Still shampooing everyday? 9 steps to get you on a better routine

If you tell someone to stop shampooing their hair everyday, you're bound to get one of two response: "Ew, my hair would be a greasy mess!" or, "Duh, I wash my hair only once a week, tops."

So, we asked the experts. Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, whose clients include Lea Michele and Julianne Hough, said that women who are hesitant (like those with thin or especially silky hair) just need to alter their thinking.

"Nobody should be washing their hair every single day. Most people think that by washing their hair daily, that they are getting rid of the oil in their hair, but they are actually drying out their scalp even more and therefore producing more oil," Potempa wrote in an email to TODAY.


And while we've definitely had this conversation before, the real question is, how can you make your style last in between washes?

1. Find your frequency.

For starters, figure out the frequency that works best for your hair type.

"If you have fine hair, you should shampoo more — [maybe] every other day," stylist Marc Mena, whose clients include Mindy Kaling and Mary Louise Parker, wrote to TODAY. "For medium to thick hair, you can extend your shampoo to every second day and for thick or course hair you can wait even longer, every fourth day or even once a week."

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But if you're not shampooing your hair everyday, how can you prevent it from becoming greasy? Allow us to direct you to the second step.

2. Clarify your intentions.

A clarifying shampoo is great way to remove excess oil and residue in the hair that's left over from products. This deep-cleansing formula basically wipes the slate clean for your hair to start fresh, but it should be used with caution.

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"Be very careful with clarifying shampoo, they can overly dry your hair, making it brittle and eventually cause breakage," warned Mena. "I always suggest that if you have excessive oil and residue to talk to your local hairstylist or hair care professional first. If you don't have access to a professional, use a mild clarifying shampoo every other week for moderate buildup, or once a week for heavy buildup."

Mena's top pick for a clarifrying shampoo is Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo because as he says, "it is gentle and doesn’t strip the hair."

We say, it doesn't hurt that it costs just $1!

Suave National Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $0.99, Walgreens


3. Condition the right places.

When it comes to conditioner, it's all about location, location location. In other words, be careful not to place it at the root.

The scalp produces its own natural oils, so there's no need to add extra conditioner on top of it. Potempa recommends starting about halfway down your hair shaft and combing it through to the ends.

"Conditioner adds oil to their hair, which after a few days will make your hair look flat and lifeless," said Mena. If you want to try a lighter option, see the next step!

4. Try dry conditioner.

There's also the option of a dry conditioner, which Mena recommends for those in dry and cold climates. He suggests placing it on the shaft and ends of the hair to help hair look fresh and hydrated.

Girls with thin or dry hair, this will be your best friend!

And speaking of products, you should pay close attention to any other products you choose to use.

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"If you’re trying to extend the wear of your hair, then I wouldn't use products that contain silicon, oils or any product that says that it is [labeled as] moisturizing," added Mena. "The oils in these products will make your hair become greasy much faster."

5. Remember, less is more.

As a general rule, use only the hair products you need.

"I would focus on one or two great products to start and finish your hair, if any, and I guarantee you’ll see more out of your blow dry than overloading on products," DJ Quintero, the hairstylist for Katie Holmes and Sarah Jessica Parker, wrote in an email to TODAY.

How you style the hair is just as important as which products you choose. And it all starts with the initial blowout.

6. Add heat.

Think back to when the flat iron first was introduced. Everyone rushed to get "heat protectant" sprays in fear of frying their locks. But some experts, including Quintero, say heat can actually be useful.

"After a great blow dry, use a heating tool to make it last. Run a flat iron over the ends if you [want] it straight or a curling iron to give extra body. The heat helps smooth out the frizz and smooth out the cuticle," Quintero said.

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Throughout the time between shampoos, you can always touch up your hair using a heat styling tool. And just because you're skipping shampoos, doesn't mean you have to skimp out on showers.

7. Get a futuristic shower cap.

If you're trying to preserve a great blowout, a shower cap will easily become your new BFF. But there's no need to rely on the unattractive plastic covering from your grandmother's day.

Jacquelyn De Jesu, the founder of SHHHOWER CAP, has introduced a new line of caps that are anti-bacterial, anti-humidity, machine-washable and come in chic patterns. This is a girl who knows how to save your hair from shower spray.

De Jesu recommends putting your hair in a top knot firt, then pulling the shower cap on from back to front, making sure you cover the ears for the best protection.


8. Style in your sleep.

Believe it or not, how you sleep is equally important to keep your hair looking its best.

"When sleeping, keep your hair on top of your head and use something soft [so you don't] dent," Quintero said, suggesting a loose bun in a scrunchie while sleeping on satin sheets. "This will not only give a little lift at the roots but help keep your blowout."

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9. Spray the oil away.

Once you notice your roots starting to get a tad oily, whip out the dry shampoo, which helps your hair look fresh and fabulous longer.

If you're in the market for a dry shampoo, Mena and Quintero recommend the following:

Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo, $3.94, Dove


Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $20.00, Sephora


Voluminizing Dry Shampoo Lift Powder, $35.00, Kertain Complex

Kertain Complex

Dry Texturizing Spray, $44.00, Oribe


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Dry shampoo is also a great staple for your workout bag. For those who love to hit the gym, Quintero recommends wearing a headband to absorb any excess sweat and using dry shampoo pre-workout. Afterward, use the dry shampoo as a refresher to neutralize any bad odors in your hair. His go-to refresher is Oribe's Cote DAzur.

Cote dAzur Hair Refresher, $25.00, Oribe


Quintero advises to rub the formula into the root, and then use a flat brush to both distribute the product and get rid of any excess oil.

And if you're brunette and worried about the white residue, try out a tinted version. Between us, it can also help cover up grays between color jobs.

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Bonus tip! Keep tissue paper in your purse.

If you need a really quick fix, Mena suggests grabbing a piece of tissue paper and using it to dab at the root of your hair to pick up any excess oil. Unlike the popular baby powder hack, this won't leave you looking like you're in a gray wig.

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This article was originally published on Feb. 15, 2016 on

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