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Do we really need to shampoo and condition our hair daily when we are taking showers/baths or is it better hold off and do every other day/third day/weekly

By November 16, 2016 - 2:22pm
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Just wondering because I found myself doing it every single day. Basically, I'm following in my twin sister footsteps and maybe our dads as well. When our mom was alive she did every other day and especially while working. Unsure if she did the same in her brief retirement before she died.

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Hello Jessica,

Welcome again to EmpowHER. That is an interesting question.

Experts say there's no single answer to how often people should shampoo. You may not need to do it as often as you think. It usually comes down to personal preference. For guidance, take a look at your hair type and styling choices.

Shampoo traps oils, so if you do it too frequently, you may dry your hair out, leaving it prone to breakage, says Angela Lamb, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

The experts agree that only a small group needs to shampoo daily, like those with very fine hair, someone who exercises a lot and sweats, or someone living in very humid place.

A very individual choice!

November 16, 2016 - 2:30pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hello Maryann,

Thank you, again for your answer to my question here. Hmm interesting one for sure.

November 16, 2016 - 3:28pm
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