What Happens If You Stop Washing Your Hair For A Year

By Grover Koelpin 45 comments

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’s 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, MD, from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. So what shampoos do mostly is they do what’s called saponification. So the 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, and 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…that 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 cut off 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.


Myer Werl

Jul 7, 2019, 5:46 pm Reply

I did tried this for a semester. What happened? My hair thins, its not good.

Ryu Nocent

Jul 7, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

U can still wash ur hair with water and scrub it hard

taliyah robinsion

Jul 7, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

How happens if we don't shower for a year

Christian Nipales

Jul 7, 2019, 1:09 am Reply

This is the type of small changes in society we need for climate change. Our consuming habits on so many products can be detrimental for our wallets and our environment

Nolram Ecno

Jul 7, 2019, 1:26 pm Reply

I haven't used shampoo in 3 years to try to lessen my dandruff problem i've also been trying to remove em

Thomas Kapcar

Jul 7, 2019, 8:45 pm Reply

I use shampoo and stuff but I can imagine you would use water and stuff


Jul 7, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

I only use conditioner

lavender moon magick

Jul 7, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

what i do is i don’t shampoo for 5-6 ish days, then i condition before hand to make sure everything is hydrated before i go in with shampoo and clean my hair. i scrub throughly at my scalp and at the roots of my hair, barely touching the ends. my hair feels AMAZING. it grows so fast and is so sleek and soft. i recommend trying a routine like this if you can

Brenande Mossita

Jul 7, 2019, 10:01 pm Reply

What about black people lol?????

Yeet boi kpop

Aug 8, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

Im black so I don’t really use shampoo cuz I just use conditioner
(I do use shampoo just not as much as other people)


Aug 8, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

The itchy part is true if I go even a few days without washing my hair it itches.

a thottie never gets cold

Aug 8, 2019, 3:49 pm Reply

When i don't shampoo my hair for 2 days it feels STICKY AND DISGUSTING.

Brandy Hahn

Aug 8, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

I have wavy hair, and I wash it about once a week. When I first started skipping washes my hair did get oily fast, but now it's doesn't start to look oily till the end of the week. Also a bottle of shampoo and conditioner last me like 7 months.

Adina M.

Aug 8, 2019, 2:21 am Reply

I have a friend that uses the no poo method..omg she smells. Everytime she combs her hair with her hand, the smell is 2Xs worse.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:59 am Reply

I don't wash mine- . _.

sumaima alvi

Aug 8, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

I can't live without washing my hair daily in morning cause eveyday when I wake up my hair becomes greasy

Oshe Shango

Aug 8, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

White people….. Let anyone not white do this and they'll look like they just came out of the wilderness. Also, that's disgusting.


Aug 8, 2019, 10:14 am Reply

Try rinsing your hair in a clean freshwater lake or river. Feels magical.


Aug 8, 2019, 1:27 pm Reply

My dandruff would be as thick as a dictionary.

Dora Arnold

Aug 8, 2019, 2:44 am Reply

My step dad has not washed his hair since he was 30. He just cleans it with water and he has a full head of hair at 75 years old.


Aug 8, 2019, 10:49 am Reply

emma chamberlain has entered the chat


Sep 9, 2019, 1:03 pm Reply

Its not for everyone though. Doesnt hurt to try ofcourse, but dont expect it to work for you. Me, for example, i tried washing my hair with only water for a week. After that week my hair started to fall, but like, REALLY fall, i even got scared 😂😭.
Edit: you need to use special products too, not only water like i did. I mean, you could try, a lot of people does that too but itd be better to research about this method more, gather all the resources and then try it out with them. Cause theres less chance that its going to work with only water ofcourse🤷🏻‍♀️


Sep 9, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

A girl in my school never used shampoo, from her whole life and her hair is super oily, and doesn't really smell good… ;-;


Sep 9, 2019, 10:39 am Reply

The no poo method is a no SHAMPOO method. That doesn't mean they don't wash their hair at all ( unless it's you Barry, also going on a diet on the streets) it means they use alternatives to shampoo.

Kayla Mae Brown

Sep 9, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

yall thats my friends dermatologists XD

Chell Edits

Sep 9, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

I only wash my hair on sundays,Tuesdays,and thursdays then repeat

Cheeseburger Monkey

Sep 9, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

me: doesn't shampoo for a month

Maxine McFarlane

Oct 10, 2019, 11:14 pm Reply

So not black people right lol

John and Jane Smith

Oct 10, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

That's disgusting

are you kirring mi irrriya??

Oct 10, 2019, 6:20 am Reply

head & shoulders ruined my hair ..

Lance Isthename

Oct 10, 2019, 8:48 am Reply

True tho. My hair was so much oilier when I first few times stopped using shampoo. But I guess it has gotten used to it and doesnt produce so much oil anymore. I still shampoo my hair but only 2-3 times a month

Khari Marquette

Oct 10, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

2:03 C H E E T O S


Oct 10, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

I don’t wear SHAMPOO?.???!!

Stryder Mclean

Oct 10, 2019, 5:51 am Reply

They make this seem so scary, I actually encourage my clients to not wash their hair so regularly.

Luisa Cortes melo

Oct 10, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

I got wavy hair and I can go on for about a week without washing it and by the end of the week my hair still not exactly oily but my mom has straight hair and she can't go on without washing her hair for 2 days because it so oily


Oct 10, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

thanks god I thought this was buzzfeed’s

Heather Shtykin

Nov 11, 2019, 1:01 pm Reply

Well i mean u really get lice tho

Mohd. Nishikata Sitohang

Nov 11, 2019, 11:17 pm Reply

Me that was too lazy to shampoing even before the trend become viral: "Are you challenging me?"

lana cooper

Nov 11, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

I shouldn't poop. I cant wait to be constipated. Lol. Jk

Jade Garza

Nov 11, 2019, 2:30 am Reply

My hairs curly and I usually go three day


Nov 11, 2019, 7:02 am Reply

If you dont wash your hair for a year you will scratch your scalp off

sandals were for clementine

Nov 11, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

“Especially if you have straight hair”
My hair is literally as straight as dry spaghetti and has no volume at all

BenComedy 2020

Dec 12, 2019, 3:17 am Reply

Oil on hair?

Use the US Army to drill it off

flea s.

Dec 12, 2019, 2:17 pm Reply

I have gone 7 weeks without washing. No shampoo, no conditioner, and not even wetting my hair. When I would go shower I would just put a beanie on to not wet my hair. My hair is dry, coarse, thick and curly/wavy so it actually made my hair manageable because I dont know how to style it


Dec 12, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

just ask my brother
he'll know

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