We sat down with our stylists and got the inside scoop on washing and styling men’s hair. Some of these answers might surprise you and your other halves!

  • Does washing your hair actually accelerate oil production?

It’s not fair to totally generalize since everyone has such different hair types but for the most part, the more you wash your hair, the more your scalp produces sebum. Sebum is one of the oils secreted to protect and waterproof your hair and skin. Therefore, if you shampoo TOO much you can easily dry out your scalp and your glands will overcompensate. Unfortunately, this is a vicious cycle for guys that are already in the habit of shampooing at least once a day.

  • How often do you recommend guys use shampoo?

Ideally, twice a week. After about a month, your scalp will adjust and not produce quite as much oil. If you workout every day, washing twice a week might sound like a bad idea but instead of shampooing each time, rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water and massage a light conditioner to break up oil and sweat.

  • Are there any natural alternatives to shampooing?

Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder is an amazing dry shampoo. It works just like a baby powder or a baking soda would work but is a professional product and designed specifically to reduce oils. Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun also is a great alternative to baking soda and baby powder but is in a spray form.

  • Should guys use conditioner?

YES!  Everyone should use conditioner, even if it is a very light conditioner.  We recommend Seaweed Conditioner for daily shampooers since it is lightweight and will not weigh hair down or make it feel greasy.

Shampoo opens the hair cuticle to clean and if you do not use a conditioner this leaves the hair shaft open to become damaged. Conditioner closes the cuticle and brings the hair back to its natural PH level.  This will help moisturize hair, making sure it is not dry and brittle.

  • What are some common mistakes your see when it comes to washing hair?

Using dandruff shampoo when they don’t need it is the biggest mistake I see. Most of the time, men don’t have dandruff and are just making their scalp dryer with harsh agents. Again, the solution to a dry scalp is usually just not shampooing as much, using a mild shampoo and drinking plenty of water.

Birchbox has a great article on How To Choose The Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type. At the end of the day, it’s important to notice how your hair reacts to days off from shampooing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the stylists at Balayage for more advice and tips!