In an ideal world, every shampoo would be able to cleanse every hair type. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case, and while some shampoos may work wonders for others, they may not cut it for you. If you’re on the fence about ditching and switching, here are a few signs you’re definitely using the wrong shampoo for your hair.
Bad Hair Days Are Every Day
If you are having trouble taming or styling your hair, you may be using the wrong shampoo. Hair that’s frizzy and difficult to manage is a sign that the strands have been stripped of their natural moisture. These oils act as a lubricant that keeps strands from sticking together. Without their natural oils, hair will become stiff and damaged. This damage can also appear as knots that just won’t go away, no matter how much you brush. Use a moisturizing shampoo to lock in hydration and combat bad hair days.
Your Scalp Is Too Dry or Too Greasy
Your scalp shouldn’t feel dry and itchy, nor should it feel overly greasy, especially after you’ve just washed your hair. A greasy scalp is a sign that your shampoo is stripping your skin of its natural oils, and in turn, your sebaceous glands are overproducing oil to make up for it.
If your scalp is overly dry, itchy, or flakey, this is likely a sign that your current shampoo is too harsh and irritating. If you’ve had your hair dyed and notice the color is fading, this is also a sign of harsh shampoo. While you may not have sensitive skin, natural beauty products are worth trying, as they lack harsh ingredients, are more nutrient-rich, and tend to be gentler on the skin.
Your Locks Lack Luster
Healthy hair has a natural shine to it, and dull hair is the number one sign that you’re using the wrong shampoo for your hair. Dull hair comes from a lack of nutrients, and if your shampoo isn’t providing your hair with those nutrients or is stripping them away, you need to ditch it. Shampoos with argan oil, shea butter, and coconut oil can provide essential nutrients and add shine without making your hair look heavy and greasy. Although, you may want to use a clarifying shampoo first to get rid of all that build-up from previous products.
Ultimately, everyone’s body is different, and even the most “holy grail” products may not work for you. If you notice any of the above symptoms, try switching your shampoo to see what works for you.