The Truth about Shampoo

Contrary to the common belief and practice, washing your hair is not just lathering up the shampoo and washing it off. When you use the right shampoo in the right way, such products can do a lot more than simply cleaning the scalp and hair, and address hair concerns like dandruff, damages, breakage, etc.

To understand the real functionality of shampoo, we answer a few questions people often ask.

#1. How often should you shampoo?
There is no ‘ideal’ schedule for shampooing your hair. Depending on your hair type, texture, the weather outside, and your lifestyle, you can choose your hair wash routine. For example, if you have normal to oily hair, and you live in a hot and humid place, then you need to wash your hair every day and change the routine to alternate days in colder weather. If you have very dry hair, it is better to give a 2-3 day break between shampooing. For oily hair, however, you must keep the scalp and hair clean, irrespective of the weather.

#2. What should you do before and after shampoo?
Shampoo, as a standalone product, cannot do much for your hair. To get that healthy, shiny, and voluminous mane, you need to indulge in a few other hair care practices pre and post hair wash. Go for a hot-oil treatment at least an hour before shampoo, especially if you have normal and dry hair. Pure and natural oils like olive, coconut, argan etc. have restorative properties which lock the moisture in your hair follicles, leaving it soft and manageable. Post wash, let your hair dry naturally and avoid excessive heat from direct sunlight or styling tools. Always apply a protective serum on semi-dry hair to reduce frizz and flyaways.

#3. What are sulfates and do I have to use a sulfate-free shampoo?
One of the major concerns today in lifestyle products is the sulfate content in soaps and shampoos. Sulfates (Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) are synthetically produced chemicals that create the lather in your shampoo, giving you the fun of a foamy, frothy bath. Even if you feel noticeably cleaner after every wash, these harsh chemicals eventually reach your bloodstream and pose a threat to your body in the long run.

Also, on an environmental level, chemical-laden shampoos and cleansers flow into drainage and groundwater, harming plant and animal life when washed off. So, to avoid the harmful effects of such products, it is better and safer to switch to natural and naturally derived solutions from plants, fruits, minerals, clay, water etc. Such botanical ingredients are rich in medicinal properties which gently clean and restore your hair quality with regular usage and make for a sustainable grooming solution.

#4. How can I understand my hair type?
The first step to finding the best shampoo for your hair is to know your hair type.

If your scalp feels greasy and the hair strands feel shiny a few hours after washing, then you have oily hair and scalp.

On the other hand, if your hair feels rough to touch, and looks frizzy after drying, then know that you have a dry hair problem.

If neither of these extreme situations happens after hair wash, then be thankful for having normal hair, which can get a little dry in winters and greasy in summer.

Choosing the right shampoo

When you opt for natural cleansers, look for products that are made with substances that suit your hair type. For example, for oily hair, you need a clarifying shampoo with natural clay. Consider a cleanser like RAW NATURE’s all natural Green Clay Shampoo, formulated for oily hair. The solution contains green clay from ancient Brazilian volcanoes which absorb the excess oil from your scalp and leaves it feeling clean. Infused with extracts of the miraculous oil of Acai Berry, this natural cleanser also restores the pH balance of your hair, so you can have a headful of healthy, nourished hair.

On the other hand, if you have dry hair, then RAW NATURE’s Macadamia Oil and Cedarwood shampoo might be the solution for you. Enriched with nourishing oils of Himalayan Cedarwood and Macadamia nuts, this rich, luxurious shampoo smoothens the hair shafts, leaving it soft and manageable, even after drying. Cedarwood has restorative properties that promote hair growth, reduces frizz, breakage, and this shampoo is perfect for daily use.

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