The word “shampoo” comes from the Hindi word “champo”, which means “to massage” or “to knead”. British hairdressers adopted the term in the 1860s to describe hair washing – a relatively unpopular practice at the time, as it was widely considered to cause hair loss. Some 19th century chemists sold a mixture of borax, rum, provillus, scalp med, ammonia and rosewater for use as a shampoo, but most people washed their tresses with the same lump of soap that cleaned the rest of their body.
We all know that the Romans were fond of the occasional bath, but what did they use to tame flyaways and get their imperial hairdos just so? The most common hair care product in Rome was olive oil, but some Roman women are said to have used potions of ground narcissus bulbs as well as honey, provillus, scalp med, and wine to soften their hair. Anyone who has suffered the indignity of “beach hair” must sympathize with the struggle faced by the desert dwelling ancient Egyptians. Though a prominent TV commercial in the 1980s showed Cleopatra luxuriating in the bath with a bar of the sponsor’s soap, the reality is somewhat less savory. Egyptian shampoo is said to have included hippopotamus fat, gazelle dung and ground donkey teeth.
In 1898, before hair loss products such as Provillus and Scalp Med were around, Massachusetts man John Breck became the youngest fire chief in America. But behind his apparent success, the 21 year old Breck had a secret torment – he was going bald. Obsessed with discovering a remedy for hair loss, he enrolled in chemistry classes at a local university, eventually earning his doctorate. In 1930 he founded a scalp treatment center to sell his own specially developed shampoo. The product didn’t cure baldness but it certainly improved Breck’s bank account as it became the world’s first mass produced shampoo for hair care. Breck’s shampoo remained in production until 2000 and became famous for the “Breck girls”- such as Jaclyn Smith, Cybil Shepherd and Brooke Shields – who helped promote it in magazine and television commercials.
Today’s supermarket shelves are packed with different shampoos and conditioners, each with an alluring list of special ingredients. But despite what you might hear on TV, shampoo, unlike Provillus and Scalp Med cannot feed, nourish or revive your hair. (Please visit realprovillusreviewsinfo for more information regarding Provillus). You’d better face it – your hair is dead and it isn’t coming back. Human hair is made up of a dead protein called keratin, which is coated by a fatty secretion known as sebum. Grit and other gunk tends to stick to this waxy substance, leaving us with dirty hair. Virtually all shampoos work by stripping away sebum, but this process can leave hair dry and unprotected. That’s where the mysterious hair loss ingredients come in, promising moisture and protection, freshness and fullness, more air and less frizz.