Stop Washing Your Hair, Ladies


Sorry, don’t know why comments were turned off. WordPress has changed its posting form and I haven’t quite got the hang of the new system.


And by “washing,” I do mean, using shampoo.

I’m one of those people who isn’t just having a bad hair day, I’m having a bad hair life. I got the family’s bad hair gene: while my sister was blessed with gorgeous, naturally curly hair, I got the limp, straight, thin hair from my mother’s side of the family. Aging has only made this situation worse.

And then I stopped washing my hair. And everything changed.

It started back in the early 2000s. I was a fan of the show “What Not To Wear,” one of the early makeover reality shows on TLC. One time Nick Arrojo, the guy who did the show’s hair makeovers, told a client that he didn’t wash his hair with shampoo. Ever. I thought it was the strangest thing I’d ever heard. I told my hair stylist and she said, “well, actually, I only wash my hair once every six months.” I couldn’t believe it. She had gorgeous, thick, shiny auburn hair. It looked as clean as anyone’s. She explained how shampoo causes the scalp to produce more oils and actually makes the hair weak. It can even make your hair fall out.

I was pretty shocked, seeing as how every time one goes to the hair salon they not only wash your hair but hawk a bunch of verrry pricey shampoos, conditioners and other hair products at you.

A few months later I switched hair salons and my new stylist told me he, too, did not wash his hair. I mean, what a tremendous irony, right? Hair salons try to sell you a bunch of crap their own stylists don’t even use.

Anyway, I stopped washing my hair every day several years ago. I rinse it out with water every day, but I only use shampoo once every week or two. And now I’m ready to stop doing that. Shampoo is a racket, when you use it all the time you then have to use conditioners and all sorts of other crap to make up for what your body naturally does when you stopp applying formaldehyde, sodium laureth sulfate, and other toxins to your hair and scalp in the first place.

I’m not sure the solution is a new product from the creator of the Bumble & Bumble empire. You can use baking soda and peppermint oil and make your own “purely perfect” solution. I’m pretty sure most peoples’ budgets will appreciate the switch, too. We could actually be looking at the demise of a major sector of the cosemtics industry. Good riddance.


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5 responses to “Stop Washing Your Hair, Ladies

  1. Seeker

    I wash my hair about twice a week. As I get older, my hair gets less oily and I find a quick rinse with tepid water does the trick without drying out my hair. I agree with you about the expensive hair “product” the salons try to sell you. I found “my” stylist when she said, “You don’t need to do anything to your hair but scrunch it with your fingers, like this”. She got a $10 tip (more than she would have made on comission) on a $15 haircut for not trying to push chemically-suspect hair goop on me.

  2. CB

    I had a hairdresser tell me about not washing my hair every day approximately 50 years ago. 🙂 I also only wash my hair about twice a week. Rinsing, for me, is as arduous as washing, because my hair is long. I’ve never used salon products. I have a very reasonably-priced brand that works for me, and isn’t on the list of shampoos that will kill you. I also love the way it smells, and use it as body wash. Soap makes my skin break out. I use very little shampoo, so I don’t wash out all my natural oils. Discovered that a few years ago, and noticed that my hair is a lot thicker, or at least it feels that way. Conditioners, all of them, make my hair flat, so I don’t use them, ever. I also haven’t been to a hair salon in years. Put my hair up in a ponytail, and whack off the uneven ends. 5 minute trim.

  3. nothere

    Hi, Mrs. B. Old white man here with long white hair ( think Michio Kaku). I wash mine about once a month with bath soap ( Dial Basics). Then I rub in a teaspoon or so of Hollywood Beauty tea tree oil, just to keep it from blowing about in the wind. Works fine and it’s cheap.

  4. Ok, so this may be a dumb question.

    What about styling products? Does that stuff need to be washed out, or will a good solid rinse do the job?

    • Not a dumb question at all! I use a gel but it rinses out with water.

      Yesterday I used baking soda instead of shampoo and my hair felt as clean as ever, but it didn’t feel stripped, if you know what I mean.