Shampoo is a Lie (for me...and maybe for you too??)

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Why I haven't washed my hair in 5 years
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  • Johnny Harris

    Johnny Harris

    11 күн мурун

    so I usually make videos about maps and international stuff but as you all can see lately i've been diving into all sorts of different topics (NFTs, icecream makers, shampoo). The reality is that I make my videos based on what is genuinely fascinating me at any moment. I'm glad you are all here along with me on this wild ride of trying to understand how things work. lots more stuff to come!

    • D wed

      D wed

      4 саат мурун

      Funny fact. This video is irrelevant because you forgot the most important factor. WATER. The quality of tap water versus real clean water. The water you're using may have a bigger impact than using shampoo or not.

    • Pooches World

      Pooches World

      7 саат мурун

      But, Johnny, do you wash your hair at all with at least water? Honest question. How do you maintain hygiene? Your hair looks healthy.

    • rishael mehdi

      rishael mehdi

      8 саат мурун

      Would you make a video about the current palestine issue?

    • Joe Harris

      Joe Harris

      8 саат мурун

      @johnnyharris do you style your hair with any products? If so do you just wash it out with water only ?

    • Dalto


      13 саат мурун

      And you just got a new fan

  • Karl Moreno

    Karl Moreno

    3 мүнөт мурун

    My barber told me to wash my hair with shampoo once a week if you're going out a lot, once a month if you rarely go out since our place has a lot of vehicles

  • Courtney's English

    Courtney's English

    16 мүнөт мурун

    I Just like the scent of shampoo

  • ༒Gorm Auslander༒

    ༒Gorm Auslander༒

    55 мүнөт мурун

    This is something I discovered myself on accident, because I was a dirty child who hated bathing.
    They didn't like to touch me, but they were all jealous of my hair
    I bathe now, but I only "wash" my hair with water, except liek once a month I do a deep clean

  • Jackie Farrell

    Jackie Farrell

    Саат мурун

    Not to mention that all of that shampoo and oil products is harvested out of our water at the treatment plants and sold as ingredients for oil by products such as bearing grease etc. #nosham

  • vaha vuna

    vaha vuna

    Саат мурун

    can u do a video explaining the hole Isreal an Palestine thing please🙏🏽

  • Raphael Chagas

    Raphael Chagas

    Саат мурун

    Despite he's being right...
    There is a very important hint: not washing your hair doesn't work if you live in a hot or hot+humid country as your hair is constantly greasing and oiling to protect itself from the weather.
    This oil is always in contact with sweat and heat, which is a fitting combination for fungus and bacteria.
    So my fellows from South and Central American and other hot weather places, YEAH DO WASH YOUR HAIR from time to time, please!

  • Relaxation peaceful music

    Relaxation peaceful music

    Саат мурун

    You are totally right my friend. The same with toothpaste and most man made products. Stop brushing or cleaning your teeth constantly and give goodbye to decaying, bad breath Etc. Keep it up.

  • Diego Galvan

    Diego Galvan

    Саат мурун

    12:00 Ok. But Sofia Vergara..

  • __


    Саат мурун

    my question is about the smell of natural oils vs the smell of shampoo. it's not like I notice my own scent, if such a thing is noticeable. Doubt much B.O. comes from the scalp.

  • Average schoolboy

    Average schoolboy

    Саат мурун

    for anybody that read the comment /understand that this video is not for everybody good for you.i shampoo my hair evry 2/4 days a week because i have naturally more oily scalp then other people evan doctar recommend you wash your hair with shampoo to get the dirt out of your hair but do it with moderation try finding your own pace.

  • palimdragonmaster3k


    2 саат мурун what are you using on your hair currently?

  • Casablanca


    2 саат мурун

    its been a week. no shampoo and no oil.

  • jessica everheart

    jessica everheart

    2 саат мурун

    please make a video about the gas shortage!!

  • Elvis Cassemiro

    Elvis Cassemiro

    2 саат мурун

    3:50 in my country (Brazil) we have very different standards for cleaning because of our culture, when the Portuguese came to Brazil they fell in love with the "indias" brazilian natives take bath every day, eat fish and fruits, so even after we get colonized by the Europeans we still like to clean yourself up a dozen of times a day, normally for a example, in Brazil we take up to 3 baths a day!, It's a very hot country and after a long day working you definitely need a bath haha" what I'm trying to say is we have are obsessed with cleaning since we are a Portuguese colony

  • Vittorio IMB

    Vittorio IMB

    2 саат мурун

    The same with tooth paste, body wash, cosmetics etc... all chemicals

  • Lamamoud23


    2 саат мурун

    People getting fucked up in gaza and ur talking bout shampoo !!!!

  • Erik Heddergott

    Erik Heddergott

    2 саат мурун

    Nobody should wash their Hair more then 2 Times a Week. Using Shampoo by massaging it into your Hair is unhealty, only if your Hair is really dirty or extremly greasy you might use Shampoo without letting the Shampoo clean your Headskin.

  • TheBlueArcher


    3 саат мурун

    you haven't WASHED your hair in 5 years? through most of the video i thought you haven't *shampoo'd* in 5 years...

  • Pudge TheFish

    Pudge TheFish

    3 саат мурун

    I got a shampoo and conditioner comercial after this video...

  • Chris M

    Chris M

    3 саат мурун

    I haven’t used shampoo in 3 years since smoking dmt- good to see others on the same wavelength

  • Magnus Thor

    Magnus Thor

    3 саат мурун

    Johnny Hairris

  • brody lockwood

    brody lockwood

    4 саат мурун

    I have curly hair. If i don't wash and condition at least every 3 days, it gets matted and greasy and all over the place.

  • Dante


    4 саат мурун

    do you use water to wash off your hair products like pomade?

  • Rano Vee

    Rano Vee

    4 саат мурун

    OMG! Thank you for this. My friends tell me im crazy for not ever shampooing my hair. I havent used shampoo (only a few times in select instances) in almost 8 years. Funny how they tell me Im crazy when im the one that still has a thick full head of hair and they are all balding/thinning.

  • James Jenkins

    James Jenkins

    4 саат мурун

    Good video. I think it would be ok if you didn't give all the personal disclaimers though. :)

  • Adam Lawrence

    Adam Lawrence

    5 саат мурун

    Already knew this shit!

    • gioyu comi

      gioyu comi

      4 саат мурун

      It’s long been proven that people that stink (or who’s hair stinks) don’t realize they stink. People with bad breath or tooth decay have no idea their breath stinks and people tha

  • Justin Rauch

    Justin Rauch

    5 саат мурун

    Can i ask what you DO do to your hair? Cause it looks so healthy and it looks like my hair type

  • João Passos

    João Passos

    5 саат мурун

    good vid, not sus at all. prob a crewmate. I can vouch for it

  • Jonathan McCarthy

    Jonathan McCarthy

    5 саат мурун

    Finally someone has made a video about this. Also shower gel is useless by the way, if you don't believe me try not using it for a month, just wash with water.

  • Miel van Velzen

    Miel van Velzen

    5 саат мурун

    I often use a small bit of shampoo and no product, feels its much better to be minimalistic.

  • unknownkw


    5 саат мурун

    One thing I want to say about shampoo is that it is one of the most effective agent that kills cockroaches (when mixed with water and sprayed directly onto them).
    It is more effective compared to liquid soup or detergent. These also kill roaches but they don't suffocate them in 10 seconds like shampoo does.

  • Its Shünmi

    Its Shünmi

    5 саат мурун

    I dont use shampoo either.
    I use alo vera and coconut as my shampoo and conditioner.
    IT WORKS WONDERS. Although,i have ‘Asian Hair’ which is hella flat but soft and shiny,so this method might now work for everyone!:)

  • Ellery Payne

    Ellery Payne

    5 саат мурун

    Head virus? I think that's called lice.

  • Retro Game Bench

    Retro Game Bench

    5 саат мурун

    it's not really a lie, if you think about it. it clearly speaks sham in the naming ;)

  • Ellery Payne

    Ellery Payne

    5 саат мурун

    Why not call it no sham? Or Shamno? Why nopoo? It's very unclear.

  • Andrew McDermott

    Andrew McDermott

    5 саат мурун

    Damn I didn’t know toothpaste brands were white supremacists

  • D. Schayan Kheyri Sisi

    D. Schayan Kheyri Sisi

    6 саат мурун

    What do you do against bad hair oder if didn't use shampoo?

  • Red Riddler

    Red Riddler

    6 саат мурун

    Silky Butter, perfect for my Silken Biscuits...

  • BalTh RoiX

    BalTh RoiX

    6 саат мурун

    What about the smell?
    Do you just wash it with water?
    Do you dry it with a hair dryer?
    I these are infos I missed.

  • Guy On Mac

    Guy On Mac

    6 саат мурун

    Just a question, but when did you quit working at Vox? Like I was watching some older Vox videos and I heard your voice. The video was about how taxi drivers get payed more than doctors in Cuba. Also loved the video. I'm gonna go without shampoo for a month see how it works out.

  • Pooches World

    Pooches World

    7 саат мурун

    Do people who stopped using shampoo wash their hair regularly (i.e: every other day) with at least water? Or do they not wash their hair?

  • Mohanad Ibrahim

    Mohanad Ibrahim

    7 саат мурун

    What's going on at 9:12?!

  • Geektarded


    7 саат мурун

    It’s long been proven that people that stink (or who’s hair stinks) don’t realize they stink. People with bad breath or tooth decay have no idea their breath stinks and people that live in homes with lots of pets honestly don’t realize how bad their home smells. While simply rinsing and not shampooing leaves just the right amount of oils to have great looking and manageable hair, the truth is that it stinks and you will be none the wiser. Just google “Why can’t I smell myself?”

  • Paul Wilhelm

    Paul Wilhelm

    7 саат мурун

    I've never showered every day because I noticed when I was young that I was more sweaty and my hair was more greasy the more I showered. Since I rarely sweat, I literally have less body odor if I shower about twice a week. I never tell people this because they freak out.

  • Haiko Van Der Leeuw

    Haiko Van Der Leeuw

    7 саат мурун

    Subscribed, hoping to see more videos like this.

  • oditeomnes


    8 саат мурун

    I am sure you wash your hair, however just with water, not chemicals.

  • Haiko Van Der Leeuw

    Haiko Van Der Leeuw

    8 саат мурун

    Been saying this for years, same is true for showering with soap. Dandruff however is often caused by your skin having an allergic reaction to a common fungus that almost everyone has on their head. For some people it just gets worse even when you don't shampoo for months.

  • dande tande

    dande tande

    8 саат мурун

    I don't use shampoo for 5 mo now! I don't lose hair, and fells healthier

  • Mayur's TV

    Mayur's TV

    8 саат мурун

    So you're telling me that I should not wash my hair with only water also???

  • Cheaf Flaff

    Cheaf Flaff

    8 саат мурун

    do you just rinse your hair then?

  • Hudson Hamman

    Hudson Hamman

    8 саат мурун

    Yeah, it's not like there are multiple different types if shampoos... And while many contain sulphates and the conditioners contain silicone, that's up to the user to identify (it's on the packaging for easy identification) and avoid. Try something that isn't chemicals.

  • Oscar Fernando

    Oscar Fernando

    8 саат мурун

    So, you just us water to wash it or soap?

  • Eddie Sayago

    Eddie Sayago

    8 саат мурун

    If YouTube had a yearbook, Johnny should have the title "Best Hair" on his profile.

  • iMann iFail

    iMann iFail

    8 саат мурун

    When I had normal hair, I would wash it everyday because it would get greasy and oily plus I would use clay to style it. It’s a cycle I put myself in. I switched to vegan products and it’s was like night and day, my head felt miles healthier, I didn’t have to wash it as regularly then I got my hair dreaded and since then I can go weeks without washing my hair, now I know that’s a stereotype (trust me being a clean freak) it felt unnatural but my hair and scalp hasn’t felt soo good. I remain using vegan products for deep cleaning sessions once a fortnight but I would recommend switching over and reducing shampooing regularly.
    On a side note, my skin is less itchy and felt a lot cleaner. No dry flakey skin, no bad smells.. try it.

  • Gemini S.

    Gemini S.

    8 саат мурун

    So does he just use water?

  • Wood Elf

    Wood Elf

    8 саат мурун

    Who finds their scalp itches when one doesn't shampoo for weeks though and that it feels better to shampoo once in a while when that happens?

  • Rafaela Sariego

    Rafaela Sariego

    8 саат мурун

    I agree with everything you say. The only worry I have is the smell? I have sisters and smelling their hair after a week of not washing it with shampoo is not pleasant. Does washing with only water help with that?

  • Roon Kolos

    Roon Kolos

    8 саат мурун

    One shouldn't shampoo daily to begin with
    Conditioner isn't a good idea to begin with
    Product. Heh, yeah no

  • Ni Gangte

    Ni Gangte

    9 саат мурун

    Wouldn't imagine watching this at 11:22 pm in bed!! About Shampoos!

  • Altaira55


    9 саат мурун

    Switched to SLS free hair wash products. Hair stays looking good for ages, usually end up washing it...cos habit is difficult to break. Better than every day...

  • jesse livermore

    jesse livermore

    9 саат мурун

    mostly same for soap, 1time a week enough.

  • Edu M.

    Edu M.

    9 саат мурун

    Somehow you remind me of a non bald Vsauce.



    9 саат мурун

    What about the odor? That's why i shampoo, not because of the greasy feeling

  • pnothinger asolnagfoidfsgi

    pnothinger asolnagfoidfsgi

    9 саат мурун

    So, ive tried it for about 12 days, rinsed my hair out everyday with water and today when i dug my hand into the hair on the back of my head it came to my knowledge that it nearly resembles the stench of a homeless man
    i dont know how you guys do it

  • Tecno Argentino Labs 2.0

    Tecno Argentino Labs 2.0

    10 саат мурун

    Ervery Time I see your map I remember one video about one geography teacher explaining why the majority of maps are wrong in scale on purpose, you should investigate that maybe it's very interesting.

  • Sulthan Alam

    Sulthan Alam

    10 саат мурун

    It's been a week and feels very itchy now. But I will keep endure it until 1 month. If the itchy not going away, I'll stop and do shampoo.



    10 саат мурун

    Water, conditioner, and cocounut oil for me. Culry hair shampoo once or twice a month MAX. Def reduced dry scalp and dandruff that i had most of my life.

  • Zacky Mohmand

    Zacky Mohmand

    10 саат мурун

    But what happens if you wash your hair, condition it, and NOT put product, is the cycle broken then?
    Product does not work in my hair even when it was short, the only time it would work is when grease was put in it and that was when it was really short. Now It's too wavy, curly, and long, and I am not going to use a blow dryer to damage it in any way.
    I shampoo and condition once a week and rinse/wet like twice a week because the hair ties I use take out my natural curls and makes it a bit straight and frizzy.

  • jmn sqac

    jmn sqac

    10 саат мурун

    after i stop using shampoo and using vegetable oil soap bar 1 week, my hair is not itch or have any dandruff problem.
    *not using petroleum soap!

  • Alex Myth

    Alex Myth

    10 саат мурун

    Do you use soap instead or just only water?

  • mitigatedsteam07


    11 саат мурун

    So do people who tried this wash their hair with just water everyday? Or do they take some days off and wash with just water

  • Remy Ché

    Remy Ché

    11 саат мурун

    Me too! I also don't use soap 😅but my partner asked how I don't have BO and it made me think, body has normal bacteria that stops the BO. If you wash it off, it smells. just hot water shower and rub down. And don't use deodorant, only colone sometimes. Also no shit, no tooth paste, just brush and water. All my teeth are there and white. Haven't needed to go to the dentist in like 20 years.
    I was just about to go to bed now I'm thinking way to much now

  • Tiago Varella

    Tiago Varella

    11 саат мурун

    your video was brutally interrupted by a loud shampoo ad, oh the irony

  • pepperoniseas


    11 саат мурун

    I dont think this applies to super hot, humid countries.. If I go two days without shampoo my head gets incredibly itchy and sticky.

  • N R

    N R

    11 саат мурун

    Why does black peoples hair seem oiler is there a reason behind this?

  • Firzanah


    12 саат мурун

    Please cover the Palestine-Israel next!!!

  • shreyansh jain

    shreyansh jain

    12 саат мурун

    Is it that you didn't even wash your hair with water in these past 5 years?

  • Angelo Templa

    Angelo Templa

    12 саат мурун

    Do a video if using skincare products is necessary for a face or not

  • james jones

    james jones

    12 саат мурун

    Another great video!!! Thanks for this it's really crazy how marketing is on the attack to sell their products!! I personally only wash my hair 1-2 times a week now and I have been that way for years I think I'm gonna try even less !! Thanks again, Mother Nature always knows best , IMO

  • Flo Laforet

    Flo Laforet

    12 саат мурун

    so your hair right now is dressed the way it is naturally? there is no gel involved? who are you kidding? so you are still using some chemical in your hair even if it's not shampoo, so the message like "h chemical in my hair boo boo so bad" it's a bit paradoxal...

  • Darque Rosa d’Avis

    Darque Rosa d’Avis

    12 саат мурун

    Coming here to see that I have one more vicious and cyclic problem in my life... thank you 😂

  • Douglas Meura

    Douglas Meura

    12 саат мурун


  • L.R Feral

    L.R Feral

    12 саат мурун

    Women's wash cycle in the west used to be approximately once a week.
    Wash day was also rag curl/ pin curl/curler night, hence the old common excuse to avoid a date "I'm washing my hair tonight". As the days of the week went on, the curls would be put into different styles and protected under a silk cap every night night until the end of the week when it was washed and fresh curls put in to dry over night.
    The routine was pasted all over old women's magazines.

  • Brian Blackwell

    Brian Blackwell

    13 саат мурун

    You just described how all of life works in our corrupted society. As John Rose says, “Washing is a mechanical process, not a chemical one”. Money is a tool of degradation and enslavement. Consider removing ads from your channel.

  • Olivia Sena

    Olivia Sena

    13 саат мурун do you wash your hair Johnny? please make a video on your shampoo-free hair care methods!

  • Bobby Jackson

    Bobby Jackson

    13 саат мурун

    I had a similar experience with toothpaste years ago. Brushing and flossing are important to get food particles out from between your teeth, but toothpaste is just goop that makes your toothbrush taste minty

  • Alvin Earl Lasala

    Alvin Earl Lasala

    13 саат мурун

    After watching this, and from being a Head and Shoulder user since I was in middle school, I am using water for my hair only. I have dandruff but it seems that natural oils work for me.

  • Émile Painchaud

    Émile Painchaud

    13 саат мурун

    Obi wan Kenobi??

  • Rikked


    14 саат мурун

    i use shampoo only once a month

  • Linus


    14 саат мурун

    Female here, Mid 50's I wash my hair once maybe twice a month. I do use a bit of shampoo. Its never looked better :)

  • Max Wedgie

    Max Wedgie

    15 саат мурун

    Stopped using shampoo 15 years ago. My dad and both brothers have hair loos in mid 40’s. I’m 50 now and have literally no hair loss. I use Shea soap.

  • Dinh Nhan

    Dinh Nhan

    15 саат мурун

    My hair is oily and sticky like a week without washing my hair after just one day

  • ゴーストghost


    15 саат мурун

    Imagine not balding during your mid 20’s couldn’t be me.

  • Valentino M

    Valentino M

    15 саат мурун

    I pretty much have NEVER used shampoo since I was a teenager, never dry it, never use pomade. But I do wash my hair every day with regular shower gel, otherwise I do feel unclean. I never cared too much about it, and since my habit seemed good enough for my hair, I never bothered changing it.
    Now in my 30s, among many guys who are starting to bald and many gals with frankly horrible hair, destroyed by the constant stress of different chemicals and thermal shocks, my hair has even become the envy of many ahahahahah
    Anyway, it's unclear to me after watching the video: do you use just water? soap? shower gel?

  • maggie j

    maggie j

    15 саат мурун

    Don’t know how I got here. Is YouTube spying on me? 😱. Haven’t washed my hair in months with shampoo and it’s in the best state. Just use water only and a fine tooth comb in the shower to detangle and get any debris I may have. Shampoo = scampoo for me.

  • Laurenz


    16 саат мурун

    But like, how do you keep your hair from looking like a sticky, ugly mess after like 3 days of not washing it? Or do you just wash the hair using water and nothing else? I don't understand

  • Zoran Ivanić

    Zoran Ivanić

    16 саат мурун

    Try washing your hair with an egg. To be precise - with yolk and egg white. It washes your hair without drying it out.

  • Incrementium


    17 саат мурун

    Youtube has been pushing this video on me since it came out xD
    FINE, i'll watch it lol

  • Jake D.91'

    Jake D.91'

    17 саат мурун

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