Why You Should Stop Using Shampoo Everyday
Have you ever wondered why your hair is still damaged despite using various advertised shampoos? You might be using your shampoo too much.
Using Shampoo Everyday Can Damage Your Hair
Shampoo is a mixture for washing the hair. This hair product usually contains cleaning chemicals such as detergent, a surfactant that controls the production of the hair’s natural oil called sebum. Lack of sebum causes the hair to look dry and frizzy. Also, surfactants can irritate your eyes and cause allergic reaction your skin and scalp.
“Go Natural”, “Less is More” - These Mantras are True for Shampoos
Lots of advertisements from hair care companies want you to use shampoos and hair spa treatments to avoid dry and frizzy hair. But actually, these hair products have the same effects as your hair’s natural oil. So if you use these hair products along with shampoo too much, you’re just removing your hair’s natural oil and then replacing it with chemicals. That’s quite ironic eh?
The Amount of Shampoo You Should Use Depends on Your Hair Type
Researchers, dermatologists and hair stylists don’t recommend using shampoo daily. In fact, they suggest using shampoo two to three times per week only. And to allow your scalp to produce natural oil, here’s the amount of shampoo you should use according to hair experts.
- For thick and oily hair, use “quarter-sized" (2.5cm circle) amount.
- For normal and dry hair, use a “nickel-sized” (1.5cm circle) amount.
Here are some of the most common hair problems you can avoid if you reduce your shampoo usage:
1. Dry and Dead-Looking Hair
Having a copper-like frizzy rough hair is one of the most awful hair conditions a person can have. Both men and women are trying their best efforts to prevent this from happening to their hair. However, instead of avoiding this trouble, using shampoo too much will just make them prone to this hair problem.
2. Split Ends
Split ends can ruin your crowning glory. If you use shampoo every day, you’re more prone to split ends because you’ll have less sebum on your hair. Sebum, your hair’s natural oil, acts as a protector against hair breakage and split ends. It also nourishes your hair from root to tip, making it look fuller and healthier.
3. Flyaway Hair
Flyaway hair is a result of damaged hair caused by too much shampoo. Sufracant, a cleaning ingredient of shampoo, washes away the sebum and exposes the hair cuticle. When the cuticle is exposed, your hair strands will become rough and ragged. And when rough hair strands rub against each other, they produce a static electrical charge that causes flyaway hair.
4. Damaged Scalp
You might be surprised with this but it’s true. Using shampoo everyday can damage your scalp. In fact, hair expert Riccardo Maggiore claims “many shampoos contain foaming agents like ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, which are harsh and drying to the scalp”.
Shampoo Withdrawal Syndrome
You hair will have the tendency to produce too much oil on the first few days of quitting shampoo. Don’t worry, it is a natural reaction. Your hair and scalp will adjust to the sudden absence of the surfactants that repress natural oil production. But in only a week or two, your scalp’s oil production will go back to normal.
Now that you know the truth about shampoo, don’t believe every shampoo commercial you see on TV. Some of them are spoon-feeding you misleading info so they can gain more sales.