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Shampoo is a con

So Gary Barlow didn’t shampoo his hair for 14 years. Sensible chap. I haven’t applied detergents and chemicals of any sort to mine for more than five years and it’s clean, sweet smelling, soft and manageable.

The scalp produces natural oils. The cosmetics industry wants us to wash then all away – at least once in three days according trichologist Anabel Kingsley from Philip Kingsley. Then, of course, you are expected to put them all back with another expensive bottle labelled “conditioner” or smarm it down with hair gel. My word, they see us coming don’t they? …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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