How looooonnggg have you been using the same shampoo? You likely tend to be very faithful to a specific shampoo for ages before considering making any changes. You probably don’t like to use any other shampoo or conditioner for that matter, but what if your hair is trying to tell you something? There is no reason to change these if your hair is looking good, but sometimes you just might find these products are not cutting it for you anymore.
There are some reasons why you sometimes need to reach for a change of shampoos. If you have noticed that there are certain times of the year when your hair looks duller, is starting to feel slightly less manageable, or has more dandruff in it, then it is time to consider a change.
There are several reasons why your hair may start playing up at the most unexpected of times. You probably have heard friends tell you they are changing shampoos because their hair “has got used to the last one” or that it “doesn’t react as well” to its formula. Well, are they right, and what reasons would you need to change your shampoo?
How do you know when to change shampoo?
Your hair needs often change, even if you don’t think so. These changes depend on the environment in which you live and work, the seasons, and changes in your routine. Therefore, there is no truth in the idea that your hair becomes immune to a formula. You need to change shampoos because the formula isn’t effective in a particular situation at the moment.
Perhaps you have recently moved somewhere with harder water, changed your exercise routine, or even your hair color. These are just some of the things that can affect how your hair responds to your usual shampoo. The changes in the seasons also affect the way your hair reacts to the cold, heat, dryness, or humidity. Hair reacts differently to the cold and the heated environment of winter than it does to the hot summer months that cause you to perspire.
Finally, hair can also suffer from product build-up and the effects of not rinsing your hair properly after washing and treating it. This buildup causes a type of dandruff that can be scratched off the surface of your skull.
What are the signs that tell you to switch shampoos?
Like the seasons, your hair’s length, texture, and color are not constant. Your hair will offer you some telltale signs that a change of shampoo will benefit it. Here is what to look for:More Frizz
If you have noticed your shampoo is not fighting the frizz anymore, the time has come to change your regular shampoo. A good shampoo should help to eliminate frizz, so if you notice that your hair is drier or frizzier than usual after washing, it needs a change of shampoo.
Perhaps your shampoo is not rich enough, leaving your hair in need of moisture with a drier appearance. A good shampoo and conditioner will revive your hair’s appearance, ridding it of its dull, straw-like appearance that leads to fizziness.Gone is the volume
When your hair has volume, it looks so much better than when it is limp and flat. If your hair lacks volume when it is freshly washed and styled, then it is crying out for a different shampoo that will give it a stronger and healthier appearance. The best type of shampoo to look for is a volumizing shampoo for your specific hair type.Dandruff and product buildup
Product build-up causes a residue on the scalp that leads to flaky dandruff. This can also cause limp or heavy hair and affects the way your hair feels and looks. You should use a clarifying shampoo up to two times a month to relieve your scalp of the residue. Always look for shampoo and conditioning products that are paraben, sulfates, and silicon-free because these are the ingredients used in products that often encourage build-up.
A clarifying shampoo is also great for your hair if you have a weave or braids because it is easier to rinse off.Changes in seasons
Just like you change the clothes you wear every season, so you should accommodate the needs of your hair. In winter, your hair begs for far more attention with richer, more moisturizing products than it does in the hotter months. Then again, you need to adapt your shampooing habits to prevent frizz caused by the warmer more humid weather of the summer by using the right smoothing shampoo with proteins and essential oils. Just like you equip your wardrobe for all seasons, also prepare for your mane’s changing seasonal needs.Changing hair texture
Your hair behaves much like your skin to changes in the environment. Sometimes it becomes drier and others oilier. You cannot expect your hair to behave if it isn’t getting the right ingredients and treatment, so observe how your hair and scalp behave and change your shampoo accordingly.Your activity level and your hair
Your lifestyle can change your hair’s needs, and depending on the types of activities you enjoy, adapt your hair care routine. If your idea of a good exercise routine is an hour’s worth of swimming, then prepare your hair by feeding it with sun protection or wearing a swimming cap. Sea and pool water can both have a drying effect on the hair, so give it plenty of nourishment by changing to the right shampoo.
Then again, if you enjoy a robust exercise routine at the gym, you may find that your hair is becoming oilier, leading to your locks looking limp. This is because the sebaceous glands near your hair follicles are producing more oil which is weighing your hair down. Adjust your shampoo, and consider using a clarifying shampoo after intense physical exercise.
Benefits of using the right shampoo
You now know that your hair changes according to the season, your environment, and your activities. It also changes as you age and because of the various treatments you may be exposing it to.
Since everyone’s hair is different, all these changes are not necessarily bad if you offer your hair the right changes in nourishment. Get the best results by keeping a few different sets of products to cater to your hair’s changing whims, and you never need to have a bad hair day again!