“Invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off” is a good quote to emphasize how one should take care of one’s hair. People usually put shampoo and hair care together, but sometimes, it is not always the case. Shampoo can do more harm than good. Hence, as an educator, it’s important that students realize how damaging this is. To put it simply, here are some harmful effects shampoo can do your hair:
Ingredients in Shampoo Can Cause Various Side Effects
It is no surprise that shampoos are made with different types of ingredients. These ingredients can cause side effects on the user. Shampoo strips natural oils from your hair forcing it to produce more oils and make your hair excessively oily. It can also cause irritation and itching. A buildup of the product can also hinder your hair’s growth. It can alter your hair’s texture and dry out your scalp.
Shampoo Can Be Wasteful
Shampoos sold on the market are usually packaged in a single-use plastic bottle or container. It is wasteful because once you have finished up the product, you throw the container out, and buy another one. Companies usually do not sell shampoo products to refill a previously bought bottle which forces us to repeatedly discard the container and buy the same one.
It Can Affect Your Hair’s Appearance
Frizziness is one problem people with curly hair face. Usually, frizziness ensues after a person with curly hair washes their hair and when left alone, frizziness is at a minimum and their natural curls stand out. For people with straight hair, it can emphasize the oiliness of their hair and make their hair appear flat and lifeless.
We have elaborated the harmful effects shampoo has so let us tackle what alternatives you can resort to:
Instead of doing the usual routine of shampoo and conditioner, you discontinue using shampoo and continue using the conditioner. Conditioner replenishes lost nutrients and moisture in your scalp and hair and is not as harmful as shampoo. Another method is to wash your hair every other day to rest your hair. This allows your hair to produce its natural oils and replenish its lost nutrients and moisture.
Homemade products are far better than buying commercial shampoo because you know what goes into the product. You can also add ingredients to your liking such as oils for fragrance. Plus, it can save you money.
One common household product you can use to wash your hair with is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH level of your scalp, bringing it to its ideal acidity level. It also helps removes dead skin cells and promote hair growth.
A good recipe is to mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and water. Add some essential oils to your liking to remove the vinegary smell.
Shampoos made of natural ingredients are available on the market. These are available both on online stores and in supermarkets. It is still a good idea to check the label. Hopefully, your students make the switch to make a better lifestyle for their hair.