Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley, www.philipkingsley.co.uk   Professional shot high res (1) (1)

  • There are many myths out there about hair loss and what causes it.
  • Washing your hair too frequently is one of them, according to hair doctor Anabel Kingsley.
  • You should ideally wash your hair every day, and never leave more than three days in between shampooing, she says.

There are plenty of myths out there about how often you should wash your hair. One of those, according to trichologist Anabel Kingsley, is that washing your hair too often will damage it or cause it to fall out.

Many people say that you should only wash your hair once or twice a week, and berate anyone who shampoos any more than that. Kim Kardashian once proudly claimed that she only washes her hair twice a week — but then not everyone is blessed with a Kardashian head of hair.

The common argument is that frequent shampooing will strip the hair of its natural oils and dry it out.

But Kingsley, daughter of the late “celebrity hair doctor” Philip Kingsley who has spent years studying the hair and scalp at their clinic, disagrees.

Speaking from personal experience, Kingsley, who recently spoke out about suffering from hair loss following the death of her father, told Business Insider: “Shampooing can be really really upsetting for people suffering from hair thinning because when you massage the shampoo into your hair all of the hairs that were ready to fall come out at once instead of gradually.”

But it’s not falling in reaction to being washed too frequently, she said.

It’s no different than your skincare regime

“You should think of washing your hair as a a skincare regime, after all your scalp is just skin,” Kingsley told BI. “It has oil and sweat glands, and with all Read More Here