Latinas are known for beautiful long locks and are the envy of many. They take pride in their beautiful hair, which is why it’s important to take a closer look at what you’re putting on your hair. There are a variety of brands out there catering to color-treated hair, Keratin for straight hair, products that promise anti-breakage, and much more. Many commercials that we see on TV make us want to run out and buy their products because Sofia Vergara has shiny beautiful hair and we want hair just like hers. But wait, what is Polyethelyne Glycol?
Polyethelyne Glycol: This promises to thicken your hair, like Keratin, but instead it takes out the natural moisture your hair produces.
Formaldehyde: This is a controversial chemical that has been linked to cancer and might be the cause you’re losing your hair.
Lanolin: This promises extra moisture, it actually weighs your hair down and prevents your natural oils from your scalp to be absorbed by the hair.
Alcohol: Most shampoos have this ingredient, which can dry out your hair. Stay away from this especially if it’s one of the first ingredients listed on the label because that means there’s more alcohol than good stuff in there.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This is what makes your shampoo bubbly and foamy. This is the worst of them all because it breaks down protein necessary for healthy hair growth.
Things You Should Be Doing
You can buy the most expensive shampoo out there from a high end salon, but if they have these chemicals or you’re using to much of it, that might be a problem. One of the most important things you should do every time you wash your hair is massage your scalp. Use the tips of your fingers to massage your scalp to get rid of sebum, an oily substance that can keep your hair follicles from growing. Make sure you rinse completely because you don’t want to have an itchy scalp with buildup.
Many people make the mistake of using too much shampoo. You shouldn’t use more than about a quarter’s worth of shampoo. Too much foam can make you feel like you’re washing thoroughly, but at the same time prevent you from massaging the scalp. Remember that your hair growth can also be linked to your diet. If you’re eating too much red meat or avocados, this might be why your hair is oily. Weather also has some effects on your hair. Changing your shampoo from time to time can be a good thing, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your shampoo isn’t working.