Top 15 Shampoo and Conditioner Hair Myths Washing Debunked
Myths abound in the personal care industry, especially about hair hygiene. You probably wash your own hair regularly or once every other day. It's a very important part of our daily grooming routine. No matter how it gets washed, clean hair looks great. We all love the results—fresh-washed and fluffy. You sure aren't alone—a few billion people on the planet are sure that washing hair with or without shampoo is the key to a squeaky clean, fabulous looking, and healthy mane.
Nowadays there’s new hype, a rise in popularity of internet searches for: “how often should I shampoo my hair?” People have flooded Google with queries on the topic. It turns out that not everything we think we know about maintaining our crowning glory is true. At least, we might have overlooked pertinent facts.
That’s why we asked top scalp specialists and renowned dermatologists to test our “common knowledge” of hair maintenance practices—myths or facts?
Hold your breath—we are about to dispel a few misconceptions about hair care. The truth will help you use confirmed ‘best methods’ so you can say hello to luscious and lovely locks.
So: presenting the “Top 15 Shampoo and Conditioner Hair Washing Myths Debunked”—practices you should abandon right now.
1. Myth: Frequent Shampooing Makes Your Hair Too Dry
This myth is very common, in fact, before now people were sure that using shampoo regularly strips natural oils from the scalp and prevents healthy scalp conditions.
It’s true that our scalp produces a natural oil that travels the length of the hair shafts and helps to support hydration necessary for stimulating healthy growth. But shampooing regularly with correct products moisturizes our hair which produces smoother, shinier, healthy hair. So a moisturized scalp allows for natural oil penetration and circulation and helps oils to coat the hair shafts.
2. Myth: Ditching Shampoo For The “No Poo” Movement
If you use common commercial shampoo, you might be at risk of exposing your scalp and hair to harmful chemical ingredients. There is solid evidence available of companies accused of or banned for violating health safety regulations for chemical usage in hair care products. That’s one motivator for joining the “no poo” movement. People are choosing to use non-detergent cleansers containing natural oils.
They prefer natural products since many shampoos contain endocrine disruptors, harmful sulfate, paraben, diethanolamine (DEA), silicons, Formaldehyde, and triclosan—all can cause serious harm to your scalp.
How many of those chemicals have anything to do with cleaning?—Very few. With repeated use, they typically irritate and damage your hair. Contaminants like these certainly won’t condition your scalp.
Although evidence of the benefits of shampoo-less hair washing is anecdotal, studies support the use of shampoos that are sulfate and paraben free. With these shampoos, you can easily remedy oily or greasy scalp conditions.
So if you have problems in that area, adopt a harmful-chemical-free product like Amplixin. Give a second thought to ditching your hair care necessities.
3. Myth: “No Poo” means no shedding
Myth: Forgoing shampoo eliminates shedding—Not so. People abandon their hair cleansing products in hope that "no poo" will stop shedding, believing hair loss is the shampoo's fault.
A healthy scalp loses an average of 8o to 100 hairs every day—in other words—it's healthy hair shedding. Our hair experiences continuous regeneration. It's always going through the cycle of growth, rest and shed.
So when hair falls out during your shower just after using shampoo and conditioner, don‘t assume it means the shedding phase has started.
In fact, dermatologists say shampoo helps to release hair shedding in its appropriate cycle so new hair can grow from those follicles. So unless shampooing interferes with healthy hair growth cycle length, it’s completely safe. Also remember that cleaning the scalp and hair is necessary to remove dirt, pollutants, and foreign substances.
4. Myth: Say Yes To Cold - Water Hair Washing And Your Mane Will Be Shinier
A cold shower to “cool off” on a hot summer day sounds like a great choice—you cool down fast and feel better with the immediate temperature change. This works for body temperature but not for hair. If you believe rinsing with cold water after washing your hair closes hair cuticles, leading to shiner looking hair, you’re living in a fool’s world.
Here‘s the truth: Cold water constricts the capillaries in your scalp that carry essential nutrients to hair follicles.
Considering what happens with restricted capillaries, do you imagine your hair will stay healthy with continued cold-water washes?
No! So take this as your official PSA, ladies and gentlemen, and wash your hair with lukewarm water.
5. Myth: Use Conditioner That Matches Your Shampoo
Sometimes we limit ourselves by clinging to a common belief that we should always use matching shampoo and conditioner. Let’s say you have colored-treated hair and use a protective shampoo that’s working well to seal and preserve the color.
Now, your hair is also dry. So instead of choosing a conditioner for color preservation, choose one that nourishes your super dry hair. Take the shampoo and conditioner and make a cocktail! Use it without worries. As long as it meets your expectations, go ahead and mix them even if they are from different brands.
6. Myth: More Lather Means Your Shampoo Is Working
For the past few years, manufacturers have focussed on producing and marketing hi-lather shampoo. The claim is that hi-lather makes our hair healthier but with current products, the improvement is only a psychological effect.
The foam doesn't mean your hair is getting thoroughly cleaned. In effect, the lather just lubricates our hair, nothing else.
So when you see less foam, don’t tell yourself the shampoo isn’t working properly. Keep in mind that it’s doing a fine job of cleaning out dirt and impurities from the scalp, as expected. Another thing to think over: many hi-lather shampoos need to use harsh, damaging chemicals to achieve more foaming.
7. Myth: Daily Washes Cause Hair Damage
If your scalp gets oily on a daily basis, it’s also possible that oily scalp is soaking up dirt and other pollutants, damaging your healthy scalp throughout the day. Just as it works for skincare, water can wash off daily dust and debris, and remove the oily effect (excess oil) from the scalp.
But too much moisture can increase greasiness and leave your scalp dirty and limp. Make sure you use a mild shampoo for a daily wash so that your scalp stays clean and healthy.
8. Myth: You Just Need A Shampoo, Not A Conditioner
The typical rule for using shampoo and conditioner is—always use a shampoo and condition only if your hair dry. Okay, shampoo cleans, removing dirt and excess oil—while conditioner works to protect, leaving behind a layer of lipids to help preserve the right amount of oil.
People can use conditioner for scalp improvements besides using it for improvements to their hair quality—and they should when its ingredients promote scalp circulation.
Although if you want to leave the conditioner on for a longer time, you should keep it to the length and ends of your hair.
9. Myth: Always Use Shampoo Before The Conditioner
It’s customary to use the “shampoo and rinse, then finish it off with conditioner” format. We know this by rote. Unless you’re an expert, you don’t dare break the rules! Sometimes, though, if you reverse the steps, you can achieve a killer mane. These days a hair stylist specialist suggests conditioning before the shampoo.
The result is adding nourishment without weighing hair down and promoting a longer-lasting blow-dry. Conditioning first also helps the shampooing process.
Don't forget about using them together—mentioned above—as a cocktail of beneficial ingredients. So try this trick at home. Let the duo smooth and hydrate even the most damaged hair.
10. Myth: Always Use Conditioner After Washing Your Hair
Well, sure, conditioner does a great job of moisturizing the hair root but there’s no reason to place extra stress on using it every time you wash your hair. Despite the benefits, regular usage of hair conditioner can weigh your hair down, even when using the right kind and amount.
If you prefer to use a conditioner daily, try a moisturizing serum. If a serum isn’t available, there are terrific-working home remedies.
11. Myth: Plain water is enough to cleanse your hair
We can’t argue whether water has cleansing properties or not. There is no confusion on “it has”—although it does clean, it’s not sufficient for performing the best cleaning job your hair and scalp needs.
Add shampoo and conditioner to the process and see the results you can’t get with water alone.
12. Myth: What’s Good For Skin Is Good For Hair
For example, hyaluronic acid—this skin care ingredient might sound like a great addition for a shampoo, based on the theory, “if it’s good for skin, it’ll work for the scalp as well.”
Hyaluronic acid is a proven element that works well for skin care but no evidence supports this compound‘s use having benefits for hair too.
On the contrary, this acidic substance could cause scalp irritation, itching or rash around the hair roots. It might not rinse off with water. So relying on that myth puts your healthy hair and scalp at risk.
13. Myth: You Should Use Less Shampoo On Color-treated Hair
People invest a lot of money in colorizing their locks—applying a new color, bleaching, adding highlights, lowlights, and covering gray.
So even though shampoos are a necessity for healthy hair, most of the time people restrict their use for fear of damaging their hair color.
It‘s a valid concern because, despite the importance of safe hair products, many shampoos on the market contain ingredients such as sulfate—a risk for color-treated hair.
Lucky for us, sulfate-free brands are on the market. These shampoos are safe to use regularly and are less likely to irritate the scalp.
14. Myth: Your Hair Gets Used To Your Shampoo Over Time
The short answer is no. No studies show hair and scalp becoming “immune“ to hygiene products. Unless and until your products don’t work out, you don’t need to change them. Keep in mind, if you‘re beginning to use something, give it time to show results. Of course, when the product doesn‘t offer the effects you‘re expecting, you should search for something that will.
If you have a specific hair-care need, a little research goes a long way. It could involve other factors if you're experiencing a change in results from your favorite product.
The overall health of your hair and scalp may need different attention, or the shampoo you've been using has been wrong from the start. That said, there's nothing wrong with switching brands.
15. Myth: Following A Calendar Regiment In Hair Washing
According to this myth, we only wash our hair on appointed days. That may have been practical in the past when we had fewer conveniences. For instance, wet hair was a liability in a harsh winter with no central heating. Today we have the facilities to support daily hygiene if that‘s what we choose. Think about the practicality.
Refusing to wash your dirty hair today because your calendar has it scheduled for the day after tomorrow makes no sense.
Trying to have a regimented schedule could even damage your follicles. So take care of your hair when it needs it—do not wait for a calendar date.
We‘ve taken a look at 15 common hair-care myths, separating facts from fallacies to get your tresses in tip-top shape.