Shampooing: Too Much or Not Enough?

Whether you’re washing your hair once a day, or once a month, it seems like everyone has their opinions on what’s ‘right’ and what’s ‘wrong’. The truth is, it’s completely up to you to decide how often you wash your hair, and it greatly depends on the type of hair you have. There’s no magic number—in fact, you should always listen to your gut and wash when you start to feel uncomfortable with it.

The No ‘Poo Method

Some studies have suggested that over-shampooing your hair could strip your scalp of its natural oils, leaving it dry and damaged. The popularity of these findings has taken the internet by storm and prompted many men and women to take up the “No ‘Poo Method”. Though many have raved about the results and benefits, it may not be the best option for all hair types. Recently, another study surfaced claiming that the build up of natural oils between long periods of not washing can also lead to a dry, scaly scalp. With these conflicting arguments floating around it’s in your—and your scalps—best interest to stick to a routine that feels right to you.

Healthy Alternatives

You know your hair and scalp better than anyone else, that’s why the way it looks and feels to you is what matters the most. If you’re not happy with your current routine, freshen up your look by trying out an alternative. Always give yourself a couple of washes to notice the benefits of a new routine.

Kainat Beauty All Natural Shampoo Bar - $7
This long-lasting bar is an easy transition into natural shampooing as it cleanses and moisturizes, without all the harsh chemicals and additives. It’ll leave your hair shiny and your scalp happy!

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - $22
Whether you’re transitioning into the No ‘Poo Method or just need a little pick-me-up in between washes, dry shampoo can be your perfect sidekick. Simply spray where you see unwanted grime, let sit and brush through. This one smells amazing!

Soda & Vinegar Shampoo - DIY
To fight grease and grime without all of the harsh chemicals, create your own shampoo at home by mixing 1tbs baking soda and 1.5c water. Finish by rinsing with a mixture of 2tbs apple cider vinegar and 1.5c water.

Coconut Milk Shampoo - DIY
Coconut is naturally hydrating and fills your hair and scalp up with healthy proteins. You can find tons of coconut milk shampoo recipes online like this one, here. Incorporated once or twice a week into your routine can really give dry hair the extra hydration it needs!