Is it good or bad to shampoo your hair?
At Line Hair Clinic, we believe having a healthy scalp is the key to having healthy hair. Your shampoo ingredients, how often you shampoo, and the way you shampoo could all directly effect the health of your scalp. Choosing the right shampoo and learning about the myths behind washing your hair can help you make quick and easy decisions to be on your way to a healthier scalp.
As for many things in our clinic, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every person will have a different routine, will need different treatments, and will see different results. Our goal is to optimize your results for your given situation.
Your shampoo has one main job—that is to clean your hair. Just like your skin and the pores on your face, your scalp also has pores and hair follicles. Hair follicles is the sheath of cells and connective tissue which surrounds the root of a hair. These hair follicles overtime will build up sebum, a natural oil known as epidermis plaque. Too much build-up eventually causes clogging which will interfere and reduce your hair growth. Your shampoo will work to strip oils from your hair follicles. But, some oils are necessary for your hair to stay strong and healthy.
As long as you find a good natural product, washing your hair with shampoo regularly is recommended and good for your hair. However it is important to find the right frequency for your type of scalp.
Is your scalp dry or oily?
If you have a dry scalp, it is likely that you may need to shampoo less than someone with a oily scalp. Due to your minimal oil production, your hair follicles have a lower chance of becoming clogged with sebum.
If you have a oily scalp, you may need to shampoo your hair on a daily basis. Modern shampoos are relatively mild and safe for daily washing. But why is your hair and scalp so oily and why does sebum keep coming back to clog your hair follicles? Oddly enough, it may be because your scalp too is dry. Just like your skin, when you are dehydrated or when your skin feels dry, you will produce even more oil to make up for the missing water. Your skin and even your hair follicles may over produce oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. Alternatively you may want to ask your doctor about scalp treatment oils, hair masks, or moisturizing shampoo and conditioners to restore your “good oils” immediately after washing your hair.
We recommend scheduling your appointment with Dr. Hsu to receive medical advice to learn more about your hair and the health of your scalp.
How to shampoo your hair correctly?
Once you determine your frequency of washing your hair, it is important to understand how to wash your hair the correct way.
1. At Line Hair Clinic we recommend avoiding hot water to wash your hair. Although there is no specific temperature proven, we want to minimize the chances of damaging and drying out your scalp which could make your hair more brittle and prone to damage. There are many positive myths to using cold water to wash your hair but unfortunately, a cold shower maybe not be a very pleasant experience.
2. Hair falls out on a daily basis. It is normal to lose 50-100 strands per day. For people with longer hair, it may just be more noticeable. Do not stress when you see or notice your hair falling out, but always remember to be gentle. While you wash your hair, do not scratch but massage your scalp in a circular motion. Massaging your hair can create blood flow to your head which is a process that many believe can promote hair growth. While being gentle, get deep into your roots to clean out any clogging in your hair follicles.
3. Blow dry or air dry? Many doctors have proven you could be doing more damage to your hair by letting your hair air dry. As you use a blow dyer make sure you use it at the right distance, use cool air, and be gentle. Your hair is the weakest when it is wet so do not comb or brush your hair until it is fully dry.
Should you go in for regular check-ups?
Often times it is hard to know the exact health of your hair. To the naked eye it is very difficult to identify sebum clogging and diagnose any problems associated with your scalp. To ensure your scalp and hair is in good health we highly recommend coming in for regular check-ups. Dr. Hsu at Line Hair Clinic will use a high definition digital microscope at a 1000x magnification ratio to closely see the details of your scalp to help you find the right treatment to get your hair back.