Nothing feels good like a nice clean head of hair especially after a good shampoo and conditioning session. Your hair tends to feel light and fluffy and many of our styles come out best on a clean head of hair.
Even though wash day equals dread for so many, fresh and clean hair is still something that’s considered desirable. But, how do you know if you’re over doing it? Too much of anything is bad, right?
All hair types benefit from water and the moisture it provides, but introducing shampoo into the mix and actually washing your hair, can be overdone.
How Shampoos Perform
Shampoo acts like an exfoliate for your hair. It loosens dirt and traps it. When you rinse out the shampoo, the trapped dirty is also rinsed out. This seems to be what you would ideally want. The thing with shampoo is that it also traps oils in the exact same way that it does dirt. You want to remove excess oils* from your hair, as they weigh the hair down and can cause buildup on your scalp.
Keep in mind, though, that you do not want to remove the natural oils that are produced from the glands on your scalp. Those oils* are known as sebum and they play an important role in your hair’s health.
Sebum coats the strands of your hair from the root to tip. They block out pollutants and can prevent dryness which may lead to breakage. Because sebum is created in the glands that sit at the base of your hair, it must travel the length of your hair in order to provide its protections to the entire strand of hair.
Washing away sebum before it has reached the longer lengths of your hair, can lead to brittle and dry hair as mentioned above.
Are no poo shampoos better?
No poo shampoos are less abrasive in the exfoliating stage, but they still perform essentially the same way as traditional shampoos do. Even though non-sulfate or no poos, are less drying, they can still also be over used.