December 27th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Jesus loves you:)!

  290. 290
    December 28th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    What exactly do you mean by wash? Shampooing? Because I condition my hair everyday, and shampoo it… Twice a week maybe. I like to keep in the oils. But with my type of hair, I don’t know when it’s oily or not. Am I still stripping the essential oils with conditioner?

  291. 291
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I have very curly, dry hair. I wash about once a week and use dry shampoo more just so my hair still smells fresh. This works great for me and helps me keep my hair manageable as well as healthier.

  292. 292
    January 7th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Personally, I’ve dyed my hair blonde and it doesn’t show up greasy , but when I’m a brunette [ my original and current hair state ] I have to wash my hair everyday because it looks oily the next day. I know tips that work though, I can get away with perhaps 2 days of not washing my hair if I don’t do the following – Use conditioner, play with my hair a lot [ bad habit haha ] or brush my hair a lot [ another habit i have ] But mainly it’s just the top area of my head / top of my bangs that get greassy looking.
    Good Luck, and God Bless everyone :))!

  293. 293
    January 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I have long/brown hair with high lights and i only wash mine twice per week. Thats all it needs! it doest get greasy, dirty, oily, nothing at all!
    But if u need to add a little LIFE to ur hair DRY SHAMPOO its a life line trust me Batsiee something like that) works really well. and remember if u have brown hair get brunette!!!!

  294. 294
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I used to wash my hair once a week or less. But now that I’ve let my curly hair grow a little (about 10cm long) I noticed it would get very oily every morning, and so I washed it at least every second day.

    I experimented with not washing it at all (to allow the natural oils to regulate itself) and my hair is no longer greasy! No shampoo or conditioner (only water) for about three weeks now.

  295. 295
    January 11th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Hi. This is kind of random, but I am in school to be a Surgical Technologist, with that comes a lot of Microbiology. Our hair harbors lots of germs and things, it attracts all types of different organisms and such and should be kept clean. I just can’t stand of thinking that I have all that stuff in my hair and not wash it. I think some people could get away with every two days, maybe three, but longer then that? I don’t know. I wash mine everyday, but I have oily hair at the roots. Sometimes I try to do every other day, but it’s hard for me. Anyways, just my opinion!

  296. 296
    January 13th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I wash my hair every morning before school because my style of choice is curly, so i need to wash it to have nice curls. Does it help that I’m trying not to shampoo my hair as often though?

  297. 297
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I guess I’m lucky because I only have to wash my hair once a week. Any more than that would be a waste. It all depends on hair type. My sister’s hair gets really oily 2-3 days after she washes it while mine looks and feels pretty much the same 1-7 days later.

  298. 298
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    To all the people that are saying that its bad to wash your hair everyday, and that if you dont want it everyday your hair will get used to it, thats a MYTH. Your hair will stop producing oil when it reaches a certain time, but when you get rid of it it will just keep producing until you reach that amount. No amount of going with greasy hair will “train” your hair. I cant stand not washing my hair every other day, I have tried but I just can’t. Its all about hair texture and how much oil your hair produces.

  299. 299
    January 20th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I have fine wavy hair and I used to wash my hair every day, but I worked myself up to washing it once a week. It took me about 6 months to build up to once a week, and at first it was pretty greasy. I did it slowly, first every other day, then every three days, and so on. That method worked well for me. In addition to shampoo and conditioner, I only use a tiny bit of leave in conditioner on the roots of my hair (which is about 3/4 of the way down my back) and I am good to go for a week. It starts to look a little greasy by the 6th day, but if I sleep with a bun throughout the week I don’t have a problem, and the waviness from the bun looks good and adds shape/volume for my hair type. The two best things about washing my hair once a week are that 1) I save a ton of time because my hair takes several hours to dry and 2) I save a rack load of money and I’m vegan and vegan shampoos and conditioners are quite expensive in comparison.
    I also found Patty’s comment to be extremely offensive. My boyfriend has long textured hair, and if he washes it more than once a week his hair and scalp get really dry. With washing it only once a week, his hair looks so nice and shiny (not oily) and soft to the touch especially towards the end of the week.

  300. 300
    January 20th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I wash my hair everyday to keep my hair clean!

  301. 301
    January 28th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I started washing my hair again once per day and don’t like it. My hair has gone greasy since doing this. I used to wash it once per week. I am going to go back to doing that. As long as your hair looks good and feels good it doesn’t matter how often you wash it. If you don’t wash your hair for a few months, it will go shiny. You can get away with this if you cover it. Wash your hair whenever you need it.

  302. 302
    January 31st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Ive relaxed my hair since 2weeks ago and they r bout 3inches.im african from west africa.is it possible for me to get dread now?if no wat to do?

  303. 303
    February 18th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I have thick curly hair that I straighten pretty much 100% of the time. I used to wash my hair daily just as I was taught. I have recently been washing my hair 1-2 times a week and using a dry shampoo in between washings. My hair does normally get very oily by day 3-4 but with the shampoo I have been able to go a while longer

  304. 304
    February 19th, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Hi,
    I was just wondering, for a person with dry, damaged hair, like me, how much shampoo and conditioner should i use when washing my hair? I know that too much is not good for it, so how much is too much? also i use dry, damaged hair shampoo and conditioner. should i change what i am using?

    i only wash my hair about twice a week, but sometimes only once. should i be washing it more often?

  305. 305
    February 20th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I’ve just started washing my hair every other day. I really do think it’s better for my hair.. Though I am looking in to getting a dry shampoo for the days I don’t. My hair gets really flat and greasy at the roots.

  306. 306
    February 20th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I reccomend this:

    If you’re black: Wash it only once every 2-3 weeks even mayb 1nce a month, and know this is gona sound UBER UBER yuk, but i only wash my hair once a month, coz it doesnt need more.

    If you’re a white teen: wash it 2-3 times a week, its normal 2 get greasy!!

    if ure white: wash 1-2 times a week
    hope this helped!

  307. 307
    February 21st, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Hi V_personal
    thanks for the advice. i was just wondering what age teen would range between?(i am a 14 year old). would i fit into that category and would it be best to wash my hair 2 or 3 times a week?

  308. 308
    February 23rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Truth be told, I wash my hair from once to twice a week. I find that in the first day after washing my hair, I hate how frizzy and dry it feels. After the second, third or fourth day, my hair feels lovely, smooth and healthy. My hair only gets greasy after the fourth day of not washing it.

  309. 309
    February 24th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Greasy hair …..I have really curly hair and After days four Of my hair not being washed I start to use talcon powder or dry shampoo this gives me a day or two till I need to wash it. I Wash my hair Once a week or twice If I wash it more then my hair becoms dry or goes straight .

    For any type of hair it all about how you wash It what products you use and wether you wash it out propally and when you put any other products in your hair you know how to use them propally and not cause them to quicken your hair reliasing naturals oils also when applying products to your roots be carefull as It will quicken your hair to become greasy.

    another Factor of greasy hair I pursitent Brushing of the hair this will make your hair greasyer so keep brushing your hair as low as possable

    And help ask :) x

  310. 310
    February 27th, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I find that I need to wash my hair every second day. In the past I have tried leaving it for longer than this but it gets greasy so quickly and I can’t stand it! I get so paranoid about having greasy hair. I don’t understand how some girls can just walk around with a head full of oil. Well, that’s what it looks like anyway.

    Do you have any tips on how to stop hair from becoming greasy?

  311. 311
    February 27th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I strongly agree you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday and u should keep moisture in it and use the best shampoo. And conditioner on your texture of hair i will be posting a you tube video from salon to home stay tuned it will have alot of healthy hair tips and how to things i am a hairstylist Ladyz is my name and my salon is Zknowshair

  312. 312
    February 28th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I have pretty tight curls, but they always want more moisture haha.
    I usually wash my hair (but I never shampoo I use a cleansing conditioner) every other day. My hair is never oily. Some times I put oil in it to style with because it’s so dry. The only reason I was my hair as often as I do is because it starts getting really frizzy the second day. If I style it certain ways it can go longer. Like yesterday I twisted my hair a hair around my fingers when it was wet and it dried in corkscrews. Today they still look fine and they probably will tomorrow so I might not wash them until the day after tomorrow.

  313. 313
    March 1st, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Ok so I’ve read about 100 of these posts and can’t seem to come across anyone else with the same hair situation as me. So I have normal/fine naturally light brown/brown hair but have been highlighting it blonde for about 5 years. I get highlights every 4- 6 weeks because I hate dark roots. In addition I wash my hair every day, then blow dry it, then straighten it. The reason I do this is because I wake up every morning with the craziest hair, it isn’t greasy at all, it’s dry and feels like straw (maybe) and it’s just a mess almost looks like i got electrocuted. So every morning I brush it out then wash my hair and the cycle begins again…After I finish straightening it, it definitely looks better than when I woke up but it still feels dry and brittle and just dead! What should I do???

  314. 314
    March 1st, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I always wash my hair everyday & it seems to like it, it only ever gets greasy if i don’t wash it properly but other wise it’s fine.
    But i do find sometimes that i catch dandruff easy and i don’t know what to do, i don’t know if i should wash it again and try get rid of it because that means i’ll be washing it twice a day which i know is really bad for my hair. But all the hairdressers ive been too say my hair is healthy and loves being washed every single day. I think it’s to do with what type of hair you have (:

  315. 315
    March 2nd, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    !!!! @Brigid Towey & @Everyone who has dry damaged hair !!!!

    Ok I know just what you should do! My mom has the same exact problem and her hair is 10x better(She also dyes her hair alot)!
    So when your in the shower, shampoo your hair only on the scalp,rhen add conditioner only on the end and secure with a pony-taill holder and leave in for about 2-3minutes.(do this for about a month with a moisturizing shampoo&conditioner)
    You can blow-dry and straighten your hair,but dont use any heat protectant(i know sound crazy.lol)
    Try to only wash your hair every other day.(like i said do this for about a month)
    And sometimes it does depend on what like of straightner you use, I find it better when you use the flat irons that can be used on wet hair also.
    Also try to trim your hair at the end of every month,this will get the dry dead ends off and will help your hair grow.
    If you have any other questions let me know(:

  316. 316
    March 2nd, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Ash…thanks so much for the advice but about the pony tail holder do you mean just put the conditioner on my ends and then like tie my hair in a bun? or what do i do with the ponytail holder?

  317. 317
    March 4th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Yupp exactly just put it in a bun with the conditioner(:

  318. 318
    March 13th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I wash my hair everyday but it’s really really dry :(

  319. 319
    March 13th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Also, it’s really curly. My hair has to be wet down everyday so I can style it. I use to use a ton of hairspray and mousse on my curls and it really damaged my hair. I’m going to try washing it every other day so it wont be as dry

  320. 320
    March 15th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I try not to wash my hair everyday as its meant to be better but sometimes have to because it gets greasy. If you find that your hair is greasy at the roots then you can dust on either some make up face powder or baby powder this will absorb the excess oil.

  321. 321
    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I am of Asian desecent and I wash my hair almost daily except for rare occasions because not only does some of my hair scalp become oily , they get dry as well, which end up casuing irritation and itchness.
    My advice for people who want to be easy their hair is to use very good and effective shampoo, the ones that were supposed to make your hair soft and full would contain chemicals which makes your washing less effective. so just get the one that does the most cleaning and you can then only shampoo your hair few times a week. and also use very light rinse or spray-rinse for daily use as well. I use a rubber scalp massager while doing my shampoo and not only they massage my scalp very well, they help it clean as well.
    good luck to yall :)

  322. 322
    March 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    If you work out every day I don’t understand how you can avoid washing your hair every day.. I mean, when it’s saturated with sweat, don’t you kind of have to wash it?

  323. 323
    April 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Actually, since shampoo strips hair of oils it puts the oil glands into overdrive. If you stop shampooing there will be a transition period of about a week but after that your hair just doesn’t get greasy.

  324. 324
    April 8th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    A hairdresser told me last summer that I should only wash my hair every third or fourth day, and it’s really made a difference on my thick, wavy hair. After I run, I wet it down and condition the ends, and all goes well.
    A word of advice, your hair will look pretty greasy the first time you go a second day without washing it, but stick to it and your scalp will get used to it. I recommend washing every other day during a vacation or break, so your scalp gets used to it when you don’t need to look fly every day.

  325. 325
    April 9th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I usually find, as a teenager, that my hair only needs to be washed every other day. By that, I mean one day I’ll shampoo and condition and the next day when I take a shower, I use a cap or something so my hair doesn’t get wet. However, my friends have said that they do the same except they don’t use a cap, they just wet their hair but not wash it in any way. Still another friend only has to wash once a week and by the end of that time her hair still feels fine– that’s rare though. Anyway, hope I helped!

  326. 326
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I have long hair and used to wash my hair everyday. However I can go every other day without my hair feeling dirty. I shampoo at the root and let the shampoo run down the ends and condition only the ends. Helps with greasy roots and I get conditioning where I need it. Makes sense to me.

  327. 327
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I wash my hair once a week. My hair gets slightly greasy in this time but the natural oils are GOOD for your hair and keep it healthy. Washing your hair daily washes away the natural oils and in the long term can make hair less healthy. Also remember that most shampoos and conditioners are also filled with artificial chemicals, which are not good for your hair to come into contact with daily. If you have incredibly greasy hair, you could try a dry shampoo and just put your hair in an up style so it is out of the way.

    Washing your hair less often is better for your hair as it enables it to condition itself naturally and also gives you time to do other things that you enjoy :) Remember as much as you may not like the LOOK of greasy hair, it is only the natural oils cleaning your hair for you and wont do you any harm at all. Keep your hair up and out of the way or put in a little dry shampoo if it bothers you. Also I don’t find that my hair ever smells when it is not washed. I am not sure if this is a good sign if yours does? It may mean that you have some dirt or something in your hair from somewhere which you may want to wash out.

    You should always wash hair after contact with sea water/chlorine etc, even if this is daily as the chemicals in chlorine and the drying effects of salt water are even worse for hair than daily washing.

  328. 328
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Also in answer to the person who asked if you should wash your hair after you have worked out, its entirely up to you and depends on the intensity of the work out.

    I have been to the gym maybe a couple of times a week or been out on hot days or any other activity that causes sweating and still NOT washed my hair for a week. I don’t find that this impacts negatively on my hair or my scalp. For some people, it may make your scalp feel itchy or irritated. In that case, you may wish to wash it. But it doesn’t do any harm to sweat a little. As a child I washed my hair maybe once every two weeks and my hair was down to my waist and very thick. I think it is much more beneficial for hair to be kept as natural as possible in terms of washing. Let nature run its course for a while and let your hair breathe. I think this also applies to skin; excessive make-up followed by harsh cleansing projects and artificial moisturizers mean your skin is never clear or clean.

  329. 329
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Also when it comes to hair growth, its not necessarily washing hair regularly that damages it, but a combination of washing, aggressive brushing/towel drying, straighting/curling/styling. Its fine to wash and style hair, particularly if you don’t like your natural hair style or want to experiment, but its normally people that straighten hair every day or 15 times over that damage their hair by drying it out and causing split ends. Once you get a split, the hair will grow split and will look thin and limp and probably break off. Healthy hair has few breaks, so if you keep styling to a minimum and learn to make the most of your natural hair, whether you are black or white, without styling and heating hair on a daily or regular basis, your hair quality will be better overall.

    Also please refrain from making racist comments about white or black peoples hair. We all have preferences but hair is a beautiful quality on everyone whether you hate or love white or black hair.

  330. 330
    April 14th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    i wash my hair on sunday, wednesday, and friday now and i love the results. when i washed my hair every day my hair would be really soft but it got really stat-icy. but should i use more shampoo or conditioner?

  331. 331
    April 20th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I use to be the type of person who felt they had to wash their hair every day. I did not understand why my hair was not growing and not pretty. I tried vitamins, expensive conditioners and patience and nothing worked. Finally, my hair dresser suggested that I try my hardest to resist from washing every day. Since then my hair is much healthier and looong. Dry shampoo’s are the best with a little blow dry job.. or a cute pony tail. It’s the best choice i have made for my hair.

  332. 332
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Funny how different hair is. I have had a problem with shampoo irritating my scalp so I have gone to washing my hair every other day and am now working myself to every two days. In getting advice from a naturalist I realized it may not be my hair but it might be the mass produced shampoo that I am using. I have gone to making my own. Will be trying it tomorrow. What I have learned is that mass produced shampoos even those that are considered “natural” do not use the best ingredient. They also have to use a preservative for a long shelf life.

    If your adventurous try this:

    2 tsp dried rosemary & 2 tsp of dried rose petals
    Steep in a jar of 8 oz of boiled water for about 30 min.
    I do it until it’s cool.

    Strain it and put it in an empty shampoo bottle.
    Add 3oz of Castile Soap
    1/4 tsp jojoba oil
    30 drops of rosemary oil
    3 Tbsp aloe vera gel

    Shake and you have an all natural shampoo.
    This one is particularly helpful for a dry, itchy scalp.

  333. 333
    April 24th, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I never wash my hair. ;3

    I just rinse it whenever it needs it, which varies depending on how hot it is, how active I’ve been, etc; generally I’ll go three to five days without (really) rinsing, but generally no more, since it starts to smell after that point – and by “(really) rinsing” I mean making sure I’m working my fingers through my hair really well (sometimes I’m lazy and just ash my body, which won’t help my hair at all). Back when I used shampoo and conditioner, I could generally go just over a week without washing it, and did that for the longest time before I decided to just scrap shampoo altogether. And I WOULD apply conditioner to my roots – it actually helped my hair last longer than applying it sparsely, though I haven’t much of a clue why.

    It’s the kind of thick, wavy/curly/can’t-make-up-it’s-mind hair that turns into a gargantuan poof ball if it’s short, hence why it’s /almost/ to my waist (I really wish it’d grow faster, arrgh!! (>.<*)). The only problem is when you have to change showers. My hair was so used to the high pressure of the water in my dorm that it took weeks to fully adjust to the water pressure at home, and I'm pretty sure one type of water is harder than the other (the uni I attend is in a different city). So yeah, that's probably the biggest downfall to what I do, but eh – I didn't leave the house much, so the only person it really bothered was my mom. :P

    I am thinking of getting a naturally-scented shampoo bar, though, since the last one I had (quite a while ago) gave my hair a nice, light scent that lingered for a couple days and was really quite pleasant. Might make my own, actually…

  334. 334
    April 24th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Hey i get really greasy hair so i wash my hair every other day coz i know its bad if you wash it every day

  335. 335
    April 28th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Wash it every day

  336. 336
    April 29th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I wash my hair daily. There’s no worse smell than dirty scalp! I rather be smelling BO! I use a “low-poo” and rarely blow-dry, and my hair looks healthier than ever :)

  337. 337
    May 1st, 2011 at 3:50 am

    i have to wash my hair everyday or it gets really greasy and i am to vain to have greasy hair for even a second but my hair never gets dried out im always getting compliments on my hair it is always silky and smooth and soft i even get random people at school coming and touching or playing with my hair and to be honest i have too showers a day and it grosses me out when people say they only have a shower or wash their hair on every other day.

  338. 338
    May 2nd, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I use to wash almost everyday when i was younger but after in my teens i was washing once a week, since i am a black female with very curly hair. I also started relaxing my hair as a kid then stoped about 6 years ago, that made my hair thinner then before and also coloured and bleached my hair growing up. But now since my hair is thinner i do find it to get greasy very fast and it looks nasty so i need to wash my hair at least every 3 to 4 days max. which sucks because more work for me unless i go get it done and that can be costly. AT the end reading everyones response its all about the texture. Try to use a good treatment for your worries and keep a consistant time to do your hair (dirty hair is not pleasent) please wash your hair at least once per week thats the most any human being should do, im sure odors and other things might be a concern if hair is not washed frequently. What you guys thing, it hasnt been proven but it just makes clear sense to me. even maybe try light shampoos or even rinse and use conditioner. I wish i can go without washing for months im so lazy to do my hair, but nope gotta wash it every 3 to 4 days if i want it to look nice and fresh!

  339. 339
    May 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    It seems counter intuitive, but you will start to have less greasy hair the longer you wait to wash it.

    Correlation does not imply causation: there is a strong correlation between having “greasy” hair, and frequency of washing, but the individuals with this correlation had the cause and effect switched–people wash their hair more frequently because it is greasy, but in fact it is the essence of them washing their hair MORE frequently which creates more grease!

    Your scalp tends to “react” to its condition: if you are washing it frequently, you are taking off the natural oils, and the scalp reacts by producing oil to counter this.

    If you start to wash less each week, your scalp will start to produce less

    Now, you can still “wash” your hair in the shower, by “washing” with water, and using a comb (large-tooth for longer hair) in the shower, use the water as a lubricant for the comb to scrape and massage the scalp and spread the natural oils throughout your hair to “dilute” them.

    If your very concerned about cranial hygiene, using a milder shampoo (i.e. baby shampoo) less frequently could be a good substitute.

    If your are going to try less frequent hair washing, though, the less grease will come over time (about a month): start by not washing your hair a couple of days, then a week, then 2 weeks and go from there, and during you can always use the comb and water in the shower to simulate washing.

    Also, in acknowledgement of different hair/scalp/ethnicities, this is a general trend for all scalps, but your genetics also are a factor, once your in the swing of this method, and your hair seems to keep getting greasier, then perhaps every 3 weeks instead of a few months you should wash it.

    This may be difficult to experiment with since your hair will be greasy in the beginning, and you have a life where you interact with people, or go out into society, but try the next time you go on vacation, or there’s a long weekend, and you can wash your hair on a Tuesday or Wednesday before to get the next 5 days in and so on…

  340. 340
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    This didn’t help me!!:(

  341. 341
    May 14th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I need to wash my hair every two days because it gets so oily, but my friend washes hers every week and claims that she could probably get away with every fortnight (gross!). Really, everyone is different.

  342. 342
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Currently on day 15 without washing my hair…

    I only wash my hair every 1-2 weeks as its very thick, long and course, so doesn’t get oily quickly. Often people look at me as if I’m disgusting when they find this information out, but five minutes beforehand they’ll have complimented me on my hair which is the entertaining thing! Usually a quick touch up with dry shampoo will do me fine if I start get an oily scalp inbetween. My hair won’t even dry naturally overnight so there’s no way I’d ever start washing it every other day or even twice a week!

  343. 343
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I just got it dyed blonde from brown… and I have no clue how often I should wash it… I usually wash my hair every other day…. should I keep doing it that way.. I am very puzzled… I did get some special products for my hair (shampoo and conditioning stuff) but I have no clue. I have dyed my hair before but I have never done this color in my life.

  344. 344
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    this is to Nancy (posted on May 18th), I dye my underneath either purples blues or greens.. Before I had wrote
    “I don’t wash my hair, actually compared to hair being washed, my hair looks shiny & some say it might look greasy but it feels soft and wonderful!!
    Sure it takes about a month or so for the natural oils to get back into your hair and wearing a hat will help you deal with not seeing the changes, but once the hair gets back its natural oil, it looks great!
    My mom B*tches at me for not doing it, and I am 22 years old, her hair looks like i could pull on it and it’d crumble off because its so dry and it looks gross. She even buys me the super expensive natural shampoos (which i don’t use) if you HAVE to wash your hair, use a cup of hot water and a little bit of baking soda once a week and there is your shampoo, if your hair gets to dry use hot water and apple cider vinegar, Also many people who wash their hair daily mm I have seen anyway, have more of a chance of getting lice because they like to be in clean areas. So rock on Anti-Shampooers!
    I am going on a year now, the only time I have gotten my hair washed is by hairdressers when i get it cut, which is like once a year possibly twice. Have any other questions about it feel free to ask! Thanks”

    Now I am 23 (not that it makes a difference) but I now wash my hair with either dandruff shampoo and I also have this organic shampoo that I use maybe once a month. Sometimes needed once a week to every other week. Depending if I use products in my hair. I only have to re-dye my hair about every 6 months, So saves money. I still do not have the greasy feeling, but I haven’t had any comments about it looking greasy either, I think that you should find a shampoo you think is best for your hair and only use it when its absolutely necessary. I have for Sally Beauty – Ion color defense intensive shine.. I only put that on the dyed hair and it seems to really lock in the color

  345. 345
    May 21st, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I have really curly hair and I’ve recently started washing it everyday because that is what everyone else does. However, my hair is now really frizzy. I know washing everyday is really bad for my hair. I need to know of some products that will keep my curls looking nice, without washing. I do not like the heavy gels or creams. If anyone knows of some good dry shampoos, anti-frizz products, or curl-helpers, that would be awesome. Thanks!

  346. 346
    May 21st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    @ Monica: Hi I take care of my hair like crazy, mainly because I have to look pretty decent for my job. I used to use Bumble and Bumble shampoo and cond. which always left my hair amazing, they are a bit pricy but they lasted me forever… they have a website… Right now I decided to go blonde from brown, and I always straighten my hair (I have wavy hair) so you can see that it can get dry and frizzy. Anyhow I read here about a girl that uses Aussie 3 minute miracle reconstructor and I decide to give it a go… I am amazed on how soft my hair is (I have only used it twice)… they also have a frizzy one. You might want to try it. Bumble and Bumble does have some reasonable styling products which help your hair as well.
    John Freida also has an anti-frizzy shampoo which I tried and it helped a bit. Though the Aussie thing.. I was really shocked at how good it was.

  347. 347
    May 22nd, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Batiste Dry Shampoo is a godsend to oily hair.
    Though I don’t have oily hair, it’s good to give my hair a little spritz of the stuff, because within a few days of washing it, it gets a bit greasy.
    i wash my hair once a week, because i don’t have time in the week. When I wash it, i also use Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment (thats why-I don’t have time to do it in the week–7 minutes is too long for me for the treatment then conditioner.) I wash my hair, then leave it in for about an hour (hair growth treatment) and then wash it out and condition it.
    (:

  348. 348
    June 2nd, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I am African American and I wash my hair once a week.
    This is due to the fact that my hair is very coarse and tightly coiled so it tends to be very dry. Because of this I actually need to put oils into it. So washing it more frequently than that would strip my hair of the essential oils and result in increased dryness and breakage. My hair in general doesn’t feel oily until day 5-6. If it starts to get oily before I wash it I just pull it back.
    Before washing I do a leave in conditioning treatment with coconut oil then I wash as usual. And I use coconut oil on my ends also when they are looking dry.
    Coconut oil as well as Jojoba oil are the only natural oils that penetrate the hair strand and build up protein. Other water based products can be used as well.

  349. 349
    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I have mid-length hair which isn’t particularly greasy or dry. I used to wash it every other day but by the second day it was just so greasy, so I started washing it every day instead. It’s really soft, but I think that’s because I don’t really do anything to it, like heat stylers or hairspray or whatever, I think it just depends on what your hair’s like, the same thing won’t apply to everyone.

  350. 350
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I used to wash my hair everyday too and it was so greasy it was unbelievable!
    Now i wash it every other day and it’s perfect!

  351. 351
    June 4th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I wash mine twice a week and it’s more than sufficient. Usually I can go three whole days without washing it, unless my hair gets dirty/oily for some reason and needs another washing.

  352. 352
    June 6th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hi! I’m a daily hair washer looking for reforming my ways!

    I have long, fine, dark blonde hair and have washed it daily since middle school (18 years…) I’ve never been much into the beauty regimen – a bookworm by nature and kind of not cared about physical appearance, but lately I’ve been trying to change that. I bought my first cute pajamas the other week and my very first purse >.< Oh…and my 4th pair of shoes for "just because" days. Yes, I only had 3 pairs of shoes before that.

    I have the kind of hair that gets greasy by the end of the day. Usually about 10 hours after washing, it looks greasy again. By morning, its bad enough that if I don't wash it, my entire body feels greasy. However, I've come up with some good ideas from some of these comments.

    For those of you who want to start trying going longer without washing your hair, but are afraid of the nasty looking greasy build-up after one day, I STRONGLY recommend French Braiding. The criss-cross of the braid at the top of the head really does an excellent job of masking the grease and actually helps your skin around your face feel cleaner and cooler without the greasy hair around it. I used to do that if I woke up extra late and didn't have time for a shower and it works wonderfully.

    Thank you so much for the commenters out there who have given me reason to believe its normal not to wash my hair daily! And for the tips to hide the grease between washes!

  353. 353
    June 9th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Washing the hair daily is very essential. Iam Indian and my grandfather taught me this; “coconut oil has b=to be applied everynight and has to be washed off every morning. This will helps luxurious growht of hair and also the hair stops falling. In India hair is washed using, shikkai, Chigare powde, green gram powder or gramflour. I wash my hair with johnson baby shampoo as shikkai is costly in USA sometimes with gramflour or green gram. I never use conditioner after shampoo and I do not using any kind of cream or gel.

  354. 354
    June 16th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I (for the first time ever) did not wash my hair for a day, but I DID go into the shower and wash my body and get my hair wet. I couldn’t believe the difference. I have thin, dry-ish, curly (but not like insainly curly) hair. Just one day of not putting in shampoo and conditionor was amazing, my curls were curly, and not frizzy, and I LOVED it, I plan on washing my hair either every other, or every 3 days from now on.

  355. 355
    June 18th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Okay, well I am 14 years old and I pretty much never use heat on my hair. It is naturally curly and blonde. I have never dyed it or gotten highlights and I have maybe blown dried it twice or three times in my life. What I do is take a shower at night, comb it a couple of times just to get the few knots out, put it in a pony tail and go go to bed. I take a shower every single night and the last time I missed a night was maybe a year ago. Every night I use shampoo and conditioner. Okay, now here comes the question haha. My scalp tends to get itchy, and the reason I take a shower every night is because if I don’t in 24 hours my scalp itches like CRAZY and smells pretty bad. I was just wondering why this is and what i can do to make it stop!? thank you sooo much for any answers!

  356. 356
    June 24th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I wash my hair using shampoo and conditioner twice a week. Im 16 and because i dont really have a stable schedule of when to do what, which time of the day to shower etc (yea, messy i know but its fun ;D), my hair will only get greasy at the evening/night of the 3rd day w/o washing it and it will show it much on the 4th day if i happen to skip a few hours. The 1st and the 2nd day tho, it just seems and smells beautiful. Although for some reason it gets more greasy during my period and maybe 2-3 days before and after it. It will most likely start to seem bad from the evening-night of the 2nd day instead of the 3rd.
    My hair is as long as my bottom waist’s height and it creates some really light curls. Im used in using the blow dryer often, specially during the winter and i also use a hair iron straightener a lot. Yes i know, pretty damaging for my hair. (I also have to straighten it daily till when i wash it again, because from the way i sleep and the steam from my daily showers -oh i love hot showers- , make the curls start to re-appear, but in a bad way.)

  357. 357
    June 26th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I’m 16 and for about three years I’ve been growing my hair. It’s pretty long now, it sits at the bottom of my chest. It has taken me a long time to grow it with haircuts every 5 months or so, give or take a month. But I can honestly say my hair is very healthy. I wash my hair at the most, two times a week. I wash it before bed, go to sleep with wet hair, and leave it the next day and maybe the 2nd day without even really touching it. On the 3rd day I put it up and leave it up until I wash it next because it looks too yucky down. I never blow dry my hair, and straighten it maybe once a month. I get my hair dyed in the hairdressers every 6 months or so and they always say how healthy my hair is. So if you wan nice hair, don’t wash it as often! And if you do wash it a lot and are scared to stop washing it an having greasy hair, you have to do it to let your hair adjust to the drastic change.

  358. 358
    June 26th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, but I use shampoo on my hair about twice a year and my hair is fine. I’m even considering not using shampoo at all, because, whenever I shampoo my hair is always rough and dry. Instead I just use conditioner daily. I know it sounds insane, but it really works! My hair is completely straight and falls to my waist, but when I just use conditioner it is sleek, soft, and shiny. People comment on it and ask for my secret, only problem is,there isn’t one! All I do is use conditioner daily, brush my hair, and avoid shampoo. I also have it cut only every one and a half years or so and there’s no split ends or anything! I don’t know, maybe it’s just the texture or something, but for me less is indeed more!

  359. 359
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I once read that washing your hair every two or three days works good for if your trying to grow hair because it leaves the natrual oils and there good for your hair if you wash it everyday it makes your hair dry because it gets rid of the oils

  360. 360
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I have normal wavy curly hair and I can go a very long time without washing my hair and it still looks clean and even holds a clean smell.. that is until I moved to the city! Now I have to wash my hair every day or it gets greasy and smelly. I think it must be the pollution. I know there are hair types however that get dirty every day no matter where they live. I read on article and took a quiz about different hair types and how often they should wash. I wish I could find it again.. Anyway I don’t judge anyone who doesn’t wash their everyday simply because some of us can honestly get away with it and no one knows unless you tell them or they see you come out of the shower with dry hair ;)

  361. 361
    July 1st, 2011 at 12:28 am

    My hair used to be mid-thigh length. It was such a pain!!!! Now it’s only shoulder length. I wash it every other day and It’s fine.

  362. 362
    July 3rd, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I am african american. And my hair is about 14 inches. I have to wash it once a week. When i was washing it once every two weeks, it wasn’t growing. My best friend on the other hand is also african american and she can go two and three weeks without washing her hair. A strand of her hair is three times as thick as one of my hair strands. So yeah it definitely depends on the type. But like others have been saying there is tons of variations within everyone. I feel like since my hair is quite a bit thinner than hers my grease will soak through in a week, when hers takes longer. lol I find my hair a hassle to do every week. i can’t imagine having to do it from scratch everyday. more power to you guys.

  363. 363
    July 5th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Lol for some reason my mother always made me wash my hair everyday
    i never knew, until a few weeks back, that i don’t necessarily need to use shampoo every time i wash. Im gonna try to use less shampoo and see the results

  364. 364
    July 8th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I am Hispanic, Native American/Indian, and black my hair is waist length. I wash my hair twice a week. I never had a problem with essential oils because natural oils in the hair will come back it never goes away, so that black rumor with a person not washing their hair is a lie. Like I said I am black my hair grows very fast and if I do not wash my hair it gets very very greasy and nasty. When a persons hair is not washed it breaks off and it does not grow as much. I think it is nasty to not wash your hair but once a month or even once a week.

  365. 365
    July 8th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    BarbieOctavia
    For one you can’t say you have black hair. What you have is mixed hair. An from what I hear Native American hair is one of the oiliest types. If not for your other ethnicity mixtures you’d probably have to wash it every day. Black hair is genetically the least oily hair. And when we wash it it doesnt come out smooth and silky it comes out dry. And when blow dryed, crunchy. Our hair also tends to be very thin or fine and breaks easy with no oil (which we have to add in by the way) or use of heat. So to maintain the health of our weaker hair it is generally best not to wash it often. So once a week is fine.

  366. 366
    July 10th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Im having hair troubles. Help!!! I’m going into middle school, so I want my hair to be the best it can be all the time. I have curly/wavy/FRIZZY/ hair, And I always go natural (I don’t even own a flat iron) but I’m stuck in a rut.

    For one thing… I had no idea you weren’t supposed to shower every day. I’ve got really dry hair even if I don’t shower for like a week (which I have done) so I don’t have a problem not showering. But I’ve got curly hair, so if I sleep on it, it gets REALLY messed up and frizzy and just plain old bad looking!! Any tips??

    Also, I read online somewhere that for people with curly dry hair leave in conditioners are good. But I was wondering… Do you think it would be good to shower… But only use conditioner? Since shampoo drys out hair, and my hair is already really dry, I could use just conditioner to make it less brittle. Because I definitely need to shower every day…. But maybe I dont need to shampoo every day! What do you think?

    Lastly- I’m bored of my hair. I have short-ish, slightly layered, brown hair. I’ve had it like that since like the fourth grade, and I’m now in 7th. I’m bored. Any suggestions?

    Please help!!! :)

  367. 367
    July 12th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Im black sooo I don’t wash my hair every day but i wet my hair in the shower so i can put it back cuz my hair gets thick and nappy and i hate that.. I have medium long hair.. sooo just wet it in the shower put it into a pony tail and just put greese on it.. Does wetting your hair everyday damage my hair… cuz im scared if it damaged… please answer thanks ;)

  368. 368
    July 12th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    i have frizzy curly hair. i flat iron it alot. In order to keep it healthy i have to use something to protect it… i use silk infusions by CHI. I shower everyday but wash my hair every 2-3 days and use dry shampoo on the off days which takes away that greasy look. I also have to get my hair trimmed every 3 weeks.

  369. 369
    July 12th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I have to wash my hair 2-3 times a week but I’ve got thick/normal hair so maybe that effects it plus I have or really poofy hair (such a pain) I think it is to do with hair types.

  370. 370
    July 14th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I was my hair every 2 or 3 days mine gets oily fo quick

  371. 371
    July 14th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve certainly wanted this. However, I cannot go 12 hours before it looks like I haven’t washed my hair in a month. (Very greasy, and tendency towards dandruff) … I’ve been trying too test the theory that your hair will adjust to being washed less (I’m out for summer and have failed at getting a job… what better time?), and I’m not seeing very grand results. I’m thinking perhaps I have too harsh of a shampoo. (cheep stuff, living off of savings from my last job.) I envy people who can go a day and no one can tell. (and it’s not just my hair either! if I use my cellphone after waking up before my shower it’s covered in slime! ew.)

  372. 372
    July 16th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve found one thing that really makes a huge difference when it comes to my hair. I use baby powder on it (dry shampoo would work well too) after I was it. I just straighten my hair as normal, and then add the powder. That way, the oils get absorbed right as they are produced and my hair doesn’t have a chance to get gross within the first day. This way, I am able to only wash my hair every 2-3 days. When I get up on the second day, my hair still looks as if it were just washed, its amazing.

  373. 373
    July 17th, 2011 at 5:14 am

    i wash my hair probably 1 everyh week but in holidays i would probably wash it every 3 week or 2 weeks.
    i only wash myh hair if its itchy >.<
    sometimes my hair is really greasy but its not itchy i still dont wash it. mostly if i wash my hair the second day it will be really greasy. if i wash my hair everyday my head begins to hurt :(

  374. 374
    July 18th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I like washing my hair everyday and I love playing with it. But honestly my mom is a cosmotolagist and she only washes her hair twice a week- my hair has gotten thinner and dryer from too many washes and too much heat. Lately I have been washing my hair times a week- atleast trying to and using baby powder and/or spray in shampoo. I have dirty blonde hair and am trying to get it completely natural again. When roots start to grow out- I get lowlights- using shines- it is like a conditioning non permanent color that benefits quality of the hair and shampoos out in a couple of months- so much better than permanent and this way you dont look like a skunk with really blonde to dirty blonde- its blended and not damaged! I also do the Paul Mitchell Keratin Treatment every now and then as well as the strengthening treatment and spray! Paul Mitchell has helped my hair tremendously!

  375. 375
    July 18th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    i have to wash my hair every day. after 1 day my hair really look greasy and i have a fine hair… so you can imagine how ugly it look.
    beside if i don’t wash my hair, if the hair touch my face, it would give me break out.
    i know its not good to wash your hair every day, but i don’t know what else to do. any suggestion how to solve this problem ?
    that baby powder thing or dry shampoo…. that only to get rid of the oil but it’s not making your hair clean right ????

  376. 376
    July 20th, 2011 at 3:40 am

    All hair is good hair no matter what! ;)
    It really depends upon your nationality as to how many times you wash your hair every week. Me, I am part African American, Caucasian and Indian. My hair is naturally curly, thick and hard to manage- so right now I do have a relaxer in it. I can’t go an entire month (woah!) without washing my hair because it is dirty/oily right now, and i have not washed it in just two days!! Normally, I wash my hair about 3x a week, not to overdo it because I do think that washing hair too often will strip it of its oils. I’m comfortable with 3x a week, to keep it fresh and clean, and to get rid of the hair product (frizz serum, hair milk, gel or hairspray) I put in it. Hey, do what seems to work best for you! :D

  377. 377
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I am a teen and i find that i wash my hair every 2-3 days. When i was younger, it was only once or twice a week! I use shampoo every time and maybe condition. I find this fits in with my routine well! If i leave it until 4 days, my hair droops and is quite greasy looking. I dont treat washing my hair as a chore, i enjoy it! My hair is nearly shoulder length, very very thick and brunette. I have blonde highlights too, so if i need a quick de-grease, i just use baby/talcum powder and brush it in xxxx

  378. 378
    July 24th, 2011 at 4:15 am

    @Lene NC- I think you mean heritage or race.. not nationality ;)
    I agree that washing every day strips your natrual oils. At least that is what I have always been told.

    @Emily- We shower everyday we just don’t wash our hair everyday.
    Put a shower cap on or just pull it up and wash your face before you get in the shower. I have done the whole wash every other day and condition every day and ot worked well for me. You won’t know if it works for you until you try. I say give it a shot.
    As for the frizzy. I have wavy curly hair and what I do is use an anti-frizz cream or serum. When your hair is damp.. not sopping wet. Put about a dime to a nickel size (depending on your length) cream on your hands and rub it into you hair.. lightly. I do that and I often go natrual besides the frizz serum. Sometimes I will straingthen just the front of my hair or blow dry my roots. You should always leave your hair with a little dampness.. never fully dry.
    As for the hair cut and color. Try some hightlights and google some haircuts.. go to a good salon and talk to them about what might fit you best.
    Good luck! :)

  379. 379
    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I tend to only wash my hair about 2x a week. But I have Very thick, frizzy and dry hair :( I have to blow dry and flat iron my hair everytime I wash it and that takes about 2hrs :P I also use a serum called Chi and a heat protection spray when I straighten my hair. Is there a way to help my hair from being fluffy and frizzy?? Or would it just be as easy as washing it more frequently?

  380. 380
    August 3rd, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I think you should wash your hair once every 2-3 days, thats what I do, and my hair is very smooth and clean!

  381. 381
    August 5th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    It obviously has to do with the individual……….nobody knows your hair better than you.

    I’m a male and I’ve been growing my hair out long for the first time in my life so I’ve been experimenting trying to find out what works for me.

    I have extremely fine hair that’s very straight and limp, so it can be frustrating. When my hair is long and I don’t wash it for a day, it can get very greasy and it runs the risk of being weighted down by the oils, and the part in my hair gets more pronounced and overall it looks less fuller. Needless to say it makes me look like I haven’t showered in a week despite being only 1 day. So for my situation, I have to wash/condition everyday.

    Which is frustrating because freshly washed hair does not hold it’s style as well, and sometimes natural oils give your hair a great shine.

  382. 382
    August 7th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Actually I’m a cosmetologist you should wash your hair every other day.. And there is a shampoo that’s called hairitin at sallys beauty supply that actually helps bring the ph levels in your hair to where they are supposed to be. It’s a lil expensive but trust me it’s well worth it

  383. 383
    August 10th, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I actually wash my hair after every workout, but I can go about 2-3 weeks without it feeling icky or getting greasy. It really just depends on YOU, and also, it depends on your hair and routine. After years and years, I have perfected my routine. Keep things that work, ditch things that dont!

  384. 384
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I think the secret that most women who truly don’t wash their hair daily are leaving out (maybe because they assume it’s common sense?) is that you’ll want to use a dry shampoo on off days to keep the grease bomb look at bay. Your other option is to wear a hat or scarf.

    Anyways, dry shampoo’s are nothing new. When my grandmother was younger, she recalls that it was the norm for ladies to wash their hair once a week or as needed. On days they didn’t wash their hair, they’d work a little corn starch into their roots to keep the oil at bay.

    Today, there are some really nice dry shampoo options that pretty much work on the same basis but also give you a clean fresh scent too! I’ve tried just about all of them and can say that more expensive isn’t always better. Some simply work better for certain hair types then others. Having lots of baby fine hair, I absolutely must use a dry shampoo on my off days, otherwise I look like a grease bomb and my hair looks undeniably stringy. The nice thing about dry shampoo is that in the process of getting rid of excess oil, they almost always give your dirty hair nice volume.

    I’ve tried quite a few dry shampoos and my personal favorite for clean looking hair, scent and price is Suave Dry Shampoo (about $3 bucks). It comes in an aerosol can and works great. I’ve read some negative reviews for it online through Amazon about the aerosol can leaking empty after one or several uses but either I’m super lucky or they’ve fixed the problem because I haven’t experienced an issue with it thus far. Give it a try and you might just change your mind about washing your hair daily (and give you an excuse to splurge on a super cute shower cap!).

  385. 385
    August 27th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Well for me i have dry hair but i still wash everyday i found out that when i didn’t wash everyday, it took longer for the hairs natural oils to kick in so in the morning my hair would look really dry after washing it. But, as i started washing more often my hair started to look better in the mornings so i think your hair does adjust to how often you wash it. Plus i use hair cream which works like a conditioner, you can leave it on and it makes your hair look silky smooth straight or curly.

  386. 386
    August 28th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    hi guys… wanted some opinion
    i live in a hot country like india and since i m obese i get very sweaty everyday and due to that i have to wash my hair daily.. and yeah it has started making my hair dry from the ends but still they become greasy on the scalp’. i cannot leave my hair unwashed even a single day coz they become extremely greasy on top..
    so, if i oil my hair everyday in night and shampoo in morning wil it save them from damage?? or what else can i possibly do!! please suggest me something coz i don’t want to loose my hair due to regular wash. they fall a lot…

  387. 387
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Shruti,

    I posted a few days ago about using a dry shampoo which has really worked well for me on my off days (of which I don’t need to use as often now that my scalp has adjusted) However… if your issue is that you sweat often, you simply may need to wash your hair on a daily basis. I do have some suggestions though to help keep your hair healthy and long even with daily washings.

    Shampoo just your scalp. Hair is dead, regardless of how healthy it may or may not appear, and hair in and of itself does not produce any natural oils that need to be washed away. Whatever shampoo washes down during your hair during your rinse off will be more then adequate to keep it clean.

    Use a basic conditioner daily and instead of just ‘squishing it through’ your hair with your hands, use a wide toothed comb and gently comb it through before rinsing. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll immediately notice how much more silky your hair feels the first time you try this. If you have any qualms about not shampooing the ends of your hair, know that conditioner has cleansing properties too but is much more gentle. Conditioning won’t reverse any dry or damaged hair you already have but it’ll help minimize further damage from brushing out tangles.

    Comb your hair gently with a wide toothed comb after you get out of the shower and let it air dry if you have the type of hair you can do this with (ie: straight). Start from the ends up to your roots in order to work out any tangles gently. If you have pin straight hair as I do, you don’t even need a brush, just the comb – you’re less likely to break your hair if used properly.

    Get your hair trimmed regularly. Split ends travel upwards and in my opinion, is the number one reason why someone’s hair ‘looks’ dry and damaged. If you’ve neglected getting your hair trimmed regularly and already have a good length of damaged hair (been there) – try trimming off just an inch or two every couple of weeks until you reach the point where you have mostly healthy hair. Once you do reach ‘healthy hair’, remember to get a small trim every 6 to 8 weeks (or as needed) so that your split ends don’t travel. There are no conditioners or formulas that will repair split ends and the longer you ignore them, the worse they will become. Cut it!

    And… maybe not the advice you want to hear but if you have very long hair and need to wash it daily, maybe consider going for a slightly shorter ‘do’. From experience, I know that shoulder length or slightly longer hair held up fine for me even when I was washing it like a maniac. My hair is nearly waist length now and simply can’t put up with frequent washings like it could when it was shorter. The longer your hair is, the longer it’s been dead (there are no nutrients flowing down through your hair), so longer hair will always be more susceptible to damage.

    Hope this helps!

  388. 388
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I am an african american I wash my hair everyday but not with shampoo, I wash with shampoo as needed. maybe every three days or so or longer. but I wash everyday. its a myth that AA’s can’t wash their hair more often. I wouldn’t wait every two weeks. Thats not healthy.
    Someone posted about having oily hair and dry ends. I would wash my hair every other day and keep my ends moisturized. with a little leave in conditioner and oil only in the ends. Also on oil days wear your hair up in a cute bun and then wash the next day so that you keep your scalp healthy and your endes protected and you still look cute while eliminating damage to your hair.

  389. 389
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    It also depends if you work out. If you work out everyday wash your hair everyday beacuse the sweat is really bad for your hair.

  390. 390
    September 7th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Loreal advisors suggest you should wash your hair every day :)

  391. 391
    September 10th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Ok, almost every one needs to try dry shampoo. you can go 1-2 MORE days without washing your hair. My favorite and also the least expensive is sauve. It smells like grapefruit, and works better on darker hair than other brands. spray it on your roots then rub in with your hands. after that brush it through with a fine bristled brush(I use a round brush, but what ever works for you). If you don’t like the smell, or you think it’s too strong (I still love it), try gosh dry shampoo or psssst dry shampoo. Remember to hold the can 8-12 in. away from the head to spread evenly. hope this helps! <3 <3 <3

  392. 392
    September 16th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    i’m half black and i have curly hair. i wash it every other day because if i do it less often than that my scalp gets greasy (my hair is a little dry though).
    when i used to have my hair straightened with chemicals i only washed once a week. now i think washing the hair once a week is just disgusting. i mean, hair can get really smelly, specially if you work out regularly

  393. 393
    September 18th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have to wash my hair everyday because my roots and bangs get greasy fast but the rest of my hair is dry and frizzy. I have thick, wavy hair. Anyone have any ideas on how to enhance my natural waves without weighing it down with a lot of products and making it look greasy.

  394. 394
    September 20th, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I wash my hair everynight because I have cheerleading and it gets REALLY oily if i don’t, I think if you’re not cheerleading every night twice or 3 times a week would be good. :]

  395. 395
    September 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Washing your hair every other day or every few days is probably the best thing to do really. I know your hair gets all oily and greasy and it’s disgusting but it’s the best thing you can do to your hair. Our natural oils are the best conditioner and running a brush through it every day without showering will drag the oils through the whole hair. When you shower your hair is normally a lot softer and healthier than it would be if you shower every day because the oils are what washes all the dirt out of our hair when you rinse the shampoo out and as I said it also acts as a great conditioner. Thus leaving your hair twice as soft as it would be.

    Of course your hair won’t look at nice or clean as day one but once you get out of the shower but you won’t regret it because of how soft and clean your hair will feel. It also depends on how active your glands are. Some people have to shower every day because their hair gets incredibly greasy but for the people with average glands I suggest washing it every other day or every other 2 or 3 days. That’s what I do and my hair looks healthier than it did when I showered every day.

    :)

  396. 396
    September 24th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Give me tips on should I wash my hair or not does washing your hair once a day make it grow faster

  397. 397
    September 28th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    My hair use to feel so dry, becuse i washed my hair every day.t Plus i had highlight so it felt even dryier. But my hair dresser told me it not good for me to wash it everyday. So she suggested i should wash it like two times a week, so i tried it and my hair feel so much healther than it did before and drynest is not as bad as it use to be.

  398. 398
    September 28th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I have waist-length, loosely-curly blonde hair, and my roots are definitely greasy after a day. I’ve always wanted to try dry shampoo so I don’t have to wash my hair every day (I use Bumble and Bumble’s curl conscious line, it’s fabulous!) but I can’t brush it through my hair – when I brush my hair dry, it gets huge! Is it possible to use dry shampoo on roots and just fluff it out? Any suggestions? Thanks much!

  399. 399
    September 29th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I am african american woman that need someone to answer my question how often should i wash my hair ,because i sweat in my head a lots, and i heard that we should wash our hair only every two weeks, becaues it take the natural oils out of the hair and this cause breadage and shedding is this true, please someone give me the right answer i will appreciate it.

  400. 400
    October 3rd, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    my hair gets so greasy so i have to wash my hair every day. it really depends on the hair type.

  401. 401
    October 15th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Actually if you wash your hair everyday it can damage hairs and make hair very very dry. But it all depends on the kind of hair you have. I have black hair that is VERY thin. When I was little I could wash it once every week and it wud be fine, but now im 15 and i have to wash it every 3-4 days or it’ll get greasy. For people who wash their hair everyday, try switching to washing it less. It may seem disgusting at first but your hair will in fact adjust and your hair will look shinier and silkier. Once I tried the wash your hair everyday thing. I imemdiately noticed that my hair was dry and had lost the natural shine it used to have. I switched back to the 3-4 days routine and the shine and softness immediately came back.

  402. 402
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    If it’s wet, it’s clean. Whether we’re talking clothes, hair, skin or whatever. Words to live by.

  403. 403
    October 19th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    hi my hair fall’s when i brush my hair i don’t know why and in a week i use shampoo about 2 or 1 or maybe 3 well yea so i don’t get it even if i wash my hair it fall s out that is werid well not actually i want to know why .

  404. 404
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I am a girl with curly hair and if I dont was it everyday my hair gets really gross amd stiff also my scalp gets itchy I dont think I could not wash it everday.

  405. 405
    November 9th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    My hair gets extremely greasy and I can feel all kinds of oils when I run my hand through it. However, our hair becomes greasy when our hair is too dry because we wash the oils away! Try wearing hair styles up, or putting bandana’s in your hair to help hide it!

  406. 406
    November 12th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I wash my hair once a week. I have thick chin length hair. I only use a heat protector product if I straighten my hair which is not very often.

  407. 407
    November 12th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I have to wash my hair every day. I used to only have to wash it once a week when I was much younger, like, Primary School, but as I’ve gotten older ( hormones maybe? ) I have found that even by the end of the day, my hair is in need of a wash, especially my fringe. For example, I didn’t wash my hair last night because it was late and I purely couldn’t be bothered. Today… I have had to tie my hair and wear an Alice band to keep my fringe back, because it looks so greasy and horrible, and I can’t go out looking like that D: And I have tried baby powder, but I’m a brunette with a bid of red ( Half Scottish ;) ) and I’ve only ever had a few blond highlights put in once for holiday.

  408. 408
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    !!!!! MUST READ FOR VERY CURLY HAIR WITH FRIZZ AND WANTS TO KNOW A ROUTINE THAT WILL GIVE THEM HEALTHY HAIR!!!!!!!!! :)

    i have really defined natural curly hair that is tamable by Garner fruitiest sculpting gel in heavy somthing like that and i would shower in the morning and after wrap my hair in a towel let it down comb it and then let air dry until its damp and then put a glob on my hand and smush it with the other and then run it through my hair and then scrunch it .but i usually shower sunday night and then straighten it (using a heat protector to prevent damage) wear it in a pony tale or bun the next day (Tuesday) wendsday morning wash it and use the gel stuff and then same for thursday and friday but on saturday i dont wash it again because i want some of the hairs natural oils to comeback from all the gel and straightening.also i eat a lot of vegetables and fruit cause the stuff in them help your hair shine and become smooth.
    Im only 15 so a few years ago my hair i could not tame it to save my life but you want to know what helps learn this stuff is youtube videos and what not and sights like this. I hope i help you guys out and lets just say from this routine my hair is smooth and curly but with just a smidge frizz but easy to tame. good luck and before it becomes healthy the feeling will change but thats just your hair going to a healthy state!

  409. 409
    November 27th, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I’ve got very long and thick hair (almost to my butt lolol :P) Because it’s so long, i wash i 2-3 times a week basicly because it just take forever to dry! hihi :P

  410. 410
    November 28th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I’m 20 and i’m losing my hairs.Everytime when i take shower the tub is full with hairs.plz help me.

  411. 411
    December 8th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    eww i wash my hair everydayyy and always will… i would rather have dry hair then oily hair!!!!:)

  412. 412
    December 8th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    but i do have a question…..does any body know how to do an “elephant braid” or a website that teaches me how to do it maybe????

  413. 413
    December 12th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    okay, so not going to lie i always used to wash my hair every day, the though of not was just unbearable, however im going to admit that recently (last few months) i will only was it once a week and dont use any heat on it. and my hair never look greasy.

  414. 414
    December 15th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I know my friend she is black and she washes her hair every other day. But specifically for me i wash it every week 1-2 times! I am also black.. So yea i guess the texture does matter.

  415. 415
    December 20th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I am African American and during the summer I wash my hair 2 to 3 times a week. I do not have a relaxer in my hair and its about 16 inches long. My summer time styles consist of afro puffs, wet and wavy, or wash and go styles that require frequent washing. However during the winter time I only wash my hair once or twice a month. My hair is extremely dry during this time of the year so i have my stylist to flat iron my hair. My hair stays straight and does not get oily. the longer i keep the style the drier my scalp and hair is. If i attempted to wash, dry, flat iron my own hair, it takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.

  416. 416
    December 24th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I always wash my hair every time I take a bath, I shampoo my hair each time I shower even if it means I’m taking a bath 2 or 3 times a day. I’m very blessed to actually have a hair like these because it’s not dry and I never seem to have split ends. The reason I shampoo all the time is because of the weather we have here in the Philippines, it’s very hot in here and we get sweaty that may cause odor even for our hair.

  417. 417
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Once a week Is fine with me

  418. 418
    January 1st, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I wash my hair every other day because my hair is to thin and fine so I can’t really do anything with it.

  419. 419
    January 2nd, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I am African-American and french teenager. I have kinky hair, afro status. My hair is naturally dry and I wear it in indiviuals. I’ve never chemically altered my hair (I press it for special occasions). I wash my hair once a month. The only reason I wash my hair is because my braids get fuzy. I’ve gone 1 1/2 months until my braids got dirty. It’s pretty much impossibl to think of washing my hair weekly (let alone dayly). Washing my hair that often would just make my hair extra fuzy and extremely dry.

  420. 420
    January 16th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I wash my hair every two weeks and I put deep conditioners n cut ends my hair. My haiti hasnt stopped growing , looks, feels, and smells better

  421. 421
    January 25th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Im 16 (boy) i have long hair and i wash it everyday but it seems that the more i wash it ,the more it gets oily.and i love my hair.And everyone on the web has there own opinions about this topic but no arguments like.its ok to wash it everyday ,or its not okay-HELP ME PLEASEEEEEEEEe.:)

  422. 422
    February 22nd, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I wash my hair every saturday. Its just so much easier. If my hairs oily before that i put my hair up. Its great. Oh and i reccomend using Herbal E. Its so good for your hair. Leaves it soft and it helps your hair stay clean looking and especially helps dry hair. For any hair type but its great! And for when you scruch your hair i recommend Tresseme mouse. Hair gel is better for the natural curly hair that tends to puff up a lot. But for anyone else mouse is great. I have thin medium hair.

  423. 423
    February 24th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Zoran, I am also a guy and have some experience with this. One thing as a guy is that it’s almost expected for us to wash our hair everyday, but guys and girls hair aren’t that different (pretty much the only difference is the possibility of male pattern baldness)
    What you said is true and has happened to me, the more frequently you wash your hair, the more it greasy it gets. This can be because since you are washing it more it’s stripping the oil so your hair tries to replace it more.
    You gradually have to wash it less and less and let your hair and scalp adjust to washing it less often.
    I usually wash mine now once every other day or every 2 days.

  424. 424
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:22 am

    @ shilpa
    Hi there!
    Since your hair is dry, I recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment. Now I know what your thinking, you would need to go out and buy something.Nope! All you need is your own conditioner that’s already in your shower,but I recommend getting the Aussie 3 minute miracle, if you has access to it. But regular conditioner will do the trick. So go ahead and wash your hair with shampoo, rinse it out with warm water,then squeeze out most of the water and put in your conditioner, focusing on the ends. Then grab a plastic bag and wrap it around your head,leaving it in for as long as you want.Then rinse with cold water and air dry. And keep doing this several times a week,and since your hair is dry,use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner:) hope this helped!

  425. 425
    February 27th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    i was my hair every 2-3 days:L because if i don’t it gets really greasy:L and i seen people being made fun of because they have greasy hair.

  426. 426
    February 27th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I wish I didn’t have to wash my hair every day but if I don’t my fringe looks really greasy which is so annoying but oh well :P x

  427. 427
    February 29th, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I wash my hair once a week. It gets a good texture, and if I wash it every day then it gets really dry. It’s also good to apply oil to your hair after you wash it, that made my hair really silky and shiny. It started growing a lot faster too. If your hair gets really greasy, then try brushing it more often, most of the grease is from the natural oils produced by your scalp and it won’t spread evenly across your hair if you don’t brush it.

    <3 <3 y'all
    ~River

  428. 428
    March 1st, 2012 at 11:07 am

    For girls who’s hair gets really greasy everyday and then wash it. It gets greasy because you wash it everyday. If you dont use shampoo for about a week just use hot water eveyday and scrub like if you were using shampoo your hair will get back to normal. Washing it takes the oil out of your hair and washing so much drys it out so everytime you touch your hair its holds in the oil to replenish itself. After a week of no shampoo just hot water your hair wil be healthy and shiny. Then the next time you wash after that week using shampoo dont use too much and dont hair dry it and and wait a day to straighten or curl or add any heat. After that just was your hair every two or three days and you will have beautiful hair!

  429. 429
    March 10th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    My hair is naturaly wavy and goes up to my middle chest. I heard if your hair gets washed everyday…or straightend, itll fall out. I honestly would never wash my hair everyday. It strips natural oils and just doesnt get that dirty in one day!! I wash mine once a week, but if lazy, one and a half or two. I recommend one. I also heard its great for the immune system. If your hair is alsways clean (everyday) your body wont know how to fight off infctions bcus its not used to doing it anywhen clean all the time. So i also suffest bathing eveyotherday. Anyway! God bless! Im 21 if anyobne wants to kno!

  430. 430
    March 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I was recently washing every other day, 4 times a week. But my hair started getting worse and worse on the second day, feeling greasy and unmanageable. I tried using the type of hair spray that’s supposed to clean and freshen your hair on the second day- well, it kinda cleaned out some oils, but left an unpleasant stiffness in my side bangs. I have awfully curly and puffy brown hair after it is dried, so I always straighten it.But since it feels weird on the second day, I should probably start to wash every day.

    Funny thing is, when I was a little kid, my mom would wash my hair once a week. but now as I get older, I’m doing it more and more freqently, becuase it’s getting dirtier and dirteir Anyone else find that a little wierd? For most people it would be the opposite (they would start to wash less and less.)

    Also, like I said, I always have to straighten my hair with a flat iron to make it look nice. But how do you do that if you shower in the morning? I used to do that, but even after I blow dried after my shower, it still wouldn’t be completely dry. So, my hair wouldn’t get very straight– and mostly puffy. But i couldn’t do much of a thing, since I’d soon have to leave for work. So I’ve switched to showering only in the afternoon, when i get home. I think it’s like that becuase straigtening right after showering and blow drying doesn’t give your hair enough time to self-dry, or air-dry. I always need at least a half hour to do that.

    So as I’ve learned, it all depends on the person. I have a friend who is African American, and she straightens her hair, too. She says she can last as long as a month without washing, but she does it a few times a week to be ‘normal.’ It’s so funny how different people’s hair types can be. And I now that dark skinned people have dry hair, so they must have less oil in it, so it takes longer to get dirty.

  431. 431
    March 10th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’m a teen and I am gonna start to wash my hair every day. I have really badly curly and frizzy and puffy hair after I shower, so I like to straighten it to make it look nicer and more normal. Recently I’ve been washing it every other day, but found out that on the second day, my hair gets a bit greasy and unmanageable. But now i’m afraid— is it OK to wash and straighten everyday??? I’m not so sure.

    Can someone plz help??? :)

  432. 432
    March 17th, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Ok i wash my hair everyday and its bad but its not my fault
    because it gets all oily and i dont wanna go to school like
    that so i think its better if you wash it once a week.

  433. 433
    March 25th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    My hair gets greasy after two days, but I wash it in the evening of the 3rd day, because I love the way my hair looks on the “2nd-day hair”. The little grease makes my hair look really wavy, and I love it!

  434. 434
    March 27th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    PLZ READ THIS DO NOT SKIP IT’S IMPORTANT & IT MAY HELP. (:

    OK so if you read my last few comments, you’ll know that:

    ~ Im a teen
    ~I straighten my brunette curls
    ~I showered (and washed) my hair everyday.

    Now I think it’s best if I instead wash every other day.

    Becuase from what I’ve read on this article’s comments, most people beleive that if you wash everyday it strips the natural oils from your hair and makes it very dull and dry. I’ve been lately noticing my hair was getting pretty dry, too, I guess from all the hair’s frustration of washing&drying&straightening everyday.

    And my mom has been been bugging me alot, telling me that it’s not good and healthy to wash every day (but i didnt believe it until now.)

    but what really shocked me into thinking was a couple of nights ago, when i put my hair in a double braid (2 strands.) I noticed there were a bunch of little flyaway peices sticking out of the braids (and that was litterally 1 minute after I made the braid.) i was astonished, because in all my life id never seen my braids do that. Soon afterwards, i realized tht i had split ends all in my hair. My hair was also being: dryer, duller, split ends, flyaway pieces, BROKEN PEICES, less strong, and less shiny. And, on TOP of all of that, at the end of the day (or even after only a few hours after washing,) my hair was ALREADY oily! I had no clue why.

    So now, I’ve only washed every other day twice so far, but am seeing AMAZING RESULTS!!! :D
    My hair is suddenly stronger, shiner, sleaker, (less dry!) Im really happy. But, like I expected, the second day isn’t always as great as the first. My bangs get a little more oily and flat. My solution is to use a special hairspray that’s specifically made to freshen your hair on the days after washes, to “prevent a greasy feeling.” (You can find it just about anywhere.) It does it’s job pretty well! I mostly use it on my semi- oily bangs & roots (the rest of my hair is just fine.)

    So my advice is that most people should wash every other day. Unless you are often working out during the day and need to wash everyday (but you could also think use a special waterless foaming cleaning hair mousse i found @ Walmart that can also clean hair!) This can work with both straight and curly hair.

    If you have majorly curly& puffy& dry hair (like African Americans,) then i suggest you should wash once a week or every 2 weeks. But i dont think washing once a month will keep it very clean and smelly-free! ;)

    Take my advice! It’s true. And lot’s of stylists, including clebrity stylists, believe so, too. Try not to wash it everyday. It’s wats best for your hair.

    oh, and P.S.> the reason why my hair would get oily so quickly when i used to wash it everyday was cuz my hair would take in any oils from my hands whenever I would touch my hair and use it to replenish itself. Cuz, believe it or not, your hair needs SOME oils! Like the natural oils that we’ve had since we were born. and washing too often can cause it to loose those precious natural oils, causing your hair to be brittle and all dried-up.

  435. 435
    March 31st, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    When I was around 12 years old my mother wouldn’t allow me to wash my hair more often than twice a week. To her mind, the more often you wash your hair, the quicker it gets greasy again…
    Nowadays, I wash my hair every day or every second day. I tried to reduce the times of weekly washes, because it is said that your hair gets used to that rate and wouldn’t get greasy so quickly. However, it turns out my hair is of that kind of texture that requires frequent washing, so…

  436. 436
    April 14th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    My hair used to get greasy really quickly, I used to have to wash it every day. But since I have sort of trained my hair and now I only wash it once a week. Don’t get me wrong it is like a chip pan by about the fourth day but it is a lot easier to work with as for the rest of the week I put it in a scruffy/styled bun. It’s much better for my hair and when I do wash it, it feels absolutely amazing and really light and nourished! I bleach my hair so it definitely does it some good, always helps to use a good shampoo and conditioner. I like to use the green loreal kerastase range, you only use a tiny bit and because I’m only using once a week it literally lasts about a year. So well worth the investment! :)

  437. 437
    April 15th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I wash my hair everyday. I’ve tried washing every other day, but my bangs start to look so oily and it bothers me. Personally, my hair feels much healthier if I wash it everyday! So I see no problem with washing everyday. Just get your hair trimmed regularly and there shouldn’t be a problem!

  438. 438
    April 16th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I wash my hair with expensive shampoo and conditioner, Some times every day and sometimes every 2 days, With a wash and blowdry it does my hair good:)

  439. 439
    April 18th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    My super fine thin hair finally has body and sexy hold, because I quit washing it more than once a week. I let the product build up and so does my hairstyle. I protect it from my daily hot shower and wet it with cold water at the end of my shower, then restyle. Eventually I have to wash and have one day of limp hair, too clean to stay up… Took me 55 years to figure this out.

  440. 440
    April 22nd, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Does just getting it wet and rinsing it in the shower work then when you don’t shampoo? Because I have thick wavy hair, but it gets really greasy within 12 hours of shampooing it. And I’ve tried only Washing it 3 times a week, but by the time the 3rd day comes, my hair is almost too greasy and dirty to wash and after shampooing deeply, I get out and my hair dries and it’s still coated with grease. Is my hair just nasty?

  441. 441
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I normally take showers at night. If I don’t take one then my hair gets more oily than ever. Not to mention itchy. So im kinda forced to take a shower everyday.

  442. 442
    May 7th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    But what would you do about the grease!?!?!

  443. 443
    May 13th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    i shampoo about 2 or 3 times a week. it does help to keep my hair from getting too dry & i since i only heat-style my hair after washing it, i rarely get split ends. i have very straight dark brown hair (never colored) and on the day i shampoo, i usually straighten it. the next day, i use batiste dry shampoo, brush my hair and go. the next day, dry shampoo & a ponytail. if i don’t shampoo the next day, i use more dry shampoo and wear a bun.

    during finals, not having to shampoo so often is so nice – my favorite thing about my messy bun is i can wear it one day, sleep on it, put a hair cap on in the shower, spray with dry shampoo, fix any falling pieces, and go. it’s a hairstyle that can literally last 2 days without even taking it down. even when i have greasy roots (when it’s not so bad that i can’t stand the feeling) i just throw a headband on & look fine. i probably have the laziest hair routine ever :)

  444. 444
    May 23rd, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Well as a black person(i was just googling about hair info so i came across this)
    I can tell you that many black people with tightly curly hair can last longer without washing. And it doesnt get dirty either, we have less dirt and oil in our hair probably due to the texture of it. So our hair is able to stay clean for a at least 2 or 3 weeks, sometimes even a month. I have long natural 4b/4a type hair. And it looks very healthy only being washed once a week. Sometimes i can go longer(depending on how much product i put in my hair) The more hair products you use, the quicker you need to wash your hair. You dont want build up and gunk in your hair. Also, the best time to wash your hair is when it starts to get oily(if you dont have a specific regimen). If your hair is very oily within 2-3 days then it needs to be washed. Oil can trap dirt and other odors in your hair, making it smell and look unclean. Some women can last longer, some cant..depending on hair texture.

  445. 445
    May 25th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I have indian hair which can be beautiful but really sucks because it has to have constant care and washing because it easily could have dandruff and oil. When should I wash my hair

  446. 446
    May 26th, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I wash my hair once a week, I have thick, frizzy, dry hair so it works for me. Also I don’t have the time to wash my hair more often :)

  447. 447
    June 4th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I wash my hair monthly…..I think thats the best

  448. 448
    June 20th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I have really oily hair. I can barely go a day without showering without my hair feeling greasy. Should I use dry shampoo or should I just wash my hair everyday? I’d really appreciate the advice, it would save my hair haha.

  449. 449
    June 27th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I think washing your hair every 2/3 days is good.(for me). I used to wash my hair everyday. then it started.to fall out. badly. Now i have super thin hair. when my hair gets greasy between those days i use baby powder where the grease is. it works great and doesnt leave your hair white looking or make it smell bad. it acually makes it smell fresh!

  450. 450
    July 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I wash my hair usually every other day but I don’t use shampoo every time. I use too and I’ve noticed that if i don’t i don’t have as bad split ends and its a lot softer, shinier and looks healthier. I use hair spray but almost never use de-tangler because it makes my hair look greasy.

  451. 451
    July 7th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Ok guys, I am coming out with my biggest secret that i dont tell ANYONE(people that I know) I am only sharing this with y’all because i dont know any of you. When I was young,this might sound gross to you…., but i only would wash my hair TWICE a week. And the only reason for this was L-A-Z-Y! And I know I shouldnt have been. But I feel extremely lucky. For as long as I went with only washing my hair twice a week, I had amazing hair. (not bragging, just expressing what i feel towards the subject) People always told my how pretty my hair was and it rarely got a little greasy. They also loved to play with it, which you should never let them do! It makes your hair very greasy. But of course i started washing my hair alot more. But not everyday. It is also bad for you hair, it gets rid of all your oils which your hair needs.

  452. 452
    July 7th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Just a tip for all the girls that hair gets greasy if not washed everyday: Its a slow process process but it should help. My friends hair got greasy if not washed everyday and what she did to fix it was, try to wash every other day. But dont try to do this all the time. Probably the first or couply of weeks, skip a day washing it once or twice a week. Then try skipping 2 or 3 days the next couple of weeks, and so on until you are able to wash it every other day all the time. :) hope this helps!

  453. 453
    July 11th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    As I read another comment, it all depends on your texture. Myself, I’m a heath-conscious african american with natural hair. I wash my hair with my own hairwash once a week (baking soda, water, and apple cider vinegar is my hair’s best friends) and the other days, all I basically do is rinse my hair with water in the shower so it’s curly, and seal the moisture in with shea butter.
    Quick and easy, and over-washing dries the natural oils out your hair!

  454. 454
    July 20th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    being an Asian my mum has always taught me to oil my hair before i wash them and that i do it about twice a week but eventhough i put on olive oil which is indeed good for hair, every time i wash my hair they go like i had a bomb blast in my hair..they get really frizzy and dry.
    as for the shampoo i use dove nutri-oils which i guess is said to be really good too…can someone plz tell what to do to make my hair go from super dry and frizzy to super shiny and lucious?!?!

  455. 455
    July 29th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Washing every other day works best for me. I have hair that gets oily fast(thanks dad) so you would think I’d have to wash it every day. However, I found that washing it every day makes the problem worse. It strips my hairs natural oils, making it produce more oil even quicker. Every other day works best for me.

  456. 456
    August 9th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    i wash my hair about twice a week….sometimes three times….but that’s rare.

    I find that when i used to wash my hair everyday – i NEEDED to – but when i slowly weened my self off of washing daily – my hair eventually slowed down its oil production.

    Your body adapts to how you treat it… it’s true.

  457. 457
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    i only wash my hair onece a week. and i have naturally wavy hair. i think it really depends on your hair type. like my sister washed her hair everyday because it gets so greasy!

  458. 458
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I wash my hair every-other day. When you wash your hair every day it makes your hair oily and when your hair gets oily you wash it even more.

  459. 459
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    It works out well if you wash your hair everyday, but only use shampoo every other day: only water the rest of the days. The water will wash out any loose dirt and oil, yet what remains is enough to keep your hair healthy, but not looking greasy. Also, I never use styling products, as they will ultimately do nothing but dry out and damage your hair, and only blow-dry your hair for special occasions. If your HAVE to blow-dry, use as little heat as possible. You have a towel, use it for your hair.

  460. 460
    September 22nd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I have hair that is down to my elbows… I have dyed it and i do use heat on it although i dont use it as much as i used to. I used to wash my hair everyday. It dried out my hair so much that it has lost its shine and it was just dry and horrible looking.
    After ,I have researched a lot about how often hair should be washed and how to help it grow healthy. I now wash my hair every 2/3 days . It has helped sooo much ! I mean i saw the result after the first wash. The hair becomes much softer and it gains more shine. I personally would recomend to anyone with all tipes of hair to wash it at least every 2-3 days. Honestly, it will not look the best during the first two to three days if you have gotten your hair used to being washed everyday . But after your hair gets used to the routine , they become much healthier.
    When you wash your hair make sure you leave conditioner in for at least 5-10 minutes. For better resoults i would recomend 30 minutes or longer.

  461. 461
    October 4th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    My hair has thio relaxer in it. I wash it every two weeks because I don’t want to use a flat iron on my hair too often. After it’s been washed, my stylist flat irons it and it stays bone straight till my next appointment.

  462. 462
    November 26th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    honestly no , i do not wash my hair every day because it washes out your natural oils leaving your hair dry and breakeage but i have silky bouncy curls and i straighten them every day , why ? because im a girl with curly hair and every girl wants what they dont have . but what really works with breakage and split ends is beer , olive oil , coconut oil , coca murraiguwwala milk , and shine serum . the main thing is wash ur hair 2-3 times a week , i use pert shampoo and conditioner it really helps my hair . please comment on my saying thanks have a great day

    your friend callie wallie (:

  463. 463
    November 28th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    okay my hair is SHORT!! And i’ve been asking my cousin’s how many times i should wash my hair. They told me that i should wash my hair every other day in a week. Ever since that my hair has been really healthy and its growing faster!!

  464. 464
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Hi there, I was taught to wash my hair every second day of the week. So I didn’t have the chance to get headlice because they love clean hair. I also use Pantene shampoo and conditioner. I started using it when I was 11 or so, that was when my hair was all Boofy. Over the 5 years using the same brand my hair is from boofy to straight. This is a very good article too it’s given me all the answers and all I need to know :)

  465. 465
    January 18th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I have straight and thick hair. I only wash it every 5 days because it just doesn’t get greasy. The only thing I don’t like about doing this is that people always say how gross it is aha.

  466. 466
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will
    be grateful to you.

  467. 467
    March 15th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I know a lot about hair. If you have thin hair, wash it once or twice a week. If you have medium hair, wash it three or four times a week. If you have thick hair, wash it five or six times a week. And if you have super thick hair, wash it every day.

  468. 468
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Hellooooo!:) I agree with the once a month, BUT only if ur motivated to not wash it at ur own risk, CUZ the less u wash it, the less greasier, I wash my hair 2 times a week and that’s all:) and trust me , it doesn’t show because it doesn’t get greasy fast!:) if u wash it everyday, OBSLY it will. The more u wash it , the more oily!

  469. 469
    May 27th, 2013 at 2:58 am

    I once had a very thick wavy black hair and i used to wash it everyday twice in the morning and night. It doesn’t last long after I dyed my hair red. My hair becomes more frizzy and dry. I change my shampoo method. i wash my hair every 2 days only at night with cold water. I will use the shampoo, conditioner and also the hair treatment mask. Whenever I feel uncomfortable with my hair smell, I will put on a leave on hair cream from the middle till the edge of my hair tips. It helps a lot. My hair is now more silky, smoother and it adds more volume to the wave of the hair. AVOID BRUSHING YOUR HAIR AFTER SHOWER OR DURING SHOWER AS OUR HAIR IS MOST FRAGILE WHEN ITS WET.

  470. 470
    July 26th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I think we are our own individual chemistry sets. We have a mixture of different ethnicities, different oils coming from our pores, to hair texture, climates, work/daily activities… It is truly an individual preference. I work out everyday and I wash my hair everyday. I personally can’t stand the smell of dirty hair, mine or anybody else’s. Trust me, you can tell when a girl hasn’t washed her hair and it smells. Nobody wants to stand near her.

  471. 471
    August 9th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I’m white, but I do have curly hair, and I wear it curly (I do it wet with mousse), so I have to at least get it wet every day. I try not to wash it too much, as it is really dry, but I can’t do second day hair because if I brush it it looks like an afro! I usually don’t have problems with grease in it though (my skin is a whole other problem- ick!).

  472. 472
    November 16th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I try to wash my hair every other day now. I find it weird how I can wash my hair every day for a straight week, skip one wash, and my hair is a greasy mess by the end of the day.

  473. 473
    January 5th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I wash my hair with shampoo everyday and one dayitry to skipped it only for one day my hair fall like 150 hair

  474. 474
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I have very fine straight hair and I can still get away with washing my hair twice a week! I started by washing it every other day and using dry shampoo on my off day; then i started skipping two days and then three or four. I usually wash my hair on Mondays or Tuesdays and then every Friday; I supplement with dry shampoo in-between.
    I use to wash my hair every single day but I gradually weened my hair off of every day washing and my hair is the longest its ever been! People always ask how I got it so long and I tell them I only wash it maybe twice a week. Trust me, invest in a decent dry shampoo and ‘train your hair.’ It sounds stupid but it really works. :)
    I would also suggest biotin and prenatal vitamins, those help too.

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