It is very likely that, like all of us, you too are not washing your hair the correct way. It is very common to make these innocent mistakes and then complain about excessive hair fall, dullness of hair, or losing the shine you once took pride in. However, worry no more, since you aren’t alone in this, and just like everything else, this too has an easy fix!
Here we have curated a list of 5 most common and innocent mistakes people make while shampooing and that need to be avoided, for you to maintain that health and shine.
Mistake #1: Not Drowning Your Hair in Water before shampooing
It is very common for people to not drown hair in water thoroughly because most of us lack the time to take a long, slow bath. Just splashing water or dipping it in for a few seconds does not make your hair all wet. This then doesn’t help the product being absorbed and makes the entire purpose of cleaning and washing your hair, futile.
Every strand needs to be soaked for deep cleaning to take place. It takes about a full minute standing under the shower to ensure every strand is drenched. However, if your hair is too thick or dense, it is always a good idea to run your fingers through to check that water has seeped in from the root to the ends of your hair.
Mistake #2: Using Way Too Much Product
It is very common to overuse your favourite shampoo, leaving your hair dull and dry. But if you use little, there might be a chance you don’t end up cleaning your hair well.
To measure how much shampoo you need to wash your hair thoroughly, squeeze about a nickel or coin sized product in your hair, for short or medium length hair.
Squeeze the shampoo in your palm, and apply the product starting at the scalp and crown, using your fingers.
Mistake #3: Applying conditioner everywhere
Conditioner must only be applied to the bottom two-thirds of hair to prevent scalp and roots from becoming too oily since the scalp itself produces oils.
Since the ends of your hair are more likely to break, it is advised to apply conditioner only towards the lower part of hair to get that perfect slip and silkiness
Mistake #4: Using a Shampoo that contains Sulfates
It is advised to avoid shampoos with too much sulphate content, especially if you have dyed or colored hair. Sulfate-free shampoos are much gentler and keep the cuticle tighter so breakage doesn’t occur and color doesn’t fade quickly.
Mistake #5: Not Rinsing Hair Thoroughly
We must rinse and repeat for thorough cleaning, especially if your hair is long and textured.
The first time you shampoo your hair, focus on the scalp and crown and rub gently for about three minutes. A quick rinse of 15 seconds is enough for this. Now squeeze very little shampoo in your palm, and lather up, focusing only on your hair. Massage shampoo gently on your hair strands for 20 seconds and rinse properly for about a minute. Extra product can cause build up, so avoid using too much shampoo.
Now condition and voila! Remember not to rub your hair too much while drying.
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