One of the things many people look forward to the most when they walk into a salon is the wash. Everything about it is relaxing: from the delicious-smelling shampoos and conditioners, to the stylist's expert scalp massage that leaves you drooling in your seat.
Once cut and dried, you look fabulous and your hair seems to have sprung back to life. You've probably wondered why it couldn't look like this every day, well it can - as long as you stop making these common mistakes in the shower!
Most people break at least one of these hair washing faux-pas every day, but after reading this article, you won't be one of them!
1. Washing Every Day
Your hair looks it's healthiest when the oils that start in the scalp are left to their own devices. Allowing two or three days in between washes ensures that your hair's natural oils have enough time to strengthen every strand.
If you're stressed about oily roots, spritz with a dry shampoo and restyle with a blow-dryer.
2. Switching Shampoos
Although it might seem more practical to buy whatever's on sale, experts suggest that you're actually doing your hair more harm than good by switching shampoos so often.
Contrary to what some people believe, your hair won't build up a tolerance to the shampoo that works. One caveat: if you have extremely oily hair, or use a lot of styling products, use a clarifying shampoo every couple of weeks to rinse away any residue.
Moral of the story: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
3. Using Too Much
Like they say, a little dab'll do ya. Instead of slathering on the shampoo all the way to the roots, concentrate on sudsing up at your scalp. Then, apply the conditioner about midway down to the ends of your hair.
The ends need more moisture to protect against splitting, while your roots need a little less to prevent excessive oil-buildup.
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We all love a good, hot shower, but let's face it: that steaming water does not love us. While your body will adjust to the heat after a while, if your skin turns pink, it's too hot and you're likely doing much more damage than you think..
Whether you've got natural or color-treated hair, these next few steps apply to everyone, so don't be lazy, follow through right to the end for gorgeous results.
4. Skip the Conditioner
When it comes to conditioner, remember the Goldie Locks method: not too much, not too little, use it every time you wash.
Conditioner actually cuts down on friction, which causes breakage when you brush your hair. If you have especially brittle hair or color-treated hair, you won't want to skip this step.
5. Super-Hot Showers
If you're experiencing dandruff, or just extra flakiness in your scalp, the water temperature is probably too hot to handle.
Use warm water at the beginning of your shower and cold water at the end. The warm water will open the hair's cuticle and activate the shampoo/conditioner. Cold water will rinse away the suds, closes the cuticle and seals in the moisturizing conditioner.
6. Over-Rinsing Colored Hair
You mean well, but over-rinsing your hair actually shortens the lifespan of your color treatment. Hair that has been dyed absorbs and releases water more easily, which means that as the water washes away, it takes some of the dye with it. Even weeks after your initial coloring.
Shorten your rinse time, but make sure you do a thorough job of it. Use lukewarm or cool water, as heat also causes color to fade faster.
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