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The 5 states where it’s totally okay to *not* wash your hair for a week


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When it comes to hair care, there are two solid camps: those who regularly wash their locks, and those who proudly don’t. Thanks to the ever-expanding selection of natural shampoos and the popularity of perfectly undone styles, you can’t go wrong either way. But that doesn’t stop women from having some strong opinions about the best way to care for their tresses.

Now, thanks to a recent survey conducted by the online beauty shop LookFantastic, you can figure out whether your washing habits reflect the average of women in your state. One shocker? A whopping 49 percent of the female population not only wash their hair every day, but also blow dry it seven days a week. (My survey answers must’ve gotten lost in the mail….)

A whopping 49 percent of the female population not only wash their hair every day, but also blow dry it seven days a week.

When it comes to lather/rinse/repeat obsessives, California takes the top spot: Women in the Golden State keep their manes Beverly Hills-glossy by shampooing every day. (Or maybe they’re just constantly washing out that ocean salt.) Following close behind in second place is the unofficial big hair capital of the world: Texas. Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina round out the top five fans of squeaky-clean locks (sudsing up every 1.5 to 1.7 days).

And which states take a more laissez-faire approach to hair care? At an average of once per week, Tennessee women wash their tresses the least frequently. And, averaging one wash every 5.5 to 6 days, the ladies of Maryland, Colorado, Nevada, and Alabama have likely mastered the art of the second- (or third, or fourth) day braid.

As for how best to deal with summer frizz? That’s a wash.

Regardless of which camp you belong to, you’re in luck: the Instagram-friendly messy updo looks great with every hair type. And in case you were wondering, here’s what happens when you don’t shower for a month.