Our hair is our crowning glory, and this is why we invest so much time and effort in ensuring it looks its best, all the time. Sometimes, however, issues that range from split ends to male or female pattern baldness persist — so we turn to a wide range of shampoos and conditioners in the hope that they will fix the problem.
Over time, however, common everyday hair products like shampoos and conditioners do not prove to be quite as useful as one would think at keeping our crowning glory at its best. In fact, most people are unable to reap the promised rewards from using certain hair products.
Why is this so, and what can we do to harness the functionality of hair products to our advantage? Let’s find out the answers to both these questions.
The Problem with Shampoos and Conditioners
First off, shampoos and conditioners contain anything from 10 to 30 ingredients, and these specific components contribute greatly to their effectiveness in treating hair problems. Synthetic chemicals such as silicone, for instance, do tend to work on issues such as lack of shine, but only temporarily. Over time, they restrict the strands from absorbing proper moisture, as well as strip the scalp of its natural oils. As a result, breakage and more damage occur.
In addition, some of us fail to choose the right type of shampoos and conditioners for our specific hair problems. Take conditioners, for example. It may be tempting to lump all conditioners that we can see on the market under one product type; the truth is, there are different kinds of conditioners out there, each formulated for different hair types and conditions. Deep-conditioning products, for instance, are best for lending moisture to dry and breakage-prone hair, while leave-on conditioners are to be avoided by those of you who have oily scalps.
Ensuring Better Hair Care
To ensure proper hair care, we need to get into the root of our hair issues and really address them. Lathering products onto our tresses is only half the battle. If your concern is hair loss, for example, the first thing you should do is to understand what is causing your hair loss. After all, the condition can be explained by a number of reasons, from side effects from certain medications to genetics.
Seemingly harmful practices such as scrunching up the hair into tight ponytails or regularly bleaching and perming it may also exacerbate current problems. Additionally, improper diets can contribute to the worsening of hair conditions.
In addition, it is important to double-check where you are getting your shampoos and conditioners. Natural products that are well-formulated are always better options than synthetic ones. Similarly, the specific components that make up the product should be evaluated properly to make sure that they contain no harmful additives or substances that may do your hair more bad than good.
Finally, lifestyle changes that are geared for better health should be implemented. Incorporating foods rich in vitamins like A, E, biotin, inositol, and pantothenic acid into your diet is recommended. In addition, make sure that you get at least eight hours of sleep at night.
Special Thanks to our guest post writer, M Pimentel
M is a happily married Filipino mother to three wonderful little daughters, ages: 8 years, 5 years, and 4 months old. Her daily life is a struggle between being the Executive Content Director for Project Female and deciding who gets to watch television next. She specializes in creating and editing content for female empowerment, parenting, beauty, health/nutrition, and lifestyle. As the daughter of two very hardworking people, she was brought up with strict traditional Asian values and yet embraces modern trends like Facebook, vegan cupcakes, and the occasional singing cat video.