Should you stop shampooing your hair?


One of the biggest questions when it comes to hair care these days seems to be whether or not to use shampoo on those luscious locks of yours. Expert hairdressers have said that shampooing your hair too often is bad for the health and condition of it, but not necessarily that it’s bad to stop altogether. There is now a movement within the health and beauty world that advocated getting rid of shampoo altogether, and only conditioning your hair. However, many women haven’t quite warmed to this movement for several reasons. You can decide whether it’s for you by considering the points below.

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Shampoo can be bad for your hair

This depends on the ingredients in your shampoo. Not every shampoo is terrible for your hair, but not every shampoo is going to keep it healthy either. There’s an ingredient in most commercial shampoos called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is the foaming ingredient within these concoctions. Many shampoos are now being made without this ingredient, making it easier to choose a shampoo that is going to help your hair. There are also shampoos out there now, while slightly on the expensive side, are entirely natural and good for your hair. These are generally a better alternative to your supermarket brands because they can also come in environment-friendly wrapping, such as shampoo bars instead of plastic packaging.

How often you shampoo

It also depends on how often you shampoo your hair. If you’re shampooing your hair every day, then your hair is more likely to become greasier more quickly. The reason for this is mainly attributed to the fact that you are stripping your scalp’s natural oils away, removing the healthier oils from your hair. This means your body is going to work harder to replace them, thus making your hair feel greasier. The less you shampoo, the less your body feels the need to replace these oils, making it longer between washes.

Shampoo is there to clean

Shampoo is there to clean your hair, nothing else. That’s what other hair care products are for such as conditioner, or argan oil, and so on. Experts have said that most people don’t use shampoo properly, which is why they start looking for alternatives, or their hair dries out more than they want. For example, most people use shampoo on their entire hair to make themselves feel clean, but hair experts have said that this is entirely the wrong way to approach your shampoo regime. Experts have said that you should only wash your roots, and that’s it, and you need to leave the rest of your hair alone. If you condition your hair, then this is what goes on the rest of your hair, the mid-length and the ends.

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Co-washing facts

Co-washing is generally recommended for those with tougher, or curlier hair types. However, some people are adopting the method. It essentially means you stop shampooing altogether and only condition your hair every couple of days. However, some hair experts have said that shampoo helps conditioner do its job, and they should both be used in conjunction with one another.

Ultimately, there are so many different types of hair out there that you need to do what’s right for you. Some finer hair types will need washing more often than their curly-haired counterparts, and that’s just the reality of it. So, get experimental and find out what your best hair care routine is.