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Hairdresser Reveals How Often You Should Wash Your Hair With Shampoo

Hairdresser Reveals How Often You Should Wash Your Hair With Shampoo

Shampoo can be both a friend and an enemy

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

How often do you wash your hair with shampoo? Once a day? Once a week? Once in a blue moon?

Well, if your answer is any of the above, then your washing routine is all wrong.

That's according to Julien Farel, of the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in New York City, who should probably know.

How often do you wash your hair?

Speaking to GQ, he said: "If you shampoo every day, it will strip your scalp of all its natural oils and can lead to dry, brittle hair."

So basically, it's all about finding the middle way, like Buddhism.

Not enough shampoo washing, and your hair will become a disgusting mess; too much, and you will rid it of all its natural goodness.

As such, Julien recommends washing with shampoo two or three times a week.

Even if you get hot and sweaty on a regular basis, Julien advises against washing your hair every day.

Your hair can actually look better with a bit of sweat, with the salt providing a bit of texture. You know, the surfer hair look.

There is one exception though.

Julien said: "Only those with an oily scalp should wash every day."

For most people though, enough sebum (oily secretion) is produced to nourish the hair, and any surplus can be removed with a normal shampoo-free wash. Then, every second or third day, you should whip out the shampoo to get rid of any sebum build-up.

Conversely, you should condition your hair every day, particularly if it is long or you blow-dry it. By contrast to shampoo, it rehydrates and replenishes hair, hence you don't need to hold back.

However, if you're one of these people with a mega sebumy scalp, then it follows that you should condition your hair less. Such people should have plenty of oil to keep their hair quenched.

Meanwhile, if you're a bald b****rd like me, then just remember to wash your wig on a cool setting, 30 degrees max.

In all seriousness though, a bald head requires more maintenance than people with luscious locks might think.

A bald head like this requires a lot of upkeep.

For starters, the dome requires regular shaving and offers no protection from the sun. On top of that, it is still susceptible to dandruff and dry skin.

As such, baldies should also aim to shampoo their hair head two or three times a week - again, adapting this frequency depending on the oiliness of their scalp.

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