In life there are a few age old questions: What is the meaning of life? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? Another important question to add to that list is: how often should the average person shampoo their hair? This question is can be difficult to answer because it depends on several different factors.
“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. ‘Hair produces natural oil called sebum, and shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair,’ Lamb says. For the most part, some dirt is OK and natural — and you definitely want some oils to remain in your hair.” But, what about those who feel the need to shampoo their hair every single day? Is that excessive? Once again, it truly depends on certain factors. “The experts agree: 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, Carolyn Goh (Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA) says. ‘If you have oily scalp, then daily washing is needed,’ she explains. ‘Sometimes, people think they have dry scalp because they have dandruff, but in those situations, more frequent washing is also helpful.’”
When it comes to hair, the idea of cleanliness and health isn’t necessarily linked to daily shampooing, however if that is something which you’re accustomed to and feel comfortable doing you should never be shamed for it. Regardless of how often you shampoo for whatever reason make sure to visit your Ottawa hair stylist regularly to keep your hair looking and feeling its best.