Why shampoo may do more harm than good


That’s one funny shampoo picture! Hahaha!

I was sitting in a cafe last week, having lunch near mien as usual, and my eyes glanced over to an article in the Age Good Weekend where a trichologist and beauty expert was interviewed and asked some general questions about hair care.  It was a great read and confirmed a lot of my own experience with what’s good and bad about shampooing and in particular the prescription shampoos we have available here at mien as well as at Mini Me.
You see shampoos fall into two categories.. Acid-Based vs Alkaline!

The two categories

So, as I read, I was very intrigued by their view of the two categories of shampoos. Alkaline shampoos are your typical go-to shampoos that you’d find at your local supermarket, which most likely contains SLES (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (which is what gives them that lather.
Whereas, you can buy acid-based shampoos free of SLES at salons – are gentler on your hair..
A Sydney-based trichologist, said you will have to wash your hair more often with an acid-based shampoo, however, with an alkaline shampoo, using it to wash your hair everyday actually damages it.

Blogger’s comment:
When I read that, I felt a strong urge to just keep reading down the column in this very interesting article in which concerns me and my hair, as well as people’s hair in general!

Also, ever since I started working here at mien, doing the blogging and such – I learnt more and more about hair and beauty and why they chose to partner with Aveda. I switched to Aveda’s shampoos from other brands I’ve used in the past such as Garnier and Head & Shoulders. This happened once I learnt about SLES. No wonder shampoos used to strip so much oil from my hair leaving it dry and prone to being tangled up!

The oil in your hair

The next part talked about how often people should shampoo their hair in order to achieve our goal of removing any build up of sebum. Sure, we need this in order for it to protect our hair, but having excess of it makes you feel greasy and yucky. Apparently, the amount of sebum produced differs from individual to individual.
So, there’s no set frequency of how many times you should shampoo your hair as long as it doesn’t reach that greasy, icky state that we want to avoid. So the quicker your hair gets sticky, the more frequent hair washing should be.
The other factor according to the trichologist, is the type of hair you have. He mentioned for instance thicker, frizzier hair needs less washing than those who have thin, fragile hair – thicker hair can absorb more oils than thinner hair.

Blogger’s comment:
Personally, I have straighter, thinner hair (Asian hair) and it gets oilier than those who has curly, thicker hair – so I had to agree with this article on that! I have to wash my hair every second day or everyday if I’ve been to the gym!

How much shampoo to use each time?

The expert then goes on to talk about the amount of product you should get out of a shampoo bottle for use each time. He says that the size of the hole at the top of the shampoo bottle is an indication of how much you’re supposed to use. So if it has a smaller hole, the product itself will be more concentrated – therefore use less of it than when it has a bigger hole, it would have a thinner and runnier consistency; which of course, you’ll need to use more of it.

Blogger’s comment:
I never knew about this until I read the article! Very informative indeed. At least this is a reminder that some packaging technically almost always has a reason for why it’s designed the way it was.

When to not shampoo your hair?

As you may have been aware of, or not, that there’s been a movement to encourage people to not shampoo their hair. Which includes using natural products or water instead of shampoos.

The experts in the article believe strongly in using hair products with natural ingredients but that you shouldn’t quit shampooing altogether. An American woman’s health specialist states that Aussies are often exposed to the sun, salt and dirt; therefore the best way to take care of their hair is to shampoo it as water wouldn’t suffice.

She also suggests that having a break from shampooing can help your hair regain it’s strength and come back healthier too.

Blogger’s comment:
This aligns with my beliefs, when I’m not going out often, and stay at home for a few days (no exercise and/or during cooler days), I wouldn’t shampoo my hair until the day before I have to go out. It helps my hair produce its natural oils in which keeps it from getting dry from shampooing. This is particularly useful when I’ve had chemical treatments, from bleaching and getting my hair coloured. It’s the natural, alternative way to using hair treatment products in order to keep it healthy.

And there you go! I hope with me telling you about this article I came across will help you with your shampooing ways!

Written by Kylie Luu, the blogger for mien Salon Spa & Mini Me

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