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How To Read The Shampoo Ingredient Labels

For ordinary consumers, it is difficult to make purchasing decisions based on brand promotion or shopping guide introduction when purchasing products. So, how to buy? Learn to look at the shampoo ingredient labels and analyze the main ingredients according to product attributes.

The main ingredient in the shampoo is the surfactant that cleans the oil. The nature of the surfactant in the shampoo determines the mildness and safety of the shampoo. Some scholars have made the following classification according to the group of surfactants, which may make the purchase easier.

1. Relatively mild surfactant

① Surfactant of acetic acid group: LAURETH-3-Sodium acetate, Chlorhexidine diacetate, etc. This type of shampoo is characterized by rich foam, but poor decontamination and cleansing power. Because it is weakly acidic, it has less irritation to the scalp, and can interact with the electric charge on the hair to keep the hair smooth, flat and not rough.

② Surfactants for amino acid group: sodium hydrogen N-(1-oxododecyl)-L-glutamate, SodiumDodecyl Sulphate, etc. This type of shampoo is naturally weakly acidic and has a slightly lower detergency, but because the hair and scalp are also weakly acidic, it is less irritating and has a strong moisturizing ability.

③ Betaine series: Sodium Cocoyl Glutaminate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, etc. These ingredients come from beets, which are less irritating than amino acid shampoos and have better moisturizing effects. They are suitable for people with sensitive skin and are also beneficial to repair damaged hair.

④ Surfactant of APG: such as dodecyl polyglucoside . The main component of this shampoo comes from glucose, which has a slightly weaker detergency, but it is less irritating, safe, and rich in foam. It is usually mixed with amino acids to enhance the decontamination effect without reducing safety.

In order to repair the hair, add protein, such as hydrolyzed collagen, milk and so on. This type of shampoo mainly contains protein components such as milk and collagen. The foam is less and the price is the most expensive, but it nourishes the hair very well and has a repairing effect on protein-damaged hair.

2. Surfactant with strong cleaning power

① Surfactant of sulfuric acid group: sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Sodium dodecyl sulfate(SDS), etc. The production cost of this ingredient is low and it is usually used in cheap shampoos. This kind of shampoo is very powerful in decontamination and cleansing, but at the same time it may also wash away essential oils that are beneficial to the health of the scalp and hair.

② Alkaline surfactants: Sodium Fatty Acid,Sodium hydroxide, etc. The advantages of this type of shampoo are its strong decontamination and cleaning power and superior biodegradability. So it is more environmentally friendly. However, because it is alkaline, it is easy to dry the scalp and hair, and its excessive detergency can easily wash away the necessary sebum.

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Will Frequent Change Shampoo Cause Hair Loss

Change shampoo frequently can cause hair loss, and there is no scientific reason.

Hair type, like skin type, is not static. Dry hair, neutral hair, and oily hair may have corresponding changes with age, seasonal changes, and changes in women’s menstrual cycles. Hair quality will also change. Outdoor activities and proper care after perming and dyeing will affect hair quality.

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Therefore, change shampoo frequently is a very reasonable beauty behavior. For example, people with oily hair use alkaline shampoo and they always feel very refreshing. But recently discovered that the scalp feels tight after washing and the hair has become dull, indicating that the hair has quietly changed. And continuing to use alkaline shampoo has been If it is not suitable. You should switch to a mild shampoo with moderate cleaning power. As for changing from alkaline shampoo to neutral or acidic shampoo, will it cause scalp maladjustment? Don’t worry, the scalp, like the skin, has its own acidity and alkalinity. Which can buffer it so as not to cause excessive irritation or hair loss.

Some people say that two or three types of shampoo should be used in turn at home, but this is actually a wrong behavior. Different types of shampoos have different cleaning powers, and not every one is suitable for you.

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Why Do Some Shampoos Cause Scalp Itching

Scalp itching indicates that the physiological skin barrier of the scalp is destroyed, and the scalp produces inflammatory cytokines, which leads to itching of the scalp.

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Why Do Some Shampoos Cause Scalp Itching?

① I didn’t choose shampoo according to my hair type. I chose strong shampoo for dry hair, and shampoo with weaker detergency for oily hair. The shampoo selected for dry hair has too strong cleaning power, which takes away too much oil on the scalp, resulting in damage to the skin barrier; for oily hair, choose a shampoo with weak cleaning power, which has insufficient cleaning power, and residual dirt irritates the scalp and destroys the skin barrier .

② When the skin barrier of the scalp is damaged, the ingredients in the shampoo enter the scalp. Such as preservatives, fragrances, etc. which stimulate the scalp to produce inflammatory cytokines, causing irritation or allergic reactions.

③ Use poor-quality shampoo, which does not contain conditioners that protect the scalp.

④ Use functional shampoos incorrectly, such as anti-dandruff shampoos, dyeing shampoos, etc.

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Don’t Shampooing And Conditioning Every Day

Our Barbers questions all the time about shampooing and conditioning, and if it’s a good idea to do it daily. Our answer, No.

Your scalp is not a stainless steel kitchen sink, so don’t scrub it every day with heavy detergents!

Your scalp produces an oily substance called sebum that has many roles but it mainly protects your hair from microbes and the elements. When you use a strong shampoo daily, you wipe out your scalp’s natural protection, its first line of defense.

In response, your scalp activates the sebaceous glands to replenish the desert wasteland that was your scalp. This causes excess oil buildup which leads to you washing your hair more frequently and the cycle continues.

My suggestion is to switch to a natural shampoo that is much kinder to your hair than generic, store-bought shampoos. Wash your hair every 2nd-4th day and always condition afterward. You may notice your scalp remains in over-production mode for a couple of weeks but stick with it and it will balance out.

If you shower daily, it’s okay to rinse your hair and even use conditioner on those no-shampoo days.

And if you decide to stick with washing you hair daily, use a natural shampoo and conditioner that will be more kind to your scalp!

Thanks visite our guide for shampooing and conditioning.

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Your Shampoo Is Bad For Your Hair

If you experience problems like oily hair, dandruff, dry scalp, tangling, breakage, and frizz, you can blame your shampoo.

Most shampoos on the market are made with heavy detergents, often resembling the same type of detergents used for washing cars and dishes.

The scalp simply can’t handle those tough chemicals.

They do a great job of removing dirt and grime but they kill everything else in their path. They strip the hair and scalp of their natural oils which leaves the hair dry and fragile. 

Your scalp produces an oily substance called sebum that has many roles but it mainly protects your hair from microbes and the elements. When you use a strong shampoo daily, you wipe out your scalp’s natural protection, its first line of defense.

In response, your scalp activates the sebaceous glands to replenish the oils that are now missing from your scalp. This causes excess oil buildup which leads to you washing your hair more frequently and the cycle continues. Big shampoo brands are aware of this. That’s why they make such strong shampoo in the first place!

These shampoos also leave the PH of the hair and scalp unbalanced, causing further issues.

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You need a natural shampoo

You need a shampoo and conditioner that are designed to balance the hair and scalp without stripping it of the natural oils.

A natural shampoo will make your hair softer, less oily, and dandruff won’t have a good environment to grow. We saw this was a huge need among our clients and customers, so we decided to make a PH balancing shampoo & conditioner! 

Check out our PH balancing shampoo and conditioner here!

Your hair will be healthier and easier to style because we designed the new shampoo & conditioner to gently cleanse the scalp using all-natural ingredients while restoring the PH balance of your hair and scalp. The scent is sage and mint which is super clean and refreshing.

They are free from parabens, silicones, gluten, sulfates, and all the other nasty stuff big cosmetic brands put in their products.

Also, you need to use conditioner

This one seems simple but it is truly shocking how many guys didn’t pick up on the conditioner memo. I was one of them. No, conditioner is not just for long hair. 

Your scalp has a delicate PH balance. When you use shampoo, especially generics, the PH balance is thrown off and the hair is left raw and exposed. The conditioner comes in and cleans up after the shampoo, restoring the PH balance and sealing the hair to protect it.

Ever wondered why most women have smooth, luscious hair that isn’t a frizzy mess? Yep, you guessed it, conditioner has a huge role to play in that.

Note: 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioners are a lie. Don’t buy them.

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