Regimental Friday Question|| “If You Always Use the Same Shampoo, Eventually It Will Stop Working.”Myth or Fact?!

Hey NatSun,


Have you ever heard that using the same shampoo for a long time will cause your hair to stop responding to it? We want to know, it is true? Should we swap out shampoos or put them in rotation so our hair doesn’t get used to them? Let’s see what the experts have to say about this.


According to Paradi Mirmirani, MD assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, “You don’t need to practice shampoo rotation to keep your hair clean. But if you’ve recently started coloring your hair or increased your use of hot tools, it might be a good idea to switch to a more moisturizing shampoo. Otherwise, stick with your favorite as long as you love it.


So it’s official, we do not need to practice shampoo rotation to keep our hair clean, but am I the only one who finds that statement to be a bit vague? What about the other things shampoos do besides keeping our hair clean?! Should we rotate when looking for other benefits in a shampoo?


Weigh in NatSun! Do you practice shampoo rotations with excellent results? Have you ever had a product stop working in your hair? Do you think the above statement is a myth or fact? Will shampoo (or any styling product for that matter) stop working with prolonged use?


Weigh in!


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The above quote was taken from The Oprah Magazine, January 2012 issue "The Five Biggest Hair Myths" by Jenny Bailly and Alessandra Foresto

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Comment by LaToya on February 20, 2012 at 10:22pm

That's great news! I no longer shampoo my hair, cowash only and acv rinses, but I rotate my conditioner. Love switching things up, just like with exercising. Things can get boring after awhile! Don't want that. My leave-in's I won't change however. Some good things I just can't change.

Comment by Deidre Perry on February 19, 2012 at 10:11am
I change shampoos depending on how much I want to spend. They all are made to clean hair of residue from the environment or styling products. I don't think it is a better or worse. It is more the individuals preference or habits.
Comment by Nubian on February 18, 2012 at 1:57pm

I'm not sure but for me I have to change products cause my hair do get tired of the same thing. I alternate between products a lot.

Comment by capriMOM on February 18, 2012 at 9:02am
I used to use Creme of Nature shampoo exclusively for years...through formula changes and everything. It always worked for me. The only reason I switched it up was because I needed a non moisturizing shampoo for my locs. I wanted a clear poo and most moisturizing shampoos are opaque.
Comment by April K on February 18, 2012 at 7:24am

I don't think that over time a particular products stop working. I think that the hair can have product buildup and you regular shampoo cant clean the hair well anymore. This happened to me. I just washed my hair once with baking soda and vinegar or you can use a clarifying shampoo, to remove the buildup and your regular shampoo should work fine again.

Comment by Lil hardin-Collins on February 18, 2012 at 12:04am

I never roatate and have not noticed any differencwe in my hair.


Comment by Sunshine Abuwi on February 17, 2012 at 11:35pm

For the most part, I am not really loyal to any shampoo or conditioner. I like to try new things. Call me a sucker, but when I walk down the shampoo aisle I get drawn in by cute bottles. So I can't say from personal experience if it is a myth or fact.

As far as styling products, I have used the same things for years and I like the results. I have noticed a change in results from time to time but that usually has to do with weather.

Comment by Gee on February 17, 2012 at 7:36pm

I think its a myth. The only time I think you'll need to change product is when something in the person hair care routine has changed or surrounding has changed. Also if you have hard water.

But this has more to do with outside factors and not the hair itself. So if the q is does hair with no changes just build up an immunity to a certain product than I would have to say it is a myth.

Comment by Cori Elle on February 17, 2012 at 7:10pm

i agree with Janai. it COULD be our hair reacting differently to the shampoos or is it more of a change in the products' formula that is causing the difference in our hair? i personally only switch out products if i truly notice a significant enough change in my hair and how my hair behaves. and like Curly Lox said weather can be a factor as well as other things like hard or soft water or using the product in conjunction with other products that change the results. idk. unless i feel a product that once worked before is now doing more harm than good i won't change. tried, tested and true is what i say.

Comment by Janai on February 17, 2012 at 6:04pm
I've definitely used products that stopped working for me. Sometimes this is due to a change in the formula. Tresseme does not work in my hair, I used it for years but now it makes my hair look and feel like straw.
I also agree with curly Lox, weather makes a difference.


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