The Great Debate: How Often Should Guys Wash Their Hair?
If you were to ask Elvis or James Dean back in their heyday, you'd probably get a different answer than you would today. Back in the days of short-sleeved, cigarette-rolled t-shirts and skinny pants that pre-dated the hipster movement, greasy hair was a must. They probably didn't wash their hair more than once a week to ensure it had all the goo and grime of the streets built up onto the follicles just right. Then again, they used so much product that their hair regimen might've been quite the opposite; perhaps they had to shampoo twice a day to get the wicked waxy film off so they could start fresh before leaving off for their new adventures.
Alas, neither was available for an interview, so perhaps we'll never know. What we do know is that men's hair washing still lends itself to a great debate. If you're a baldy, you get to sit this one out (unless you just want to chime in to rile your buddies up), but if you've got a head full of tresses, the world wants to know:
How often should guys wash their hair?
Like most things in life, there is no right answer. We certainly hope you're washing your hair sometime, but how many times is left to the universe. There are, however, a few best practices that can help you ensure your hair isn't scaring anyone away by the time you finally reach for a shampoo and rinse. If you're not careful, you can go from David Beckham to Bill Murray without even realizing you've done something wrong.
Here are a few rules of thumb:
Wash Every Day If:
Most men don't need to wash their hair daily. There are a few exceptions of note, however.
- If you've got a manual labor job that causes you to drip beads of sweat like you're getting paid for it all day long, you need to shampoo every day. The grime you pick up on your worksite doesn't have a place on your pillowcase, so do yourself a favor and remove that dirt and oil before you settle in for a slumber.
- Similarly, guys who work in kitchens tend to build up a lot of grease that can cause unwanted results if it's mashed into pillowcases. You could find yourself with acne and other unpleasantries if you go to bed without washing your hair because the oil transfers from your hair to the pillow to your pores.
- If you hit the gym daily, you may be able to avoid daily shampoos, but you'll still want to make sure you wet your hair and rub the roots so your scalp gets exfoliated. This helps loosen oils and gets rid of white flakes.
- If you have an oily scalp, a good shampoo will be your best friend. How do you know if you have an oily scalp? If you could portray a young Elvis without putting any hair pomade on your upper half, you've probably got an oily scalp. People with oil scalps also tend to have oily faces, too. This is a combination of oil seeping down from the hairline and overactive pores that produce oil on the face all by themselves.
- You'll also want to wash your hair daily if you're a smoker. We won't lecture you on the harms of the habit right now, but the odor cigarettes, cigars, and weed leave behind can really turn off potential partners. A quick wet-down won't get rid of the smoke smell, so you'll want to be diligent about deodorizing your hair daily because hair locks in smells like nothing else on your body.
Wash Two to Three Times a Week If:
If you're an ordinary guy doing ordinary things, you don't need to wash your hair more than two or three times a week. Like we said before, you'll still want to wet your tresses and massage your scalp; this is important in ensuring your roots are stimulated and any dead skin cells find their way to the bottom of the drain. But, you don't need to apply shampoo every time you step into the shower. Doing so can strip your hair of the elements it needs to stay healthy, even if you're using the best shampoo on the market.
Even if you're a go-to-the-gym-everyday guy, you can forego daily shampoos in favor of a good wet-down in the shower. The salt from your workout can actually give you some pretty nice texture and make your have more maneuverable so you have a good hair day with fewer products.
On Your Non-Wash Days
It's best to use a conditioner every day. This helps keep your follicles healthy and reinforces hydration. Conditioner will also help eliminate the grime when you're not using shampoo. If you're feeling a little oily after your hair's dried on those no-suds days, use a bit of dry shampoo to soak up the oil. This is also a great go-to product for men who are on the move and may not have extra minutes to spare in their mornings. Dry shampoo absorbs excess oils and restores volume and texture so you can head out of the house without looking like a mess.
Always Wash with Crop Cleanser
No matter how often you wash your hair, you need to find a product that does the job it's meant to do without leaving residue or gross side effects behind. After all, what's the point in washing your hair if it comes out dirty than it was when you stepped into the shower? Look for shampoos that are made with natural ingredients that benefit a man's body. Steer clear of sulfates and chemicals that can strip hair of the natural oils it needs to stay protected and frizz-free.
Crop Cleanser is your solution to a clean body everywhere. This all-in-one body and hair wash will take care of your sensitive regions while simultaneously leaving your scalp feeling fresh and invigorated. It's formulated with sea salt and aloe, ensuring your hair and body get all the moisture they need to maintain the look you're going for without going overboard.
Have you been relegated to smelling like flowers because your girlfriend's overpowering shampoo is the only thing you can get your hands on? It's time to change things a little. With a single bottle of Crop Cleanser, you can get your below-the-belt area just as clean as the parts that are meant to be seen. You don't need a thousand bottles to battle your stench and sticky hair; you just need one bottle that's there to do damage to all the gross stuff on your body. You need Crop Cleanser.
If You're Boasting a Bald and Beautiful Head
Crop Cleanser is great for bald dudes, too. Because it's an all-in-one body wash and shampoo, you can lather your luxurious skin without worry. In fact, the sea salt and aloe are perfect ingredients for post-shave showers. These elements are soothing and cooling to freshly shaven skin, so you can lather up and enjoy the invigorating tingles that tell you your razor did a great job today.
Manscaping is a head-to-toe endeavor. When you wash your hair with the right products, you're putting your best face forward, but there's a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to having great confidence. Trim your body hair (wherever it may be) with The Lawn Mower 2.0, then put The Plow to task to ensure all your nice bits are in working order, just in case you have company. Crop Cleanser will take over by cleaning your crevices and making sure your manly hair does what it's supposed to before you show the world what you've got. While you're at it, a quick session with our ball deodorizing talcum-like gel and a quick spritz of The Crop Reviver will set the stage for tonight's stories yet to be told!
Manscaped has everything you need to keep your entire body clean from head to toe. Thanks to the power of The Perfect Package 2.0, you can take care of your hair that's everywhere. Get yours today, and get ready to know what real confidence feels like!