Reader Question: How often should Pinays wash their hair?

Hi Liz, just want to ask if how often should we shampoo our hair? I'm currently shampooing my hair everyday which I've read was not a good idea. I also have frequent hair fall and it's really frustrating. I've tried a lot of hair products that claims to prevent hair fall but none of them works for me. Any recommendations? Thanks! - Joanne

Hi Joanne! My opinion is that the frequency of hair washing should be approached on a case-to-case basis. It depends on how humid it is, and how exposed you are to the dirt and the sun! Washing too often can strip your hair and scalp of moisture; washing too little may lead to stickiness and stinkiness.

The trick is to find a balance. Try to see how long you can comfortably go without washing your hair, and that's your sweet spot. The truth is we don't need to wash our hair as long as it is clean and not overly greasy.

Personally I wash my hair every other day only as I am out of the house about three or four days a week. I work mainly from home so I can get away with not washing so often. If you commute everyday, however, perhaps it's wiser to clean your hair on a daily basis - at least with a mild shampoo.

If you're experiencing increased hair fall though, perhaps it's not the shampoo, but your lifestyle. Could be stress, could be your diet. Stick with mild shampoos like baby shampoo, and lessen your use of conditioners that may weigh the hair down. Try the Johnson's Baby Shampoo, the one that you can purchase from S&R as it's better than the one sold in local supermarkets. Promise. The one in S&R lathers better and is less drying!

If your tastes run a bit high-end Mustela makes super gentle shampoos for the young critters. ;) It's a baby brand that's careful about ingredients and sensitive skin.

How about you guys, how often do you wash your hair?