Most people don't realize that over washing your hair can dry it out and could lead to breakage, dryness, itchy scalp or even dandruff. Washing your hair often seems like a positive way of staying clean, but maybe isn't so healthy after all when it comes to your hair and/or scalp. We wash away a protective oil called sebum oil with each shampooing. Sebum oil is secreted by the sebaceous glands and it helps keep hair and skin moisturized. Sebum is made up of triglycerides, free fatty acids, wax esters, squalene (anti inflammatory and balances oil production) and cholesterol. Too much sebum production combined with dead skin cells not being washed away regularly and you might have acne or seborrhea, an inflamed condition that causes red flaky skin. Too little sebum, by washing too frequently for instance, and the hair and scalp become too dry. Finding the right balance is important but different for everyone.
To give you an idea of where you want to keep your heads ph or Potential Hydrogen, look out for too oily or too dry skin and just adjust accordingly. The healthy window between acidity and alkaline is a small one but check out this scale to add some perspective.
As you can see, we come into contact with things from each end of the spectrum on a regular basis.
“But Shane, many of us wear heavy hold products and it's hard to get more than one days wear out of them. How do we not wash daily?”. If you are experiencing any issues it might be time to switch to a product that can be reshaped the next day like, Level Headed Pomade.
Thanks for reading! - SJ