Does washing my hair cause more hair loss???
I see many ladies who come in for consultations that are experiencing excessive shedding or genetic hair loss and I always have to ask, “how often do you shampoo?” Nine times out of ten, the response will be once or twice a week. I then proceed to explain that our scalp is an extension of our face, and then ask how often do we wash our face? Usually more than once or twice a week, right? I’m not saying everyone needs to shampoo every day by any means – I’m saying typically women don’t shampoo as often as they should – to no fault of their own.
It is a common myth that shampooing less is better for your hair, and the natural oils from our scalp are good for the strands. This is true, but only to a certain degree. And it is true that if you shampoo too much, you can end up drying out the strands or the scalp (especially if you are using the wrong shampoo). However it’s also true if you don’t shampoo enough – oil, bacteria, dirt and other debris from products can clog the follicle and weigh the hair shafts down. This may cause them to fall out or break prematurely, ESPECIALLY for women who have androgenetic alopecia, or genetic hair loss.
How Do I Know What is Best for Me?
Unfortunately there isn’t a general rule of thumb for everyone. For example a woman who has a normal-oily scalp and face with very fine hair will have to shampoo more than a woman who has a more dry scalp and face with courser textured hair.
Here are some factors that can effect how often you should shampoo:
Scalp Type or Scalp Condition: Like I stated, if someone is oily then they will need to clean their scalp more often than someone who is more dry (because they need to remove that access oil which will attract bacteria and create an unhealthy environment for hair to grow.) Also if someone has a scalp condition, like dandruff or psoriasis, they will probably need to shampoo every day or every other day to remove oil and bacteria that could eventually lead to fungus and make the condition worse. If you do have a scalp condition, you should also use a shampoo and conditioner that will help control and/or treat the condition. See a hair loss specialist or doctor if you think you have a scalp condition.
Climate: if you live in a humid place you will possibly shampoo more than someone who lives in a dry climate.
What shampoo and conditioner you use: I always say there is no magical shampoo that will re-grow your hair. HOWEVER, there are products that will help create a healthy environment for hair to grow! If you are experiencing hair loss then this is important to pay attention to. The cheap stuff typically isn’t the greatest, you pay for what you get, right?! They usually contain more harmful ingredients like alcohol, parabens and sulfates that are not good for our strands (especially if you color your hair.) Products that contain ingredients like argon oil, keratin and collagen are always better (especially if you color your hair or deal with frizzy or damaged strands.)
How much product(s) you put in your hair: dry-shampoos, hairspray, volumizers etc. all should be cleansed and removed from the scalp and hair on a regular basis.
So, in conclusion – shampooing does NOT cause hair loss!!! It’s important to clean the scalp on a regular basis! We just notice more shedding in the shower, when realistically the hair would have fallen out regardless. ***If you do shed more than 50-150 hairs a day, call a hair loss specialist. We offer free consultations that include a scalp analysis. Let us help steer you in the right direction!
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