Hair washing is a fundamental yet necessary component of any hair care routine. Clean hair and scalp not only encourage healthy hair, but also make the hair appear healthy, bouncy, and shining. Nevertheless, we frequently take hair washing for granted and make errors that result in hair loss, itchy scalp, frizzy hair, and many others. Therefore, even if you believe hair cleaning to be a simple task, improper hair washing can be detrimental to hair health.
Here are certain hair-washing errors to avoid
Applying shampoo to hair that is already dry
One of the errors is applying shampoo on dry hair. Before applying shampoo, your hair must be well saturated with water. When hair is damp, shampoo lathers more effectively and cleanses hair thoroughly. Applying shampoo to dry hair can simply increase the collection of debris on the scalp, making it difficult to remove shampoo residues. Therefore, be sure to thoroughly wet your hair and allow it to absorb water for at least 1 to 2 minutes for optimal shampoo absorption.
Using excessive shampoo and conditioner
It is crucial to use the correct amount of shampoo and conditioner when washing hair. Many hold the assumption that using excessive shampoo and conditioner will make their hair cleaner and smoother, respectively. Too much shampoo can strip the hair of its natural moisture, leaving it more susceptible to hair loss and frizz. Additionally, excessive conditioner use can cause the hair to appear greasy and oily.
Using shampoo on hair that has been detangled
If you wish to prevent hair loss, you must detangle your hair before you shower. As you vigorously wash your untangled hair, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage. When hair is detangled, however, shampoo will glide more easily and the cleaning procedure will be more efficient. Utilize a hairbrush to untangle your hair prior to entering a soothing shower.
Do you shampoo your hair daily?
Daily hair washing will not result in healthy hair. Our hair contains natural oils that function as a protective barrier. It protects the hair from breaking and hair loss and maintains the hair’s lustre. When you use shampoo every day, you deprive the hair of its natural moisture, causing it to become dry, dull, and frizzy. Utilize a gentle shampoo once or twice per week for optimal results.
You are applying excessive force on your scalp and hair
Rubbishing the scalp forcefully will not guarantee a spotless result. You must handle your hair and scalp with extreme care, lest you induce breakage and hair loss. Additionally, try shampooing the scalp while avoiding the lengths as much as possible. When lengths are subjected to excessive force, they become extremely parched and develop broken ends. While shampooing, lightly massage your scalp with your fingertips.
Not use the proper water temperature
Extremely hot water can instantly damage the hair shaft. It causes hair breakage and loss. The hair becomes drier when excessive heat is applied. In addition, the direct heat of the water might exacerbate hair loss by damaging the scalp. Always ensure that you are washing your hair with lukewarm water.
Remember these simple suggestions the next time you shampoo your hair to get healthy, lustrous hair.
Contributions from Dr. Sonia Tekchandani, Famous Dermatologist and Founder of Tender Skin International