When it comes to hair care, there are countless products on the market, each claiming to be the best for your hair. One product that is a staple in most people's hair care routine is shampoo. But have you ever wondered if shampoo actually damages your hair? Let's dive into the science behind shampoo and find out the truth.
The Purpose of Shampoo?
Shampoo is a hair care product that is used to cleanse the hair and scalp. It typically contains a combination of surfactants, which are responsible for removing dirt, oil, and product buildup from the hair. Shampoo also often contains conditioning agents, fragrances, and preservatives. Why preservatives... to maintain the shelflife and prevent microbials from forming.
How Does Shampoo Work?
Shampoo works by emulsifying the oils and dirt on your scalp and hair, allowing them to be rinsed away with water. The surfactants in shampoo have hydrophilic (water-loving) and lipophilic (oil-loving) properties, which enable them to bind to both water and oil. This allows the shampoo to effectively remove dirt and oil from your hair.
Does Shampoo Damage Your Hair?
The short answer is no, shampoo does not damage your hair when used correctly and choosing the correct shampoo. In fact, shampoo is an essential part of maintaining healthy hair and scalp. However, using the wrong shampoo or using shampoo incorrectly can lead to dryness, breakage, and other hair issues.
At SilkOut we currently offer three shampoos, Clarity for deep cleansing, Detox for removing toxing from the scalp and hair and balancing the ph of the scalp, and Balance Hydrating Wash for a gentle moisture restoring cleanse.
When To Use Each
A clarifying shampoo is designed to remove product build up and sebum from the hair. This gives you a clear perspective of the condition of the hair. In some cases after using a clarifying shampoo you hair may feel dry and or weak. Many think it's the shampoo when in fact it's not.
Clarity shampoo is going to properly cleanse the strands so that you can see the true condition of your hair, much like getting an xray when getting your teeth cleaned. Shampoo exposes the reality of the condition of your hair when it removes the oils and styling products. This helps you choose the correct conditioner to correct the problem. If it feels dry a intense moisture treatment would correct that. If it feels week then a corrective conditioner is needed to strengthen the hair. Once the condition is corrected, your hair should have some softness even after using a clarifying shampoo. So next time you clarify don't fear what your hair is telling you, it's exposing what the conditioner choice should be to correct the problem.
Our Detox Shampoo contains charcoal which helps remove impurites from the scalp, exfoliate dead skin, purify the pores, and control odor. It is recommend for those with dry scalp, clogged follicles, and extremely soiled hair. Apply and lather then allow it to sit on the scalp for about 5 minutes to help absorbe toxins from the scalp. Follow with Balance Hydrating Shampoo.
Our Balance Hydrating Shampoo can be used as part of a weekly regimen and is a great second shampoo to begin to layer in moisture after a clarifying or Detox shampoo.
The Bottom Line
Shampoo is an essential part of any hair care routine, and when used correctly, it does not damage your hair. However, using too much shampoo or using the wrong shampoo for your hair type can lead to dryness, breakage, and other hair issues. Take the time to choose the right shampoo for your hair type and use it in moderation to keep your locks looking their best.