Well, the first thing that we need to understand is that shampoo and hair cleanser is not necessarily the same thing. So, what is hair cleanser? Hair Cleansers are made up of formulas which are much more gentle than shampoos. While you can go for either of these but on the long run, hair cleansers can be a better choice due to its mild formula. The best would be to pick a sulphate-free hair cleanser. Most of these are also free of parabens and other harmful chemicals.
Be it shampoos or hair cleansers, this is one product which all of us have used. And use regularly. For some of us using a hair cleanser is the first step that helps create a healthy foundation for hair care. But it’s important to know what a hair cleanser really does for your hair and scalp. It removes excess dirt, debris and oils which have accumulated in your scalp and made their way on to your hair. Cleansing your hair and scalp is the only way to regulate the oil production on your scalp. Too much of sebum on the hair and scalp could lead to a heavy build up, limp or lifeless hair, and sometimes even scalp infections. Cleansing the scalp will remove the oil that is ready to be rinsed off, allowing for new sebum to be created by the body. This cycle is necessary for the continued development of a healthy, balanced scalp.
While in this blog we are focussing on hair cleansers, it is also important to know that while hair cleansers are for the scalp which clean your scalp and open the pores, it is very important to follow this step up with a hair conditioner. Hair conditioners in turn help lock in all the nutrients and goodness in your scalp and hair. It is the hair conditioner that will hydrate and nourish the length of your hair Using these products together is the real science and magic for having a great hair day.
Let’s get to hair cleansers again. Another important point that you could keep in mind that you need not use cleansers every day. Even with the oiliest of hair, thrice a week is good number of times to cleanse and condition your hair. Too much of a hair wash can lead to dry hair.
And the last thing that you need to keep in mind is the right way that you should use a hair cleanser. This is what makes a difference between a good and bad hair day. Here are a few simple things you can keep in mind.
- There is something for everyone. So, know your hair type and concern while choosing the right variant for your hair
- Make sure that you wet your hair thoroughly with warm water before cleansing as cleanser spreads better and evenly on wet hair. Warm water will open the cuticles and clean them better and also help the nutrients from the conditioner to absorb.
- Avoid using shampoo directly on your scalp, instead mix it with little water. Lather it well. Concentrate more on cleaning your scalp than the hair. Trust us, this does make a difference on your hair.
- Rinse thoroughly and make sure all the cleanser is off your hair. There is no real need to repeat this cleansing process unless your hair was oiled previously or is very dirty.
- Now the most important step: hair conditioner. Skipping conditioner can be a time-saver, but on the long run, it doesn’t work well for your hair and there is a science behind it. While we will leave it to another blog to explain about how conditioners work, but trust us this is not a step you want to miss