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Three shampoo ingredients linked to hair loss – check your products

Three shampoo ingredients linked to hair loss – check your products Which shampoos are better to avoid (photo: Freepik)

Shampoos are designed to care for your hair, yet some products may harbor questionable ingredients that not only harm your hair but can also lead to hair loss and breakage. Insights from the She Finds publication highlight which shampoo ingredients to steer clear of.

Silicones

"Stay away from silicones. They can clog the follicles if used directly on the scalp. When used as a conditioner, they can weigh down fine, thin hair making it appear oily and lifeless," a trichologist Kerry Yates states.

She advises choosing a shampoo that does not contain silicones and heavy oils.

"It would be best to use a light shampoo, formulated with gentle surfactants, natural ingredients that effectively cleanse the scalp," Yates says.

Harsh Detergents

"All shampoos are not created equal," Yates says. "Stay away from any shampoos that tout super cleansing benefits. These are not meant to be used daily and can cause an unhealthy scalp environment. Use ‘cleansing’ shampoo no more than once a month if that and use it sparingly."

Dry Shampoo

"Most people are using dry shampoo incorrectly. It is meant to be used on the hair and then brushed out eliminating dirt/grime/product build-up along the way," Yates says.

Instead, most people leave it on their scalp, causing it to build up over many days. This can cause blockage of the follicles, their inflammation and damage.

How to properly take care of hair health

Yates recommends avoiding excessive hair washing, as frequent washing may not be beneficial for your hair.

"Wash your hair every other day versus every day," the trichologist explains. "The daily use of cleansers can cause dryness and scalp irritation."

She also advises not to wear tight hairstyles, because constant hair pulling will damage the follicle and prevent normal growth.