Ask Michelle: How Often Should You Shampoo?

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Hi everyone,

Ever since my last Ask Michelle post about stretch marks, my MichellePhan.com inbox has been flooded with all sorts of great beauty and fashion questions.  Today, I’m answering a reader-submitted question that I think applies to everyone – how often should you really be shampooing?

The answer? It’s really up to you. It used to be the general belief that shampooing everyday was a necessity – after all, who doesn’t love having smooth, clean strands every morning?  However, the truth is that over-cleaning your hair can actually dry out your scalp and trick it into thinking that it needs to replenish what has been removed.  In other words, your scalp will produce extra sebum (an oil that your skin and scalp naturally secrete), which can make your hair look greasier.  
I shampoo once every three days. On the second day, I use dry shampoo to keep my strands fresh! Because I have coarse hair, my stylist recommended that I not overwash my hair.  According to WebMD, “the longer, thicker and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes”.  

However, some people may have oily hair or super-fine hair that needs to be washed more frequently.  If you’re a gym bunny or have hair that naturally falls limp if you don’t wash it everyday, try spritzing dry shampoo on your scalp between washes. Dry shampoo will soak up the excess oil near your scalp and revive your locks.  If you are using a spray version, just make sure you are spraying at least 6 inches away from your roots to avoid buildup.

*Quick tip: In a pinch? Sprinkle some baby powder on your palm and use that on your scalp instead. Just make sure you have brushed it through so there isn’t any white residue left (especially important for the dark-haired ladies).

Lastly, there can actually be surprising perks to second-day hair.  By that time, the natural oils from your scalp will have tamed flyaways and given your hair a natural shine.  You’ll also have less “slippery” hair, which makes it easier to style and experiment with (aka the perfect time to try any curls or hairstyles that require more hold!). 

In the end, it’s all about understanding your hair texture, your climate and line of work. When I used to work at a restaurant, I had to wash my hair every night to get the greasy food smell out of my hair!

I want to know – how often do you shampoo your hair and what tips and tricks have you picked up along the way?

Sound off in the comments!

<3 Mish

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1 Comment

  1. Noratambelina says:

    hi Michelle, can u do a tutorials or tips to get rid of white hair, like for young teens.

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