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  • There's a movement that is upending shower routines across the country.

  • There's a new trend in the beauty world, it's called the No Poo Method.

  • The secret could be not shampooing.

  • Skip the shampoo.

  • Your hair is better off without it.

  • At least that's the slogan for the No Poo Movement that's got people claiming they haven't used conventional shampoo in years.

  • And their hair looks amazing.

  • But is this just a fad?

  • What would really happen if you didn't shampoo your hair for an entire year?

  • To find out, we asked dermatologist Angela J. Lamb, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

  • So what shampoos do mostly is they do what's called saponification.

  • So their actual shampoo comes along and wraps around oil and dirt, and when you rinse, it kinda comes out with the shampoo.

  • You kinda rinse out both the shampoo and the oil and dirt.

  • But most conventional shampoos are too good at what they do, stripping away too much oil from your hair to the point where you start producing extra oil to compensate.

  • As a result, after the first few days without using shampoo, your hair will look and feel way more oily than normal, especially if you have straight hair.

  • So for people that have straighter-patterned hair, like I said, what happens with that patterned hair is, the oils, the sebum, tend to progress down the hair shaft faster.

  • So their hair is going to feel oilier, dirtier sooner.

  • After a month of no shampoo, that oil will have caught a good amount of dead skin cells, dirt, and possibly even bacteria, which could start to make your scalp itchy and even smell kind of funky.

  • I would say if you go longer than about a month, that you may see some, again, what you would get is sometimes odor, you would get some trapping of bacteria on your scalp.

  • After six months to a year, all that gunk can clog up your hair follicles, which can prevent new hair from growing.

  • And over time, ultimately lead to hair thinning or even hair loss.

  • There's also a risk of your scalp getting infected from all the bacterial buildup.

  • So the signs you want to look for that would be problematic, that are telling you you're not washing your hair often enough are:

  • scale, odor, sometimes pimples that lead tothat are basically saying you're getting an infection or bacteria.

  • Those would be the signs that you would know that you're not washing often enough.

  • But here's the thing: Rinsing your hair with gentle cleaning agents like baking soda or even just plain water is often enough to prevent itching, hair loss, and infection.

  • So, how often should you be rinsing?

  • So, to not wash at all, to use no water, no cold washing, no detergent, shampoo—I think the cutoff for how long you can go really does depend on your styling pattern.

  • So, many people can do that for a couple of days, some people can do it longer, I would say two to four weeks.

  • For example if your hair is locked or if you have any kind of prosthetic in your hair like a weave or a braid,

  • you often can go a little bit longer just because of the way the hair is kind of tied down and not getting as disrupted.

  • So, if you would like to wash your hair less frequently, try to go maybe I'd say about three days to a week and see how you do.

  • So you should still wash and rinse, but you don't have to repeat every single day.

  • Just try it out and see how you do.

There's a movement that is upending shower routines across the country.

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What Happens If You Stop Washing Your Hair For A Year

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    Ginger Liu posted on 2019/07/12
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