Washing our luscious locks, no matter how long or short, is part of our weekly routine. Some people actually take the effort to spruce their hair up every day, while others wash it at least once a week. The task seems rather simple to do for what’s so hard about shampooing your hair and rinsing it off? Theoretically nothing, but there’s a lot more to haircare than just lathering product all over the place. Any missteps and you can end up with brittle, dry, and damaged hair.
If you want to avoid mistreating your hair, then here are the three things you should avoid doing at all costs.
Washing your hair in hot water
We know there’s more than just a handful of you out there who love to take a shower in scalding hot water. No matter how relaxing it is, remember that it’s terrible for hair. In fact, experts suggest washing your hair out with lukewarm water so that the extra product gets out of your hair and your scalp is not irritated by the heat.
Rubbing your hair
When shampooing, we often think that we have to scrub it until it's squeaky clean, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you rub your hair too hard, it will excite the large sebaceous glands on our scalp. As a result, the scalp will begin to produce more sebum and hence your hair will get oily way faster. Therefore, it is better to gently massage your head when shampooing so that you activate the blood circulation and boost the oxygenation of the hair, without irritating the scalp.
Likewise, when you are drying your hair, make sure you are not rubbing it with the towel. Your hair is at its weakest when it's wet, and the friction caused by rubbing can increase hair loss and breakage. Instead of wringing out your hair, put it up in a turban or a microfibre towel for a few minutes so that the material can slowly absorb the water.
Applying conditioner or a hair mask to the roots
Shampoo on the scalp, and conditioner on the tips. This should be your haircare mantra. Lather on the shampoo just on your scalp, so you can get rid of any dead skin, oils, and impurities. There’s no need to drag the product down to your tips. Why is that? Because the upper part of your hair and scalp is young and doesn’t need as much care.
The lengths and tips of your hair, on the other hand, are old and have already been brushed and washed countless times. By applying a nourishing conditioner or mask to those areas, it'll bring it back to life.