Common Shampoo Myth Debunked
Myth: It's healthier not to shampoo.Shampoo or Not? The True Story: Shampoos remove some of your hair’s natural oils (which moisturize and smooth frizz), but oils aren’t all that’s settling on your scalp during the day. “Your body is constantly exfoliating, so your scalp is covered in dead skin cells, plus bacteria, yeast, excess oils, and pollutants,” says Cincotta.
Leaving those things sitting around for more than a few days could cause irritation, itchiness, or flakes (new research shows pollutants are especially irritating). And then there’s the issue of styling products—hairspray, mousse, you name it—with ingredients that stick to hair.
If you don’t wash them off, they’ll make hair stiffer and more likely to break when you brush. In short: Shampooing is non-negotiable, and it’s OK to wash your hair daily. If your scalp is itchy or tight—or if you have eczema or dandruff—scale back to once a week.
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