Surprisingly, a lot of damage can happen to your scalp and hair
where you least expect it… the shower. We all go into our wash routine
thinking that this is the ultimate ‘care’ part of haircare, cleansing
and conditioning. But you might be making some small hair-washing
mistakes that can be causing wear, tear, and damage to your beautiful
strands. The good news is that these are really easy-to-fix mistakes
that will have you skipping down #healthyhaircarejourney in no time.
Running a hot shower feels soo good
on tense and sore muscles and definitely brings an extra level of
relaxation to your shower routine. But one part of your body to avoid
extreme hot temperature is your hair strands. Hot temperatures can open
up the hair cuticles, which then can dry out your strands and make them more vulnerable to breakage.
The lack of moisture also means that your hair is more prone to
frizziness. Basically, super hot water can lead your strands down a bad
path that can result in dry, brittle, frizzy hair.
What to do instead: Use
lukewarm water instead. It’s warm enough to dissolve any build-up, and
it’s also just the right temperature to open up your hair cuticle to
allow a thorough wash from your shampoo. Once that’s done, switch to
cool water. It’ll close your hair cuticles, which will seal in the
moisture and hydration from your conditioner.
Now you might think you’re
‘exfoliating’ your scalp by using your fingernails to scrub your scalp
(we’ve been there!) and maybe even giving a good scratch and dislodging
dry flakes. But you’re actually doing the exact opposite. Scratching
your scalp with your nails can cause even MORE flaking and inflammation,
and may result in small tears and scabs. Your scalp skin actually has more hair follicles and oil glands than any other part of your body, making it a lot more sensitive and susceptible to skin issues. So moral of the story, handle your scalp gently.
What to do instead: Use your
fingertips instead of your nails. It’s much gentler, and it’s less
likely to hurt the scalp. Using your fingertips to give yourself a
loving massage is gonna really help increase your scalp’s blood
circulation and be able to soak in more nutrients and oxygen. WIN WIN!
The main purpose of your shampoo is
to cleanse your scalp… NOT your hair. Your hair strands are mostly made
up of dead cells and get drier as they grow out. This is why your ends
are susceptible to split ends and more breakage.
What to do instead:
Focus most of your shampooing efforts on the scalp. This is the time to
work on removing dirt, extra sebum, and build-up that collects on all
scalp. If you have thicker, longer, more textured hair you might want to
consider a second wash with your shampoo that helps clean your strands,
but use a small amount of shampoo and wash for a few seconds.
Firstly, if you’re using conditioner
you want to make sure you’re using it on the bottom ⅔ of your hair
strands. Conditioner is not needed for your scalp and can really add to
the overproduction of oil and build-up if you’re using it on your roots
If you have thin and/or fine hair and you’ve used a prewash mask (like ours BACK TO YOUR ROOTS Scalp+Hair Prewash), don’t use a conditioner. For many hair types, conditioners post shampoo can really weigh down your hair.
What to do instead: For hair that is on the fine and/or thin spectrum, try a prewash or oiling
before you wash your hair. This helps your hair not get weighed down
and is a better conditioning option. For all other hair types, make sure
you’re only applying conditioner on the bottom part of your strands,
and keeping it away from your scalp.
Using the towel that you most likely
use to dry off your body is not the right towel to dry your hair.
Rubbing your hair with a cotton towel is going to lead to tear, snags,
and frizz… OH MY! The hair shaft can be roughed up during the drying
process when you wring out your hair or squeeze it too hard with a
What to do instead: Use a microfiber or a bamboo towel, they cause a lot less friction so you’re left with less breakage and frizz. You can also use an old t-shirt, works wonders as well. And gently squeeze out excess water, avoiding any harsh rubbing.
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