How often should you shampoo to reduce dandruff?

When people seek advice on how to reduce dandruff, one of the most common questions they ask is exactly how often they should be shampooing their hair. The answer is hard to pin down – some people argue for daily washing, whereas others see no harm in going a few days without. 

Depending on the type of scalp and hair you have, over-washing or under-washing your hair can lead to problems like dryness, dandruff or a greasy scalp and hair. Your best shampoo for dandruff is also dictated by the kind of hair you ace. Follow our guide to get your hair washing right. 


• Sebum travels along hair shafts much slower. This means you can go up to five days without shampooing.

• Over-washing can strip the scalp of the natural oils that give it its shape and definition. 

• Curls can often look and feel drier than straight hair and the buildup of sebum on the scalp can lead to the appearance of dandruff symptoms. Combat this by using CLEAR Oil Control Balance to help keep the scalp’s natural oils in balance.


• People with fine hair will start to notice sebum buildup very quickly, and should wash their scalp and hair every two days or so. 

• Make sure to use a shampoo that adds body to the hair whilst also cleansing the scalp. 

CLEAR Volume Maxx is ideal for this purpose as, it uses Root Lift technology to boost the hair’s volume from the root upwards, leaving hair looking full bodied from the first wash. 


• An abundance of protein and a strong internal structure means that thick hair can go a few days without shampoo. 

• Thick hair absorbs more moisture. This opens up styling options but also means that it tends to frizz in humid weather and can fray when heavily brushed.  

• Taming thick hair doesn’t have to be hard, CLEAR Smooth and Shiny is perfect for people with thicker hair as is designed to leave the hair feeling soft and free of tangles. 

As you can see, how often you should shampoo your hair really depends on the type of hair you have. It’s not just the frequency that matters, but also which shampoo you use. If you want to be kind to your scalp and hair, always make sure to use excellent CLEAR’s range of shampoos.