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Well+Good readers’ genius hair washing advice


Welcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the Comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an up-coming article!

This week we asked you, Well+Good readers, to share how often you wash your hair, and what you do on the days you don’t wash it.

The results may surprise you. The most popular answer was two to three times a week, the hair washing habit of choice for 32 percent of readers.

But after that, things were very split: The number of people who said that they hit the (shampoo) bottle only once a week—just over 25 percent of commenters—was about the same as the number of people who said that they clean their tresses every single day (with a few of you owning up to both morning and night shower sessions).

It seems like hair type has the biggest effect on the decision to wet, or not to wet; those with curly hair opted to go longer between washes.

So what do you do when you skip the shower? These are our 3 favorite reader tips from the Comments:

1. Use powder—either unscented baby powder, or reader favorite Batiste dry shampoo—to combat grease. (If you need help with how to best apply it, check out our dry shampoo guide.)

2. Try a no-poo option, where you wash your hair without actually using a shampoo. Readers like to DIY with the help of apple cider vinegar or baking soda.

3. When in doubt, style it out; there’s nothing (nope, not even four-day-old hair) a nice fishtail braid can’t make look better.

Still want to chime in with your hair washing routine? Add yours to the Comments, below!