Do you think shampoo is a detail for the growth and health of frizzy hair? Think again! Not only can the wrong cleanser damage your hair in the long run, but washing your hair at the wrong frequency can make it dull and brittle, in addition to irritating your scalp.
Here are our tips for a shampoo routine that helps you gain length .
Why is frequent shampooing important?
Many people wait weeks to wash their hair, thinking it's better, or because washing their hair seems like a chore. But when shampooing regularly exceeds 15 or 20 days, four things happen:
- Dirt and grease accumulate on the scalp. This one becomes choked and itchy. All conditions are met for the proliferation of bacteria, dandruff or other unpleasant conditions.
- Hair that begins to grow on a dirty scalp is thinner and less strong. In the long term, your hair is very vulnerable and will require more care to return to normal.
- The hair gradually loses its moisture. The more you try to rehydrate them by applying cream or spray, the more saturated, hard and dry they will become. In the end you waste time, energy and money.
- The ends tangle and form knots, especially if you leave your hair free. Hello frustrations and breakage.
We recommend making amoisturizing shampoo once a week, followed by detangling and a simple hairstyle that lasts several days. In 7 to 10 days, the hair has time to accumulate dirt and sebum at the root. After this period, hygiene is essential to eliminate impurities and prevent bad smells. It's also a good time to avoid handling the hair too often, as washing, detangling and styling can be stressful on fragile hair.
Obviously, if you have a long-lasting hairstyle like extensions, the hair is more difficult to wash. At the very least, make sure to clean the scalp or the base of the hair with a cloth to avoid problems later.
Once a month or two, a clarifying shampoo can be a good idea to "restore your hair" and remove any dirt. This is even more useful if you tend to use very greasy gels, creams or butters or if you wash your hair more than 10 days apart.
Do you have a suitable shampoo?
Our body produces sebum, a fine oil that serves to lubricate skin, hair and seal in moisture. Sebum makes hair a little more oily and supple, which reduces friction and breakage.
On straight hair, sebum slides easily over the lengths. After a few days without being washed, this type of hair becomes oily and looks dirty. Most shampoos found in supermarkets are therefore formulated to eliminate excess fat, thanks to a family of ingredients called sulfates. Sulfates are also found in many degreasing products (for example dishwashing liquid), and this is often what causes cleaners to foam.
On curly and frizzy hair, the sebum remains concentrated at the root and cannot flow easily through the strands, because of their spiral shape. The hair is therefore drier and less lubricated, which makes it susceptible to breakage. When you regularly use a shampoo with sulfates on this type of hair, you expose your hair to ingredients that absorb the little natural lubricant and hydration.Result: hyper-dry, frizzy, dull and very brittle hair, and a scalp that produces flakes of dry skin.
Curly and afro hair therefore needs shampoos or cleansers that contain little or no sulphate. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to cleanse hair effectively, without sulfates – and that's exactly what we offer with our Moisturizing Shampoo .
What are the best shampoos for frizzy and curly hair?
- Moisturizing shampoo: This is a must for curly and afro hair. It cleans the hair and scalp while rehydrating it with emollients (vegetable oils) and humectants (aloe, panthenol).
- Clarifying shampoo: It allows to remove any accumulation of products (fat, gels, silicones) on the hair. This type of shampoo is to be used approximately once a month or a few weeks apart and must be followed by moisturizers, as it is drying.
- Clay shampoo: Certain powders or clays, such as bentonite or ghassoul , have the property of cleaning and clarifying the hair, leaving it soft and supple. Indian powders such as aritha, shikakai and amla are also cleansing and contain several beneficial nutrients for hair and scalp.
- Co-wash or foam-free cleanser: It is a gentle cleanser with very little concentration of cleansing agents, but which acts more like a hair conditioner. People with chronically dry hair should use the co-wash more often. It can be very practical in winter to reduce the frequency of shampoos.
Remember that a shampoo does not need lather to be effective, if it contains ingredients capable of lifting dirt and grease and removing them from the hair!
And you, what is the ideal frequency to wash your hair?