Wash your what?
Wash your hair! Have you ever really thought how silly this sounds?
Now think about it. When mothers are teaching their children how to clean themselves they say;
“wash your body.”
They do not say,
“wash the hair on your body.”
Or another one,
“wash your face.”
“wash the fine hair on your face.”
So when we are instructing someone to wash their scalp, why do we say;
“wash your hair!”
Or is it that we don’t actually know what it is that we SHOULD be washing!
We should be washing our scalp.
Our scalp produces sebum which is essential in maintaining a healthy scalp, and healthy growing hair. Dirt and dust get caught in this sebum and this is why we wash our scalp as this is what we are removing . Plus, some people can produce more sebum than others, and this is where i hear people complain about having oily hair or an oily scalp.
Oily scalps can actually be brought on by the person. They may have a very unhealthy diet and eat a lot of fats and oils, which of course would contribute to their oily scalp problem.
What also contributes and what i believe is more common, is over washing of the scalp. I hear a number of people say they need to wash their ‘hair’ either every day or every second day because their hair/scalp gets oily. Our sebaceous glands, which are small glands in the skin which secrete sebum into the hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair, can overreact if the scalp is constantly stripped of its natural oil. You see, the more you wash your scalp the more sebum will be produced. This cycle can be slowed down, but it is a matter of weening yourself off washing, and having to go through a few oily feeling days. If you can hold off washing your scalp a day later each week, your sebaceous glands will slow down on producing sebum, so eventually you will be able to go longer without washing and looking like an oil slick. And remember, your hair will be washed when the shampoo is rinsed off your scalp and moves through the length of your hair.
There are many more advantages to not washing your ‘hair’ so often. Let me share some with you;
Yes, your investment of that beautiful glossy colour, latest ‘on trend’ colour, or your constant ‘youthful, covering natural highlights’ colour you spend your hard earned money on every couple of months. The more you wash, the faster that colour runs down the drain, looses its tone or intensity, or just doesn’t seem to be lasting. I know its believed that hairdressers have a magical wand, but that magical wand has to stay with us so we can continue to perform magic, it doesn’t come home with you! So if you are wanting your colour to last and still look stunning till your next appointment, lay off the washing!
The Health of your Hair
This one should be quite obvious. If you are washing your hair every day or every second day, you are not only continually stripping the natural sebum from your scalp, but also not allowing the sebum to do what it is produced to do, which is…lubricate the hair follicles to grow and maintain healthy hair. You will probably notice your hair looking and feeling dry and also frizzy. Now, if your hair is dry, which in technical terms means that your cuticle layer is open, the investment of your colour at each hair appointment will not be able to last as long as someone who has healthy hair, or in technical terms, a cuticle layer that is closed…which goes back to my first point!
The Health of your Scalp
Your scalp loves a good bit of stimulation! When stimulated it gets the blood flow going which is great for growing healthy hair. When you shampoo, you should be using your fingertips in a circular type massage motion on your scalp. You should avoid scrubbing and knotting your hair up as it then becomes so hard to get the knots out that you’ve caused. Your conditioner is supposed to be used to close down the cuticle layer that the shampoo has opened, not miraculously detangle knots that you have put in. Also, a great tip is to give your hair a good brush before you hop in the shower to rid your hair of any knots. Just think of how much conditioner you will save on if you are not knotting your hair up?
Cost of Products
I honestly can’t imagine how much money you would spend on shampoo and conditioner if you wash your hair everyday or every second day. But this is for sure, you would be making the companies of those products a lot of money because lets face it, they want you to use as much of their products as often as you can so you will buy more of it more often. You didn’t think about it like that did you….or should i remind you of a phrase we all know “it won’t happen overnight but it will happen!” I think thats enough on that point, you understand right?
So, I’ve mentioned four main points to prove why you shouldn’t be shampooing too often. But then, i suppose you’re wondering,
“What about when i exercise and sweat?”
“How do i manage my hair without wetting it?”
Well, for the people that exercise, there are great dry shampoos on the market or you can even google how to make your own natural dry shampoo. Of course i always stick to organic, natural ingredients, so i recommend Organic Colour Systems Revive Volumising Dry Shampoo. It is formulated with a unique blend of organic rice silk, hectorite clay and natural tapioca starch that gently absorbs oil and moisture to enhance the manageability and volume of your hair.
And for the people that feel they can’t manage their hair unless they wet it each day, try not using shampoo and only use conditioner on your mid lengths and ends when you wet your hair in the shower. Or, for the curly haired people, how about getting a spray bottle. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in there, and spray down your hair each morning and work your curls that way. You also should be oiling your hair if your hair is very curly, so spraying down first then reapplying oil will help you comb through your hair with your afro comb.
Knowing what is in your Shampoo and Conditioner
Hmmmm…..yes! What is actually in your shampoo and conditioner and what exactly is it doing to your hair and scalp. I would encourage you to start reading the ingredients on the back of your bottles or search the net for the ingredients of your products. If it is difficult to find maybe you should be asking why, and what may the manufacturers be hiding. The first few ingredients of the list are the main ingredients in the bottle, and a great rule of thumb – the less ingredients in a product the better! If you don’t know what certain ingredients are, then search their name and you may just be shocked at what it is or what it is derived from or how it is produced. Just because a product uses words on its packaging like ‘Healthy’, ‘Natural’, or ‘Organic’ it doesn’t necessarily mean that! Check for accredited and certified endorsements such as ‘Certified Organic Ingredients’, ‘Peta Accredited’, ‘Vegan’, ‘100% eco friendly’ and so on. Look behind the products to the companies that make them, some claim to be cruelty free products but looking into the company, the company may test on animals! I don’t want to scare you or overwhelm you, but if we educate ourselves on all these factors you will then be in control of choosing products that are aren’t causing you harm, and it will also send a strong message to the companies that continue to use ingredients which are unhealthy for us.
To recap, i have covered why you shouldn’t shampoo too often, plus i have given you a couple of options to alleviate the need to shampoo too often, and i have given you some tips on how to look for the best products…..now lets tackle what this blog is about…..
“Washing your hair?”
I DARE you all to start saying,
“Washing your scalp!”
Coz lets face it, we ALL should be washing our SCALP!
*Organic Colour Systems Revive Volumising Dry Shampoo is available in any Hairdressing Salons that use Organic Colour Systems. To find stockists in Australia check http://www.organiccoloursystems.com.au or the rest of the world check http://www.organiccoloursystems.com
Organic Colour Systems haircare will be available when I launch my online shop….coming soon!