Whether limp strands of hair, dull hair, or a very fast greasy build-up: We all have our problems when it comes to our hair. However, many people accept this or blame their styling routine for it – without knowing that the cause of the problem lies somewhere else.
There is actually more to consider when washing your hair than you might think. But if you avoid certain mistakes, you will soon be able to turn your flabby mane into the beautiful hair that it could be!
1. You use the wrong shampoo
There are still people who choose their shampoo according to the fragrance. However, there could not be a worse way to find the right shampoo for your hair. This mistake is fatal for the hair, but fortunately relatively easy to fix.
There is a reason why there are so many different shampoos. Not every hair makes the same demands on a shampoo. Colored hair is often strained by the chemicals in the color, so they need shampoos with a lot of caring ingredients.
The same applies, of course, to hair that naturally tends to dry out, such as curls. Due to the structure protruding from the roots, sebum from the roots is more difficult to reach, so curly hair often appears dry. So you need a shampoo that contains as few surfactants as possible so that the hair is not unnecessarily dried out in the lengths.
2. You wash the hair too often
Almost every woman asks herself how often she should wash her hair. But unfortunately, there is no universal answer. It depends very much on the hair structure. Dry hair needs to be washed less often than hair that tends to be greasy. In general, however, hair should not be washed too often, because otherwise the natural protective layer of the hair is attacked.
It is therefore up to each individual. As long as the hair does not look greasy or smell unpleasant, it does not have to be washed. Sometimes, however, the hair becomes greasy quickly, but we would still like to wash it less often because it is dry and we want to reduce the sebum production of the scalp. In this case, it is recommended to switch to the so-called “Cleansing Conditioners”. These are caring conditioners that contain surfactants and thus gently clean the hair in addition to the care.
3. You have the wrong technique
If you have chosen the right shampoo and found a rhythm that suits you, the next stumbling block is already waiting: you can also do a lot of things wrong during the hair washing process.
For example, do you spread the mousse all over your hair?
Yep, that can also cause dry hair. Many women complain about greasy root and dry lengths. However, this can be improved by concentrating only on the roots when washing and leaving the lengths alone. When rinsing, the shampoo will spread a little over the lengths anyway, which is sufficient for cleaning.
Another problem can be if you massage the scalp too firmly. A scalp massage may feel heavenly, but especially with oily hair we only stimulate the sebum production even more. As a result, the hair will also become greasy more quickly.
4. You do not use any hair care
Since hair is particularly sensitive in wet conditions and breaks off more easily, it is almost criminal not to care for it after washing. This not only prevents knots in the hair but also seals the top layer of hair, which was previously roughened during washing. This way the hair looks silkier.
With particularly unruly hair, it can even be useful to treat the hair with conditioner first and then wash it. In this way, you minimize the risk of your hair breaking off and at the same time protect the lengths from drying out.
5. You do not wash the shampoo properly
It just doesn’t stop: Even when rinsing the hair, it is not enough to simply let the water run over the hair. Now it is important to make sure that firstly, no product residues remain in the hair, otherwise, the strands are weighted down when dry and cannot be styled, and secondly, that the water is at the right temperature.
Of course, it doesn’t matter if it’s one or two degrees, but too hot water draws moisture from the hair and causes the cuticle layer of the hair to roughen. This makes the strands look lifeless and brittle.
So if you want to be on the safe side, rinse your hair with lukewarm water for at least 30 seconds and finally seal the cuticle layer by taking a cold shower – for shiny hair.