“The secret of my long, dark, thick hair is such and such shampoo.” You will find many actresses and models making such claims. Impressed by her fabulous hair and things, you must have definitely tried many shampoos. But not every claim is true. There are many misleading claims made about shampoos in particular. So for the health of your hair, it is now necessary that you also know the truth of these myths about shampoo.

Check sulfates in your shampoo. Image: Shutterstock

Common myths about shampoo

Popular dermatologist Dr Jayshree Sharad shared some common myths about shampoos through her recent Instagram post.

1. Myth: Changing shampoo will stop hair fall

Fact: The job of a shampoo is to clean your scalp and hair. It is determined by the season whether your scalp is dry or greasy. You should change your shampoo depending on the season.

Switch up your shampoo and conditioner when your hair suggests it. Review the product every time based on your experience. Consider buying two or three different shampoos and conditioners, then choose which shampoo to use depending on how your hair feels. However, changing the shampoo will not stop the hair fall.

2. Myth: Regular shampooing leads to hair fall.

Fact: If your scalp is exposed to pollution, dirt or sweat, you should shampoo every day to keep your hair clean.

People with very fine hair, who exercise frequently (and sweat a lot), and people who live in humid climates should wash their hair frequently.

Check out Dr Jayshree Sharad’s post to know the myth of shampoo and the right way to shampoo!

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3. Myth: Sulfate shampoos are bad for the hair.

Fact: Sulfate is a cleansing agent that helps in removing oil and dirt from the scalp. Shampoo should be selected on the basis of your hair type. Some types of hair are suitable for sulfate in shampoo and some are not suitable for sulfate in shampoo.

Sulfate is a great cleansing agent but overuse can leave your hair dry and lifeless. As a result of these chemicals, it strips the natural oils from the scalp and hair. If you have sensitive scalp then it can aggravate some of these conditions and worsen the condition of your hair. So please consult your dermatologist before using it.

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Avoid using your fingernails to scrub your scalp. picture shutterstock

4. Myth: Shampoo should be applied to the hair

Fact: Shampoo should be applied on the scalp. The purpose of shampoo is to remove dirt, grime, sweat salts, oil and dead skin build-up from the scalp.

Since the roots are often the most oily, the scalp needs the most care when shampooing. Because of their relative aging and dryness, shampoo tends to dry out the ends of the hair more.

Now know the right way to shampoo hair

Use your fingers and palms to gently rub your hair from root to tip. Avoid using your fingernails to scrub your scalp as this can cause sores that itch and develop into ulcers. Apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair. Your scalp does not require much moisturizer.

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