The Importance Of Good Shampoo For Healthy Hair
Shampoo. Most people use this product. Many people use it several times a week. A few people use it every day. No matter the frequency of use, it would be hard to argue that washing your hair with Shampoo wasn’t as much a part of the average person’s hygiene routing as cleaning one’s teeth. The act of washing one’s hair with shampoo is a ubiquitous part of many cultures.
But what exactly is it?
The Early History Of Shampoo
Ever since ancient times, the people of the Indian subcontinent have used a variety of herbs and their extracts to wash their hair. One very effective early shampoo was with Sapindus, a tropical tree widespread in that world region. Its fruit pulp contains saponins which are a natural surfactant.
By boiling the Sapindus with dried Indian gooseberry and a selection of other herbs and then straining the extract, an excellent ancient early style shampoo was created.
The word shampoo is actually derived from the Indian subcontinent during the colonial era. The word has its origins in the Sanskrit language with the word ‘chapati’ which means to press, knead or soothe. As languages changed and evolved it led to the Hindi word ‘chāmpo’.
The concept of cleansing with hair and body massage was exported from the Indian subcontinent by early colonial traders in India. When they returned home they brought the practice with them, including the hair treatment, and they called it shampoo.
Early Hair Shampoo In Other Parts Of The World
In Indonesia, early shampoo’s were made from burning the husks and straws of rice. The ash has natural alkaline properties. Mixed with water it forms a lather that when scrubbed into hair and then rinsed out, it leaves the strands clean, but also dry. The dryness was fixed by the use of coconut oil that is then rinsed into the hair to moisturize it.
North American Native tribes used extracts from plants as their hair shampoo, whilst the South American tribes had a different method. These southern tribes ate quinoa, but before it could be cooked the saponin first had to be washed out from the grain. This soapy by-product was used as their shampoo.
Back In Europe
What we think of today as Shampoo had its recent historical origins in Europe. Hair stylist’s boiled shaved soap in water and added herbs to make hair shiny and fragrant. It wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that commercial shampoo was made available, and not until 1927 when liquid shampoo was invented by German inventor Hans Schwarzkopf, whose name created a shampoo brand that is still highly recognizable today.
How Does Shampoo Work To Help Keep Hair Healthy?
Shampoo’s work because they contain cleansing agents called surfactants. Surfactants are a way of dealing with the fact that water molecules and oil molecules don’t interact. Surfactants resolve this issue because they are molecules that have a hydrophilic (water attracting) “head” and a lipophilic (oil attracting) “tail”. When you apply the shampoo and water to the hair and generate lather, the hydrophilic head of the surfactant is drawn to the water, while the lipophilic tail is drawn to the oil and grease on the hair and scalp.
This oil and grease contain dirt and skin particles. The lathering action of the “head” and “tail” of the surfactant creates a push and pull effect on the oil and grease, lifting it from the hair shaft. The more oil and grease there is to bond to the surfactant molecule the less the shampoo will lather. This is why a second shampooing always lathers more richly.
When you rinse away the shampoo, the water is pulled along by the hydrophilic head of the surfactant, away from the hair and scalp, and down the drain.
Why Is Using Shampoo Important?
Hair is exposed to all sorts of dirt every day. This dirt accumulates and coats the hair strands. This is what causes dull looking hair. Additionally, a lack of proper scalp cleaning and the failed elimination of this dirt can lead to dermatitis. Although shampoo has been around in its various forms for a long time, every version was designed to get rid of all the dirt and build up from the scalp. Simply put, shampoo is still the only sure way of cleaning your hair.
Shampoos can also be tailored in design to treat a wide range of scalp related issues. One of the most common issues people have with their hair is grease. Greasy hair mostly affects those with oily skin or those who do not use the right type of hair products. Not only will greasy hair not look pleasant but it will also increase the amount of dust and other particles that tend to stick to your hair, making it dirtier. Using shampoo when washing your hair will prevent greasing and maintains your hair in a clean and good-looking condition.
For those with dry skin, a dry scalp can also be another common problem. It may lead to other problems such as itching. To prevent this, you need to use good quality shampoo when washing your hair. You should also use the relevant hair products to alleviate the condition if you wish to get faster results.
Can Shampoo Help Prevent Hair Loss?
The short answer is, no. Hair loss can occur due to a variety of factors. One of the most common factors is due to an increase in the hormone androgen, which the body naturally converts to dihydrotestosterone or DHT, for short. This DHT can damage and shrink hair follicles.
Whilst hair shampoo can’t trigger new growth or stop hair loss they can slow it down. Some shampoos can have circulation boosters and DHT blockers added. These can optimize scalp health, protect weakening hair follicles, and build the illusion of having grown more hair while you work out the issue. Other shampoos can contain bodybuilding ingredients like protein that can help to add immediate thickness and volume to strands.
If you are worried about hair loss, it is always recommended that you seek at a hair transplantation specialist to answer all of your concerns.