A lot of thought and specialized ingredients go into making a quality shampoo (let alone an all natural, hair loss shampoo). On one hand, you have little choice but to remove naturally occurring surface lipids that protect the skin and hair if you want to wash your hair. And for the most part it is much better to remove dead skin and built-up oils from hair so that it doesn’t result in clogged pores and greasy, tangled, limp hair. But the simple truth is shampoos (through the surfactants they contain that cleans the hair) all strip components that the hair and scalp produce on their own, and need to a large extent, in order to remain healthy. Namely, naturally produced oils and moisture. Unless you condition at the same time or immediately after cleaning your hair, you will end up with dry, damaged hair. It’s a fact that most shampoos don’t mention on their labels.
The key aspects of hair health, related to hair loss and hair condition, involve the strength and health of the hair’s roots and the promotion of smooth texture of the hair’s shaft. Aside from Androgenic Alopecia (or genetically-predisposed male and female pattern balding), the single greatest cause of hair loss is physical/mechanical damage—specifically, subjecting hair to forces that exceed its natural tensile strength, causing it to break, or exerting forces on hair follicles that over time lead to damage to the roots of hair.
Let’s examine two common issues
1) You know that flat irons, bleaching, and blow dryers cause physical damage to hair, but did you know that aside from those things, the force on hair’s roots from styling hair in buns, braids and ponytails over time can cause damage to hair—resulting in hair loss? Women who consistently part their hair or wear their hair in ponytails are among the most treated patients at hair loss clinics. You may not think about it, but by putting force on the roots of your hair, you are actively damaging your hair’s follicles (your hair’s life source and anchor).
2) The simple act of combing your hair in the morning is one of the potentially most damaging things you do to your hair all day. The reason to emphasize ‘potentially’ is because if your hair is properly conditioned—so that it adsorbs sufficient moisture and fatty-acids shortly following cleansing—it becomes more combable. And combability (or the ease with which hair can be detangled and styled) is at the heart of what you want in a hair care product. A high-quality shampoo with conditioning agents (or a separate conditioner) should do one thing well: leave your hair untangled, moist and smooth enough that you can style it without causing damage to your hair’s shaft and roots.
Given that most shampoos and conditioners you find on the shelf at stores will leave your hair feeling somewhat smooth, that bar may seem to be a low one, but patients who have already experienced an appreciable degree of hair loss stand to benefit tremendously from the scientifically-proven increased combability and tensile strength from the use of 82S. In laboratory studies involving both colored (treated) and uncolored (untreated) hair, key components of 82S were shown to increase both the tensile strength and wet combability of hair. To fully appreciate what that means to hair’s health, see what the benefit of these ingredients looks like in terms of smoothness and strength of a single shaft of hair at a molecular level, after extensive simulated styling below: