A head of hair can look glorious one day, but absolutely tragic the next. Why? It could be your shower routine. Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to wash your hair, depending on your hair type and the oiliness of your scalp. When you do it right, you get the soft, tidy, lustrous locks that are worthy of a shampoo commercial. But when you do it wrong? Instant bad hair day. The next time you’re under the mist, consider these 8 hair-washing mistakes.
1. Are you shampooing every day? This might be doing your ‘do more harm than good. Your hair can actually look better when it is shampooed every other day, because this allows the scalp’s natural oils to gently lubricate it. This makes your hair look smoother and more lustrous, just like a hot oil treatment! However, if you tend to get greasy-looking hair very quickly, move on to #2.
2. Are you skipping conditioner? This will only harden your hair, making it more susceptible to breakage when you try to brush or style it. It also won’t look as shiny as you would like it to be.
3. Are you applying shampoo and conditioner all over? This is a mistake. Concentrate shampoo on the scalp, and condition only from mid-shaft to tip. Otherwise, you risk weighing your hair down and adding extra grease to your scalp!
4. Is your water temperature too hot? We revel in the soothing effect of hot showers, but regular use of scalding water actually weakens your strands. Weak hair can mean falling hair. Yikes! A lot of folks recommend cold showers, but if that is not an option for you, lukewarm is a good compromise.
5. Are you not using enough water? Never skimp on H20. If you don’t wet your hair thoroughly, it negates the cleansing process altogether.
6. Are you rushing your rinsing? This is often what leads to buildup on the scalp. Yes, shampoo and conditioner will simply stay there if you don’t wash ‘em out! Imagine what happens when you pile on your styling product afterwards? And the waxy feeling of the residue is the least of your worries—buildup can irritate the scalp, clog hair follicles, and slow hair growth.
7. Are you scrubbing too hard? A good shower is often synonymous to a squeaky-clean feeling, but you shouldn’t scrub too aggressively just to get there. Over-scrubbing can cause hair breakage and raw, flaking scalps! Instead, massage your shampoo in with the tips of your fingers. Not only does it feel nicer, it also helps stimulate your scalp to encourage hair growth.
8. Are you switching between shampoos too often? Frequent product change-ups won’t guarantee healthier hair. Stick to what works for you. Why fix what isn’t broken?
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