What is the best conditioner for your hair? Well... the answer will surprise you! It's sebum!
Sebum is nature’s homemade hair conditioner. It is a waxy substance that is being produced by the sebaceous glands surrounding the hair follicle. Sebum is very rich in natural waxes, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and a variety of nutrients that naturally condition your hair.
Over-washing your hair is stripping your hair from a very essential nutrient to keep it in good condition, because the sebum protects the hair shaft from external aggressions by putting a protective layer around it that keeps the hair cuticles nice and smooth to show healthy, shiny hair.
Greasy hair remedy
If you have a tendency towards greasy hair, over-washing has an adverse effect. If you shampoo too much your follicles will get the message that nutrition levels are low and will react with producing extra sebum to protect your hair from drying out. In stead of over-washing try to cut down on washes and start by washing your hair every other day, working up to more wash-free days in between. Or use dry shampoo to refresh your look. The sebaceous glands will then reach a new balance and will produce just the right amount of oil to protect your hair.
If you want to make advantage of the nourishing properties of sebum, make it a habit to brush twice a day with a high quality handmade natural boar bristle hairbrush that can spread the sebum evenly over every strand. Brushing should be an important part or your daily healthy hair routine. Check out HERE what I mean by a good handmade natural boar bristle hairbrush.