This may seem like an unusually personal post, but I have to complain about a shampoo experience that has been playing out for me over the last few days.
If you know me, you know that I like to be clean, especially my hair. I think dirty hair is gross – and I think most people are with me on that one. A few days ago I noticed that my hair was not clean (unusual for me) – so I took a shower and washed it. Makes sense, right?
After the shower, my hair still did not seem clean…”oh well” I thought, “maybe I did a bad job.” The next day, I washed my hair again, and it actually seemed worse! This was not acceptable. So, I washed it again and really paid attention. Inexplicably, it got worse.
I started to get worried…was this because of the heat? I have been swimming or at the pool almost every day…was this because of the pool water? Was it because of over-washing from all of the swimming? Was my scalp somehow sweating even if the rest of me wasn’t? Was it some hormonal reaction? Was it an allergic reaction? And – most importantly – how would I fix it?
I decided to start by buying a new shampoo. I mentioned this to my husband and he suggested I try his instead of buying a new one. So I did – and it worked – my hair was nice and clean and shiny! (and his shampoo smells incredible!).
So, what gives? Well, I had been using a shampoo and conditioner meant to restore moisture and health to your hair. While my dry ends appreciated this, the roots by my scalp did not need all of this extra moisture and the moisturizers were actually coating my hair with a kind of clear oily goop, making it heavier and causing it to feel unclean.
I still can’t believe that a shampoo can make your hair dirtier.
It is common here for locals and expats from certain cultures to oil their hair. This means that they apply various scented oil products to their hair to preserve the health and strength of their hair. These products are available in both drug store and designer brands and you can find them in pretty much any price bracket. You can tell that someone oils their hair because it looks oily (no kidding, eh?). I wonder if this practice makes hair feel unclean as well. Maybe you get used to it – sacrifice for beauty, right?