EAbout 1-2 grams of sebum is secreted daily by the scalp. Add to this pollution from the environment and the remains of styling products – by the evening you will definitely want to wash your hair. How often can you do this without harming your hair? Beauty Hack interviewed consultant trichologist Anna Portkova.
The age-old question
Many experts say: daily shampooing harms hair, provoking the sebaceous glands to work with a vengeance. And now, listening to the advice of experts, the girls show inhuman resilience and endurance, making a careless bun in the morning, instead of just washing their hair. True, while continuing to experience psychological discomfort, which does not allow you to relax during the day (of course, because you are sure that those around you 100% see that you have a stale head).
There is another expert camp, which believes that with today’s range of hair care products, daily washing does not affect the functioning of the sebaceous glands or the quality of the hair. Which one is right?
In search of truth
Opponents of shampooing every day say that the skin suffers from daily contact with chlorinated water and tissue trophism is disturbed, which is fraught with flaking, dandruff and other disasters.
“You need to wash your hair as it gets dirty,” says Anna. – If the genes so ordered that by the evening your hair is already stale, nothing can be done. Contaminants not washed off in time cause much more harm than chlorine contained in water. Alas, the fact that the work of the sebaceous glands can be rebuilt is a myth. Hair can really be less greasy with less stress and a good balanced diet. But this does not come from the fact that you “taught” them to wash, for example, once every three days. As for the balms, they should not be applied to the root zone, even if you have dry and normal hair! They include film formers. They are good for hair. “Sour” balm closes the scales after using an alkaline shampoo, and the film envelops them, protecting them from aggressive influences. But if we apply the balm to the scalp, we will “cut off” her breath! ”
Excessive sebum secretion is provoked by the so-called sulfates (Sodium Laureth Sulphate). If you need to wash your hair every day, choose a shampoo that does not contain this ingredient. Excessive silicones are also discouraged. They form a film on the hair that does not allow the removal of metabolic products from them, which accumulate, and the hair becomes oily faster.
“Indeed, some manufacturers even add silicone to shampoos for an instant visual effect. Do not purchase these products if you care about the condition of your hair. I have already spoken above about what film-forming agents are harmful, and silicone belongs to this category of ingredients, Anna sums up.
The opinions of the opposing camps are similar in one thing: if you really wash your hair every day, then only with the right approach! Choose a product carefully, or even better – seek help from a specialist. Wash your hair with warm water (hot water stimulates the activity of the sebaceous glands). And of course, don’t ignore the instructions on shampoos and conditioners.
“I would add one more item to this list: you only need to apply shampoo on the scalp,” Anna sums up. First of all, it is she who is polluted, while the hair is enveloped in sebum gradually. Owners of long curls often have such a phenomenon: stale roots and at the same time very dry ends. Therefore, we only cleanse the skin, and the foam generated during the washing process is sufficient to cleanse the hair. In cases of hypersecretion of the sebaceous glands, scrubs can be used. But here one cannot do without the help of a specialist, so as not to injure and not burn the scalp with an incorrectly selected exposure time ”.