Mayo Clinic Minute: How often should you wash your hair?

To shampoo or not to shampoo? That might be your question each time you head into the shower. Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says when it comes to the scalp and the hair, there’s a new trend online where shampooing less is preferred.

Wash your hair and scalp

“We oftentimes think about shampooing as being beneficial for the hair. But we forget that we also have to address the scalp as well,” says Dr. Davis.

She says if you don’t regularly shampoo your hair, it’s difficult for your scalp to get cleaned.

Everyone’s hair texture and needs are different. However, there are some guidelines to consider when it comes time to wash your hair.

“For persons of color, the typical recommended shampooing regimen is once to twice a week, separated by a couple of days, so that there’s not dryness if you shampoo day to day,” says Dr. Davis.

“And for others, we recommend shampooing every second or third day at a minimum. And some patients can shampoo daily. It just depends on whether their hair needs cleansing and/or their scalp needs cleansing.”