The key ingredients in hair care include essential oils, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and peptides, all of which help keep your hair healthy and looking its best.
But a study from researchers at the University of Michigan in the US has found that women who use a shampoo with the least amount of essential oils may be more likely to develop dry, damaged hair.
“The study shows that when it comes to choosing the best shampoo for your hair, the more you add the more important is your understanding of essential oil usage,” said Dr Joanna Mowat, who led the study.
“What is important is that the products you choose for your scalp and hair care are consistent and you choose products that contain as little as 5% essential oils.”
Dr Mowar said that in general, women who shampoo their hair less frequently were more likely than men to have dry, compromised hair.
She said the study’s findings may help women to reduce the amount of hair they shampoo and, by extension, their chance of developing hair damage.
“A hair condition is a condition that affects the structure of the hair and it is also associated with health risks, such as hair loss,” Dr Mowam said.
“For women, this is especially true as they tend to shampoo less frequently.”
We have been seeing an increase in hair loss in the USA and Australia and the study confirms what we know about the importance of washing your hair daily.
“I think it is very important for women to consider their shampooing habits when choosing products.”
Dr Wooten said the new research was “pretty exciting”.
“It provides us with an important insight into what’s going on with the hair condition in the scalp,” he said.
“If you use a good shampoo, it’s going to keep the moisture and nutrients in your hair from drying out and it’s also going to prevent hair loss and make it healthier.”
In the US, shampooing accounts for about two-thirds of all hair care treatments.
The research, which involved over 20,000 people, was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
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