Almost every single person is troubled with at least one hair problem. Hair problems include dandruff, scalp irritation, hair fall, hair thinning, bald patches and greying of hair. When it comes to hair problems, everyone focuses on the shampoo instead of nutrition that we intake. Not all the shampoos are wrong or harmful, but some are full of chemicals that can cause a problem to your scalp as well as hair.
There are a lot of brands like Pantene, Patanjali Ayurved, Dabur, Garnier, etc. that produce shampoo. Different hair texture needs different kinds of shampoo. We purchase shampoo blindly without knowing that shampoo is suitable for their hair texture.
There are dozen of question that comes in our mind while purchasing the shampoo. Why has the shampooing become the overrated thing? Let’s know more about it.
The following are ten reasons why shampooing is overrated. Have a look.
10. Easy Availability
When something is readily available, it gains more popularity because it is easily accessible for anyone everywhere. The same is the case with shampoos. All the local stores, medical stores, online merchandise has a variety of shampoos available, and we can easily buy them. Therefore, instead of making any natural product for hair care, people prefer to purchase shampoo and use it which is pretty logical from their side.
Though some branded shampoos are incredibly costly, small sachets come at very less price. The price of shampoo sachets starts from 50 paise coin in India which is nothing as compared to the hard work needed to make natural products at home. People who can afford the branded shampoos, they buy those too. Money being the essential factor in any “buy-sell “chain wins here over the hectic practice of making any other products.
Whenever you narrate the story of your hair issues to a shopkeeper, he will start recommending different types of shampoos. Even when you go to the salon, all of them start suggesting you use a particular kind of shampoo. When you keep getting the same recommendations from different places, you fall for it.
Some ask you to use the shampoo with conditioner; some suggest using it with some other product. People may narrate stories of positive results (which are valid in case of some shampoos), and also you may get the proof. The chain of recommendation goes on, and shampooing continues to be overrated.
Take recommendations seriously only after proper research. Sometimes suggestions are also part of marketing and advertising. Salons get commissions from brands and companies to sell a particular number of products.
If you go and check any shop, you will see a range of shampoos that varies in branding and category. There are different categories of shampoos like dandruff shampoo, Chelating Shampoo for deep cleaning, Neutralizing Shampoo for pH restoration, Colour-Protecting Shampoo, Keratin shampoo for damaged hair, etc. This variety is tempting. The name of the shampoos reminds you of your hair problems and tempts you to buy them. For example, if you have dandruff in your hair and you see some ‘X’ shampoo for dandruff, you will think of buying it without even thinking about the reviews, pros, and cons of that shampoo.
6. Marketing Strategies
The shampoo is big business, and the industry can surely invest money in convincing us. Various advertisements and pamphlets show the models and actresses with long, shiny and silky hair. It is nothing but the marketing strategy of companies to attract more customer base. No shampoo gives results in a day. Surely, shampooing is necessary for hygiene and all, but it is not the only way to do it.
5.Easy to use
Shampoo either comes in the bottle with flip caps or in sachets that can be easily removed. When you take some amount of shampoo on your hand, you don’t have to make extra efforts other than just rubbing the shampoo on your scalp and hair. It is effortless to use and rinse it off that people can’t think of any other method.
If you use any homemade or natural product, you need to make it first. Then you have to apply it for some time or overnight. After that, you need to wash it. Why would people take this chance if they have the ready-made solution? Easy to use characteristics of the shampoo made it overrated.
While marketing any product, companies and brands take the help of digital influencers to reach to more people. They try to set trends with their products. The same thing happens with shampoos. People get influenced and start using the shampoo without seeing the wrong sides of it.
Most of the shampoos get the smell from artificial additives. We fell for the fragrance because that keeps us fresh the whole day. But do you know that the fragrance in shampoos is made from petrochemicals and Phthalates? You will be surprised to know that Phthalates is linked with learning disabilities. It causes a problem in developmental functions. It may decrease the sperm count in the male. Some reports say that it can cause asthma too.
2. Lathers well means cleanse well: Misconception
It is the general misconception that more the lather, more cleansing of hair is happening. Shampoo lather depends on the ingredients that are used to make the shampoo. Not all shampoos create a lot of lather, but they generate more lather than any other product. Various surfactants and cleansing agents are added to the shampoos which may causes lot of side effects.
1. Statement : Because everyone uses
The commonest you will hear when you ask someone the reason behind using shampoo is ‘because everyone uses.’ Everyone has different hair conditions and issues, and not everyone can cope up with the dangerous chemicals. Don’t get misguided by this statement as that particular shampoo may not fight for your hair. Please examine your hair texture and shampoo details thoroughly before buying any shampoo. Buy that shampoo that is fit for your hair.
It is pretty evident because people focus on what’s easy to use and readily available. Shampooing is not, but excessive use of it can cause many problems for your health. If you want to buy shampoo, look for unbiased reviews. See the ingredients and check if they are harmful. The most toxic chemicals found in shampoos and other cosmetic products are parabens and contains sulphate chemical. Parabens are so dangerous that they can cause cancer and hormonal imbalance. According to medical reports, Paraben mimics the female hormone estrogen which is hazardous for the overall health.
Natural remedies are always the best, but some of them are time-consuming. Also, factors like fragrance, lather, and trends pull us back from the homemade cleansers. We often go for the things that are trending, market and brands make use of it.
Some shampoos cause more damage to your hair than any other hair care product. Hair hygiene is very crucial, but you should not fall for the overrated stuff. Choose your products wisely. Always remember that ‘All that glitters is not gold.’ Lead a healthy life with healthy and better choices.