Avoid common mistakes: How to wash your hair properly

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Washing your hair seems simple, but it’s surprisingly easy to make common mistakes that can lead to hair damage instead of cleanliness.

From the harsh ingredients in your shampoo to your washing routine, there are several important factors to remember to ensure you don’t inadvertently damage your hair.

Choosing the right shampoo
The first step in your hair care routine is choosing the right shampoo. Avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, often found in dandruff treatments, as it can irritate your scalp. Instead, choose products formulated for sensitive skin that tend to be gentler and less dry.

Many people often wash their hair and use too much shampoo, stripping the scalp of its essential oils and lipids that protect against dryness. To maintain the health of your hair:

Washing frequency: Washing your hair 2-3 times a week is generally sufficient. This frequency helps maintain natural oil levels while keeping your hair clean.

Shampoo quantity: Use only a small amount, concentrating mainly on the scalp, where oils accumulate. The lather will naturally run down the lengths of your hair as you rinse, cleansing the ends without stripping them of moisture.
Application: Gently massage the shampoo into the scalp with your fingertips. This stimulates the scalp and helps to remove build-up without causing damage.

Conditioner and hair-drying
Concentrate on the ends: Unlike shampoo, conditioner should be concentrated on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, which are older and more prone to damage.

How you dry your hair can have a significant impact on its health:

Dry gently: after washing, gently squeeze out excess water with a towel instead of vigorously rubbing your hair, which can cause breakage.

Avoid heat: minimize using heat-styling tools such as blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. Always apply a heat protection product first.

Air drying: Air dry your hair whenever possible. This method is particularly beneficial in the warmer months.

Care after washing
Care after washing is just as important. Avoid leaving your hair wrapped in a towel for long periods, as this can weaken the strands.

Also, minimize the use of high heat for drying and styling. Air drying is beneficial, especially in warmer months, to maintain hair health and prevent damage.

  • source: dagens.de./picture: unsplash.com
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