Many of us are making shampoo mistakes that could be causing problems like itchy scalp or even hair loss. So if you enjoy having hair and would like to keep yours, we suggest you read the rest of our Hairbond tips of advice.
Do you shampoo your entire head, including the ends of your hair? Are you giving it a warm rinse before jumping out of the shower? And do you give yourself a good scrub, making sure to scratch your scalp? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re doing it wrong. Here are the reasons why and a few other grooming mistakes that you could be making during your morning shower routine.
YOU DON’T GET YOUR HAIR WET BEFORE ADDING SHAMPOO
Do you soap your dry body and then rinse off? Warm water loosens excess oil and helps open your pores, allowing for a deeper penetration from your shampoo. Fully dunk your head prior to shampoo so your cuticles are open and ready for a good cleaning.
YOU USE YOUR NAILS TO WASH YOUR SCALP.
Do you know how much bacteria is under the human nail? It’s a cesspool of disgust, a harbinger of death, and a plague on both your houses, you can’t kill every germ living under your nails.
Be aware of how aggressively you’re going at your scalp when giving it a good scrub. If you’re constantly washing with your man claws, you could be irritating and infecting your scalp with those under-the-nail germs. The scraping, yanking, and tearing could also cause hair loss. If you need a good massage to feel clean, use your fingertips and not the nails.
YOU APPLY SHAMPOO DIRECTLY TO HAIR
Shampoo shouldn’t sit in a blob on one area of your hair. You’re wasting more shampoo than necessary when you don’t spread it evenly through your strands. Drop a small amount on your palm first and then lather. This guarantees even coverage and less money spent on product.
YOU’RE NOT RINSING WELL ENOUGH
You may be saving water with a quick shower, but we sincerely hope that you’re taking enough time to thoroughly rinse. If you aren’t spending a moment under the faucet, you could be leaving a lot of buildups. Over time, that residue can cause dandruff- the itchy, scaly, flaky grossness that leaves gunk under your nails when you scratch it. And men are at higher risk of developing dandruff Take enough time to rinse your roots and use a paraben and sulfate-free shampoo to reduce the cranial crud.
YOU WASH TOO OFTEN
Your scalp is meant to have some natural oils. Stripping those will dry out your scalp. That’s why we created products that keep you from sudsing up on off days. If you’re feeling foul, only wash it a few times a week. And try to substitute for a conditioner wash when you can.
Plenty of companies will tell you to use their shampoos daily. If their formulas contain sulfates, you’re asking for buildup or even hair loss. You can train your hair just like you would a muscle. At first it may feel pretty weird skipping out on shampoo every day. But your hair will look and feel healthier once the natural oil starts to rebuild and replenish your scalp.
YOUR WATER IS TOO HOT
If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’re familiar with the damage of rinsing in hot water. Your hair cuticles don’t seal properly after conditioning and you’re left with hair that is more susceptible to breakage and hair loss. Rinse your conditioner out with cold water, snapping your cuticles shut and sealing in all of that clean, fresh moisture.
YOU CONDITION YOUR SCALP AND NOT YOUR ENDS
Yes, it’s important to moisturize your scalp. But that doesn’t mean neglecting the ends of your hair where a lot of breakages can happen. Start with the ends and condition your way up so your tips have more time to soak up the moisture they need.
THE RIGHT WAY TO SHAMPOO AND CONDITION
- Thoroughly wet your hair.
- Lather a quarter size amount of shampoo in your palms and then work into your roots. You don’t need to shampoo the tips of your hair.
- Rinse out all of the shampoos.
- Apply conditioner, concentrating on the ends.
- Rinse with cold water