Hair is as individual as its wearer and therefore has very different needs. The beauty industry has therefore created a market that is so saturated with a wide variety of hair care products that you often lose your bearings.
And although we are offered an alleged solution for each of our hair problems in the form of shampoo, conditioner, mask or cure on the supermarket shelf, we are usually still not satisfied with our hair? There is always more to improve and change, because new products always promise more.
In the long run, too much hair and scalp care can do more harm than good. Our hair gets used to it, becomes dull or greasy too quickly, which we try to remedy with even more washing.
If you have the feeling that despite all the care you can’t meet the individual needs of your hair, the following tips could help you to get a naturally beautiful and healthy hair splendour.
Tip 1: Oily hair? Wash less!
Experts disagree on how often hair should be washed. However, they advise against shampooing your hair daily. Daily shampooing can stimulate fat production in the sebaceous glands of the scalp to compensate for the constant removal of natural fats.
So it’s a vicious circle: the greasy hair is washed, then produces more fat to restore balance, and you’d like to get rid of the fat and wash it right away.
Fat production is a natural process that is also important for beautiful and healthy hair. What we call fat in the hair is sebum, which is secreted through the scalp and forms a protective layer around the hair. The sebum makes the hair smooth and shiny. In fact, many people’s sebaceous glands produce too much of a good thing and their hair quickly becomes too greasy. This can have many causes, e.g. environmental influences, hormones, or the wrong care.
In order to counteract the overproduction of the sebaceous glands, it is therefore helpful not to wash greasy hair immediately, but to wait a few days. This is because the sebaceous glands are not stimulated any further and produce less fat. Weaning your hair from daily washing can take several weeks, but this is the only way to regulate your sebum production.
Hair care tip 2: If you wash, then do it right
Many hair care products contain chemistry. Pure oil, e.g. olive oil, can also be very caring.
Whether you wash your hair several times or just once a week, it is important that you use products that contain as few synthetic substances as possible, because these are often harmful to the health of the body, as well as a poison for the environment.
Conventional cosmetics use substances such as sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol and parabens. Propylene glycol, for example, is a petroleum derivative that is supposed to bind moisture. However, it also has a skin irritating effect and can cause allergic skin reactions. There is also a risk that over time the skin may become more permeable to other toxins in other skin care products that may accumulate in the body.
Another critical issue with shampoo is the often used silicones in conventional products. Silicones make sure that unruly and dry things are apparently nourished and cared for, because they lay like a layer around the individual hairs. This makes them appear smooth, shiny and voluminous.
Under this layer, however, the hair is usually not well, because it prevents that really caring substances, moisture and grease can penetrate into the hair. Silicones therefore initially provide superficial shine and suppleness, but in the long run they lead to an undersupply of the hair with important care substances, making it porous and dry.
Therefore, pay attention when washing your hair:
Use natural cosmetic shampoos: they do not use silicones, mineral oils and parabens, synthetic fragrances, colorants and preservatives and clean with mild surfactants of plant origin and with pure plant extracts from controlled organic cultivation.
So pay attention to natural cosmetics when you buy your next shampoo: Appropriate seals, e.g. the Nature seal, provide orientation. The Codecheck app also helps to identify questionable ingredients.
As an alternative, try the so-called “No Poo” method, i.e. omit shampoo completely. Instead you can use lava or healing clay, rye flour, coffee or chestnuts to wash your hair. This method requires a lot of trial and error and a longer adaptation period, but is a good alternative for those who have a very sensitive scalp or just want to reduce plastic packaging.
Basically applies to hair washing:
- Do not use too much of the product, do not wash too hot.
- Do not rub your hair too coarsely dry with a towel.
- Do not use a hair dryer at all or blow dry only at a low or medium temperature.
Many hair oils are anything but mixtures of natural oils, but often contain silicone oils that weigh down and close the hair instead of actually caring for it. Alternatives are pure oils like olive oil or argan oil.
Tip 3: Avoid too many styling products
Hair straightening, curling, voluminous or more handy? Sure, everything works with various tools and styling products. In the short term you can shape your hair into the shape that seems best and most beautiful for you. But in the long run, styling and styling products can damage your hair.
One reason for this is that appliances such as straighteners and curling irons work with extremely high heat, which makes it possible for the hair to get into shape in the first place and stay that way for a few hours. If you expose your hair too often to these high temperatures, it may develop split ends or dryness more quickly.
On the other hand, many products contain a real chemical cocktail that you would never give your body. Also hidden in hairspray and mousse it can harm your health.
Hairsprays, for example, contain film formers. These active ingredients wrap around the hair and keep it in the desired shape. But because they are dissolved in the spray and sprayed as microparticles, they can also be inhaled and thus get into the lungs. Especially people who already have problems with the respiratory tract should therefore keep away from hairspray.
Alternatives to sprays are mousse and gels. But you should also pay close attention to the ingredients and buy certified natural cosmetics.
In principle, however, all styling products should be used as sparingly as possible. They can upset the body’s own sebum production and lead to a dry scalp. The alcohol in hair gel degreases the scalp, silicone-containing products prevent breathing through the skin and hair spray irritates and additionally dries out the scalp. All this can make you feel uncomfortable rather than beautiful with your hair and scalp.
Hair Care Tip 4: Make your own individual natural hair treatments
In order to get beautiful and healthy hair, you do not necessarily have to buy expensive products from the drugstore. Most products promise more than they actually do and come with chemical cocktails. Alternatives to the usual branded products are homemade care products. You can decide for yourself what you want to wash and care for your hair with.
Hair cures can be done easily and with only a few ingredients. This is quick and inexpensive and you can mix your own mixture for every hair need. Honey and wheat germ oil, for example, are suitable for curly hair. Coconut oil is a good beauty weapon against split ends. If your hair is greasy, you can use sea salt.