- Washing your hair everyday
Possibly the worst thing you can do, as the hair is stripped of its natural oils. By leaving more time between washes, the nutrients and oils can spread from the scalp to the ends of the hair, making it silkier, softer and healthier! Frequent washing dehydrates the hair, leaving it brittle and dull. By shampooing it once or twice a week and using less hair products such as mousse, gel, hairspray or anti-frizz products you significantly decrease damage to your precious locks.
- Too much emphasis on the ends?
Don’t we all know what split ends are? Well, of course we do! And it’s one of the main reasons why we call our hairdresser! Whilst washing your hair, put more emphasis on the roots and less on the ends, as the ends need more moisture in order to stay healthy. The roots, however, need less so they can maintain volume.
However, it is good to note that when applying conditioner or a hair mask, you should dispense it evenly, throughout all of the hair strands. Essential oils (castor, olive, coconut, avocado, almond, etc.) or complete, homemade masks (egg, yoghurt, tea, honey, etc.) replenish your hair, restoring its vitality in no-time!
Tip: Leave-in conditioners enriched with natural & organic formulas are amazing due to their ability to penetrate deeply the hair cuticle. Use them once a week for improved results!
- Too much heat!
Heat is always a damaging factor to the hair’s structure, stripping it of its moisture and often drying it excessively. The cold effect, on the contrary, manages to close the cuticle, sealing in the moisture and essential ingredients from the conditioner. As a result, your hair will look shinier, healthier and better-looking than ever!
Tip: Always end your showers by rinsing your hair with cold water. Of course, not with ice-cold water, yet if you feel like it’s too much, try using a large cup of diluted apple cider for rinsing. Not only will it remove any excessive dandruff from the scalp, but it will also give your locks a beautiful shine!
- No hair brushing, please!
The golden rule says: Avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet! Why? Because wet hair is much more prone to breakage, excessed stretching and stroke of the brush.
Tip: Try using a wide teeth comb or a wooden-bristle brush (Widu https://www.widu.com) for detangling your hair easily and pain-free!
- Oops, I did it again!
Yes, you did! You forgot the conditioner! Although applying conditioner after each wash and using a hair mask once a week are two vital steps for protecting your hair against damage and free radicals, sometimes our mind is sparse.
Tip: Leave-in conditioners work wonderfully in such situations. Spray a little bit all over your hair, running your fingers through it to evenly distribute it (e.g. Johnson’s No more Tangle, African Pride’s Shea Butter Miracle, Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge, etc.).
Extra tip: Place the conditioner or your hair mask next to the shampoo bottle. This way, you’ll notice it instantly and know that you must use it!
- Hurried lathering
Take your time for washing your hair. Massage the shampoo well into it and apply gentle pressure to your scalp with your thumbs. The blood circulation will be improved and dandruff will be prevented. While you’re sitting with the hair mask or with the conditioner, wash the rest of your body, wax, shave or do your toenails! Although I personally enjoy spending those few moments relaxing with some chill-out music.
Remember these steps the next time you are going to wash your hair and you will sense visible improvements from the very first time!