The Wash Debate: Is Using Shampoo Actually Bad for Hair?

Today on All Things Hair we're answering one of the today's most controversial hair care questions: Is shampoo actually bad for your hair?

While we’re the first ones to admit that dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend, we also can’t help but wonder if this no shampoo trend has gone a little too far. Skipping a hair wash (or two, or three) cuts down our shower time and makes our beauty routines more low-maintenance, but at what cost? We have to ask: Is shampoo bad for hair, and by that we mean “bad” enough to risk greasy strands once day three or four rolls around? You asked and we answered: Is shampoo bad for hair? Read on for all the, ahem, dirt on this controversial topic:

Is Shampoo Bad for Hair? We Set the Record Straight

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The trick is to find the shampoo that works best with your hair type.

As with most hair care queries, there isn’t really a one-size-fits-all approach. First off though, while the frequency of how often you wash your hair can be a factor, it’s important to note that shampoo is not inherently bad for your hair. Maintaining a clean and healthy scalp depends on proper care for your strands, and regular washing is included in that. Keeping your scalp free of product buildup and an excess of oils is key to maintaining a healthy hair care routine, and not to mention keeping dandruff and other flake and irritation issues at bay.

When it comes to the frequency of how often you should be washing your hair however, it’s important to take a step back and take note of whether your hair and skin is generally on the dryer or oilier side. Washing your hair too frequently can zap your skin and scalp of necessary and healthy oils which can make an already dry scalp even dryer and more irritated. On the other hand, someone with strands that tend to fall on the oily side of the spectrum can usually benefit from more frequent, regular washing. So, step one is to determine what kind of hair and scalp issues you have, and then streamline your hair care routine to your particular needs.

If your hair is dry…

If your scalp and hair are on the dryer side, you’ll want to balance out your scalp’s natural moisture levels by opting for a moisturizing shampoo. Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Shampoo is one of our top choices when it comes to moisturizing shampoos. This shampoo gently cleanses and nourishes hair, leaving it soft and manageable by infusing the hair with panthenol and keratin to nourish hair for softness. Make sure to pair it with Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Conditioner to further moisturize and condition your dry strands. Women with dryer hair can generally get away with washing their hair every two to three days.

If your hair is oily…

If your hair falls on the oily side of the spectrum, then you’ll want a lightweight shampoo that won’t weigh your strands down. We suggest Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and following up with Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Conditioner. This duo helps reinvigorate your hair without adding extra weight. You can feel comfortable washing your hair as often as every other day with this shampoo and conditioner.

Do you want to learn more about how to find the best shampoo for you? Find out how to find the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture.