Many people like to wash their hair daily, possibly because they are very active and sweat a great deal, or maybe simply because they want to always be as clean as possible. Shampooing their hair is as much a part of their daily routine as brushing their teeth.
But what if washing our hair is actually damaging it?
According to hair experts, the very shampoo that we rely on to keep our hair clean could be causing damage and that’s because it is too strong, even when you do not wash daily. Many shampoos are too stripping, meaning that they strip away the natural protective barrier of our hair.
In an attempt to repair this damage, our bodies produce the oils that comprise this natural barrier, making it feel greasy faster than normal. This results in a cycle of over-cleaning, producing too much oil, then over-cleaning again. Needless to say, this is hard on your hair, but what is the solution?
As with many other aspects of life, consumers are hoping to go green and natural with their hair-care products. This has led to an increase in the popularity of plant-based botanicals in shampoos and conditioners.
Botanical ingredients have long been prized for their healing and medicinal properties. They are seen in a wide variety of products for various ailments, such as Arnica cream for pain, or Echinacea to clear acne and reduce swelling. Echinacea is also used to fight colds.
When it comes to damaged hair, what can help?
Aside from smelling great, has multiple benefits when it comes to hair care. It is antimicrobial, which helps prevent bacteria and fungi from growing that may prevent itchy scalp and dandruff. It can also promote hair growth, having produced thicker, faster-growing hair in mice, though human studies are still needed.
Extracted from the fresh seeds of the Pistacia lentiscus tree, Lentisque oil has rejuvenating properties that stimulate tissue regeneration and repair, making it helpful in preventing premature skin-aging, and promoting hair growth. This is excellent for the treatment of dry, damaged hair and helps to nourish the scalp.
Angelica has been used for hair loss treatment for centuries by the Chinese. Enriched with Vitamin E, it helps in stimulating the circulation of oxygen in the scalp. It helps to promote the metabolism and replenishes the nutrient supply in the body, which are essential for the growth of hair. It helps to oxidize blood, which eventually helps in the oxidation of hair cells. It also promotes the regeneration of damaged hair cells.
While botanicals are often used reactively to deal with various conditions, they can also be used proactively. Rather than using a harsh shampoo that strips your hair of its natural protection, consider using one that is oil-based to clean, protect, and strengthen your hair.
A botanical nutritive shampoo and conditioner can do wonders to restore your hair’s shine while repairing damage such as split ends and nourishing your scalp. Mother Nature, they say, knows best. You’ll be inclined to agree when you ditch harsh detergents in favour of healing botanicals.