1. Washing too often. Most people only need to shampoo their hair every two or even three days. Shampoo traps oils and you run the risk of drying out your hair by over washing it. You definitely want some oils to remain in your hair but if you’re hair is visibly oily, you can wash it more often. Between shampoos, just rinse with warm water to remove the styling products (you should be using water based products and not oil based) and use conditioner every day whether you shampooed or not.
2. Using water that is too hot. Yes, that very hot, steamy shower feels great but your hair may suffer for it. Warm water opens the cuticle to make your shampoo and conditioner more effective. Cool or cold water rinses help to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner — which helps your hair look shiny and healthy. This is particularly important for color treated hair because very hot water allows the color molecules to leach out faster. Color clients should use a color-protecting shampoo and cooler water temperatures from start to finish.
3. Too much shampoo. Concentrate the shampoo only on your scalp and not on the length of hair. Remember how great that scalp massage feels at the salon? Well, that’s what you want to concentrate on in the shower. This is where oil comes from and the greatest build up is going to be. Don’t forget about the nape of your neck!! Use the pads of your fingers (not your nails!) to scrub your scalp and just let the suds just run down to clean the rest of your hair — don’t pile your hair up on top of your head to scrub it; you may damage it.
4. Applying conditioner to the wrong part of your hair. Don’t put conditioner on your scalp. Apply it from mid-length to the ends of your hair only. This is where it is needed most. When your scalp is covered in conditioner, you’re likely to end up with a tacky film that leads to build-up. Let your scalp’s natural oils do their job up top while you concentrate on the ends with the conditioner.
5. Rubbing that towel on your head to dry your hair. No, no, no! Gently squeeze and blot the water out with the towel. Don’t wring out your hair or squeeze it too hard. You risk tangles, breakage and frizz by rubbing too hard.
Just a few changes to your shampoo routine can go a long way in keeping your hair health, shiny, manageable and can help preserve your color. If you have particular concerns about the health of your hair, remember that consultations are always free. Click here to book your appointment.