Jessica Simpson only washes her hair two to three times a month

This could be completely fabricated as it originates in Star Magazine, but supposedly Jessica Simpson only washes her hair two to three times a month on the advice of her BFF hairdresser, Ken Paves. Most of Simpson’s hair is fake, but the part that isn’t is said to get rank:

Jessica Simpson keeps her blonde locks looking gorgeous by listening to her mane man, celebrity stylist Ken Paves. So when Ken – who also works with Eva Longoria Parker and Jennifer Lopez – told her to shampoo only two to three times a month, she took his advice. Unfortunately, though, it has gotten the singer into some hair situations. “Jess’ tresses are often greasy, but she hides it well, an insider tells Star. “She wears hats or reaches for the Hairdo, the clip-on extension line she created with Ken.” And if her hair starts to smell a bit funky, adds the insider, she just spritzes it with perfume – from her own line, of course!

[From Star Magazine, print edition, January 19, 2008]

The NY Times had an article about a year ago covering a supposedly new trend to just get a professional wash and blow out once a week and to not wash your hair until the next salon appointment. Blue-haired old ladies aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the convenience of letting someone else do their hair and not bothering with it the rest of the week. Clients use powders and perfumes to keep their hair fresh in between appointments and say that the hair adjusts, producing less oils and suffering less damage from chemicals and processing. Shampoo is just unnecessary, they claim, as it strips the natural oils that we try to put in again with artificial conditioners. It sounds strange, but shampoo is a modern invention and maybe we don’t really need it at all.

I once spent about six months washing my hair every other day on the advice of my hairdresser. I eventually got tired of how it looked on the off days and ended up going back to washing and styling it every day. It saved me some time and I can still go a day without washing my hair, but I have to do anything special I prefer to wash it.

It may be cultural to wash your hair so much and who are we to judge? Simpson’s hair usually looks ok if a little messy. If these details about her grooming habits are true, she’s not as extreme as some people. This British woman claims not to have washed her hair in 11 years.

[Thanks to the Huffington Post for covering the hair washing story last year]

Jessica Simpson is shown on a night out with her sister, Ashlee, on 1/8/09. Credit: Fame. She is shown out at Bar Deluxe on 1/9/09. Credit: Splash News

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  1. Tia says:


    She is so nasty, this just proves it.. I mean really really nasty. EWWW, she should be so ashamed of herself.. disgusting

  2. That’s all I washed my hair when I was a bleached blonde. Even now I only wash it every 2 or 3 days because I have long, long hair & it just gets too dried out if I wash it every day. Also, I think my hair always looks better the day after I wash it.

  3. photo jojo says:

    I have wicked dry skin, so if I shower & shampoo every day I end up looking like an alligator, no matter how many lotions and moisturizers I use. CB, I agree though – if I have somewhere special to go, even if I just washed my hair in the AM, I prefer to wash it again and blow it out and style it.

  4. geronimo says:

    There is nothing worse than the smell of rank hair ‘disguised’ by perfumes. It’s no different than the gag-making stench of deoderant or perfume on a rank, unwashed body. 2/3 times a month is extreme. I have long hair and it needs a day to settle so looks best the day after I wash it (usually twice a week.)

  5. Wonderurs says:

    I’ve heard the same thing about Julia Roberts.

  6. CJ says:

    I don’t wash my hair everyday (it’s blonde, naturally–I have kids to prove it LOL) but on the ‘off’ days I’ll still wet it down while I’m in the shower just to rinse it off. Then I’ll use a little conditioner so I can get a brush through it and I’m done.

    Just rinsing usually gets most of the product I put in my hair out and it looks great, shinny, bouncy, healthy hair.

  7. Rose says:

    Ah yes, self cleaning hair, exactly the same magic as self cleaning clothes.

  8. Bella Mama says:

    i only wash my hair 2 or 3 times a week as well. again, its long hair – around the bottom of my shoulder blades.

    I usually wash my hair after working out.

    during the summer, though, I can go weeks with out actually using shampoo. I usually will only use shampoo after swimming in a pool. Otherwise I do wet it in the shower but just use conditioner and let it go curly.

    Unless its not humid and I’m going to blow it out.

    and THAT is more than you ever needed to know about my hair.

    the end.

  9. what is ever. says:

    This is probably true, simply because her hair is long/layered and probably receives frequent coloring and styling –which can fry your locks unless you cool it on the constant cleansing.
    You need your natural oils to buffer the products, especially bleach. Also, when you get extensions, they usually advise the same thing. Too much washing can lead to dry scalp/dandruff.
    When I saw this on IDLYITW I assumed it was because it’s Todd writing, but I’m surprised that this is on CB– don’t most girls (who frequently color/bleach their hair at least) hear this from their own stylists, or something similar?

  10. Anna says:

    That’s so gross about Jessica. Just when you think she’d reached her grossness quota, something like this makes the celeb news. Yucky.

    That being said, I’m a wash my hair every day kind of gal. When I had long and shoulder length hair, I did that too, since my hair gets oily after 24 hours. I’ve recently gotten a pixie cut and I was surprised to find out that suddenly, my hair still looked okay the next day. Theoretically, I could now wash it every other day. But practically, that’s rather impossible. Once I’ve slept, my hair looks like I licked an electrical socket and only a shampoo and getting it really wet and then styled will help that. Doesn’t anyone else have that problem too? Maybe I toss around too much in my sleep. :)

  11. UrbanRube says:

    What is ever, I never heard that from my stylist, although I color my own hair, which he knows. Until I had a child, I showered and shampooed every single day. After that, the fatigue and demands on my time led me and my husband to shower every other day, still always shampooing. I’ve colored my hair since I was 14 and never had every-other-day shampooing dry it out, but then, I have oily hair, so…

  12. manda says:

    I wish I could wash every other day or twice a week, but my hair gets limp and blah. I tried that hair powder, which is nice, but it makes my hair look gray. And I’m a blonde. I don’t see how brunettes use that stuff

  13. Tiffany says:

    Quit picking on Jessica – you’d think she was satan or something with how nasty everyone is toward her. I just don’t get it. And c’mon, there is no way this is true and it’s not news … blah :p

  14. Susan says:

    Please – how does Star actually come up with these stories. You guys don’t actually believe this do you?

  15. Mrs. Darcy says:

    How do you even wash extensions? I have curly hair, most women with curly hair know that washing everyday strips the hair. I get that people with greasy hair might think that’s gross, but my hair is NEVER greasy unless I overload it with products. Most shampoos contain sodium laurel sulfate which just strips the hair, it’s better to try to use those that don’t – you can even wash your hair with conditioner. People are so brainwashed about shampoo it’s unbelievable.

  16. Sara says:

    This is a true, although a very dumb story. Last month she was in a mag and it was “40 things you don’t know about Jess” Ken Paves was quoted saying she only washes 2xs a month, thus making her very low mantenience. Think about it, her hair is fake, she’s had those extentions in for years. Her real hair is short and actually cute. She changes them up enough that she does not have to wash.

  17. Shea says:

    I read that too, funny Cacee Cobb was quoted sayin JS thows her disposable contacts all over her place, cuz JS said they disolve in the air. Man, she is stupid.

  18. boomchakaboom says:

    Her hair does look rank most of the time and not washing it would at least give a reason for said rankness. It’s good for your hair to let it get kinda oily every now and then, but not all the freakin’ time. It’s just hair, it’s not a nonrenewable resource.

  19. t says:

    She may not be religious about washing her hair, but she seems to be very committed to the lip injections. She looks like a platypus in need of a shampoo.

  20. A.J. says:

    I don’t know what would smell worse: her greasy, grimy unwashed locks, or the scent of her perfume trying to cover it. Either way, that’s pretty effing gross.

  21. Kathy says:

    I have curly hair and my hairdresser does not belive in using shampoo at all. Only conditioner, for the reason that curly hair is drier than straight hair and shampoo dries out the hair. They told me that the oils are self adjusting,etc., so when you use shampoo, you dryout your scalp and it over compensates by producing more oil.

    They were right. I haven’t “washed” my hair in 6 years and it’s never looked better or been curlier. I do use conditioner, but that’s it. And it doesn’t get greasy or smelly.

  22. Ana says:

    My hair used to be down to my butt before I cut it and donated it. Now it’s around my shoulder blades. Either way I still had to wash it everyday because of how greasy it looks.
    I know a lot of women only need to wash their hair every other day and I’m jealous.

  23. Sickitten says:

    Ask any African-American with weaves, extensions. This is not unusual when wearing fake hair. Don’t criticize and judge but be grateful to have been born with beautiful hair. Not everyone has a gorgeous head of hair.

    If you look closely at Aniston’s hair, she sports underneath layers of fake hair. The best extensions and highlights she has. All of Jen’s fake stuff is top of the line. Admire her for that.

  24. Just Amanda says:

    I have a short cut, and I have to wash my hair everyday. If I’m feeling it, I can go unwashed, but it does get greasy by the end of the second day ( I haven’t had the guts to go 3 days). That being said, I do know many women who only wash their hair once a week becuase of the hair texture. If I could not wash my hair everyday I wouldn’t…but now I am totally trying the conditioner-as-shampoo trick!

  25. what is ever. says:


    I apologize if I offended. I never meant to imply that this is always the case, it’s just pretty common these days.

  26. Baholicious says:

    I have long hair that is coarse, which makes it drier and it’s also colour-treated. I rinse it in the shower, pile on conditioner from the ears down and then put my hair up in a clip. The heat while you shower helps the conditioner really soak in. Then I shampoo just the scalp, rinse and more conditioner. I do this twice a week. Because of it’s texture I’ll never have really soft hair, but it’s looking nice and healthy. As a moisturizer for my ends between shampooings, I use a few spritzes of Hawaiian Tropic. It’s something I stumbled on and it works really well for me but coarse hair can handle the oils, so I don’t recommend it for people with fine hair.

  27. persia says:

    calm down people. i regularly go a week between shampoos and i work out daily. i have curly hair, so the shampoo is detrimental if used daily or even every other. i only even wet it every 2 -3 days and use a conditioner then so i can get a comb through it. and i get compliments on my hair EVERYDAY (i work in sales, so i meet new people all the time). i dont know how many people are apt to buy from the ‘smelly’ sales person, but i’m pretty sucessful and i doubt i would be if i was rank. hair really does self adjust and honestly, if you take the time to find the right product for your hair (a daunting -but VERY worth it task), you will notice that you use so little of it that rinsing with water really does take all of it out.

    2 times a month is pushing it, but 3 is close to normal on short month for me. let the girl do with her hair as she wishes. lord knows there are a million and one other things she says/does that everyones ire can be focused on lol

  28. Codzilla says:

    Kathy, are you being serious? I’m not being catty, I’m honestly just curious. I have curly hair, too, and I’m forever battling my dry, frizzy mop. I shampoo every other day, but haven’t tried to go any longer than that. How do you keep your hair from being smelly or too weighed down?

  29. CB Rawks says:

    Has anyone tried that infomercial stuff, “Wen”? heh
    Because I actually want to try it and I need advice.

  30. becky reed says:

    she is turning it a grunger right on lolol

  31. Alecto says:

    she looks like she needs to wash, period

  32. UrbanRube says:

    What is ever, no offense taken whatsoever! Just chiming in with my two cents. But thanks for your graciousness all the same. :)

  33. vdantev says:

    Every other day or it looks like an oily mop on my head.

  34. Shannon says:

    It depends on the hair. My hair is thick, coarse, curly and dry. I shampoo about every three days, but even at that point, it still smells good and isn’t greasy at all. The bad hair day is the day I wash my hair. It is all *POOFY* for about 24 hours.

  35. Ally says:

    Curly-haired people: use (organic) leave-in conditioner & curl cream. And most of all: finger curl! Life changing!

    Everyone’s hair is different. You can tell when your hair is greasy & needs a wash. It may be 2 days for one person or 7 for another — and definitely after a workout. I wouldn’t go without shampoo completely, cause you do have to wash your scalp, too & conditioner wouldn’t be good for that.

  36. Melissa says:

    I wash my hair 3 times a month

    Its not a big deal there are ways to keep it fresh.

    I always get compliments on my hair and it is true your hair does adjust over time and gets less greasy– on the other hand I think some people just have really greasy hair caused by hormones and should not go without washing…it alsp depends on the texture of your hair—this method works good for me—the only time I wash it more than once a week is if I go to a club where there is smoke.

  37. Christina X says:

    I can’t even go a day without washing my hair. It gets greasy after a day of it not being washed.

  38. Carena says:

    I can’t imagine…but then again I have short, fine hair that is not dry in the slightest. I can’t even use a heavy conditioner.

  39. Blah blah blah says:

    I have the same problem as Manda. I wouldn’t necessarily wash my hair every day when I’m going out, but it gets so freakin limp most of the time the next day.

  40. Persistent Cat says:

    Why aren’t we discussing the real problem? Did you look at her lips?

  41. santacruz says:

    —what are those pink things under her nose?????

  42. Codzilla says:

    Didn’t she say that she tried lip-fillers once and didn’t like it? Obviously, she was full of shit because that pout has once again been expanded to grotesque proportions.

  43. Between the frizzled greaseball on her head, the vulgarly plumped lips, and a weak attempt to hide an extra 15lbs in black – homegirl isn’t looking so hot.

    I’ll add this into the fray; My hair is short, straight, thick and dry. I generally only shampoo after a particularly hard day at the gym or before a nice occasion, otherwise I just condition every other day. My secret is when I get out of the shower, I towel-dry rather than blow-dry. (Between my dry hair and the high altitude, I really notice a difference.)

  44. Wif says:

    I used to know a girl in my highschool who was a professional hair model. She could only wash it once a month, when at her hairdressers. I don’t think Simpson’s situation is uncommon.

  45. howshameless says:

    Her hair always looks gross unless she’s doing a performace or an appearance. Whenever she’s out, she just doesn’t give a shit and it shows.

  46. gia says:

    Don’t you mean washes her “extensions” only once or twice a month? It’s not like this lazy ass works up a smelly sweat doing any “real” work. She probably uses one of those fancy dry shampoos or just conditions a little everyday. You dont need to shampoo everyday when you dont do much.

  47. Miranda says:

    God, I understand not washing one’s hair every day, but weaves/extensions begin to smell rank after not washing them for a while, and the scent is permanent.
    Cosmo had an article on how to go from gym to fancy office party without showering. All I could think was that if I’m going to the gym, I’m sweating, and if you sweat, you smell. The idea is just against basic personal care in general. Even if one isn’t shampooing every day, at least have the decency to jump in the shower for 30 seconds.
    As for me, I have coarse shoulder-length hair with fringe. I wash/condition every other day, and just rinse it with cold water on the off-days to get any product residue out of my hair. If I didn’t do that, my hair would get matted and tangled very easily. I’m a naturally dark redhead so dry shampoos just make it look like I have powder in my hair. I hate to admit it, but I do use L’Oreal Kids detangling spray in the afternoons to keep my hair from going too limp.
    Oh, and CB Rawks: I bought that Wen stuff a few years ago, and I hated it. It doesn’t even feel like hair conditioner, it kind of feels like that oily stuff they use on kids who have lice. It left my hair feeling so gross I couldn’t stand it. It seems like such a waste of money.

  48. dali says:

    Shampoo contains harsh surfactants which rip at the delicate hair shaft. I have very fine blonde hair which tears easily and have looked at many sites which aid in ditching shampoo. It’s called “the no poo movement” — no joke!

    One of the best ideas I’ve seen on those sites is rinsing with water while stroking the hair in a downward motion to spread the hair oil farther down the shaft from the scalp. Works really well. I rinse my hair every day, stroking downward, and actually wash it 2x a month or so. Hate to have something in common with trout pout Simpson!

  49. CB Rawks says:

    Thanks for the advice, Miranda. That was the very thing that was worrying me.

  50. Tazz says:

    Poor Jessica just can’t get a break. Proves you can take the girl out of the country but not the country out of the girl. Enjoyed everyone’s comments!

  51. Chelsea says:

    Honestly, I don’t know how anyone could go with only washing their hair around 3 times a month! Even if I skip a day of washing mine, I feel gross and like I need to wash it lol. I wash mine everyday even though it’s apparently bad for your hair… my hair seems to be in good condition despite washing it everyday so i think that’s a myth! LOL. I workout everyday though so I think that would be especially gross if I didn’t wash my hair….. sick.