Well (i don't know how much you know about this) there's arguments and studies out there trying to determine whether it is a good idea to shampoo your hair every day or not. Generally, the experts seem to lean toward every day shampooing being a bad thing for the health of your hair and scalp. Glands in our scalps naturally produce oils and the shampoo strips those oils away, causing the scalp to be drier and the glands to attempt to produce more oil. You may want to do your own research on this (particularly for girls) to see what you think of the switch to less shampooing.
I have very short hair of about half an inch, so my hair is much different than most girls' hair. But in the past, even with using conditioner when I shampoo, my hair has been pretty dry for years. I've also struggled with flaking/dandruff off and on. When I started accutane, the flaking got MUCH worse (like blizzard conditions when I rubbed my head
) and my scalp was very itchy, so I read about and purchased both the Neutrogena T-Gel (for dandruff) and T-Sal (for flaking). The T-Gel didn't seem to work very well for me, and also seems to be some pretty brutal stuff. The T-Sal I found seems to be less brutal and work better to rid the flakes and itchiness, however it was drying out my hair significantly and I knew it wouldn't be good to use it every day. So I started reducing my usage to once every one or two days and my scalp has been much less flaky and my hair has seemed healthier.
I do still rinse my hair with water on those no-shampoo/conditioner days and use conditioner when I use the T-Sal.
Also, since my hair is so short, it is difficult for me to tell if I am losing any because it could easily go down the drain with it being so short.
However, I do not notice any shedded hair on my pillow as I would expect it to be if I was losing any.
Feel free to ask further questions if you have any that I can help with
Edited by White Stang, 26 March 2012 - 11:07 PM.