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HAIR | 15 Ways You've Been Shampooing Your Hair Wrong!
You might do it every day, but SURPRISE! You might not be washing your hair the right way. Using the correct techniques can make a world of difference in your hair’s health, bounce + shine—but if you’re making some common mistakes, you could be damaging your lovely locks without even realizing it.
1 | Youve been fooled into thinking you HAVE to lather your shampoo.Sulfates (sodium laureth sulfate + ammonium laureth sulfate) are industrial-strength cleaning ingredients you should avoid at all costs in your shampoo, especially if your hair is dyed. You’ll be washing your 💰 down the drain.
2 | If you’re rinsing your hair in hard water, you should do something about it. Shampooing with hard water can make it dry + straw-like. To combat this, use a chelating shampoo once a week. You can even install a special water filter on your shower head that costs about $70.
3 | If you have bleached hair, you should really be using a clarifying shampoo. Because bleached hair is more porous, it’s important to use a clarifying shampoo on a regular basis. A good clarifying shampoo will help dissolve buildup (yellowish tones from environment, hair product, sweat).
4.If your hair seems dry, it might be the silicones in your shampoo. Ifyou see dimethicone* in your products, chances are that it’s drying your hair out over time. The silicone coats your hair, giving it that nice slippery feeling, but it also prevents moisture + oils from penetrating your hair.
*Dimethicone copolyl + PEGmodified dimethicone are water-soluble silicones, which means they wash out with water + do not coat the hair as long as you rinse out thoroughly.
5 | Drying your hair with a T-shirt instead of a towel can really help tame the frizzies. A towel creates friction, which will cause tangles + split ends. Instead, after washing, squeeze the excess liquid out with a cotton T-shirt + wrap it onto your head.
6 | You should apply dry shampoo the evening before, not the morning of. Apply dry shampoo BEFORE you go to bed. The tossing and + turning will help to work it in, eliminating any white powder blotches, + you’ll wake up with more volume.
7 | Don’t apply your conditioner to sopping wet hair. Wring your hair out before you apply conditioner. The water dilutes the efficacy of your conditioner + it won’t work as well.
8 | Consider co-washing for your natural hair. AKA washing with conditioner instead of shampoo. Co-washing instead of shampooing will help your hair retain moisture while very gently cleansing it. Just make sure your conditioner doesn’t contain any silicones, or your hair will feel weighed down.
9 | If you have gray/graying hair, you should be using purple shampoo. Purple shampoo will help to counteract yellowing. And you should do a monthly rinse with lemon water to clarify.
10 | Don’t just rely on a shampoo for color-treated hair if you’re trying to maintain a dye job.Using a sulfate-free shampoo + following that up with a color-depositing conditioner is the best way to maintain your color.
11 | If you have really thick hair, you might be using way too much shampoo. Instead of wasting your shampoo, dilute it with warm water in a nozzled squeeze bottle. You’ll be able to spot apply the shampoo to your scalp in order to maximize cleansing.
12 | You really should be leaving your dandruff shampoo in for at least 3–5 minutes. Letting the shampoo sit will help it work its magic.
2 MORE TIPS: Use a shower-safe scalp-massaging brush like the Tangle Teezer to really work it in, + make sure you rinse very, very thoroughly.
13 | Adding a couple drops of food coloring can help neutralize unwanted tones.A couple drops of green food coloring will help keep unwanted reds from showing up in your dark brown hair. A couple drops of violet food coloring can neutralize yellowness in blondes.
14 | You could actually benefit from a double shampoo. If you have a troubled scalp, use a clarifying shampoo first. Rinse, + THEN use your medicated shampoo. This will help to remove dead cells + debris so that your medicated shampoo can really penetrate.
15 | You could actually benefit from no shampooing your hair at all.Instead, you do a baking soda rinse + an apple cider vinegar rinse.
A Google search for "no poo" will bring up hundreds of testimonials from women proclaiming "my hair has never been so soft" + "this is seriously ah-mazing."
But it really depends on your hairtype, so experiment at your own risk.