OK, you learned how to use shampoo and conditioner when you were a kid. Why in the world would you need a refresher course? Believe it or not, the way many people were taught to wash their hair simply isn’t the best method for them. Specifically, there are a few common hair-washing mistakes you could be making that might be leaving your hair dull and lifeless.
Mistake 1: Shampooing Before You Condition
Shampoo first, then condition. Right? Maybe not. If you have longer, thicker hair, you may actually be better off reversing the order in which you wash your hair by conditioning first and ending with a lathering shampoo. Gently conditioning the ends of your hair before you shampoo can help protect the ends from drying out, and becoming damaged by your shampoo. Conditioning first can also help to fill any holes in your hair’s cuticle with moisture, which will add more shine and body to your hair when all is said and done.
Mistake 2: Lathering Your Entire Head
When you shampoo, it makes sense to scrub from the roots to the tips of your hair, but lathering the ends of your hair could actually be doing more harm than good. Typically, it’s only the roots of your hair that tend to get greasy and dirty. Your ends stay relatively clean and oil-free, so when you use a lathering shampoo on the ends, you run the risk of drying them out further. Instead, focus your shampooing on the hair closest to your scalp. Conversely, you can avoid excess oil near the roots by focusing your conditioning efforts on the ends of your hair instead.
Mistake 3: Not Knowing Your Hair Type
Buying just any shampoo and conditioner for your hair is never going to leave you with the best results. If you want your hair to look and feel its best, you need to buy shampoo and conditioner that’s specially formulated for it. This begins with knowing your hair type; is your hair fine, thick, or inbetween? Is it curly, wavy, or straight? Is it naturally dry, or does it tend to get oily? These factors must all be taken into consideration when you shop for shampoo and conditioner.
Mistake 4: Rinsing With Hot Water
Who doesn’t love a nice, hot shower? The answer is your hair. Just as showering with water that’s too warm can dry out your skin, the same applies to your hair. Hot water can be damaging and drying to your hair, so you should really try to rinse with cooler water whenever possible. Rinsing with cold water will help to seal the cuticle of your hair and protect it from damage. The result is that your hair will appear shinier and will likely be easier to comb out and style when all is said and done.
Have you been making any of these hair-washing mistakes? If so, then consider changing your habits the next time you wash your hair; you might be surprised to see just how quickly your hair improves in terms of its health, manageability, and appearance. From there, you can enjoy better-looking hair with minimal effort.