You’ve been washing your hair since you were a little kid. That said, it is easy to assume that you know everything there is to know about washing your hair. Unfortunately, many of us commit some mistakes, which have a huge effect on the health and appearance of our hair.
Getting gorgeous, healthy and shiny hair is as easy as tweaking your shower routine. Here are 4 hair washing mistakes you need to stop making.
Not brushing your hair before getting in the shower
Those mornings when you just don’t have time, you probably think that spending a few minutes brushing your hair before showering is a complete waste of time. But the truth is, brushing prepares your hair for washing. It helps untangle knots and gets rid of stray hair. Plus, it helps loosen dirt and oil that has built up, making it easier to wash.
With the temperatures hitting below freezing during the winter, many of you are probably looking forward to taking a hot shower once you get home to get the chill out of your bones. However, hot showers can strip your skin and scalp off of their natural oils, leaving you with dry, brittle strands and dry, itchy skin. Turning down the temperature can really be beneficial for your hair and skin.
Shampooing your hair the second you step in the shower
You’re probably in a hurry to get to work every single day. But before you reach for your shampoo, you might want to stand under the shower for about 30 to 60 seconds. This washes out all product residues, which is especially recommended if you don’t wash your hair every day. Letting hair products build up until your next wash will lead to irritation. Also, spend a full 2 minutes rinsing your hair out before stepping out of the shower.
If your hair falls flat most of the time or if you suffer from scalp irritation, this is probably because you don’t rinse out the shampoo and conditioner.
Applying conditioner on or near the scalp
While shampoo is applied to the scalp and roots, conditioner should only be focused on the mid-length to the ends of your hair. Your scalp produces natural oils, which is enough to keep your scalp and roots hydrated. Applying conditioner on or near the scalp will result to oily scalp and hair. It will also weigh your hair down.