Common Mistakes That You Are Making While Washing Your Hair
A good hair wash not only cleanses the hair but also relaxes our mind and body. Washing your hair in the wrong way can make our hair frizzy, dry and oily. Hair experts are aware of the typical person’s hair washing routine, and it makes them cringe. What they want you to know is that even though washing your hair isn’t complicated, there’s a method to clean your hair the right way that will help you avoid scalp irritation and bad hair day and might even help you grow your hair faster and longer. Read out below and find out how to wash hair without causing any damage and making them stronger, silkier and shiner.
Regular Washing of Hair
The major mistake everyone makes is frequent washing of hair. The major purpose of washing hair is to remove excess oils, debris and other dust particles. For most people, there is no need for frequent hair wash. The frequency with which you wash your own strands depends on a few different factors, such as your hair type, hair care concerns, hair length, and scalp health. Washing too often can have a drying effect on our scalp, causing it to overcompensate, drying the hair strands and producing even more oil. There are no particular rules for how often to wash your hair, it simply depends on your hair condition and lifestyle. For oily hair and when you have more sweat you need to wash day by day, and for normal and dry hair prefer to wash twice a week.
Neglecting Detangling before Hair Wash
Most of the people do not care to detangle their hair before hair wash. Hair becomes more breakable when wet, so it is good to detangle before shower. So you have to gently comb your hair from scalp to the roots to remove tangles. It also makes hair wash easy and painless.
Do not Properly Soaking the Hair
In today’s busy life most of the people wash their hair as soon as they step into the shower without wetting the hair completely. When your hair is half damp the shampoo can’t lather and properly clean your hair. It is a must and should to wet all your hair strands, it will only take 30 seconds to one minute shower. This will help in washing away some of that top layer of residue, and help prepare your hair to get cleansed correctly.
Showering with too Hot Water
Taking a hot water shower after a busy and hectic day always feels amazing and relaxing for your body, but it is not at all good for your hair. It is also one of the reasons for the damage to hair. Showering with too much hot water may remove the natural oils in the hair and make the hair look dry and frizzy. It also opens the hair cuticles and causes keratin proteins, natural moisturising factors, and colour molecules to escape, so hair loses strength and even color also fades. So always prefer lukewarm water to wash your hair.
Constantly Changing Shampoos
There is a myth that shampoos will stop working after some time if you are using them for a larger period. Your hair will eventually change based on the weather and temperature conditions so we need to choose the shampoo based on those parameters. Analyse and find the shampoo or any hair care product which suits your hair type and use them for a longer span to see better results.
Using Shampoo With Sulfates and Silicone
Sulfates are the most dangerous ingredients in shampoo that cause damage to the hair and cause dryness and removes the oil from the scalp, but sulfates are the key ingredient to form lather. On the other hand silicones make your hair feel silky and smooth instantly, but they end up drying your hair over time. Despite the smooth texture, they can block hair follicles, even cause your hair to fall out.
Scrubbing Scalp too Hard
Learning some techniques in washing your hair may prevent the breakage of hair and eases washing. Firstly completely wet your hair and take a small amount of shampoo in your palm and rub it and apply to your hair or dilute a small quantity of shampoo in water and rinse your hair completely from roots to ends. While washing do not scrub the scalp too hard. Rubbing the hair while applying shampoo on the dampened hair easily cause breakage of hair, so scrub your scalp gently using your fingertip. Avoid scrubbing your scalp with nails as it may hurt your scalp, damage hair follicles and even cause breakage to hair.
One Time Scrubbing with Shampoo
Most of the experts say that while washing your hair with shampoo we have to follow the wash, rinse and repeat procedure, which means it is necessary to shampoo your hair twice. While the first wash cleans the dust oils accumulated as top layer and the second wash for deep cleaning which removes the residuals after the first wash of the hair.
While shampooing your scalp lather formation is very important. Gently massaging against your scalp with fingertips by producing lather. This will helps in complete removal of the dirt and also helps in the supply of necessary nutrients to the hair follicles and improves blood circulation to the hair.
Skipping Your Scalp
Along with the scrubbing of hair you should focus mainly on the scalp. Scrubbing the scalp is a key step to an effective shampoo. Scalp is the area that really needs cleansing since that’s where oil and dead skin cells can accumulate. Initial shampooing efforts on the scalp helps remove dirt, sebum, and build-up that collects there. The basic time for cleansing the scalp is three minutes, no matter your hair length or hair type. While shampooing, do not scrub more at ends as they are usually drier and washing them with shampoo will make them look even more dehydrated. It is also a must to rinse thoroughly after shampooing.
Skipping Conditioner or Applying too Much Conditioner
Experts say that if you’re aiming for shinier hair which is more manageable to brush later on you should be using conditioner every time you wash. By conditioning regularly, you’ll cut down the breakage caused by brushing that knotty mane, and your hair will be left looking and feeling soft and gorgeous. Using too little conditioner can be difficult to detangle, and using too much can make your hair feel dirty or greasy. Most people only need to apply it to the bottom 2/3 of the hair shaft, if you need it at the roots, apply to the ends first and lightly at your roots. If you’re having trouble achieving even application, reach for a wide toothed comb to help distribute the conditioner throughout your hair.
Conditioner is meant to moisturize your strands. So, applying it on the scalp will make it oily and your hair will become more prone to hairfall. Conditioner clogs the hair follicle by making it prone to dandruff. To avoid these problems, make sure to use a conditioner from the middle to the ends of your strands. Make sure to rinse the conditioner out thoroughly. If you want to avoid tangles and hair breakage, work the conditioner into the hair with a wide-toothed comb.
Not Rinsing Completely
If you don’t rinse out all the shampoo or conditioner, you’ll be left with dull, limp, or dirty-feeling hair. In some rare cases people can develop allergic reactions to products left behind on their scalp. Be sure to avoid rinsing your hair with hot water. It will open the cuticle to damage and frizz, and make your color fade even faster. Always rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
Drying Hair with Towel
Rubbing your hair with a towel can lead to hair fall and frizziness due to friction. If you have the time, then simply let your hair air-dry. Alternatively, gently dab your towel on your hair, or squeeze the water out.
Brushing Your Hair when it’s Wet
Hair gets tangled after every hair wash and it is also at its weakest state after wasing, brushing immediately after hair wash can easily cause breakage to hair strands. So prefer combing before hair wash and avoid combing wet hair.