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5 signs your shampoo is destroying your hair (without you noticing)

POSTED: August 9, 2017 12:51 p.m.
Kristine Ramos/

It's not too late to save your hair from destruction.

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After a tiring day, nothing is more satisfying than a long, warm shower. You reach for your favorite shampoo and wash away the dirt and grime, leaving you with a refreshed feeling and gorgeous hair.

We use hair products to help the body’s natural process and keep our hair well maintained. Shampoo is a product that most people use in their hair care regimen. However, how can you be so sure that your shampoo is giving your hair the nutrients it needs? Do you even know if it is still in good condition?

You may not notice that your hair is already damaged. So take a look at these uncommon signs that your shampoo is destroying your hair:

1. Difficult to manage

Damaged hair is more prone to tangles. Tangles occur when strands of hair are twining and clumping around each other, creating a matted lump. The matting in the hair occurs because of the dry, rough texture of the strands.

Your shampoo might be causing your unmanageable dry hair. Your shampoo has elements that block the strand’s absorption of the hair’s natural moisture. This natural moisture prevents strands from sticking together.

Shampoo can also make the texture rough and give the hair a stiff appearance. This can make styling difficult. With damaged hair, the hair remains in place or it follows the form of the way you styled it, due to its poor state.

2. Uneven or stunted growth

You may notice that one side of your hair is longer than the other. Shampoo can affect the scalp, and in turn affect hair growth. Hair has a life cycle, and gathers nutrients from the scalp to keep growing. The harmful chemicals in shampoo can interfere with the hair production cycle. They can increase the chances of hair loss, which causes uneven and stunted hair growth.

The dryness and moisture of your scalp affect hair growth. There are certain nutrients like collagen, biotin, copper and zinc that help nourish the hair, promoting growth. They are the key nutrients needed to prevent hair loss and stunted growth.

3. No shine

Shiny hair is healthy hair. The shine and luster of the hair come from natural oils in the outer layer of the hair, protecting the inner layers. This locks in moisture and keeps the strands hydrated.

If your hair has no shine, it could mean your hair is not moisturized, or your natural oils were stripped away. This can make it look dry, dull and lifeless.

Shampoo washes away your hair’s natural oils, leaving the inner layer unprotected. Other reasons your hair seems dull could be that you're using the wrong shampoo for your hair type, or you're using too much shampoo, causing residue build-up.

4. Brittle hair

Brittle hair is usually dry, damaged and frizzy. The texture feels rough to touch, and strands break easily when combed or when running your fingers through it.

Brittleness is a sign of poor hair health. It can mean your hair doesn't have enough moisture or natural oil to nourish your strands. This results in weak and brittle hair, and leaves it unprotected.

Shampoos can also cause brittle hair due to some of its damaging ingredients, such as silicone and alcohol. Make sure you check the list of ingredients in your shampoo to avoid one that totally dries out your hair.

5. High porosity

Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb water, oils moisture and chemicals. High porosity hair absorbs moisture quickly, but loses it just as fast.

Hair with this level of porosity is dry, can absorb moisture and has trouble holding moisture in. This happens when the outer layer (cuticle) of the hair is damaged. Gaps in the cuticle let moisture in and out freely. As a result, wet hair with high porosity is susceptible to breakage due to the loss of elasticity.

Your shampoo can cause high porosity because of its chemicals. As a result, it damages the protein of the hair, leaving the cuticle vulnerable to further damage.

How to keep your hair healthy

Hair care is important to many women, and a lot of women use their hair to express themselves.

Avoid washing your hair every day, let your body's natural oils mend your scalp and apply hair products every other day depending on what type of hair you have. Always check the ingredients of the hair products you use to make sure they are helping your hair instead of harming it.

If you want to take care of your hair, remember that it can naturally take care of itself. Hair survived for millions of years before hair products were even invented. Of course, giving it a tiny push from man-made products won't hurt a bit, just as long as you know how to use them.

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