Shampoo and conditioner are two of the most commonly used beauty products worldwide. We’re happy to ignore the night cream that guarantees less wrinkles, the body moisturizer which promises skin with a baby soft touch, or perhaps even the roll-on deodorant that suggests at least 48 hours of protection. The basic haircare products are however, a different ballgame. Regardless of the frequency with which you lather up, everyone has dabbled in the world of clean and smooth hair, but at what cost do we enjoy our fresh hair days?
While the shampoo and conditioner industry has been filled with speculation and controversy since its beginning, it’s still harder than ever to find the right answers for you. The path to becoming a beauty or style blogger these days has become alarmingly easy: simply buy a domain name from a provider like this one, choose a free web hosting service, create your content, and voila! Knowing who to trust and where to read your information is half the battle.
While there is no definitive answer as to whether or not life with clean and conditioned hair is worth it, there are a few guidelines to follow and things to avoid:
It is always the same questions that circulate around shampoo and conditioner: “does shampoo cause cancer?”, “does shampoo cause hair loss?” or “does conditioner thin hair?”. Most of the time, the answer to this is to pay attention to the ingredients. Most shampoos and conditioners contain a number of chemical ingredients that tend to alarm us, and most of these chemical ingredients are hidden behind more palatable terms such as “fragrance”. Avoid sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh detergent that causes the shampoo to foam. Parabens are another group of chemicals that are known to interfere with the body’s hormones.
As well as avoiding certain ingredients, researching organic options is another good idea. While organic hair products omit all of the harmful chemicals in traditional shampoos, they replace these with natural ingredients that replenish your hair – this is the very reason that they may seem uncomfortable at first due to their lack of foam. Try experimenting with organic options and find one that suits you, or better yet, create your own homemade aloe vera shampoo.
It’s time to debunk one of the largest shampoo myths of all time: rotating your hair brand because you become “immune” to that particular shampoo, does not work. If you like your hair products, then stick with them, if not, then change it up. The condition of your hair will change over time regardless of how regularly you are using a specific brand product.
Washing too often
There is such a thing as washing your hair too often. With every time you use shampoo, you strip your hair of its essential oils. The common step to recover such oils and nutrients is to use lots of conditioner afterwards which only masks unhealthy hair. Finding the right balance between washes is important. The flip side of this is of course the no-washing alternative. Although difficult to carry out, it can in fact pay dividends in the end. Getting through that smelly and shine-less stage is the tricky part, but with the aid of natural ingredients such as egg or vinegar, it is easier to stay strong.