So you can wash with confidence.
For many of you, washing your hair is like second nature. You've got all the steps mapped out: shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse again-it's pretty much a no-brainer, right? Well, sort of. Cleansing your strands of impurities is easy in theory, but there's more to consider than just a quick lather and rinse. Ahead, we share five common hair-washing blunders that can impede your best efforts at a beautiful-looking mane. How many mistakes (if any) are you guilty of?
MISTAKE #1: SHAMPOOING EVERY DAY
Forget what you've been told. You don't have to shampoo your hair every single day. In fact, you shouldn't! Why? Because doing so can strip the natural oils that your hair needs to stay balanced and healthy.
The fix: Stick to a shampooing schedule of 1-2 times per week. In between washes, reach for dry shampoo to cover up any excess greasiness.
MISTAKE #2: USING THE WRONG PRODUCTS
When you reach for skin care products, you (hopefully!) take your skin type into account prior to making your purchase. The same should hold true for your shampoo and conditioner, since using products that are not suited to your hair type (dry, damaged, fine, color-treated, etc.) could potentially cause negative consequences or, at the very least, keep you from the proper cleanse and condition your hair deserves.
The fix: Consider your hair type and needs prior to investing in your hair care products. There are plenty of shampoos and conditioners out there that are specially formulated for your hair concerns, type, and resulted finish.
MISTAKE #3: CRANKING UP THE WATER TEMPERATURE
We know: Steamy hot showers feel great after a long, hard workday. But despite how much you may enjoy bathing beneath scalding hot water, doing so could be secretly damaging your strands. Water that's too hot can strip your hair of natural oils, leading to unwanted dryness and frizz.
The fix: Not into taking a cold shower? Don't fret. Opting for lukewarm water while you rinse is better than nothing.
MISTAKE #4: VIGOROUSLY SCRUBBING YOUR SCALP AND STRANDS
Giving yourself a relaxing scalp massage while you lather up is not a bad idea, but there's a difference between aggressive scrubbing and gentle strokes. Since your hair is more fragile and prone to breakage when it's wet, it's best to avoid intense scrubbing.
The fix: Take it easy! Rather than clawing into your scalp with sharp nails, use your fingertips to gently lather your shampoo in small circular motions. Trust us when we tell you that you'll have better results if you're gentle rather than aggressive.
MISTAKE #5: SKIPPING CONDITIONER ALTOGETHER
Are you neglecting to condition your strands post-shampoo? Say it ain't so! Regardless of your hair type, applying conditioner is a crucial step after shampooing your strands to keep them hydrated and nourished. What's more, conditioning regularly can cut down on breakage caused by brushing through knotty strands.
The fix: Always, always, always follow up your shampoo ritual with conditioner. Just make sure not to go overboard with your application, as this can have a negative side effect. Work your conditioner from your ends upward. Always skip applying conditioner to your roots as this can weigh the hair down and/or cause an oily-looking scalp.