Why you don’t need the ‘poo

How often do you shampoo your hair? Everyday? Every other day? Whenever you’re having a shower that’s not interrupted by little voices, tiny baby squawks, or your partner asking where you put the remote?

Before I had my boys, I was a shampoo-a-day kinda gal. It had never occurred to me do to otherwise, and my fine lank hair seemed to need it for the extra body the ‘poo provided. Plus I loved that freshly-washed smell. Yet post-kids, my daily hair wash became a thing of the past. Hair was hastily pulled into a messy pony or bun post-shower, and I discovered a Dry Shampoo that gave a similar freshness but without the hassle.

Turns out, it can be great for the condition of your hair and scalp to leave it unwashed for periods of time, especially if you have coloured hair. Stevie Corthine, owner of eponymous hair salon Stevie English, explained:

“Even with amazing shampoos, the brighter your colour, the quicker the fade.”


So how frequently should we be washing our hair?

It’s still really a personal thing,” said Stevie. “If you go to the gym everyday and sweat, I’m going to say everyday. But otherwise, we recommend shampooing, then maybe detoxing for a couple of days, and then a hydrating shampoo before conditioning and/or treatment.”


With a little forethought, you can avoid my Messy-Ponytail-Shambles-Of-2005, and look polished even when you’re skipping the ‘poo.”


Stevie’s top tips for shampoo-free hair days.
  1. Always start with a great hair foundation product like Atonic from O&M.
  2. A dry shampoo is great between washes,  and talcum powder on the scalp to soak up oils is a good trick, too.
  3. A serum will keep frizzy hair at bay – try Frizzy Logic from O&M.

To style, Stevie advises: ‘”Start off with a blowdry, the second day maybe try a braid, and the third day whack in a few clips and accessories.” This Quick Clip Hair Trick is straight off the catwalk.

For more hairstyle ideas for dirty hair days, check out:

9 hot hairstyles for when your hair is totally dirty

7 sneaky shortcuts for hair in a hurry

Top 10 fast favourite hairstyles

The Fox in Flats HAIR TIPS folder – chock full of quick, easy ideas.



How often do you shampoo your hair?

What’s your go-to, in-between-washes, hair-do?

And when was the last time you had an uninterrupted shower? 

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