The debate surrounding how many times a week people should wash their hair has been ongoing for quite some time now. Some swear by a simple, once-a-week wash, while others are dedicated washers every single day. However, one man recently highlighted by the Daily Mail claims he hasn’t washed his hair in over a decade, and his hair has never been better.
Alex James, bassist for Blur and a cheese maker based in the U.K., said in an interview with Living Magazine that he never washes his hair at home and that the only thing to prompt a recent wash was when his daughters used a Halloween hairspray on his hair: “Other than this week when both my daughters were keen to give me a Halloween makeover and emptied a whole can of grey-colored hairspray into it and it set solid, I haven’t washed it for 10 years.”
However, that’s not all — plenty of other people have come forward regarding their decision to stop shampooing and have had some pretty positive reviews about the experience. “I started to see what my natural hair was like when I wasn’t constantly doing stuff to manipulate it,” one woman explained to Yahoo! Beauty. “It was silky and wavier and totally frizz-free.”
But is the “no ’poo” movement (which plenty of celebrities, including Jessica Simpson, stand behind) actually good for your hair? While many say it will train your strands to be less greasy and return your hair to its natural state, not everyone agrees. “The scalp beneath the hair needs to be regularly cleaned of oil, dried sweat, dirt, and dead skin cells,” said Robert Dorin, a board-certified hair transplantation surgeon in New York City, in an interview with CBS News. “People who don’t use detergent shampoo to clean the scalp run the risk of developing fungal and bacterial infections.”
However, some scalps are more tolerant of a lack of washing, and plenty of hairstylists and dermatologists agree that you shouldn’t use detergent shampoos along the length of the hair (where the strands are dry and brittle) and instead should stick to using it at the scalp.
Knowing this, it’s important to realize that how often you wash your hair is entirely dependent upon your hair type and texture. Some people go longer without shampooing and end up with better results, while others need more frequent washes. The only way to know what works for you is to experiment with the time between shampoo sessions. However, there’s no need to wait a full decade like Alex James in order to realize which length of time is best for your hair, starting with a simple three or four days should suffice.
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