It’s such a common occurrence to see people—especially girls—whine about how ugly, dry, and unhealthy their hair looks.
If you’re one of them then we’re willing to bet you’ve done all you can just to give your hair that natural shine you feel it badly needs.
You’ve used hair oils—from natural oils to commercial ones and resorted to homemade hair masks to help give your hair some life.
Your trips to your trusted hair salon just became so frequent you think cutting off your mane is the only solution left in the books.
We get you.
We understand what you’re going through. And don’t worry because we know exactly what
You’re doing it all wrong.
Yes, you are.
We’re saying that with regret and shameless jubilance. We’re happy not about your misery but only because we think we can help put an end to your dilemma.
You’re looking at the wrong places and pointing at all the wrong reasons.
Did you ever consider that you should stop adding more products to your endless list of shower necessities and just look at all the products you’re using?
It’s time to look at your shampoo—the sole culprit and hair enemy that you still keep on patronizing.
Shampoos clean your hair but they do more than that.
If not used properly, it can damage your hair in the long run. Your hair might be screaming “enough” and you fail to notice it every single time.
We know you won’t really suspect your favorite nice smelling shampoo to ruin your lovely mane but as good as they might seem, chances are, you’re using them the wrong way. Or you’re just basically using them too much.
To help you further understand what we’re trying to get across, we need to get into the nitty gritty details first.
Shampoos weren’t much of a thing before the mid 1800s.
But during the turn of the 20th century, chemists began formulating liquid shampoos much like the ones we use nowadays.
However, it was not until the 1930s when Procter & Gamble pioneered the mass production of sulfate based shampoos, the ones that can be found in almost every household today.
The truth behind sulfate-based shampoos
When you read the back label of your shampoo bottle and zoom into the ingredients portion, you’ll find a long list of chemicals you probably know nothing about.
These are known as sulfates. Sulfates are sufractants that are primarily responsible in cleansing your hair when you wash it with your favorite shampoo.
When hair is exposed to sulfates for a long and steady period of time, it becomes prone to breakage and tends to be brittle. Too much of this cleansing compounds also leads to stripping the hair of the natural oils and moisture it needs.
One of the most common sulfate found in shampoos is the Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS); a common ingredient in personal care cosmetics and an additive that causes these products to foam.
This compound has been linked to cases of eye irritation and poor eye development in children. It is also known to cause neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.
Furthermore, recent studies claim that SLS is a carcinogen. However, there’s still no strong evidence available proving that this is true.
So let’s fast forward and talk some tips you have to consider in washing your hair.
Tips for Washing Your Hair:
#1 Wash your hair as needed. You’re not supposed to wash your hair every day. As already mentioned, too much exposure to chemicals leads hair to lose its natural oils resulting to brittle and damaged strands.
It’s recommended to wash the hair at least three (3) times a week but to condition it daily.
#2 Focus on the scalp. When shampooing your hair, remember the phrase from root to tips and concentrate in massaging your scalp to neck area before you tread very lightly to the ends of your strands.
#3 Try to be gentle. Tangled hair can be frustrating. We know that all too well.
To avoid this, washing your hair should be done in a straight stroking manner. You should ensure not to scrub it too much or massage it in a circular or back and forth motion to prevent further tangling and irreversible damage in your hair.
#4 Know you products. It’s always better to opt for non-sulfate shampoos as they are less damaging to your hair and is basically just your shampoo but gentler.
The rise of sulfate-free shampoos first started in 2007 and is increasingly becoming a household need.
Mild detergents are used in the production of non-sulfate based shampoos so the hair’s moisture is not completely washed away. These shampoos are evidently createless suds but still gives you enough of the cleansing feel.
However, if you think your hair is too oily and you feel like you and non-sulfate shampoos just won’t do then our Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair is an option for you.
It all starts with one small step.
We know for a fact that switching to a better, gentler, and safer shampoo will do wonders for your hair. It’s not even supposed to be costly or scary.
Start with the little education we have imparted for you because it can go a long way.
Remember, you just have to be more informed—know what works best for you, read product reviews and, finally give your mane the care it deserves.