Yes! You could have been washing your hair wrongly. From using too much products, to using very little or even using the wrong products.
There are tons of things you do to your hair that’s making it unhealthy and making it impossible for the hair to grow. Ready to find out how you’ve been washing your hair wrongly? We’ve got some pointers for you.
1. Your hair looks best when the natural oils that start in the scalp are allowed to reach the ends. That’s why you should only shampoo your hair every other day, or even every third day. If you’re worried about your strands looking greasy, spritz the roots with dry shampoo or water and restyle with a blow-dryer.
2. Stick to what works. Switching shampoos do not always make your hair look healthier. Stick with what works (if it already works, that is). However, if you have very oily hair or like to use sticky styling products with wax in them, you should break up your routine with a clarifying shampoo once every couple of weeks or so, this will wash away any residue.
3. Overdoing it. Instead of shampooing and conditioning all the way through, concentrate shampoo toward the scalp, and condition just the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair. Your ends need more moisture (we develop “split ends” for a reason), and your roots need a little less of it so they can maintain volume.
5. Taking super-hot showers
While warm water opens a hair’s cuticle to allow shampoo and conditioner to do their job, cold water helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner — which helps your hair look shiny and healthy. So, by all means, take a warm shower, but at the end, rinse with cold water.
6. Rinsing too much, especially if you have colored hair. Since colored hair absorbs and releases water much more easily, when the water leaves, so does some of the color. So hold off on rinsing for those few extra minutes. Also, stick to lukewarm or cooler water since heat makes you lose color faster.
7. You’re scrubbing your scalp. Since healthy hair begins at the scalp, therefore, being extra-gentle when washing at the root is of utmost importance. Don’t use your nails or massage the scalp too harshly! Apply minimal pressure, your scalp might naturally feel it, even smell it, but it’s not as dirty as you think.