Sunday, 17 June 2012

My beauty secret to hair fall control

Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement. It doesn't have any scientific groundings whatsoever. Everything is based on my own experience and that of my family.

I'm sure hair fall is a major nightmare for everyone, especially girls with long hair. My hair has always been very prone to falling out. When I was younger, I had damn a lot of hair on my head so I didn't think much about it. But as I get older, my hair began to slowly thin out. It's not so bad that it's balding, but it is still a major concern for me, especially when chunks of hair gather at the drain hole as I bathe. I always get damn paranoid.

And the magic component that I'm going to introduce is this!

Shanghai Sulphur Soap!

Actually I don't think that it has to be this brand. Any sulphur soap will do I guess. But this is the only brand I've tried so far so I can't speak for the others.

Recently, my dad was sharing with me how his scalp conditions really improved when he started using it. He doesn't have any hair fall problems, but he does occasionally get dandruff. And because he's getting old, he has to dye his hair often.

But ever since he started washing his hair with this, his scalp doesn't get flaky anymore no matter how he rubs it. And his hair is glossy black without the need to dye. I was so shocked to hear this because his hair is really really black and I thought it was because he dyed it religiously to avoid showing any whites.

Despite finding it weird to wash my hair with soap instead of shampoo, I gave it a try hoping that it can somehow slow down my hair fall problem. And it worked! Right after the first wash, when I run my fingers through my hair, only one or two strands max will come out.

But of course, it's not a miracle worker and it does have its down sides.

1. It smells really horrible. Because of the sulphur component in it, instead of the nice fresh floral smell I get after my normal shampoo routine, I was overwhelmed in sulphur everytime I moved my head. It made me really really self conscious. So I suggest replacing your normal shampoo with this only on days that you're not going out.

2. It made my hair feel dry to the touch. It's not the kind of brittle dryness you get when your hair gets too much chemical makeovers. It's more like a not-soft-to-the-touch kind of dry. I had to put tons of hair conditioner and hair serum in it. One hair mask that I recommend is the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair with Liquid Keratin.

But your hair goes back to normal once you shampoo again, so I don't think it's actually damaging to your hair.

3. I tried rubbing the soap on my hair, then massaging my hair and scalp like how I usually wash, but the foam from the soap doesn't really stay on for long. It's not really a con, just more of an inconvenience. So what I do is I hold the soap with one hand and massage my hair and scalp with the other.

I did try washing my hair twice in the shower, once with the sulphur soap, and again with my normal shampoo, in the hope of masking the smell. But it seems to diminish the effects I experienced as compared to using purely the soap. I still get reduced hair fall, but not as impressive a result.

So my suggestion is, like how I mentioned before, use this purely on days that you're not heading out. It doesn't have to replace your normal shampoo, but I guess it doesn't hurt too to use it once a week or more.

I got mine for like 70 cents a piece from one of those ABC shops outside Clementi Mall. Effective and cheap I would say!

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