Hair care – mistakes you are making while washing your hair

Hair is an appendage of the skin. It is a thin growth in the skin and scalp. Their major constituent is keratin, amino acids and sulphur. Hair has 3 layers being center outwards, medulla, cortex and cuticle. Hair hygiene prevents hair from falling out, hair thinning and promotes hair regrowth.

Women love to have silky, thick and strong hair. But pollution and stress result in hair tangling and damage. Hair becomes frizzy, tangled, dry and hugely damaged. Use shampoos which are anti-oxidant, protect hair from pollution and are anti-ageing. They protect hairs from premature graying ageing.

You can make mistakes in the way you are washing your hair. There are many mistakes you can do that will damage your hair and that will result in dull, lifeless hair. The mistakes that you could be doing while you are washing your hair are as follows.

Washing hair daily

Washing your hair too frequently is one of the most common hair blunders. By washing your hair daily, you may be over activating your sebaceous (oil) glands resulting in hair that becomes oilier more quickly. Your hair looks best when the natural oils that start in the scalp are allowed to reach the ends. You will damage your hair and scalp by washing your hair every day. If you don’t want to go 2-3 days without washing it’s better to use a dry shampoo in the meantime.

Skipping conditioner

Use conditioner every time you wash as it cuts down on friction and breakage when you brush your hair later. You can also use conditioner to wash your hair since a shampoo can be very harsh. Skipping on conditioner is the fastest way to dull hair that never shines. Always use a good conditioner after shampoo for best results and shiny hair. You can also use a leave in conditioner that you don’t need to rinse off for better results and it doesn’t take that much time like a normal conditioner.

Washing your hair with hot water

Take a warm shower, but at the end rinse with cold water as warm water opens a hair’s cuticle to allow shampoo and conditioner to do their job, whereas cold water helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner which helps your hair look shiny and healthy. The cooler the water, the more smooth and shiny your hair will look like. If you don’t like cold showers pouring one cup apple cider vinegar mixed with two cups water over hair after washing and conditioning. Vinegar is a gentle Exfoliator that removes product buildup and dandruff from the scalp.

Changing your shampoo

Your hair will not get used to the current shampoo that you are using, like many people thought. If you find a shampoo that is perfect for your hair, stick to it. No need to change something that works. Play around with shampoos just until you find the shampoo that works for your hair and then don’t change it again.

Don’t towel drying your hair to rough

If you are losing your leave in conditioner in the towel and you are really damaging your hair a lot. Gently press your hair with a towel until it’s dry enough to use a hair dryer. Wet hair is more prone to break and damage. Towel drying your hair will damage hair doesn’t ever shine and don’t look beautiful at all.

Don’t apply heat styling tools to wet hair

Never apply heat styling tools to wet hair. It will damage your hair, even burn them. Before you start using your curling or flat iron makes sure that your hair is completely dry. Wash and dry your hair the night before if you are in a hurry in the morning and then use your heat styling tools in the morning.

Rinsing too much

Colored hair absorbs and releases water much more easily, when the water leaves so do some of the color. So hold off on rinsing for those few extra minutes. Always, stick to lukewarm or cooler water since heat makes you lose color faster.

Brushing your hair when it’s still wet

Hair is 60% weaker when wet. Brushing it with too much tension post shower can cause the hair to snap easily, which is especially damaging if your hair is already fragile.