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How often should I shampoo?

How often should I shampoo?

Daily is bad.  Ew your hair smells.  Is that dandruff on your shirt?

With so much information available , it's really hard to decipher what is real and what's poppycock, ya know?  Let me break it down to you:  If your hair is dirty, wash it.

Hair can collect build up from product, sweat, and especially air pollution.  Even second hand smoke can leave residue.  

Scalp is skin, just like the rest of you and when you don't exfoliate or scrub, it accumulates yuck!  Dirty skin and sebum (oil) build up on your scalp & clog your follicle (the tiny hole your hair grows out of) slowing hair growth.  Scalp build up can also cause symptoms similar to dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.  So, scrub your scalp.

If your hair is thinning, take precaution to use shampoo and conditioners that aim to heal and create blood flow.  Healthy scalp, Healthy hair.

Virgin, uncolored hair can be washed more frequently than bleached or colored hair. Imagine when we wash dishes and use the super natural, earth friendly soap.  It does the job for the most part, but every once in awhile you have to reach for your hidden stash of Dawn dish soap to really cut the grime... Yeah i see you.   

Color Treated and toned hair tends to fade at the 4-6 week mark.  To avoid this, incorporate a toning shampoo or pigment rich masque.

Every shower needs 2-3 cleansers:
1. Clarifying - heavy duty cuts the grime, use once a week.  
2. Nutrient dense - after clarifying in same wash day, daily, as often as you'd like.
3. Toning (if you have color treated hair.) - refreshes color, eliminate unwanted tones, use weekly.

"If you are a person who washes your hair daily because your hair feels dirty but does not look dirty, try dry shampoo. It will get you through one more day and save you blow dry and styling time.“ - @desikp San Diego Hairstylist



Stylist tips:

Wash your hair when its dirty, 2-4 times a week is average.

Use a gentle cleanser usually.  Sulfate free preferred.

Wash your hair once with a clarifying shampoo containing sulfates and then again with a nutrient dense shampoo.

Scrub your scalp, not your ends.

If your color is fading, use a toning shampoo or masque.


xoxo TM

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