Us humans can get especially particular about how we wash, trim, curl, dry, or style our hair.
And it makes sense! Our hair can say a lot about our personality.
When it comes to hair care, many of us include shampooing and conditioning our manes as part of our daily routine. What we’re discovering, however, is that this might not be the healthiest for our hair.
All About Sebum
Our skin and scalp have tiny little glands all over them that secrete oil, or sebum, called sebaceous glands.
We secrete sebum for all kinds of cool reasons — and we started forming sebaceous glands during fetal development, as a means of protecting and nourishing our skin. Sebum also helps to provide our skin with vitamin E.
The Greasy Hair Conundrum
Because our bodies naturally produce this oil, you might find that, after a day or so, your hair looks or feels slightly more oily.
Which, for a lot of us, might feel gross. In reality, it’s our body trying to maintain it’s natural, healthy ecosystem.
So keeping your hair squeaky clean and washing it on a daily basis not only prevents your hair from getting the natural oils that it needs, but also triggers overproduction of sebum.
So how can you help keep your hair’s natural oils and maintain a fresh appearance?
The Miracle of Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos are all over the place these days, and they’ve especially grown in popularity in the last few years. But they’ve been around for centuries — the first mention of dry shampoo was around the 15th century in Asia, where the style-savvy were using clay powder in their hair.
Dry shampoos are great, because they help to control the production of oil, but don’t trigger the scalp’s overproduction of sebum, like washing it can.
So your hair looks fresh AND you get to skip a day of washing and drying!
There are a ton of products out there to choose from, but if you’re looking for a dry shampoo that’s going to be good for you AND the environment, here are a few tips:
- Check the label! Avoid any sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or petroleum.
- Make sure the packaging is biodegradable, like Acure’s dry shampoo, which we love!
- Look for nourishing ingredients like argan and CoQ10 — the dry shampoo will help manage oily hair, but will replenish with good oils, too!
Do you use a dry shampoo? What tips do you have for using this in your hair care routine?