Kim Kardashian recently made a revelation about how she washes her hair every fifth day. Well, we say do what works for you, but when you do, do it right. The key to nailing the process lies in the details: the temperature of the water, the scalp treatment, and the product you’re using.
The most common haircare mistake—applies to both genders—is over-washing your mane. No more than three times a week is the rule of thumb, and twice if you have naturally dry hair. Your scalp produces natural oils that are necessary to lock in the moisture. Every time you wash your tresses, you strip this inherent component, which leads to breakage, dryness, and sometimes dandruff too. Here are some other, not so obvious things you’re doing wrong:
Hot Water: Taking a hot shower after a long tiring day sure feels like heaven. But, this soaring temperature is the absolute worst for your strands as it can sap the moisture from the hair, increase frizziness, and make your locks look dull and lifeless. Take a soak wearing a shower cap, and then use room temperature water to wash your hair in the sink if its too cold.
Scalp Care: Your hair is the weakest when its wet. Scrubbing will erode the protective components on the scalp and damage the roots. Instead, use gentle circular motions to eradicate dead cell build-up and clean out the area thoroughly; there’s no place for nails in this area.
Shampoo: Pick the right shampoo for your hair. If you have oily hair, stay away from cream and oil-based shampoos; and for dry hair, pick more potent moisturizing and hydrating formulas. More often than not, buying shampoos on a whim or to try a new product is what causes more damage than seasonal changes.
Conditioning: Start by applying a conditioner mid-shaft and move towards the ends. Untangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb and wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap for five to seven minutes. Not letting the conditioner sit in the hair for long enough is a common error brought around by lack of patience; but then, what’s the point if you’re not going to make the most of it?
That said, your hair is your crowning glory, and every bit of effort you make is totally worth it. Treat it right today, and it will see you through tomorrow.