10 Mistakes to Avoid While Washing your Hair.
Washing your hair is a routine activity that most of us do without much thought. However, there are some common mistakes that many people make while washing their hair, which can lead to damage, dryness, and other problems. In this blog, we'll take a look at 10 mistakes you might be making while washing your hair and provide tips and product recommendations to help you avoid them.
1. Not detangling your hair first
Before you even step into the shower, it's important to detangle your hair. This will help prevent tangling and breakage while you're washing it. Use a wide-tooth comb or a brush with soft bristles to gently detangle your hair from ends to roots.
Our Recommendation: Tangle Teezer Original Detangling Hairbrush, which is designed to gently detangle all hair types.
2. Using Hot Water
Hot water can also strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and damaged. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. This will help preserve its natural oils and keep it healthy. If you must use hot water, try to limit the amount of time you spend under the showerhead.
3. Skipping Conditioner
Skipping conditioner can lead to dry, brittle hair. After shampooing, be sure to use a conditioner to help nourish and moisturize your hair. Focus on the ends of your hair, where it tends to be the driest, and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the conditioner evenly. Make sure to keep the conditioner in your hair for at least a minute for it to nourish your hair.
Our Recommendation: Try SureThik Thickening Conditioner, which is designed to deeply nourish and strengthen hair while improving the volume. It helps rebuild the hair follicle and is enriched with the goodness of Jojoba Oil, Caffeine, and Nettle Extract. Apply it from root to tip and leave it for 2-3 minutes for best results.
4. Scrubbing too hard
Scrubbing your hair too hard can cause damage to your scalp and hair. Instead, use gentle circular motions with your fingertips to massage your scalp and distribute the shampoo. This will help stimulate your scalp and promote healthy hair growth.
5. Using the wrong shampoo
Using the wrong shampoo or conditioner for your hair type can also lead to problems. If you have fine hair, for example, you might want to use a lightweight shampoo that won't weigh it down. If you have thick or curly hair, on the other hand, you might need a more moisturizing shampoo. Consider your hair type when choosing a shampoo and look for one that is specifically designed for your needs. Here is our recommendations based on the hair concerns/type:
- Fine/ Thin Hair: SureThik Hair Thickening Shampoo.
For fine hair, it is important to use a shampoo that is a sulfate, paraben, silicon free that adds volume to the hair without weighing your hair down. Infused with Caffeine, SureThik Thickening shampoo is made with clean ingredients and gently cleanses and nourishes hair. For best results, massage it over the entire scalp and leave it in hair for a minute, then rinse well.
- Thick Hair: OUAI Thick Hair Shampoo
Thick hair needs a shampoo that can help manage frizz and keep it moisturized. Hence, look for shampoos like these with nourishing ingredients like argan oil or coconut oil.
- Curly Hair: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo.
Curly hair needs a shampoo that can help define curls, reduce frizz, and keep hair moisturized. Look for a sulfate-free shampoo that won't strip your hair of its natural oils, along with keep the curls defined.
- Color-Treated Hair: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo
Color-treated hair needs a shampoo that will help preserve the color while keeping hair healthy and moisturized. Look for a sulfate-free shampoo that is specifically designed for color-treated hair.
6. Not rinsing thoroughly
Not rinsing your hair thoroughly can leave behind residue, which can lead to buildup and other problems. Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly after shampooing and conditioning and use your fingertips to massage your scalp to ensure that all of the product is rinsed away.
7. Rubbing your hair with a towel
Rubbing your hair with a towel can cause damage and breakage, especially if your hair is wet. Instead, gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair with a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt. You can also use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair while it's still wet.
8. Using heat styling tools on wet hair
Using heat styling tools on wet hair can cause damage and breakage. Always let your hair air dry or use a blow dryer on a low or cool setting before using any heat styling tools. You can also use a heat protectant spray before using any heat styling tools to help minimize damage.
Our Recommendation: Try the Ouai Memory Mist Heat Protectant, which is designed to protect hair from heat damage while also providing hold and memory.
9. Using too much shampoo
Using too much shampoo can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Instead, use a small amount of shampoo, about the size of a quarter, and focus on your scalp. Gently massage the shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips, and let it run down the length of your hair as you rinse it out. If using a clarifying shampoo, make sure to limit its usage as per directed by the brand.
10. Over-washing your hair.
Over-washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and damaged. Try to wash your hair no more than every other day, or even less often if possible. If you have very oily hair, you can use a dry shampoo between washes to help absorb excess oil. If you are looking for more volume, use hair fibers to refresh your hair between washes and add volume by concealing your thinning areas. Combine it with hair spray for added volume.
Our Recommendation: Try the SureThik Hair Thickening Fibers and the Holding Spray.
The fibers are made from 100% natural keratin and can fill thinning areas in seconds. Finish off with the alcohol-free holding spray to set the fibers. Lightly brush or blow dry for added volume.
In conclusion, washing your hair may seem like a simple task, but there are several common mistakes that many people make. By detangling your hair first, using the right amount of shampoo and conditioner, using lukewarm water, massaging gently, rinsing thoroughly, and using the right products, you can help keep your hair healthy and beautiful. Remember to also let your hair air dry or use a low heat setting before using any heat styling tools and avoid over-washing your hair. By following these tips, you can avoid damaging your hair and keep it looking its best.