12 Hair Washing Mistakes You're Probably Making
Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:46 PM
Washing your hair the wrong way can lead to breakage, deprive your hair of its natural color, and turn your hair dry and rough. See if you are making one of these mistakes.
- Not using clarifying shampoo. It’s essential to use one at least once a month, no matter what your hair type, to get rid of any product build-up, excess oiliness and for a thorough cleanse.
- Going for a tricked-out, top-of-the-line shampoo. It's tough to turn down the nourishing, shine-boosting, volumizing-to-Beyonce-proportions promises of a souped-up shampoo. The thing is, though, that your conditioner should do all of that— not your shampoo.
- Your shower is steamy. Who doesn’t love a piping hot shower after a long day, but too-hot water could be causing your hair to look dry and lifeless. Too hot water opens the hair cuticle, allowing keratin proteins, natural moisturizing factors, and color molecules to escape, so hair loses strength and the color fades. Try a lukewarm wash instead.
- Brushing while wet. Shampoo gently and you won't end up with tugs, which is good. Brushing your hair while it's wet will cause breakage!
- Rushing through the conditioning step. Apply the conditioner from the middle to the ends and let it sit for a few minutes. Don’t wash it off too soon, or it won’t be effective and you’ll be wasting all that expensive product. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your strands while you have conditioner on, and wash it off after 5 to 7 minutes for softer, nourished strands.
- Rinsing your hair too much. If you have colored hair, rinsing too much can cause the color to disappear from your hair much sooner than it should. Colored hair absorbs and releases water more easily, so when the water leaves, so does some of the color.
- Vigorous scrubbing while lathering. Wet hair is weak and more prone to breaking, so be gentle. Stroke your scalp from forehead to nape, on the sides and along the hairline. Plus, if you're too harsh, your scalp might overproduce oil (in the same way that super-harsh scrubbing on your face can leave it feeling dry and tight, causing your skin to go into oil-production overdrive).
- Shampooing your whole head. Shampoo your roots and condition your ends. This contains the product you use on your head and keeps everything balanced.
- Towel drying. Rubbing your hair with a towel can lead to breakage as well as frizziness thanks to all that friction. It’s better to use an old T-shirt rather than a towel, and to blot your strands instead of rubbing them dry!
- Using a silicone-based shampoo. While you may have heard that silicone-based shampoos are great for making your hair silky smooth, they can in fact dry your hair out over time by preventing moisture from getting in. It’s fine to use silicone-based hair products, just make sure that your shampoo can wash them out and that it isn’t silicone-based itself.
- Expecting your shampoo to lather. Excessive lather is created by many harsh chemicals present in shampoos that are damaging your hair in many ways. Make sure to use sulfate-free shampoos always, especially if your hair is colored or chemically treated, or it could wreck your pricey procedure.
- Not soaking your hair. Make sure your hair is completely soaked before applying shampoo!