The Celebrity Stylists' Shampoo Secret


Some people wash their hair every single day, while others might wash it once every two weeks. There are many differences of opinion as to what is appropriate (and healthy) for your hair; however, if you're considering skipping the shampoo, there's an abundance of products designed to extend your blowout. 

I surveyed three of the top celebrity stylists to get their take on how often you should wash your hair, plus their favorite products to keep your style fresh:

Ric Pipino, whose celebrity clients include Naomi Watts, Ali Larter, Diane Kruger, and Lenny Kravitz, encourages you to try to skip shampoos:

His tip: Washing your hair every day is not a good idea. I recommend shampooing your hair once every two to three days depending on how oily your hair is. I also recommend that on the days between shampooing that you apply conditioner through the ends, depending on how oily your hair/scalp gets.

Go-to product: To keep your hairstyle fresh and maintained between salon visits, Ric recommends the Revolution in Cut Primers ($24).

Ted Gibson, best known for his work on What Not to Wear and who's styled celebrities like Ashley Greene, Zoe Saldana, Christina Ricci, and Anne Hathaway, also believes you should skip shampoos (are we sensing a pattern?):

His tip: You should definitely try to go with second day hair. I recommend that you only wash your hair a few times a week.

Go-to product: Conditioning your hair every day is still important, regardless of shampooing. Ted recommends using the Ted Gibson Hair Sheets ($14.99) with vitamins A, B5, and E, along with natural lavender. 


Pop stars like Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Kylie Minogue, and Katy Perry have all been transformed by Pantene's Celebrity Stylist Danilo.

His tip: Daily washing is an individual decision that takes your daily lifestyle, hair needs/personality, and desired finish style into consideration. Personally, I like to work with clean hair so I can create that day’s style with hair that feels free; the possibilities are endless when you start with a clean base for styling. Hair is often over-stressed due to our style whims, so not cleansing regularly can definitely cause problems. I call second-day hair “pillow hair” -- undone, tossled, appears effortless. I enjoy creating “pillow hair” with newly washed hair. Thanks to the right stylers, one can re-create fresh hair into a visual appearance of second-day hair without it being weighed down, dirty, or greasy.

Go-to product: To get the most out of your style, Danilo recommends Pantene's Fine Hair Series, specifically the Lasting Volume Hairspray ($6), for targeted lift where you spray.

The consensus? You should try to shampoo at least once every other day, with conditioning treatments in between, as the ends of your hair can get very dry while the roots are weighed down with oils. Most experts also recommend a dry shampoo to help soak up the grease at the roots. Try TRESEemme's Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($5) for a budget-friendly version.

Do you wash your hair every day? If not, how do you keep your style looking fresh? Share in the comments below!

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sstepph sstepph

I wash my hair every other day, maybe every two days depending on what I am doing and if its oily or whatever.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I have baby-fine hair that falls below my shoulders.  I have tried doing the every-other-day wash thing, and I end up looking like Cousin Itt.  Washing daily is a must.  I just discovered the Pantene line last week when I ran out of hairspray, and couldn't find my regular brand.  I decided to give the Lasting Volume Spray a chance, and boy, do I love it!  It's light, doesn't feel like AquaNet, and holds forever.  And my husband loves the smell, so that's a bonus.  I'm going to be giving the rest of the line a try.

kiri8 kiri8

When they say wash your hair every few days, do they mean that you still take daily showers and rinse your hair with water, and use a little conditioner?  Or keep it dry when you take a shower in-between shampoos?  My hair looks like crap on the second day when I wake up -- how is skipping a shampoo going to help that?

tonya... tonyalynn

every other day

nonmember avatar lo

every other day..... but still take a shower and get your hair wet and condition from mid to tips

RoseMay RoseMay

I don't like the way hair smells at the scalp if it's not washed every day.  It has a musty strong odor. Smell someone's hair that hasn't washed it in a day or two, you'll see.

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