You don’t want to wash your hair daily as that can disrupt the pH balance of your scalp as well as sebum production and cause many problems as a result. You could end up with fungal growth as well which will result in dandruff and it not only itches but is embarrassing. However, you should ideally wash your hair every two to three days, or at the very least once a week. Your hair needs to be washed, but not daily.
However, if you were to stop washing your hair, you would be facing other problems as well. What happens if you stop washing your hair? Let’s find out as 12 things do happen if you quit.
Your Hair Attracts Dust
You may appear to have dandruff as your unclean hair strands will have specs of white material. However, that is not dandruff as it is dust. Your unclean hair will attract dust which means you will end up with dust mites, and this can really ramp up your allergies.
Your Hair Becomes Very Itchy
The longer you leave your hair unclean, the itchier it becomes. That is because all of that excess oil is causing the itchy discomfort. And as a result, you will be constantly scratching your hair and it will feel quite unpleasant. It will become so itchy that it will get into the way of your productivity.
You Won’t Smell Good
If you stopped washing your hair, the oil built-up will cause you to smell and it will give off an oily as well as musty smell. That is quite embarrassing which is why you want to make sure that you do wash your hair often enough so you don’t end up with those odors.
You Have Ingrown Hairs
You have heard of ingrown hairs happening on your bikini line or armpit and that is never pleasant but it can also happen on your scalp. That is the result of allowing dirt and oil not washed away. As a matter of fact, dry shampoo can also be a culprit of ingrown hairs in the scalp.
Your Hair Becomes Thin
When your hair is not clean, the sebum production becomes out of control and that means your hair becomes quite oily. You would think that would thicken your hair, but it does not. It mats your hair which means it becomes thin and when that happens, you see a lot of your scalp. It is not healthy or attractive.
You’ll End Up With Dandruff
Since the sebum production is out of balance and out of control, this will encourage fungi to grow and when that happens, you will end up with dandruff. Therefore, those white specs that you are seeing hanging from your hair can either be dust which was discussed previously, or dandruff. Either way, it is not pleasant.
Your Hair Dye Won’t Last
When you dye your hair, you are expected to wash your hair and use specialized shampoo as well. However, if you stop washing your hair, the oils building up will ruin the dye job and in time you will see it fade. That means you spent a lot of time and money for nothing whether you dyed your hair on your own or you went to the salon!
Your Hair Looks Smooth
You want to have smooth hair but for the right reasons. And if you neglect to wash your hair, then that is not a good reason for having smooth hair. That is because the oils are making it smoother. You want your hair to be smooth from a shampoo and conditioner job, not from an overproduction of sebum from not washing your hair.
You’ll Collect Odors
If your hair has not been washed for a long time, you will start collecting outside odors the same way it attracts dust. If you go to a pizza parlor, your hair will smell like pizza. If you were outdoors raking leaves, then your hair will smell of leaves. And anytime you enter a room with other people, they will know where you have been based on the odor of your hair.
Your Hair Might Fall Out
An unhealthy buildup of sebum and other substances will interfere with the function of the hair follicles. This means that you can expect to have your hair start falling out strand by strand if you don’t wash it at all. The same happens if you wash it too much as that causes imbalances in your scalp as well which is mentioned.
At Least Your Nail Polish Lasts Longer
This is a benefit but not for a good reason. If you stop washing your hair, you won’t be having to deal with nail polish on your nails chipping away. Therefore, your nail polish will end up lasting much longer by not washing your hair. But this benefit is not worth it.
Your Highlights Are Hydrated
Even though unwashed hair will cause your dye job to disappear, at the same time, excess oil can hydrate your hair as well. So is this a benefit? Sure, but it is not a good reason to use it. Your highlight will still either be brassy or disappearing even though your hair is hydrated. You are better off once again using special shampoos for colored hair.
Therefore, if you stop washing your hair, you will not be doing yourself any favors by walking around with unclean hair. You don’t want to wash your hair daily, but you should never let it go past once a week either!