Do you feel like your hair is dry and brittle lately? Or have your once beautiful locks lost their shine, volume, and smoothness? It might be about time you switch your hair products and get a chance to say goodbye to bad hair days forever!
Many people say that one solution for coarse, dull hair is to keep changing the brands or types of hair products you use every day. But how often should you do this? Read on to find the answer to this question, along with hair facts and tips on how to get perfect hair.
Busting The Hair Myth
Throughout our lifetime, especially for girls, we have been told at least once that using the same shampoo and/or conditioner for too long could make our hair look dry, frizzy, prone to breakage, or just generally unhealthy. According to some, this is because your hair “gets used to” the products you use, which is probably the biggest and most popular hair myth of all. It’s not true that your shampoo or conditioner loses its effectiveness on your hair or that your strands acquire a certain level of resistance against the products.
What Happens When You Use a Hair Product For Too Long?
So what happens when you use a product over and over for long periods of time? Experts say that product build up is the consequence of constantly using the same shampoo or conditioner which could lead to major hair problems. Due to the same chemicals acting on your hair time and time again, these accumulate at more amounts than what your hair needs. This can cause your hair to lose its natural sheen and to become lusterless or boring, aside from making it more prone to gathering dirt.
Discovering The Fact
According to Doug Bielanski, hair expert and the national director of education at ‘Frederic Fekkai’, it is not true that your hair develops some tolerance to specific hair products. (Just a side note: Frederic Fekkai is a group of namesake salons by one of the best hairstylists in the world.) However, Bielanski emphasized that just like any other beauty products, it’s a fact that your shampoo and conditioner should be changed based on several factors.
I learned that some of these different conditions, indicators or factors due to which you should switch your hair formulas include changes in seasons or weather, dietary adjustments, age, hair stress and medical treatments.
Our hair is constantly exposed to different elements such as weather and climate. These can affect it in many ways due to changes in the environmental conditions like varying humidity and temperature. During the summer or dry months, your hair tends to be oilier than normal, so it is advisable to use a less moisturizing but more volumizing formula. For cold, dry months or winter, choose products with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients for your dry hair.
During diet changes, on the other hand, the needs of your hair also change. For example, eating more fatty food can give your hair enough shine so you may not need a lot of moisturizers. On the contrary, for those who eat lean, hair strands can become dry and withered, so using hair masks up to twice a week could help rehydrate your locks.
Other factors such as aging, repetitive hair treatments, and medical procedures such as chemotherapy or radiation can cause extreme hair damage which makes it thin and brittle. To solve this, damage repair formulas with lots of proteins such as soy and milk can help bring back your hair’s thickness and health.
A Few Hair Care Tips
Here are a few tips you can try on how to get perfect hair, bring back your beautiful strands and prevent product build up. First, aside from switching hair products, it is also recommended to wash your hair only 3-4 times per week, or every other day. This encourages the production of natural oils that strengthen and protect your hair and scalp. It will also be helpful to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove any leftover product and for a thorough cleanse.
In conclusion, there’s no hard and fast rule as to how often you should change your hair products. Different people have various types of hair and so may require varying lengths of using certain products. Also, the factors mentioned here affect how your hair naturally changes. If you start to notice changes in the quality of your hair, chances are it’s time for you to replace the products you’re using.