If anyone uses one thing at least once a week or once a month, that is shampoo. Whether you are a man, a girl, someone who likes taking care of your hair or hates doing it, we all need shampoos.
Is shampoo suitable for your hair?
Shampoos have been used for decades to get rid of buildup and to have a clean scalp. However, many shampoos (primarily those containing sulfates) tend to dry out our hair and leave them brittle. For that reason, some people decided to co-wash their hair with conditioners instead of using shampoos. Should we then ban shampoos? I do not have a yes or no answer to that.
Shampoos are necessary to eliminate all the dirt that gradually accumulates on your scalp and your ends. It is essential to remove some chemicals that will not get away with water only and damage your hair. Some of those chemicals will coat your ends and prevent your hydrating products from penetrating your hair shaft. As a result, your hair will become dryer. I will recommend using a clarifying shampoo once in a while, especially when you feel like your hair is not behaving the way it used to and is becoming very dry and dull no matter what products you use.
I will recommend using a mild shampoo once / week or once every two weeks depending on your hair routine.
Natural surfactants For Your Hair
Natural surfactants are an alternative option for shampoo. You can use it to clean your hair. Some of the natural surfactants are the following:
- Shikakai Indian Powder.
- African Black Soap.
- Coco glucoside.
- Decyl glucoside.
- Sucrose cocoate.
- Capryl/caprylyl glucoside.
It is essential to look at the composition of the shampoos you will be using, since depending on the ingredients, some shampoos can leave your hair soft, shiny and even define your curls. And unfortunately, some can do the opposite.
Please See: you should always do whatever makes your hair happy. You are the only person who truly knows your hair, and the science behind hair is not rocket science.