Most of us don’t realize it but washing your hair every day with store-bought shampoos can be doing your hair more damage than good. Here are a few quick and easy tips that will help you get and keep healthy hair.
Most of us get in the shower every day and repeat the same process, lather, rinse, repeat, but this may not be the best routine to follow if you want really healthy hair. Many store-bought shampoos contain harsh cleansers that can irritate your scalp and can strip natural oils from your hair that are essential to maintaining healthy, smooth, easy to style locks. Changing your routine can be a super simple process, here’s how.
Don’t Shampoo As Often
Just about any stylist or barber will recommend shampooing your hair once or twice a week. I know, doesn’t sound like a good idea, but here’s why. Washing every day with even with the low sulfate brands will strip oil from your hair and dry it and your scalp out. Furthermore, many styling products like hairsprays and gels are water soluble and don’t need a shampoo to help rinse them out of your hair. However, only washing your hair once or twice a week can cause your hair to look greasy at first, but after a few weeks it won’t and your hair will be healthier and softer.
Condition Your Hair Daily
You don’t need to shampoo first before you condition. If you condition your hair daily you’re going be helping to protect and moisturize it while soothing rough cuticles – the outermost part of the hair shaft that is formed from dead cells, overlapping in layers, which form scales that give the hair shaft strength and provide protection for it. Some experts maintain that we have been doing it backward for years. We should be conditioning every day and using shampoo twice a week instead of the other way around.
Men with curly hair can benefit the most from using conditioners daily since smoothing the cuticles of curly frizzy hair will help prevent that “just got out of bed look”. All you need to do is wet your hair in the shower, apply a small amount of conditioner, then rinse.
Choose Sulfate Free Products
What’s so bad about that cheap bottle of supermarket shampoo? Sure, you can save money but, it’s most likely loaded with harsh chemicals called sulfates, which show up on many labels as “sodium lauryl sulfate” “sodium laureth sulfate” or “sodium lauryl esther sulfate”. Even though these detergents help to make products sudsy, they are also notorious for depriving your hair of its healthy oils which in turn leaves your hair dry, brittle and hard to manage. In order to avoid effects like these, try looking for shampoos with a low sulfate content or ones that are completely sulfate free which will clean without removing oils. Sulfate free shampoos can be difficult to find in many drugstores so asking your barber or stylist for suggestions is always a good idea.
Choose The Shampoo That Is Best Suited For You
Low sulfate and sulfate free shampoos are not always the right shampoos for every hair type. For example, if you color over your gray, it’s really important to choose a sulfate free shampoo formulated specifically for chemically or color treated hair, since sulfates and other additives can strip away color.
Here Are Some Sulfate Free Shampoo And Conditioner Suggestions: