Shampoo or Don’t?

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 23 2021
Glamour Shampoo or Don’t?

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage

Having a daily bath is something of a daily ritual that is almost sacred to some people, for good reason. With nothing but the sensation and sound of rushing water cascading down on you, it is truly a moment that you can take to enjoy in an almost meditative manner.

Of course, the main reason we all bathe is to cleanse our skin and body, which includes the mop of hair on our heads, for those who have yet to experience the wondrous world of being bald.

For those who have yet to experience that, shampoo and conditioner are two products that you probably won’t go without. We all might have seen that shampoo advert featuring people with gorgeous hair, recommending that with their brand of shampoo, your hair will be better than ever, your hair problems will go away, and all the men and women would fall head over heels for your hair.

But, as people are starting to wisen up to the myths created by marketing campaigns of the industry, people are starting to ask the question, ‘why not go without them?’

Keep it natural

Truth be told, products like shampoo are a result of modern technology, and people have had healthy locks of hair for longer than the products we use existed.

In fact, the harsh chemicals included in modern shampoos can be detrimental to your healthy head of hair by stripping it of its natural oils and nutrients that nourish and maintain its natural sheen and strength.

A great way you can avoid this is by opting for shampoos with more natural ingredients, that don’t use a lot of chemicals in their product. However, these can be quite expensive.

The best case scenario is you using such a natural based shampoo and conditioner every two or three days. However, if being cost-effective is important, then choose a shampoo that doesn’t include chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and use it sparingly, every two or three days given the condition of your hair.

It depends on you

Of course, there is no ‘one size fits all’ for everyone. People are different and therefore have different needs when it comes to their hair products.

For example, following the saying of beauty gurus online that swear by the benefits of not using any shampoo or hair cleansing product at all probably wouldn’t say the same thing while living in the hot, humid, tropical climate of Sri Lanka, especially in its urban spaces full of dust, dirt and pollution.

Some people have oilier scalps than others as well, and would probably have to use shampoo or other cleansing products more often compared to others. Others might have to use hair products every day as a result of their occupation or personal style. The moral of the story, take a good account of yourself and see what fits you personally, then stick to it.

More benefits than that

Of course, there are a number of benefits to adopting this habit. With your hair’s natural oils nourishing it, styling becomes a lot easier, and your hair will retain its natural bounce. Not only that, your expenses for hair products will also reduce to a certain extent, meaning you will save a lot more money on hair products you shouldn’t be using every day in the first place.

This could also be the starting point of a new haircare regime for you, focused more on the overall health of your hair, and not on the needs fed to you by marketing ploys.

And there’s a lot more to protect the health of your hair than not using shampoo every day. A balanced diet rich in macro and micro-nutrients, regular exercise, and having both physical and mental wellbeing all play a part in you having great hair.

Of course, what’s most important is you trying out your own research, and seeking out the information you need for yourself, and picking what is best for you.

Because the hair on your head is yours and yours alone. 


By Shanuka Kadupitiyage | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 23 2021

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