Alison McCarthy, 27, a Boston healthcare worker, went viral after revealing her hygiene habits.
Alison shared on her TikTok that she showers “once or twice a week,” explaining that she does not want to get her hair wet. The comments were overwhelmingly negative, though the 27-year-old claims she received direct messages from people who don’t shower daily.
Alison was called a “Gross Human Being”
In her video, Alison shared that she “recently found out that I'm a gross human being.” She elaborated, "most girls, when they say that they wash their hair twice a week, they wash their hair – and they shower every day."
Alison then shocked the viewers by admitting:
I only shower, like, once or twice a week."
Continuing, she shocked her followers by saying: “I've gone five days without showering.”
She added: “If I'm getting in the shower, I'm going to wash my hair. Why would I get in the shower and not wash my hair? But I don't want to wash my hair every day. So, I've had to start saying that I 'wash my hair' twice a week (I only shower twice a week)."
Comments were mostly negative
One commentator pointed out that Alison is a nurse, adding: “She literally has NO excuse for not showering, she has a skincare routine, gym routine.”
Another thought her remarks about showering being exhausting were funny. One person wrote that showering is "less than five minutes without hair watching."
Another is seen as a game changer for Alison’s hygiene:
“Girl, A SHOWER CAP.”
The nurse was surprised by all the negativity
Speaking to Daily Mail, the Boston’s nurse said unfavorable comments surprised her.
She told the publication, "I didn't have that many followers when I posted it, so I wasn't expecting that many people to see it or comment on it.”
As her video went viral, she had to defend her choices by saying:
“Everyone's body is different too. I know some people who never have to wear deodorant and don't smell. I didn't realize so many people would have such a strong opinion about it.”
She added that many messaged her privately, telling her they “were happy that I spoke about it and that they weren't alone. I was happy that I could make others not feel so ashamed or bad about themselves."
@abmccarthy5757 Am I gross yes or no #washingmyhair #hairwashday #showerthoughts #fyp #viral ♬ original sound - Allison
McCarthy wished people were kinder
Alison wished people could “be a little more compassionate" to others.
She also explained there are numerous different reasons why people do not have the same hygiene habits:
“You have no idea what someone is going through and how an "easy" everyday task for you may not be for someone else. Often not showering is linked to depression or mental illness, and it's hard to even take care of yourself.”
How often should we shower?
Alison sparked a debate on how often one should shower. Showering too often might strip your skin of natural oils and cause dryness and irritation.
Dermatologists are divided regarding how much showering is too much (or too little), though most agree that showering every other day might be the best to keep healthy skin.
Additionally, you should choose lukewarm water and gentle, fragrance-free soaps.
During warmer months or if you suffer from a condition that causes excessive sweating, you should shower more often. As Alison pointed out, our bodies are different, and if you notice changes, it is always best to see your GP or dermatologist.
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