Using the wrong shampoo is an issue that nearly everyone deals with – though they may not be aware of the problem. And with so many different shampoos available, it isn’t hard to grab the wrong one off the shelf. You may even fall victim to misleading advertisements or fancy labels. But don’t be discouraged because this article will help you figure out if you’re using the wrong shampoo.
If you’ve been using the wrong shampoo, you might have a few problems such as dry hair, frizzy hair, flaky scalp, oily scalp, breakage or faded color. However, these symptoms are also beauty issues that can be caused by other products like gel, mousse, dry shampoo, leave-in conditioners, cream, milk, hair spray or texturizing powders.
Knowing all of this, it’s tricky narrowing down what exactly is causing the problems, but shampoos can help alleviate some of the issues caused by hairstyling products as well.
Stay Away from Sulfates
Shampoos that contain either Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) can cause a lot of issues not only with your locks, but also with your face and hands.
Sulfates aren’t only found in shampoos, but also body and face washes as well. Some side effects of these ingredients are eye irritation, tangled hair, scalp irritation, split ends, frizzy hair, and swelling of the hands, arms and face.
Long story short, be cautious and aware of the ingredients in the shampoo you are using.
Clarifying Shampoo to Clear Away Buildup
If you think your locks are misbehaving because of the styling products you use, then it’s time to use a clarifying shampoo to rid your hair and scalp of the unwanted mess that can build up, and cause a greasy or flaky scalp. You should even think about switching to a different styling product when you run out of your current one. Nearly all of the professional product lines offer a clarifying shampoo, as do the drug store lines, and they all work in the same manner.
If you have colored your hair recently, beware of using clarifying shampoos too often because they can cause your color to fade faster.
To be safe, don’t use clarifying shampoos for the first two weeks after you’ve colored your hair, and limit usage to once a month to keep your hair color from fading. If you still have build-up from hard water or swimming, consult your hair stylist for a stronger treatment.
Are you shampooing too often?
A big problem that you may have is shampooing too often.
Shampooing should only be done when you have a need to. It usually doesn’t need to be washed every day, and you may even only need to wash it every three days or so depending on your personal needs. Dry shampoos can also be overused, and if you’re using them too frequently, you’ll dry out your scalp! Dry shampoos are great for in-between days or after a visit to the gym; just be sure to only use them when you need to.
Now that you know what causes hair to misbehave, you can better understand how to treat all of the issues that can come from over-styling or excessive shampooing. If you don’t use any hairstyling products, or if you use them so infrequently that you’re positive it’s the shampoo, the following information will greatly improve your next visit to the shampoo aisle.