Beauty experts are buzzing about double shampooing. But should they be? It’s true that dull, lifeless and weighed-down hair can be attributed to not shampooing correctly. Bottles of shampoo often direct shampooers to “repeat as necessary,” or, more classically, “lather, rinse and repeat.” Is there weight to these suggestions, or is it just a ploy to sell more products?
How often should you wash your hair?
If your hair tends to get greasy at the roots, but feels dry and brittle at the ends, this typically means that the sebum (oils) from your scalp are having trouble making their way to the ends of your strands. This tends to happen in individuals that have very thick or very curly hair. For these types of hair, shampooing twice wouldn’t do much damage. Since those who have curly or thick hair tend to spend more time between washings, this creates more time for product to build up, so shampooing twice may do a great job at removing excess product.
However, if you have thin, damaged, dry or oily hair, or suffer from a sensitive scalp, this practice may actually do the reverse. Your primary concern when cleansing hair should be the scalp and then the hair. While that may seem backwards, consider this: the health of your scalp determines the health of your hair, and while deeply clarifying shampoos may be good for removing product buildup, they may lead to skin conditions on the scalp such as folliculitis, seborrheic dermatitis, or inflammation of the scalp. Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger says,
“I don’t know that double shampooing is necessary, frankly. While I know it sells a bit more shampoo, I do worry about scalp irritation. For my patients, I generally recommend what I call ‘slow shampooing,’ which involves leaving on the shampoo during the entirety of their shower or bath and then washing it off at the end. This allows them to retain the full benefits rather than simply washing it off immediately.”
Are you washing hair correctly?
If you spend a day in lots of hairspray, wax, or pomade, shampooing more than once to rinse everything out won’t immediately cause a scalp condition. But keep in mind that over-washing hair is just like over-washing your face – if you cleanse too well, you can strip the hair of its natural oils, which could cause a disturbance at the scalp and may cause hair to lose its shine and weight. It’s best to purchase a shampoo that cleanses the scalp as well as the hair, or to use a scalp treatment in addition to your shampoo.
If you wash every day
Caudalie Gentle Conditioning Shampoo: This gentle shampoo cleanses with grape vinegar to provide shine, while antioxidant-rich grape seed extract protects hair from free radicals, nourishes, and detangles strands. Suitable for all hair types, this shampoo is mellow enough to use every day while still maintaining luscious locks.
For curly hair
Rene Furterer Sublime Curl Curl Activating Shampoo: Unique to Rene Furterer, this shampoo uses acanthus extract to enhance, soften, add shape, define and even protect your curls. Exclusive proteins add volume and definition to hair while evening primrose nourishes, reduces frizz, and defends against humidity to leave curls feeling silky and voluminous without weighing them down.
For straight hair
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Anti-Frizz Shampoo: Smooth frizz and protect against humidity with this shampoo that contains a climate shield complex to help hair retain moisture. Avocado and camellia oils work with caviar extract to infuse hair with omega fatty acids and deeply condition, leaving hair feeling silky smooth.
For damaged or color treated hair
Pureology Nano Works Gold Shampoo: This Golden Marula Oil infused shampoo nourishes and hydrates hair while gently cleansing. The lightweight formula protects with antioxidants and strengthens with a protein complex called Keravis, which leaves strands more manageable and soft, without compromising color.
For dry hair
L'Oreal Professionnel Nutrifier Nourishing System Shampoo: Cleanse and hydrate hair with this silicone-free formula that treats dry hair using coconut oil and glycerol without weighing it down. Glycerol helps hair retain moisture while coconut oil adds shine and softness to give hair back its luminosity.
For oily hair
CLn Shampoo: Oily hair begins at the scalp, and treating that can sometimes be difficult. CLn Shampoo uses salicylic acid to cleanse and prevent oil buildup without the use of fragrances or parabens. This steroid- and antibiotic-free shampoo removes buildup at the pores to leave scalp and hair feeling rejuvenated.
For thinning hair
Peter Lamas Hair Solutions Energizing Shampoo: Designed to help reduce hair loss, this shampoo uses rich botanicals to energize the scalp and remove impurities that block the hair follicle. Baicapil increases circulation at the scalp while eucalyptus and aloe soothe itching and flaking. Biotin, white tea extract, peppermint oil and ginger root protect, purify, and stimulate the scalp to increase hair growth and promote fullness.
For clarifying hair
Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo: The days of the apple cider vinegar rinse are gone! This clarifying shampoo uses apple cider vinegar, but has a yummy scent that makes it much more inviting. The vinegar detoxifies strands from buildup that comes from oily scalp or product to revive hair, leaving it feeling softer and looking shinier.
Pro Tip? Clarifying shampoos shouldn’t be used every time you wash, because they can strip the hair and scalp of natural oils. Try using this shampoo once a week, and substitute with another of the amazing shampoos you can find at LovelySkin.com.
For cleansing the scalp
Rene Furterer COMPLEXE 5 Regenerating Plant Extract: This scalp cleansing treatment stimulates microcirculation to deliver nutrients to hair roots. Suitable for all hair types, this unique treatment uses lavender and orange essential oils to soothe, cleanse, condition, purify, and invigorate. The lightweight formula won’t leave hair feeling greasy, and as an added bonus, it increases the efficacy of the products used afterwards.
The moral of the story? Double shampooing can be okay in certain situations, but isn’t necessary for every day. If you choose to rinse and repeat, or if you use a clarifying shampoo, be sure to follow with a moisturizing conditioner on the ends of hair. Try Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment, a conditioning treatment that hydrates and nourishes hair to smooth, reduce frizz, and add shine. Bonus? It’s safe for color-treated hair, too!
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