We all love the feel and smell of clean, freshly washed hair. But just what do we use to get that? With so many different shampoos on the market today, it's a dilemma choosing which one is right for us.
When shampoo was first used it was a mixture of ashes and water which, surprisingly, did clean your hair but left it dry and brittle. Shampoo formulations then progressed to include a mixture of alkalis, natural oils and fragrances.
In the late 19th century they added soap shaving which gave the shampoo its lather. Unfortunately this made your head itch and feel uncomfortable, so they started boiling the shavings first, adding some herbs and essential oils and together they gave great shiny, clean hair.
But, shampoo is not just about cleaning your hair. There are many specialist shampoos that can be used to treat specific hair conditions such as oily hair, frizzy hair, or to create more volume. Other types of specialist shampoos help people with sensitive skin or those who are prone to skin irritations.
While modern shampoos often appear to produce good results, the majority of them contain an active ingredient call Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS). This is a surfactant, basically a detergent, which tends to be a little too harsh for your skin.
Tests with teenagers and people in their 60's proved that shampoos containing SLS can be a cause hair loss and thinning. Both groups had some hair loss and the shampoo they used was established as the cause.
Organic shampoos on the other hand, contain only natural ingredients such as soy proteins, aloe vera and herbs. There are some that use olive leaves and olive oil and we're all aware of how good this is for a healthy body, but are you aware that it's also good for your skin and hair too?
After changing to an organic shampoo, the test results showed that within 2-3 months hair loss decreased, leaving a fuller head of hair.
Organic shampoos use natural essential oils which give them their fragrance and therefore they do not use any chemicals. These oils have their own health benefits too. This is a positive double whammy!
There are many things that can cause hair loss and thinning such as pregnancy, illness and certain medications. There are now shampoos that can help reduce this problem. They not only help with hair re-growth but can also strengthen your remaining hair and promote a healthy scalp too. The way it works is by reducing the build up of Sebum around the follicle. In turn this also reduces itchiness and flaky scalps.
These shampoos are usually applied in three steps; cleansing, nourishing and conditioning. Washing your hair may take more time than when you use an ordinary shampoo, but you will notice a dramatic change in your hair growth; it will be fuller and stronger in a short time so will be well worth the investment.
Who would have thought there was so much more to shampoo? Taking the time to research the shampoos available and choosing the one that's right for you will always deliver the best results for you. And don't be fooled by the amount of lather, it doesn't always mean it's a good shampoo!