How Often Should You Shampoo Your Hair? Myths And Facts!

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First, there is no blanket recommendation regarding how often you should shampoo your hair. The same dermatologist might recommend two different things for the same hair problem, which mostly depends on the hair type.

The frequency of your hair wash or shampoo depends on one primary factor - your hair texture, volume, and scalp type.

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The next key role is played by your lifestyle, weather and food habits that determine how often you should wash your hair.

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Before you start figuring out on the above-mentioned points regarding your hair, we bring to you the common myths associated with shampooing of hair. These myths make one do/go wrong when it comes to using a shampoo.

So with every hair shampoo myth, we have advocated it with the right 'fact', so that you know what's right for your hair.

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Check this list of myths and facts related to hair shampoos, for a clear understanding on hair care.

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Myth 1: Shampoo Adds Shine And Glow To The Hair

Fact
Shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps natural hair oils like sebum. These natural oils of the hair provide natural moisturization and protect the hair from natural calamities. With shampoo, you rinse off the existing natural oils of your scalp, making it more inviting for dirt and pollutants.

The more you shampoo your hair, the more it loses its natural oils, resulting in more dirt and dust on your hair. This leads to the need of doing a shampoo again.

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Myth 2: One Should Not Shampoo Their Hair Daily

Fact
Often, it is debated that one should not shampoo their hair daily. This is wrong! For those who have very fine hair or for those whose hair is constantly exposed to dust and pollution, the need for everyday shampooing session might come in. Even men and women with critical oily hair scalp or tremendous dandruff problems often find everyday shampooing session as their only solution.

So, whether to shampoo your hair daily highly depends on what your hair life-cycle is like and what are the hair problems that you are currently facing.

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Myth 3: Dry Hair Needs More Shampoo

Fact
It is often said that those with dry hair type require more frequent shampooing. Well, those with dry hair can actually manage with minimal hair wash. As the dry hair does not produce natural oils, the hair is not oily or prone to dust and pollution.

So, the hair texture remains unaffected for long among dry haired people and they can skip their shampoo schedules or plan them at long intervals.

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Myth 4: The Thicker The Hair, The More Shampoo That Is Required

Fact
Thicker hair implies greater hair growth and thus, a need to shampoo more. Well, that's a wrong idea, again! With thicker hair, the oil in it cannot stay for long. New hair follicles keep developing, which do not let the natural oils to form.


This keeps the hair less oily and thus, the need to shampoo for those with thicker hair is actually less. However, if one with thick hair personally prefers frequent hair wash, then they could go ahead.

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Myth 5: Shampooing Is A Calendar Process

Fact
For some, shampooing is a calendar process. Just because it is Monday, one might have to shampoo or just because it is weekend, one might have to compulsorily shampoo. There is no such hard and fast rule. The moment you see your hair in a messed up condition, shampooing it once would do.

Not that you have to wait for your hair to give these symptoms, but if these happen, just break your usual norm and wash it whenever you want.

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Story first published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 19:00 [IST]
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