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No Shampoo Use for 30 Days

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I have always wondered what would happen if I didn't wash my hair for 30 days. Would my hair health improve or worsen? I thought doing a challenge for a month would help me discover the answers.

The introduction of co-wash and sulfate-free products have made me more curious. Will my hair feel amazing because I did not use cleaning products? Will dirt grow my hair? I am excited to share the results of this experiment with you.

What is Shampoo?

Shampoo, to me, is simply a chemical that removes particles from the hair.

Shampoo removes the natural oil produced by the scalp. I use a conditioner after shampooing to restore the luster of my hair.

My hair appears quite wild and frizzy after the first two phases of the haircare process. Hair gel or hair spray are required to give my hair a style. Otherwise, it would protrude from my head.

The goal of this 30-day challenge is to eliminate my use of haircare products, including shampoo, conditioner, and hair gel.


This 3-step technique is my haircare routine; your skin type may require a different approach. I'm going to tell you what I noticed after not applying anything to my hair for 30 days but water. Let's start the review.

What sparked the no shampoo challenge?

According to some reports, shampoo might cause dangerous chemicals to build upon your scalp over time.

When you use shampoos often, your scalp begins to do strange things. For example, creating too much oil; this effect is another key reason why our scalp is always oily.


When it comes to hair washing, how often should you do it?

There is no set number of times per week that you should shampoo or wash your hair.

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Everyone's natural oil production process differs according to a variety of factors such as genes, skin condition, and environment.

Here are five symptoms that you're washing your hair too much, according to experts!

1. Frizzy hair

If you have frizzy hair, foregoing washing, according to the doctor, might help you tame it.

2. Your hair has lost its luster or bouncy appearance.

Over-washing might be the cause of your hair's loss of sheen. But the result might be different for everyone. Before doing this challenge, please visit your dermatologist. Everyone's skin is different.

3. Excessive shampooing or washing might easily damage your hair.

Damp hair is also more delicate, so combing or brushing it while it's wet, as well as forceful towel-drying, can cause breaking.

4. You've noticed flakes.

It's just as crucial to have a healthy scalp as it is to have good hair. It should be clean and clear of oils, but not too dry. Over-shampooing can worsen dryness caused by skin conditions and poor diets.

5. Hair that is more greasy

You may notice that your hair is dry. This state may lead the scalp to feel that it needs to produce more oils. It leads the natural scalp oil system to generate excessive amounts of it.


The Result of the 30-Day No Shampoo Challenge

  • I've come to the conclusion that you should clean your hair as needed. Use a decent shampoo sparingly. Pick a shampoo that is appropriate for your skin and hair type. To select the best product, please see your dermatologist.
  • I also discovered that I don't need to use shampoo on a regular basis. I used to shampoo my hair often when I took a shower. Thus, I washed my hair four or five times every week.
  • After three weeks without shampoo, I realized that my hair was much healthier. When I used shampoo virtually every day, my hair immediately turned oily.
  • I found that the itching has decreased. But if I do not rinse my hair with water during my shower within 48 hours, my scalp becomes itchy again. I feel it is dust and sweat production caused by my active lifestyle. If you rinse your hair fast after exercise, it will not stink.
  • Another truth is that I noticed no hair odor at all, such as fruity or coconut. It's just hair!

What is the verdict?

The bottom line is that everything is fine in moderation. To get rid of the excess oil on my scalp, I'll need to use shampoo.

But rather than go back to my old routine, I will wash my hair once a week. Moderation is key.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Kandice Fyffe

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