At one time or another we’ve all heard that shampooing everyday is "not good for your hair." It's absolutely true and it's also totally not true. I'll explain; it can be damaging to wash hair frequently when shampoo is full of harsh, synthetic chemicals and detergents.
Conventional shampoos remove critical natural oils from the hair and scalp then coat it with silicones such as dimethicone which build up on the hair. The same silicones are also found in conditioners where you will find synthetic emulsifiers, thickeners, penetration enhancers and artificial fragrance that can leave chemical residue and cause other concerns. The synthetic foaming/cleansing agents like sulfates along with its derivatives, rob the hair and scalp of it's innate, regenerating process by over-cleaning the hair and scalp which throws off the off PH balance. The result? The hair and scalp is left extra vulnerable to dermatitis.
Hair stylists noticed when their client's hair and scalp was shampooed daily (with conventional, harsh, synthetic shampoos and conditioners) and the scalp became dry or flaky, imbalanced, or the hair turned limp or lackluster. Instructing clients to limit washing to once or twice a week helped restore the balance to the scalp and hair, naturally. This is where the instruction "washing your hair everyday is bad," came from. Each person’s experience is unique depending on how much the individual scalp and hair can withstand before it's natural, regenerating process becomes impaired.
Everyone's skin, scalp, and hair balance is contingent upon many things but I have discovered that by switching client’s from man-made chemical shampoos to completely pure, natural and organic hair care, the results can be dramatic. The pure and natural shampoo formulas are gentle and work in alignment with the biochemistry of the body. Natural, unaltered plant oils mimic the oils of the body creating a "bio-match" which supports and accelerates the healing process. These natural cleansing agents have a kind of intelligence where they don't over clean and remove protective natural oils that maintain the proper moisture level and ph on the hair and scalp. Gentle, bioactive cleansing combined with nourishing herbal active synergy in shampoos and conditioners also work as a treatment to stimulate the cells in the follicle. Increased circulation in the scalp and follicle is a very important part of creating and maintaining healthy hair. Truly healthy hair starts in the follicle. When the follicle is stimulated with specific herbs, the increased blood circulation feeds the hair bulb and therein nourishes the cells creating the hair shaft. Beautiful, strong hair starts in the scalp follicle.
I recommend people wash their hair as often as everyday or at least every other day and continue to see incredible results. This regular cleansing cycle guarantees to remove excess oil, dirt and pollution from the hair and scalp. Most cities have pollution in the air and oil attracts dirt and accumulates quickly. When the scalp has dirt and environmental toxin build up, delicate follicles can weaken and over time, inhibit hair growth and encourage thinning. This is also why I don't encourage the use of dry shampoos, naturally formulated or not. Dry shampoos do not allow the scalp and follicle to breathe and function properly. As convenient as they are, dry shampoos just disguise and add to the dirt and pollution. Shampooing everyday is great for your scalp and hair when approached with the right product and philosophy.
Whilst I agree this sounds like good advice, I use a dry shampoo to stop me from having to use heat on my hair as often. I have had alopecia areata for over 20 years and whilst I am blessed with very thick hair that it mostly goes unnoticed these days what it means is I have very unruly frizzy hair and have to use heat. What would you recommend in this instance? Dry shampoo feels like the lesser of two evils but I would love to wash my hair more often.
Great post, Josh. I love that you cover the difference between how our skin and hair reacts to conventional vs. natural products so therefore the techniques for each must be different. After making the switch from clicking to natural, I noticed over time that my skin type and hair type changed from dry to normal.
This is great! Very enlightening and worth the read. Thanks Josh
This is amazing advice Josh! Loved this article. I’ll be sure to share it when I get the question :) Xoxo