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At first, these shampoos will clean like no other, but then you'll find that their scalp and hair will be dry and lackluster within a week or so. Why? Ammonia and sulphates are often within the first three ingredients for these shampoos, which are made to clean, but are not sensitive to your precious scalp or hair, causing them to dry out. The longer you keep your scalp tight and dry, the more likely you are to experience hair loss, dry hair and stumped growth.
Most people also have a misconception that it isn't hygienic to wash your hair once a week. Boy is this wrong! Washing your hair once a week allows your scalp to naturally balance its essential oils, as well as pH level. When you wash your hair every single day, you're sending a message to your scalp that it needs to produce excess oils, in turn making your hair greasy, which again causes you to wash it again. There are no shortcuts to break the cycle, except for washing it a day less each week. It's not any easy task by any means, but if you push through, you'll finally achieve the equilibrium that your scalp needs.
1. When purchasing a shampoo, make sure none of the first ingredients include ammonia, sulphates, alcohol or parabens. They'll clean your hair and scalp great for the first couple uses, but will dry your hair and scalp out before the end of the following week.
2. Don't wash your hair everyday. When we give this advice, people look at us like we're crazy, but it'll help you reach a healthier scalp if you push through the awkward in between phase.
3. Use a natural dry shampoo on off days to offset those excess oils if you're worried about buildup. Some of our clients will even just blow dry their hair after a hot yoga or gym session, as the sweat is mostly water.
4. It is ten times more important to conditioner your hair then shampoo. Shampoo is meant to strip and clean, while conditioner is meant to restore moisture back into the hair follicles. We recommend working a good conditioner through the scalp and all the way to the ends and then rinsing it out after 20 minutes to an hour depending on desired deep condition. We encourage to shampoo once a week, and condition twice, even three times if you're a blonde.
A healthy scalp promotes hair growth, healthy hair and healthy skin! Isn't that what we all want?!