Beauty Note: How Often Do You Shampoo?

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I receive messages in my LaurenConrad.com inbox every day about fashion advice, relationship questions, and beauty tips. Recently, I had a member ask me how often I shampoo my hair, and the question inspired me to write a blog post entirely dedicated to the topic.

In chapter 3 of my book Lauren Conrad Beauty, I wrote that determining how often you shampoo is really up to you. Some professionals say you should lather up every day while others suggest going as long as a week between shampoos. I’ve always been told that washing your hair every day strips oil from your scalp and in turn, encourages hair follicles to produce more oil which leaves hair greasy. You can change this pattern by going longer in between shampoos, and you will also give your hair more moisture in the long run.

Personally, I like to skip a few days in between each shampoo because my hair goes through a lot of blow drying, curling, and, well, experimenting (see what I mean by “experimenting” here). Washing and re-styling my hair daily would leave it dry and damaged beyond repair. But that’s just what I’ve figured out for my beauty routine and it seems to work for me.

What I’m really wanting to know is…

How often do you shampoo? 

What styling tricks have you found that work for you? 

Everyone is different, and there are always new beauty tricks to be learned. Leave you answer in the forum by clicking the link below:

How Often Do You Shampoo?

I can’t wait to read what you have to say!

XO Lauren

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  • Monica_in_Heels

    I shampoo 6 days a week… which is probably a tad much!

    http://www.monicainheels.com

  • Katelin Absher

    I shampoo every other day. I try to go longer but I just can’t! Sometimes I will spray dry shampoo but honestly I don’t like the texture it gives my hair!!

    http://Www.katelinkonfidential.blogspot.com

  • Mary

    I shampoo every 2 days but I try once a week to wait 3 days before shampoo. If my hair are to greasy I use a dry shampoo. I love it’s lemon smell.

  • Ashley

    Since I am active I shampoo after every day after my workout. i don’t workout on the weekends that much, so i shampoo on Friday, skip Saturday, and shampoo Sunday night. if im not working out, i shampoo every other day.

  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    I wash my hair twice a week and use Batiste dry shampoo (which is absolutely amazing and inexpensive) if I need to in between washing days. My stylist always tells me I have really healthy hair so it must be working!

    http://www.sequindoll.com

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I shampoo every other day. I find that if I go any longer my hair gets too greasy for my liking.

    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • suzanne

    I try to shampoo every three days. Sometimes I wash my hair sooner, but I try not to :)
    xoxo
    Suzanne from http://www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  • Katie Elisabeth

    I wish I could go a few days between washes, but find that I have to wash my hair almost daily. I usually throw my hair up on the second day if I didn’t get a chance to wash it, but could never go a third day.

    Katie xo
    http://www.katieelisabeth.com

  • Lindsey

    I try and shampoo every other day unless I absolutely have to the next day. It is rare when I can go more than two days without cleaning it. I have thicker hair so it does not get greasy, but its a personal thing I guess! My hair curls much better when it dirty and I use dry shampoo which helps!

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    I shampoo mine everyday. My hair is so used to this routine that if I do not, it gets greasy in one day. I’ve never had a problem with my hair being damaged or anything though. If I do skip a shampoo, I use a dry shampoo the next morning to cut away any grease.

  • boya3706

    I shampoo mine everyday because I exercise so much. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be able to wear my hair down ever due to the kinks from hair elastics.

  • name name

    I wash my hair once in a week/2 weeks. I never tell anyone because I’m afraid it sounds nasty or something. But people say it looks good and I don’t feel like my hair needs more shampoo so. When I do tell people something like; I haven’t washed my hair since a week, they don’t believe me and say it looks like I did it the day before

  • Roberta Barros

    yeah, me too. I swim four days in a week, tuesday to friday, then i shampoo on friday and do a mascara, skip saturday and then shampoo sunday again. But I use very moisturizing shampoos, and every 15 days i massage my scalp with avocado oil to avoid dry and brittle hair.

  • Chelsea Casher

    I washed and straightened my hair Friday night, and did not wash my hair for work today so I could have a nice, long & sleek ponytail. I will definitely wash tonight or tomorrow, and then I am good to go until Friday without washing again. I have seriously thick, long, curly hair, that takes too much maintenance for everyday washing.

  • Jaymie Tucker

    I haven’t shampooed my hair in two months now! My hair was very damaged from an excessive use of products and was having difficulty growing out so i decided to take a completely natural way to take care of my hair. My hair was greasy for a while at the start but has no completely adjusted and is beginning to grow and thicken up. Just recently I’ve begun using baking soda to help clean my scalp and its been working great.
    Now i still shower daily and rinse my hair with water; however just no shampoo. I highly recommend it for people who are trying to help their hair recover from whatever damage was made.

  • Sarah Heckle

    I try to go every other day, but it’s hard during the summer when I run outside and get all sweaty! I try to make up for too much washing by not using any heat on my hair, though.
    Sarah
    http://tulleandtrinkets.com/

  • B. Lee

    Every day, with conditioner! My hair is much greasier if I don’t, and it starts to get a distinct odor if I even skip one day. I might be the only one who notices this, and it may all be in my head, but not washing my hair just gives me the weebie jeebies. Also, with naturally curly hair, it would be a tangled bird’s nest mess if I didn’t use a little conditioner. I never found that washing my hair every day causes it to be more greasy or cause any damage, though.

  • Jackie s.

    I used to shampoo mine everyday because because I get oily fast. However, after reading the Lauren Conrad Beauty book, I have gone to shampooing every other day, and just use dry shampoo the other days. I also use this great spray that is mostly olive oil to help make my hair nice and soft.

  • Jen Hernandez

    So, I’ve been trying to shampoo less. But what does everyone do when you work out and sweat 6 out of the 7 days a week? I feel like when I sweat I need to wash my hair or it’s gross. Any tips/advice??

  • DCarey12

    I try to go every other day, but it’s a lot harder when it starts to get really hot outside lol.

  • Lindsay

    Every other day. I use a make up brush and some cornstarch on my roots on the day in between and usually put it up.

  • Lindsay

    Maybe just rinsing your hair in warm water? Or using a baking soda/water mixture in an old shampoo bottle on the scalp when you shower and then rinse it out.

  • Jayme Norum

    I bring dry shampoo spray to the gym w/me & after workout I brush through my hair, spray dry shampoo, let it soak in & then usually just hit my roots with the dryer real quick. It seems to work & I can still wear my hair down w/out washing again :)

  • Alba Cuci

    Every other day – dry shampoo in between or style it in a bun :)

  • Alba Cuci

    I dry shampoo an hour after my workout. I let my hair dry on it’s own as much as possible so I don’t gunk it up with product.
    The sweat after the work out is actually better for your hair, allowing natural oils to condition.

  • Jordan Estep

    I have very curly hair and have been doing the curly girl/no poo method for FOUR months now! My hair has never looked better. I condition my hair everday and “”wash”” it only about once a week. And when I say “”wash”” I mean that I use a mixture of baking soda/water to clean my scalp. I don’t think I will ever go back to regular shampoo!

  • Katie

    I used to wash my hair every day because it was greasy and was easier than restyling it. It started getting damaged because I blow dry it and straighten it almost every day. I started to wash it every other day now and I have found that it is starting to get less greasy and easier to work with. My hair is also getting a lot healthier and growing out again.

  • eliseb

    every three days or twice a week. I cornstarch my hair when it needs it and I usually put my hair up on day three.

  • Jenny McCain

    I shampoo everyday. My hair is very thin so I feel I have to.

  • julief

    I have the same problem. I work out every day of the week and would feel gross if I didn’t shampoo my hair after.

  • Abby

    I always had problems getting my hair to grow and tried just about every remedy out there! Then one day I read that shampooing every other day will help facilitate hair growth. So after shampooing and conditioning everyday, I went to shampooing every other day and just conditioning only the days I don’t shampoo… Then voila! My hair started growing. I have thin hair that is prone to dryness and shampooing every other day is just what I needed :)

  • Abby

    I usually just condition on the days I don’t shampoo cause I also work out every day! Or you can use a baking soda shampoo and apple cider vinegar conditioner :)

  • Sara Davis

    It depends on how my hair feels. Some days I will wash it each day but I have moments of going every few days too. That’s when dry shampoo becomes useful.

  • Paige

    I wash mine everyday too. I do CrossFit almost everyday. The CrossFit workout and the lack of air conditioning at the CrossFit gym (none of the ones I’ve been to have air conditioning) leave me covered in sweat! There is NO WAY I could just use dry shampoo. Anyone tried the WEN Cleansing Conditioner? Maybe that’ll be less harsh if you have to wash hair daily…

  • Emma Acomb

    I usually shampoo every other day. I don’t want to “”train”” my follicles to produce more grease because of how often I was my hair. I took the advice from your Lauren Conrad Beauty book and started using dry shampoo on those extra dirty days

  • Jess Harmon

    Healthy, oily hair runs in my family :) I try to wash and condition every other day. I have to use dry shampoo on my off days. Texturizing powder helps too sometimes. I have my hair highlighted ever other month and the bleach from that helps control the oil too. I’ve been skipping the blow-drying as often as I can, but I’m kind of a diy round brush/blow out addict. If I’ve had a really good workout that day, shampooing is a MUST! I’m hoping to give the baking soda thing a try.

  • LeahL

    I try to leave my hair at least a day or 2 between shampoos.
    Huge tip for oily hair: baby powder works wonders. Put it all over your scalp and brush through. Works for a day or 2 after shampooing & makes your hair look clean and fresh.
    Another tip: use ORGANIC/VEGAN shampoo/conditioner. It is a bit more expensive but my hair and scalp are addicted. It feels sooo much cleaner, you don’t have to use as much and you are not putting harsh chemicals into your scalp.

  • Tobler

    I wash my hair every other day. On “”non-shampoo”” days i use dry shampoo for styling and making sure the grease is tamed! Works great for my hair!

  • Lauren Robinson

    I used to wash my hair every day until about two years ago. I’ve been trying to grow my hair long for literally 11 years and it doesn’t grow past my chest. So I started going every other day, then every other other day without shampooing or conditioning. Now I usually wash it two or three times a week, but I’ve noticed that my hair has gotten really dry, the ends literally break right off in big chunks sometimes two inches long. I hardly every use heat on it, once a week max. Maybe being pregnant has something to do with it? I have no idea and it makes me sad :(

  • beachgrly74

    How often I wash my hair really depends on what I do. I try to stay at least 1.5 days to 2 days in between and can sometimes go 3 days. I have fine highlighted blonde hair but a lot of it so it doesn’t look limp. If try to save my hard workouts/outdoor runs for right before I plan to shower and do an easier gym workout if I’ve recently showered so that it doesn’t interfere. Curling it also always extends the length in between. For those who might have trouble staying away from an every day wash, I’ve heard pros recommend only shampooing every other day and just using conditioner the day after a shampoo. Also, Oscar Blandi makes a great system called every other day with instant volumizing shampoo, conditioner and a dry shampoo in it that really helped my hair make the transition!

  • Julia

    Since I have thick and curly (not kinky) hair, it gets dry if I wash it too much. My standard is three days between washes, that way it has time to moisturize itself. the least I’ll go is every other day.

  • Diamenrose

    I wash my hair once a week! The reason why i do this is because i don’t have time to wash my hair everyday and to blow dry it (with rollers).:) So once a week is ok. Besides how you already mentioned when oyu wash your hair too often it isn’t good. When i told my friend about it she was shocked. For her it is really normal to wash her hair everyday :D

  • Joellyn Crowley

    I wash every other day and typically skip the weekend unless it really needs it. I will also use a serum that often keeps my hair looking fresh the day i don’t wash. Using a serum also helps dry my hair faster (doesn’t matter if I air dry or blow dry). I haven’t found the right dry shampoo for me. So far everything makes my hair look really dirty or colored with residue.

  • Kelsey Maria

    I recently switched from washing my hair every day to every other day. The hardest thing for me was that on days when I showered I still felt “”dirty”” because I didn’t wash my hair. I started by putting my hair up in a bun or ponytail on the days I didn’t wash it (so I didn’t have to touch it lol). It took about two months of doing this for my hair to stop over-producing oil and for me to actually want to style/touch my second day hair. Now I like it because it’s so much easier to style second day hair! Not sure if I can make it to 3 days yet. I think my hair would get too greasy. I don’t really care for dry shampoo because I haven’t found one with a scent I like. I just got a sample of Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender and it’s supposed to keep your hair from getting oily in between shampoos. I’ve only used it twice but so far I’m liking it. Hoping it’s a keeper!

  • Cindy Rahe

    Since I heat style, I shoot for every 2-3 days, 4 if I can manage it. It makes me cringe to think of blow drying and flat ironing my hair on the daily…plus, I don’t have the patience to go through the whole routine everyday.

  • Kathy

    I have a curly hair too & it hardly grows.. I want to know what is the curly girl/no poo method?

  • Allie King

    My hair is very curly and I wash and wear a lot! So my hair at the end of the day is ready for a do over! If I wear it down I need to wash it the next day because it gets tangly and when I shampoo it I can comb out the curls and start all over. When I straighten my hair I leave i usually wash it after 2 days. I just don’t like the feeling of not washing my hair everyday. When I shampoo daily, I feel fresh and my scalp feels clean. Especially after I work out I must shampoo my hair! I don’t understand how some people can go a week without shampooing! How do you sweat for
    Working out, to not washing your hair?

  • makeupfaerie14

    Every 2 to 5 days. I have gone no-poo, and it is amazing. I love using hair rinses to, with aloe vera gel and honey, it gives my hair shine, and helps it to grow super fast!

  • Kimberly Ann

    Love this post! I normally wash mine every day – but I rarely ever dry and style after washing and just wait til the next day to style if I need to.

    Kimberly Ann
    http://trendkeeper.me

  • Alanna H

    interesting! where do you get that stuff? or do you DIY?

  • Setareh M

    In general I wash my hair every 3 days but I wash every other if I am working out a lot, etc. But on days when I wash more frequently I try to only wash my scalp so as not to dry my ends too much. I love not shampooing as frequently. It cuts so much time off of my morning routine and my Day 2 (or Day 3) hair is so much prettier and easier to work with than Day 1 hair.

    Also, if you color your hair, washing less frequently will preserve the color and keep it from fading as quickly.

  • Setareh M

    What is a Hair Rinse? Is this something I can purchase at a store or do you make it at home?

  • Donna Hale

    I typically wash my hair every other day or so depending on how it was styled. I love to use dry shampoo when I feel like it is getting a bit oily and usually do it at night so I can sleep on it and let it get a little messy to add volume. I live by Pssst, its the best!

    xoDonna
    http://www.soyouagree.com

  • Mary Vendegna

    I usually wait two or three days. I have quite oily, thick hair, so three days is really a max.

  • Ambi s

    I do it every other day/2 days – I have long thick hair but it can get greasy around my temples and crown if I leave it much longer. I do think that overwashing is bad for your hair. I used to wash mine every day and it’s in much better condition now I try and prolong my blow dry…

    Ambi xx

    Bombay Rose UK ONLY MAC GIVEAWAY: http://www.bombayrose.co.uk/2013/05/1-year-later-giveaway.html

  • Erin Campbell

    I wash mine every four days. My hair is really long and colored red so it really benefits from not washing too often. And when I do wash it I use warm to cool water as hotter water will dry it out and make my color fade faster. I also rarely use a blow dryer (in the winter I will only dry my scalp) and usually only straighten my bangs.

  • Emma W

    I have really curly, dry hair so I could probably go over a week without it looking greasy. But I shampoo it around once every 4 days, also because my hair is still really dry once a month I will practically drown my hair in oil, cover it in a hair mask and a conditioner. This gives you a clue to how dry my hair really is… naturally. But it works and leaves my hair so soft and my curls bounce up, it’s great!

  • Erica S

    Unfortunately, I have to wash my hair every day. I have very fine, light hair in a slightly-longer-than-pixie style, so it shows grease really easily. I’ve tried going every other day, but it looks ratty if I do.

  • CassieMcG

    every 2-3 days… i have zero volume, dead straight, shiny hair so a little dirt keeps it from looking so boring

  • Rach

    I wash mine every day if I have had it done for an event and there’s a lot of product in it. For everyday though, I wash it every 2 days.

  • Shelaine Morrison

    I wash my hair at night because I like to let it air dry. But, I also only wash it every other night and I try to follow up with some sort of oil for the ends. Letting my hair dry over night is perfect for summer time, sometimes I add a little beach spray and a braid and wake up with waves. I really try to avoid adding any extra heat to my long, thick, colored hair since it has already been through enough.

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I try to wash my hair every three days but I actually follow the conditioner only method so it is more so for keeping my product usage down (less costly and more eco). It has been a hard battle since I run every day.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca

  • Savvy

    I find that it works best for me to wash my hair every day, because it becomes really oily if I don’t. If I skip a day, I usually put my hair up in a ponytail and pin down loose hairs with a headband and/or bobby pins. It’s always a quick fix!

  • Jessica K.

    I wash my hair every 3 days and use dry shampoo every day in between washes to keep the volume and style. If I have to wash my hair earlier, I try to do a hot oil treatment beforehand so that I’m not stripping all the natural oils off my hair.

    Jess
    http://www.retailevolution.net

  • Elpie

    It’s funny that you have chosen this topic to blog about. I just had a similar conversation with my girlfriends. I try to skip a day or two between shampoos but find this hard to do because I am a runner and I run or workout pretty much every day. Once my hair gets sweaty I feel like I have to wash it. Does anyone have any suggestions for sweaty heads ;-)

  • Kelly Burt

    I don’t use shampoo. I use a lather free conditioning cleanser. It’s called Healthy Hair Nutrition and I’m absolutely in love with it. I just recently started using it and it cleans my hair without stripping natural oils and it smells so professional. I cleanse my hair every 3 days. My hair does not get oily that quickly so luckily I am able to cleanse it every 3. I leave this stuff in for about 3-5 minutes.

  • Carli Smith

    I wash my hair every day, unless I just want to throw it in a ponytail. After I sleep on it, it will always have kinks unless I wash it. It also gets oily if I don’t. I love the feeling and look of clean hair and I don’t see a drying problem or any other issue with it.

  • Katiebug

    Another thing to think about is what type of hair you have I have thick hair so I wash my hair every other day.

  • Elizabeth Wonderham

    I use many of Alterna’s Bamboo haircare products. I usually wash my hair 2 to 3 times per week.

  • Kelsie

    I shampoo my hair every other day, and it seems to work for the most part… although my hair is naturally “”fine”” so I have to dry shampoo it to give it some more volume. Does that count as shampooing it everyday? Who knows..

  • Karen Rideout

    I shampoo my hair everyday, unless I am working a late night shift at work or have the day off. It all depends on the day.

  • Amanda Chan

    I wash my hair every night because it will look really oily if I don’t wash it. I go back and forth between my regular shampoo and a light baby shampoo so I can have gentle washes on my hair every now and then.

  • Sophia Gousios

    I have long, thick, coarse hair so I am a big believer in leaving my hair for one week until I wash it again. Often times, I’m not fully satisfied with my hair until it’s been two or three days after washing it! I find that the more oils stripped from my hair, the harder it is to work with. Plus, I’ve made it into a regular Saturday morning routine and I am able to get all of my long, tiring beauty regimes in at that time too. That’s not to say that I haven’t left it longer than one week either. That just means that when I’m shampooing, it takes a little a longer is all. And I should mention that I shampoo (Philip B) my hair 2-3 times before conditioning (Philip B and Bumble and Bumble) it.

  • Steph

    I shampoo about 2 times per week (with 3 days in between washes). My hair has been falling out a lot recently, and it scares me when I wash it!

  • Sharena

    I wash my hair every other day (or less if I can manage). My secret is dry shampoo! A good one is Rockaholic, Psst is okay in a pinch, but the best I’ve ever used is “”Water Killer”” by Evo. It’s a life saver. You spray in it, leave it for a minute or two, then take a dry towel to the roots and rough it up a little. I have dark hair and it never looks white, powdery, or chalky and the scent is AMAZING.

  • Sofia Alleyne
  • Madison B

    if i shampooed everyday my hair would fall out! I used to shampoo everyday but i realized i was only making my hair even dryer and duller. So i started skipping 3-5 days in between and my hair got sooo shiny and silky! and i didnt even need to switch shampoos!

  • Gillian S

    Wish I could go longer than every day but, after getting a good work out in in the mornings, my hair never seems to bounce back without shampooing. I try to put as much time between my shampooings but I can rarely go more than 2 days without a shampoo.

  • Jordan Estep

    Kathy- the curly girl method suggests using only conditioner and “”washing/massaging”” your scalp with it and using as often as needed. No poo method is using baking soda/water mixture to wash scalp as necessary and using a mix of apple cider vinegar/water as conditioner. I condition daily and use the baking soda mix maybe once a week. Curly hair is naturally dry and doesn’t need the abuse that most shampoos cause. You can search google for both meyhods but please make conscious decisions based on your hair! This works best for me but may not for everyone. I highly suggest doing some research first!

  • Stephanie

    Usually I try to shampoo every other day but it all depends on how I want to style my hair. But when I don’t shampoo my hair I use dry shampoo! It is amazing! I use Tresemme Fresh Start and it really works and doesn’t get your hair greasy! :)

  • Ashley

    I can usually go every other day and use dry shampoo as needed but I can sometimes go longer or less depending on my activity level. http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Destiny Froste

    I only wash my hair once a week, at most. My hair is really long though (past waist), and it took time to train my hair to this point. When my hair was short I washed it every other day, as it grew, I gradually spaced out the time between washes.

    I do not use a lot of styling products either though. For special occasions I will add some product, but for everyday hair, I go natural. Also, I found a few leave in conditioners that stiffen my hair as well as any hair spray, so I will use that a lot in place of other, more damaging products.

  • Alex Smith

    Every couple days

  • JRB1021

    I TRY to shampoo my hair every other day. I have also found that Tresemme Fresh Start can be a great dry shampoo for the days I don’t shampoo it! It really helps with a second day style.

  • Ellie Mays

    Anyone heard of the no ‘poo method?
    http://www.crunchybetty.com/no-poo-to-you-too

  • Nataloo

    I wash my bangs everyday and then shampoo my hair three times a week. Using a dry shampoo and texture powder really helps me control the oil throughout the day and on no-poo days, I like to play with different up-do’s because my hair will stay in place better than when it is clean.

  • kelsiroo

    I wash my hair every single day. I would never go out in public without washing my hair. I wish I could figure out how to not wash it every day, because I have definitely heard it is better for your hair, but maybe you can answer this question. How do you avoid washing your hair after you work out? When I go jogging in the morning, my hair is usually sweaty as can be! What do you do differently after a workout?

  • Natasha Spradlin

    I used to wash my hair every day. If I didn’t wash my hair at least once every day I felt like my hair was oily. However, when I did wash my hair consecutively, my hair would NEVER style the way I wanted to. My hair would never hold curls. Finally, I experimented and found that if I wash my hair every three days my hair does what I want it too! So now I wash my hair and straighten on day one. On day two I curl it, and finally on day three a wear an up-do! I plan my outfits for the week around this hair style schedule too so it’s convenient for me :)

  • Mirella H

    I shampoo every other day

  • Ana Vizotto

    I try and shampoo my hair every other day because a hair stylist once told me that washing hair everyday can slow down the growing process on some hairs, so I try my best to keep my hair without washing it for at least one of two days. When it starts getting a little oily ill spray dry shampoo and curl it with the curling iron, that’s always my go- to when my hair is leaning towards having a bad hair day.

  • Jacqie Brooks

    I honest to god only wash my hair once a week, twice in the summer. I’m a big fan of baby powder. I only try to use dry shampoo once a week, because it makes my scalp itchy if I use the product more than once. So baby powder doesn’t give me that itchy feeling but it still absorbs a bit of the oil and adds some volume.

  • Tara Franklin

    I will wash every other day…sometimes every three. Dry shampoo is fantastic, but the aerosol cans are a waste. They tend to clog, forcing me to chuck the can and remaining product. The powder is much better and you can rub it in to get rid of the grey/white caste. I use Acure dry shampoo which is biodegradable, all natural, and has Argan and CoQ10 in the formula. I found mine on iherb.com…not sure where else it is sold. I had a question about hair care….I’ve heard putting some oil on the ends of your hair before washing can prevent further damage. Does anyone practice this? What sort of oil is good to use? I don’t want to use my Argan if it will be rinsed out in the shower. Maybe coconut oil? Really enjoying this post! Lauren is the best! ^^

  • makeupfaerie14

    Here is the link to the product I mentioned! :) http://pinterest.com/pin/16255248627399714/
    of course you can change the recipe to meet your hairs needs. I added honey to mine because I noticed a difference in softness, shine, etc. And I also made my own aloe vera gel by by scooping it out from my plant and blending it with the citrus juice. Hope this works for you!

  • NiaBS

    I don’t shampoo my hair at all. I use conditioner to wash my hair. (Co-washing or no poo method). Shampoo dries my hair out and the conditioner really keeps it moisturized. I wash my hair about every two weeks or just whenever it feels dirty from product buildup. That only happens when I’m experimenting with a new product which is not that often. I normally just use pure coconut oil on my hair and sometimes Shea butter.

  • Laura Hazen

    I was wondering if you have any suggestions about how often to wash your hair if u swim everyday, and unfortunately have chlorine in it everyday. Is it bad to wash it everyday to wash out the chlorine?

  • chio

    you shouldn’t try and avoid using any kind of hair product in a metal or aerosol can because they contain alcohol that can damage your hair badly

  • chio

    how did you get your hair so long?

  • Froukje Bats

    This is such a co

  • Froukje Bats

    This is such a coincidence I posted a blog yesterday with my review about dry shampoo.. In which I also stated my hair routine and the number of times I wash mine.. Today checked bloglovin and found this blog :)
    It depends on my day and activities that day.. If I go to the beach/am on holiday I wash it every day.. When I go to school I can wait for like 3/4 days.. When I work it’s probably every other day..
    Love your blog! Check out mine at http://livefrouwklife.blogspot.nl/

  • georgiec

    I shampoo every other day. Before I used to shampoo less frequently but when the hair accustomes to this frecuency, yes, then the oils is produced faster. So I shampoo every other day or 3 times a week :) I also have to use some balm or oil for my hair as it is really dry because of dying… but otherwise it works well for me :)

  • debora f

    I have always washed hair every day, but when I read your book beauty I followed your advice and now wash hair every 3 days, now I have the most beautiful hair and less oily!

  • Michelle

    I wash my hair every three or four days. I also don’t use shampoo. Someone once told me her hair was so gorgeous because she never used shampoo, she uses baking soda and water (1tbs per cup of water). So I ditched the ‘poo and I’ll never go back. I also never use heat to style my hair! I use those fun bendy noodles to curl it and my hair has a pretty natural wavy straight shape (which I didn’t know until I quit using shampoo)!

  • Michelle

    Coconut oil works wonders! The only draw back is it is hard to wash out.

  • jeannineg122

    I try to push 3 days. Some days I’m extra sweaty from Zumba, and must wash. I do use dry shampoo, but corn starch works just as well.

  • Deanne Castro

    I wash my hair every 3-4 days!

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  • Jen N

    I shampoo every other day usually. Sometimes I’ll go longer than that. On days when I don’t wash I use dry shampoo just to get rid of any greasiness.

  • Deanne Castro

    I wash my hair every 3-4 days!

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  • Golf Chick 01

    I wash my hair every other day! I wear a shower cap in the shower the days I don’t wash my hair….

  • Lau

    I haven’t shampooed my hair for over a year. I only ever use conditioner.
    No this is not a joke. I read about the “”no poo”” method, thought I would give it a try and never came back !
    Since, my hair has been growing faster I think, it is down past my waist although it is fine and wavy.
    And no it isn’t greasy or anything because conditioner does cleanse too, it is just a lot milder than shampoo. I even leave coconut oil on my tips over night.
    I recommend this cheap (it actually saves money!) and oh so easy tip. But to do this YOU SHOULD NEVER USE products that contain silicon because only shampoo can get that stuff out. (FYI silicon is said to dry hair out in the long run anyways).

  • photosbyjaana

    I try to only shampoo every 3-4 days. its crazy how you can train your hair to be less greasy the less you shampoo!
    http://www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

  • Ana Sofia

    I wash my hair every 3-4 days. But in summer, when I go to the beach, I wash every day.

    XOXO,
    http://mmthanwords.blogspot.pt/

  • Carole Jamet

    I shampoo about twice a week, depending on my “”events”” of the week where I like my hair to be freshly-clean! I usually put all my hair in a neat bun when it is about 90% dried and let it sit like that for 1 to 2 hours. Then it has a beautiful wave, doesn’t have any fly-aways or vaporous aspect! Love it like that :)

    Check out my new blog on French Skincare and Beauty:
    http://thefrenchbeautyside.over-blog.com/

    Carole.

  • Stephb

    I have been shampooing every night only because whenever i go a day without my hair is really greasy. I want to find a different way so I don’t have to shampoo that often.

  • katliz

    A neat trick my friend taught me was to try out co-washing. I don’t know who developed this but it’s a miracle. I can’t shampoo my hair everyday otherwise it will just become brittle and break off easily. So I space out shampooing about once a week, and in between I just wash with conditioner only. NO SHAMPOO! That way my hair is being washed and comes out as soft as ever, but I’m not stripping my hair of anything. I know that since I’ve started this, my hair is much healthier than my used to be frequent visits to the shampoo bottle.

  • Jen Hernandez

    thanks for the tip!

  • Jen Hernandez

    I should try that, thanks!

  • Jen Hernandez

    good to know, thanks!

  • Jen Hernandez

    thanks!

  • Harmony

    My hair is waist length. I shampoo twice a week or before a event. I use only sulfate free and chemical free products that prevent damage.

  • Kat S

    I have to wash my hair every day. I run almost every day and my head sweats a lot. My Harris extremely oily if I don’t wash it daily. I stopped using harsh styling products. I would like to wash it less often but with fine hair it’s hard to do. Do you at least use water/ rinse in between your shampooings?

  • Natasha Spradlin

    Until recently I never exercised enough to break a big sweat. I would say using just water would help get rid of the sweat instead of washing it.

    However, when I feel like my hair is oily after a work out now I use a little bit of baby powder in my hair. It helps get rid of over excessive shine and that dirty feeling. I would definitely suggest trying that!

  • Teresa Noelle

    I wash my hair every three days. If you look at hair historically speaking, women did not wash their hair often because the natural oils allowed the hair to stay put longer (ie:finger waves). I can say my hair always styles better and stays longer the next two days after. I am a hairstylist and I will say you still need to brush your hair daily and when washing give it a good scrub in the shower to really get to the scalp. The stimulation to the scalp increases the blood flow which in turn allows the hair to grow healthier and faster.

  • SabrinaNicole2121

    How do I email Lauren? Does anyone know??

  • JessicaCostello4514

    I have to shampoo my hair everyday, if I don’t it gets so greasy. One question I have for people who are responding 3 times a week, how do you do that if you workout? My hair always seems to style better when I wash it.

  • Molly

    I can usually go 3 days without washing my hair. I can sometimes go 4 or 5 days between washes even! To keep my hair non-greasy looking I use dry shampoo. That stuff soaks up the grease so fast! I love it! I have also found doing any sort of up do’s or braids, hold better with unshampooed hair. Also, the just using conditioner method is good too.

  • jord13

    As a curly haired girl who straightens I go as long as possible! I can usually manage a week. Things that help prolong my blowout: sleeping on a satin (or sateen) pillowcase, taking a bath instead of showering, and sleeping with my hair away from my face (think Marge Simpson laying down).

  • Heather

    Your scalp will be greasy while it adjusts to not having as much shampoo, but eventually (for me it took about 1 week), your hair will get used to it, and it will start producing less oil. While it adjusts, or if you feel self-conscious, use dry shampoo in between to help reduce oiliness. Trust me, your hair will feel so much healthier when you stop shampooing every day. Hope this helps!

  • Stephb

    Thanks so much! I’ll definitely give this a try!

  • MK Wasielewski

    Dry shampoo really does work! I recommend Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo- i use it and absolutely LOVE IT! When you apply though, hold it like you would hairspray, or else it comes out white on your hair.

  • Stephb

    Yea I’ve been looking for a good dry shampoo. Thanks for the recommendation! I have used Not Your Mothers products before so ill probably give this one a try.

  • sofis

    I train alot and sweat alot so if i’d wash my hair everyday it would be a total mess. Did some highlithting at my hairdresser the last time i was there and that makes your hair also very sensitive. So i try to wash my hair every three days or so, in the meantime i use or overconsume dryshampoo. Its my lifesaver :)

  • Stephb

    If I shampoo every 4 days, how often should I use conditioner?

    • Katie

      If your hair is dry, use conditioner more so. I have naturally curly hair and use conditioner everyday regardless of washing or not. On the other hand my friend uses conditioner once a week because her hair is already very soft. It depends on your hair type and personal preference.

  • Krystin Lee

    I shampoo every 2-3 days and use Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo when needed. Leaving a few days inbetween shampooing just keeps your hair healthier

  • Jenn Sadler

    I have really thick hair and I try to go at least 3 days without washing it, but when I use dry shampoo it makes my hair worse. I’ve changed dry shampoo’s a few times but I still get the same result. I don’t know what I’m doing to mess up my roots but if there’s any advice on what I can do, that would be awesome!

  • Carleigh Lewis

    everyday, or every other day depending on how my hair feels.

  • Andrea Nicole

    As a curly hair girl, I wash my hair maybe once or twice a week. I do condition it every day or every other day. My hair is extremely dry, and washing it just strips away what little moisture was left on my strands!

  • Sequins In The City

    i find that i have to shampoo every day because my hair gets oily faster than usual! but thats fine, my derm said that if my scalp is producing that much oil, then its good to wash it everyday

  • Tayler Hunt

    i will wash my hair every other day or 2 days my hair doesn’t really get very greasy and my hair always feels pretty smooth…….i used to wash it everyday and it was very very dry and my hair would fall out a lot

  • Nicole J.

    I have pretty long hair and usually wash it every other day. I have long bangs that can get pretty greasy so on the days I don’t shampoo, I usually use a little baby powder as a dry shampoo. I always try to wash my hair at night, and either braid it or roll it into two twists then let it air dry so I can get heat-free waves.

  • Clarice Satteck

    I have really thick long/medium hair and I try to go 2-3 days without washing because it helps keep my hair soft, healthy and growing fast.

  • Tessa Tebbenhof

    Do you guys make sure your hair doesn’t get wet in between shampooing? Or do you make it wet under the shower but just don’t shampoo? Wondering!

  • Jenn Sadler

    I usually try not to get my hair wet. Personally, I find that when I do get my hair wet between shampoos my hair looks greasier than it would if I kept my hair dry. Best way to keep your hair dry is to use a shower cap. You might get a couple of strands of your hair wet but it beats trying to keep your head away from the water.

  • Tessa Tebbenhof

    Thank you so much! Wondering who also keept the hair dry. I had the same experience, but when I keep my hair dry it hanging around my face (no volume). Do you have a solution for this problem?

  • belovedprincessxx

    I try to shampoo/condition every other day. I think shampooing everyday is too much.

  • Ashley Tse

    i shampoo every single day cuz my hair gets greasy very easily

    • Carla Marie Ralston

      For people who have naturally greasy hair, what works best is using a daily clarifying shampoo and conditioner. It takes out all the grease and will allow you to extend time in between washes. To maintain balance of moisture, I alternate each wash with clarifying shampoo & conditioner with moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner with leave in treatment.

  • Rose1567

    I wash my hair 3 times a week between days since I don’t want to damage my hair from overwashing.

  • nellingson

    NO Shampoo…I wash my hair with suave coconut conditioner and rinse with apple cidar vinegar/water mixture…learned this one from http://www.maskcara.com

  • Ncedervall

    I actually shampoo and condition every day. I use Lushs Juicy shampoo with a light conditioner. I only blow dry everyday, then i straighten sometimes. then i deep condition once or twice a week. ive tried to go every other day, but my hair looks crazy day 2 and its hard to work with. My stylist is always wondering why i have such great hair after ive done all the heat damage to it on a daily basis

    I only put my hair in a pony.

  • Alyssa Root

    How does this factor in with people that work out almost everyday? I have two off days but when I work out, it’s gross not to wash my hair since it’s all sweaty. The most I go is a day and a half, or right after whichever work out.

  • Erin Campbell

    I wash mine about every four days. My hair is really long and it has been stripped twice and is colored red. Washing it less often not only helps to keep my hair from drying out but helps keep my color from fading as fast.

  • Amanda Brown

    I shampoo/condition every day, but I use as 100% natural products as I can with no sulfates and the like. I also hardly every use any heat on my hair (even in the winter, but my hair has always dried rather fast). My fav products to use are Burt’s Bees products. I love their mango scented shampoo/conditioner –> it boosts the shine, smells fantastic, and is super soft. Plus, it is over 90% all natural. I also like their avocado pre-shampoo and the 2-minute deep conditioning treatment that is shea and grapefruit scented. I add them to my roots and ends, which helps keep my hair looking healthy and super soft. I really love their products. :)

  • MargNan

    I wash my hair every 4 days, my hair is long, dry, very thick, I have a lot and I dry it. For me works well like that, and in case I do a special hair style all my effort works and my hair still healthy. I try to use a shampoo, conditioner and care products for dry and damage hair.

  • MargNan

    I wash my hair every 4 days, my hair is long, dry, very thick, I have a lot and I dye it. For me works well like that, and in case I do a special hair style all my effort works and my hair still healthy. I try to use a shampoo, conditioner and hair products for dry and damage hair.

    • Carla Marie Ralston

      see my comment with picture at the top of the list. And let me know what you think. I find that it works for me, but for you I would minimize heat styling and extend the time in between color touch-ups or try to let the hair dye grow out all together. But most importantly, get a great hair cut so that regardless of the color, your hair can look great without heat styling. Lastly I suggest for all hair types, use Infusium 23 leave in treatment with Pantene Keratin cream to restore any damage hair and to protect new growth.

  • Tabatha

    I’m in the same boat alyssa! I can see skipping a wash on a day I don’t workout but thats only 2 days a week every other day I feel gross not washing it and it just seems unmanagable if I don’t after working out.

  • Tabatha

    Same here! If I don’t wash it, it just looks greasy even with dry shampoo.

  • Sina pfupajena

    I shampoo once a week (: I have dry, thick, curly hair and it doesn’t really need to be washed often because it doesn’t get greasy.

  • Jenna Yarbrough

    I shampoo + condition every day. My hair is long and thick and dry. for styling my hair, most of the time I do a messy bun or a ponytail! :)

    http://makeuploverxoxo.jimdo.com/

  • Elizabeth Mojica-Ramirez

    I wash my hair every 4-7 days depending on how much I put my hair thru. I have thin, long, wavy to curly hair.

  • Afm

    I haven’t used shampoo in over a year. When I clean my hair, I use only baking soda and water, followed by an acid rinse (diluted lemon/lime juice or organic apple cider vinegar), and tons of conditioner. My hair is blonde, oily, and fine although I have lots of it. I do this every other day sometimes, but more often the third or even fourth day. As a dry shampoo, I prefer cornstarch mixed with just enough cinnamon for the scent (I have been complimented on the cinnamon scent) and to darken the the whiteness of the cornstarch. I then brush out the cornstarch with a boar bristle brush. I also have added various natural oils (lavendar, rosemary, etc.) to the cornstarch in a small spice jar with a shaker lid. Love someone’s idea of brushing it on with a makeup brush. My hair is so much fuller now, grows great (is below my shoulders), and almost always looks so much better on the second or third days. If I wet my hair again in the shower without the baking soda wash, it often feels oily when it dries. If I do that, I use the cornstarch after it dries, or I use a vinegar or lemon juice rinse. I like to try different things on days when it doesn’t matter, such as putting my hair in a pony tail when I shower and just using conditioner on the ends on the in-between days. I never will go back to shampoo. Also makes it much easier to travel with only a carry-on (baking soda is not a liquid), although I learned at Heathrow that it is best to keep the baking soda in the small, labeled box instead of dumping it into a small zip-lock :-)
    When I have used the natural dry shampoos, they tend to make my hair REALLY stiff …. Particularly the Acure one, although I like their spray on/leave on conditioner.
    I went no-poo once for almost a year, and then went back to shampoo for no good reason and don’t really remember why now. Probably just boredom. Within six months or stopped using shampoo and this time it has been over a year. I like having control over what I put on my hair, and always prefer natural, organic foods and skin care. Another favorite is to bathe with coconut oil and a scrub pad (like the small, round Target ones), particularly on my legs before I shave.

  • SuperJess

    I will wet my hair pretty much every day in shower but I shampoo every 2-3 days depending if I used products. My hair is long and very thin so to keep it healthy I use the blow dryer and iron mostly for special occasion only, with my job i have to wear ponytail so no need to damage my hair everyday.

  • chelsea fantham

    I have thick curly hair. I shampoo everyday and my hair is lavender purple. After my shower I put product in before I use a micro-fibre towel to prevent frizz. Scrunch the product into the hair and then scrunch with the towel. No thermal styling for my curls anymore I straightened for 12 years and have finally givin it up to go all natural.

  • Olga

    I shampoo my hair once a week. I also do a weekly conditioning mask I leave on for about 20 minutes in the shower. I have long straight hair with highlights and once a week (usually the day I wash it) I will curl it. The rest of the week I use dry shampoo and do various braids, buns, ponytails, etc.

  • Olga

    I put mine in a high bun with one bobby pin, and use dry shampoo when I get out of the shower.

  • jahauert

    I wash my hair every other day

  • Aanchal

    I do it twise a week…As I stay at home so away from dust etc..i don’t need to shampoo my hair very often. But Still it is necessary to condition your hairs to make them nourishing and healthy..

    http://www.doctorandcare.com/

  • sophiacollier_

    I wash my hair every Monday and Friday. Clean for the week, clean for the weekend. While by the third and fourth day I do need some help from my trustee dry shampoo it allows my hair to get the natural oil it needs. And usually on the Sunday night or Thursday night I’ll apply a hair mask or coconut oil, sleep on it, and rinse out in the morning. I’ve seen so much change in my hair since doing this. If you’re trying to grow or thicken your hair just try it!

  • Samantha

    I wash my hair every other day. If I don’t my hair looks oily and gross. I’m with a couple of the others that ask how you don’t shampoo as often if you work out…that grosses me out! I use heated styling on my hairy every day but it does’t seem to really mess with my hair much. Still looks good to me.

    • Carla Marie Ralston

      When I work out 5 days a week, I wash my hair every two days, depending on how much I sweat. But I take advantage of the winter to extend the time in between washes so I can maximize my hair growth. But in the summer I wash it more frequently.

  • Lacey Conrad

    2 times a week and dry shampoo in between. I love experimenting with my style so slightly dirty hair (OK, sometimes straight up dirty) gives my super fine hair a lot more volume and texture than freshly washed!

  • Kristen

    Every other day, 2 days between at most. I try to let it air dry as much as possible, especially while trying to let it grow long. Olive oil and a few drops of tea tree oil once a week is incredibly moisturizing. Just massage it into hair and scalp and let it sit for about 15 min.

  • Mel baumh

    I shampoo every other or every 2 days. My hair is wavy and fine but thick. If I shampoo every day it gets a lot of static. But if I wait to long it gets oily an flaky (not cool). I’ve found that if I switch up my shampoo every 2 weeks. Only using silicone free an sulfate free shampoo an conditioners, works wonderful!!!!! I also use coconut oil twice a week. By living it in over night (as much as I want) or when it’s wet ( just alittle). I also put it in when I go to the gym hair is up an u shower after :) not always shampooing.

  • Jill Willson

    Every other day :)

  • Carla Marie Ralston

    One other piece of advice to ALL ladies out there—> try NOT TO DYE your hair, it makes your hair porous and dry. If you do dye your hair, wait 2 months in between your next touch up and make sure you get a hair cut or trim each time. I started dying my hair when I was 12 and kept doing so for 7 years, and I realized that my hair was always frizzy and dry. But I eventually cut my hair really short to get all of the color out and that was the best decision I have ever made. My hair went from neck length to hip length in less than 2 years (and now its been 4 years of having virgin hair). Just by getting the right hair cut (with layers and face frame), I realized that my hair could look even better than it had with color treatment. For those thinking about dying their hair, I say just get a great hair cut instead and learn how to style it better. I learned how to style my hair just by watching youtube, and that made all the difference in the world. Trust me ladies, this is the look for less. You will not have to go broke paying to get your hair cut and colored every few weeks if you follow this advice. My mom is a hair dresser and she taught me how to look great without all the extensions and color, and heat damage. If you do want to dye your hair, use semi-permanent color for very minimal streaks or get the ombre look where you can cut your hair if you change your mind.

    • Uttanumtos

      Yeah, if you have no gray hair, you can afford not to dye it often. But when you are 45 and look like 55 if the hair isn’t coloured, you have not this luxury.

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  • Chloe

    My hair used to be really healthy and then I started washing it everyday and now I HAVE to wash it everyday or else it gets greasy very very quickly:/ I have really frizzy and bushy hair which needs straightened everyday as well..Now whenever I get showered I also have to use conditioner everyday too because my hair feels like its stuck together after I use shampoo and its extremely hard to brush and its making my hair fall out! Do you or anybody else know of any shampoos I could purchase to help my condition? I so regret shampooing everyday:(x

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