We do a lot on the regular day to day. From work, emails, workouts our bodies are constantly moving and that’s a beautiful thing. There are many questions to how to live a healthy life. The question of “how often should I wash my hair” is a common one. The best answer which I am aware of, is: not every day. Now, to be clear, by washing I mean using shampoo and conditioner. Obviously, if you want to rinse your hair every day, you are more than encouraged to do so. In many cases, the water (cold water in particular) beating down on the scalp from a showerhead will encourage hair growth and healthy scalp-hair relations.
Left to its own devices, the body will normally produce an adequate amount of sebum, or natural body oil. This is done through the work of special glands, called sebaceous glands, which produce and disperse the oil in certain locations all over the body.
Some people are oilier then others, some are more prone to dryness and irritation. The key to healthy skin, hair, and face is balance. The problem with many chemical-laden cosmetics products, is that they can sometimes take the natural balance out of the equation, by substituting it with the ingredients which are listed on the back of the bottle.
So, when it comes to washing the hair, it is recommended you leave your hair care products alone for a few days, and see how your scalp and hair feel. Monitor their progress, and see if you are more on the dry side, the oily side, or if there’s no difference.
Once you are better aware of your body’s own mechanisms and processes, you will be able to find a natural product which suits your needs. Natural cosmetics aim to use non-synthetic elements. By doing that, all of the preservatives and artificial fragrances – which inhabit many beauty and hygiene products – are left out of your system. A natural product is more inclined to help the body along with its regular function, rather than try and implement a new order. This makes things much simpler, and guarantees that there is no buildup of potentially harmful substances in your system.
When I quit using ordinary hair care products, and moved to all natural, non-residue products, I could feel how it is really achieving its goal. It is not that the older products were a failure. On the contrary, they did their job. I simply felt that it was taking a toll on me and my hair, and that I didn’t want to be there when it started falling out at age 38, or something. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but this was precisely the thought pattern that encouraged me to make the switch.
Even if you are completely satisfied with your hair care products, it is important that you know what you are putting into your body. Staying healthy is not just about exercise and nutrition. It is also about your attitude and state of mind. Using safer, more natural products – which usually don’t involve animal testing, if that interests you – is also a way to keep a healthy mindset. Give nature a shot. It may surprise you.