Updated on May 4th, 2019
Many ladies love washing their hair when in the shower every day. However, not all of them know how to do it in the right way. Repeated use of the wrong hair care routine has resulted in hair that looks lackluster, with numerous split ends and minimal growth. Some may want to change this, but don’t know where to start.
Well, switching up your hair products is not the ultimate solution. Proper care needs to be applied from scratch. For example, a proper wash regimen would be an ideal place to start. I totally understand if you are wondering how you should go about it. The following points highlight how you have been destroying your hair while in the shower, and what you can do to salvage the situation. Read on to find out how.
How does one damage their hair in the shower?
1. Shampooing Eeveryday
A majority of the shampoos in the market strip off your hair and scalp of their natural oils. You can imagine how harsh they can be if used on a daily basis. It is ideal to wash your hair twice a week, so that the natural oils are preserved to the fullest.
2. Over Conditioning
Conditioning your hair after shampooing is a good thing to do. However, going overboard by lathering too much of it does more harm than good. Even though conditioners soften the hair and make the detangling process much easier, too much of it causes a problem when styling. Your hair gets weighed down, and your pores clogged. Avoid too much conditioner if you are trying to grow healthy, strong hair.
3. Hot Water
Who doesn’t love a hot steamy shower after a long, tiring day? Although this is so relaxing and feels good on the body, it is disastrous to your body. Hot water, just like over shampooing, strips off your hair of its natural oils. It leaves your cuticles weak and a tender scalp can be harmed. Instead of washing your hair using hot water, you are safer using lukewarm water.
4. Hard Water
The type of water (soft or hard) used on your hair significantly affects its growth, strength and texture. Hard water contains lots of minerals that can easily harm your hair. Furthermore, hard water hardly lathers, and as a result, you might end up using excessive product. This means digging deeper into your pocket. When hair is washed using hard water, it becomes hard to manage and its growth is retarded. For soft, manageable hair, stay away from hard water.
5. Scrubbing Roughly
Many ladies handle their hair roughly in the shower. Some extend this poor handling to the drying and styling process. If you want to maintain soft, beautiful hair, you wouldn’t want to pull, scrub or wring it. Your hair shouldn’t be wrung out as you would your clothes! If you do this, be ready to watch your hair go down the drain and lots of it remaining in your bush once you comb it.
6. Brushing Your Hair When Wet
Most ladies have brushing as one of their hair regimen. They have been made to believe that this is when the hair is easy to handle especially for those with very thick hair. This is one of the worst things you could do, because wet hair is at its weakest state. Not only will it have lots of split ends, but your cuticles will be left broken. This step should be in the pre-shampoo stage instead.
How Should You Handle Your Hair Correctly?
Now that we have highlighted the wrong things you could be doing, the following are the correct steps to follow:
1. Assemble The Correct Hair Products
Go for sulfate-free conditioners and shampoos. The ingredients in your hair products should be those that moisturize, strengthen and protect your hair. Some of them include coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, and argan oil, among others. A good leave-in conditioner should also double up as a moisturizer, so that you are not limited on when to apply it. Besides, such conditioners will leave your hair feeling soft and easy to manage.
2. Detangle Your Hair
Before washing, wet your hair with a mixture of conditioner, oil and water. This will leave your hair soft and easy to detangle. It is at this point that you should be able to brush it out before washing to minimize breakage.
3. Shampooing The Hair
Once your hair is tangle free, you can now wet it using warm water. Thoroughly soak it in warm water to open the pores. This minimizes the amount of shampoo you will apply. The shampoo should adequately cover your scalp, and flow down the strands. Gently massage your scalp to ensure the hair is properly covered in shampoo.
The shampooing process should be followed by the conditioning process. The conditioner should only be applied to the ends. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it out. For additional moisture, follow up the conditioner with a moisturizing mask to strengthen your hair.
5. Drying Your Hair
The towel used to dry your hair should be made of microfibers. Do not scrub or wring your hair in an attempt to dry it out faster, because you might end up breaking your cuticles. Instead, gently pat your hair dry then wrap it up in the towel so that it dries the extra water. Alternatively, you can choose to air dry your hair before applying a moisturizing leave-in conditioner. You can now style as you prefer.
The highlighted do’s and don’ts should help you handle your hair better, allowing it to grow into a strong, healthy mane. Your hair is fragile, and needs all the love and attention it can get. Follow these tips and tricks to see your hair grow into a strong, healthy, long mane.
About The Author
Candice Hall is the Marketing Manager of Dynasty Goddess Hair, with a factory in Thailand & Office and Shipping Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, they are one of the top retailers in Virgin Remy Hair Extensions in the USA.