At first glance, your hair washing method seems very simple. But there are mistakes you may not have noticed that can lead to dehydrated hair, hair breakage, or even scalp infections. Luckily, there are also some groundbreaking tricks that can give you a “hairdresser’s look”. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid to help you achieve this!
Mistake 1: Washing Hair With Shampoos That Contain Aggressive Ingredients
What’s good for the environment is also good for your hair. Avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients. Strong detergents can strip your hair and scalp of natural oils and fats. This is unfortunate, as these fats are essential for healthy hair. Just because a strong detergent shampoo has a good lather does not mean that your hair will be clean. The lather only dries out your scalp.
Need a new shampoo? Check the ingredient list for sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. These detergents are the most aggressive. Additionally, the shampoo mustn’t contain sodium chloride. This is table salt that dries out and damages color-treated hair. Silicone and copolymers should also be noted. These microplastics are very harmful to the environment. Natural shampoos are always the best choice. Not only are they better for your hair and skin, but also the environment.
Mistake 2: Applying Shampoo All Over the Hair
We wash our hair to clean our scalp. When we rinse, we automatically clean the length and ends of our hair. Therefore, shampoo should only be applied to the scalp. You do not need to wash your hair every day. For most people, twice a week scalp washing is sufficient. Those with severely dry skin can wash their hair once a week.
Mistake 3: Applying Conditioner to the Scalp
After washing, hair is weakened and easily damaged and broken. Therefore, it is essential to use a conditioner before combing the hair. Conditioner ensures that the hair cuticle is closed and prevents frizz, tangles, and lack of shine. Washing hair without using a conditioner is not an option. If your hair remains brittle, it will be damaged faster. If using conditioner is not an option, excellent leave-in products are available that care for and protect hair.
Conditioner should be applied to each part of your hair, the lengths and ends, but not on the scalp. The conditioner adheres to the hair, which is also what the product is intended to do. It replenishes weak areas and closes the hair cuticle. Applying conditioner to the roots near the scalp does not necessarily cause damage, but it can flatten the hair. So, if you want voluminous hair, don’t apply conditioner to the scalp.
Mistake 4: Washing The Hair Harshly
Hair can be compared to an expensive wool jumper. It is put in the washing machine with a special detergent and dried flat with a short, low-temperature program. Hair receives the same VIP treatment. Like the jumper, it is made of fiber. Fibers that are equally susceptible to damage. The big difference is that you can buy wool jumpers again, but not hair fibers. Therefore, it is essential to wash your hair gently. Take shorter showers and keep the water temperature low. Hot water opens the cuticles of the hair. The longer the hair is in contact with hot water, the more it opens. This results in more brittleness and faster damage after washing. Therefore, avoid taking very hot showers and rinse your hair with cold water at the end. This will close the hair cuticles a bit and reduce hair and tangles.
Mistake 5: Rubbing The Hair Instead of Pat Drying
Do not rub your hair but pat it dry. Use an old T-shirt or a hydrophilic cloth. It is gentler on your hair than a typical towel.
Let us know if these few tips have helped you keep your hair healthy in the comments below!