Why Do Men Need To Wash Their Hair? (Side Effects Of Bad Hair Care )

Why Do Men Need To Wash Their Hair? (Side Effects Of Bad Hair Care )

According to his colleagues, Steve Jobs didn't shower because he thought he didn't need to. Guess what ... the Apply tech mogul apparently stank! 

So when you read that you don't need to wash your hair - think again. Avoiding the shower could be doing your hair a lot of damage.

what happens if you stop washing your hair


Hairloss, dandruff, odor and dryness - a few of the big side effects that can come from not maintaining a regular hair washing routine.

But don't just take my word for it in this introduction. In today's blog, we're breaking out what really happens if you stop washing your hair!

Is It Good To Stop Washing Your Hair?  

This question is similar to asking, "is it okay to stop bathing?" The simple answer is NO! Well, not unless you want to become a hermit and live in the jungle away from civilization?

Not washing your hair comes with a whole heap of consequences, including an increase in scalp odor, fungal infections, dandruff, and acne. We'll go into more gruesome details a bit later on...

how often should you wash your hair

While washing your hair too frequently is a bad idea, avoiding washing your hair at all is not the solution. The best advice is to wash your hair in a way that removes dirt without stripping it of its natural oils.

That way, you can avoid the problems that come with both washing your hair too much and not washing it enough.

Can You Train Your Hair To Not Need Washing?  

A hair wash will always be an essential part of caring for your hair. So, while you can train your hair to require less frequent washing, you can't teach it never to need a wash. 

Here's something you need to know about hair care — the more oil your scalp produces, the more frequently you must wash it. 

And, the more you wash your hair, the more your scalp produces more oil to prevent dry hair. This entangles you into an unhealthy and vicious cycle of constant hair washing. 

train your hair to fewer washing

The good news is that you can avoid this situation by training your hair, which is especially helpful if you have an oily scalp. Hair training is the process of teaching your scalp to produce less oil. In turn, this leads to your hair needing fewer wash days each week.

What Happens When You Stop Washing Your Hair?  

So if you continue to wonder if you should wash your hair, you may have to deal with the following problems if you do eventually stop:

Dull Appearance

Whatever goes on the hair stays on the hair because it does not have self-cleaning capabilities. As such, your hair will keep accumulating the dust and dirt of the day... Delightful!

Your hair will also keep producing oils that add to the dirt, which, in turn, dull its shine. Again, a proper hair cleaning routine involves using products that improve your hair texture and glow. So neglecting to wash your hair guarantees a dull, dreary look. 

Slow Hair Growth 

Alongside genetics, nutrition, and stress, hair care is one of the drivers of hair growth. If you stop washing your hair, the dirt and product build-up can affect its growth process.

By clogging the hair follicles, it can prevent the hair from getting the nutrients it needs to grow. It will eventually lead to lackluster and stunted hair growth. 

Smelly Hair 

Just like a dirty environment stinks, dirt on your hair can cause unpleasant odors. This is due to your hair trapping oils, grime, and sweat. You may think that a quick spray of aftershave will solve the problem? Unfortunately, you'd be wrong...

Applying sweet-smelling products to your hair may only mask the problem temporarily. They'll end up adding to the odor in the long run by contributing to product build-up. 

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As with many other scalp conditions, dandruff can develop as a result of an excessive buildup of oil. Washing your hair with a gentle shampoo is the best way to treat this condition and avoid any further flare-ups!

Ingrown Hairs

Product and oil build-up in your hair puts you at risk of ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs are created when the hair grows back into your skin and can be very painful. They also cause itchy bumps to develop in the affected areas.  

Ingrown hairs worsen as you shave, scratch, or pick at them. Guess what? One of the ways to treat ingrown hairs is through daily shampooing. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure... It's better to shampoo your hair to prevent ingrown hair than attempt to cure it by shampooing, don't you think? 

Itchy Scalp

Apart from ingrown hairs, there are many reasons why your scalp may itch. Dirt, sweat, oil, and product build-up are, you guessed it, among the culprits. All of these remain on your scalp if you don't wash your hair. 

An itchy scalp is highly uncomfortable and can cause intense scratching. This can cause damage to your skin and hair follicles, bleeding, temporary hair loss, and scarring. 

Can I Wash My Hair With Just Water?  

If you're thinking of ditching shampoo altogether, think again! Although water can rinse your hair and remove some of the dirt, it definitely won't be enough to cleanse it properly. Water will not remove all the oils and product build-up from your hair.

This means that you'll still end up with an itchy, smelly scalp... Not ideal!

Washing your hair with just water is like having your bath without soap. While it may be okay if you're in a hurry and need to feel fresher, it's never a good long-term strategy. 

Shampoo does a more thorough cleaning job than water in removing stubborn dirt and can avoid all the scalp conditions we spoke about in the section above.

What Are The Best Products For Washing Your Hair?  

If you're wondering how to choose the best products for your hair wash, here's a fool-proof list: 

Shampoo for Oily Hair 

If you have oily hair, you must be careful with the type of shampoo you use. Remember that washing your hair too much triggers more oil production in your scalp. So, go for products that remove excess oil without completely stripping it in one wash! Try our Shampoo for Oily Hair

Our shampoo also contains Australian Lime Oil, which is effective in dealing with dandruff and oily issues.

Moisturizing Conditioner  

Our Natural Moisturizing Conditioner will ensure that your dry, brittle hair is a thing of the past! The natural ingredients found in our natural men's conditioner hydrate, revitalize, and nourish your hair after shampooing - leaving it soft, strong, shiny, and manageable.

We use Cedarwood Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, and Sweet Orange Peel to give a calming, warm earthy natural aroma while the Argan Kernal Oil, Coconut Oil, and Sage Extract nourish your hair and scalp.

All-in-One Hair Thickening Kit

If you're looking for a proven solution to thicken your hair naturally - our Men’s Thinning Hair Treatment Kit uses proven and powerful, natural, and organic ingredients to strengthen, thicken and volumize your hair in 3 easy steps:

  • Hair Thickening Shampoo For Men naturally strengthens, volumizes, and thickens your hair with Rosemary Oil, Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract, and Peppermint Oil.
  • Hair Thickening Conditioner contains the essential fatty acids your hair and scalp need for healthy, strong hair. It conditions and strengthens your hair with Witch Hazel and Argan Kernel Oil.
  • Our secret weapon, men's Thickening Hair Food, infuses your hair and scalp with vitamins and nutrients like Quandong Seed Extract, Panthenol Fruit Extract, Sage Leave Extract, and Patchouli Oil.


The bottom line is that completely avoidable issues happen when you stop washing your hair. However, the same can be said when you apply products with harsh chemicals to your hair and scalp. Such poor-quality shampoos and cleansers eliminate your natural hair oils and the excess ones and cause various hair challenges. 

If you desire the best quality hair products, then stick with the shampoos, conditioners, and scalp treatment products from VITAMAN. Our natural hair care products contain mild, and effective ingredients to promote your hair health while also being gentle on your scalp.

VITAMAN products are not only good for your hair, but they’re also good for your pocket... We guarantee that you'll love how our all-natural products make your skin and hair feel, or we'll give you your money back!

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Clare Castles, a seasoned beauty therapist, international skincare lecturer, and former salon owner, foresaw the rise of men’s grooming trends in Australia before they took the world by storm.

With an eye for innovation and a heart for creation, Clare embarked on a journey of discovery into indigenous biochemistry, which soon blossomed into a passion for formulating exceptional skincare products.

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