Hair washing is a routine activity which most of us repeats on a daily basis. Do we do it properly? Long hours of conversations with my patients have led me to the conclusion that, contrary to appearances, a proper execution of this simple activity may cause problems. Patients often make mistakes that have a great influence on weakening hair condition, which as a result can lead to hair loss. So how should we wash our hair? After reading this article you will realise that kicking your bad habits is really easy.
Proper hair wash is really easy and does not take a lot of time. Mistakes we make usually result from the fact that we do not pay attention to details – it’s high time you changed that! Here are four most common mistakes we make when hair washing:
Hair can be characterised by many specific features like a tendency to greasiness. The choice of shampoo is of crucial importance; shampoo which is not intended for our type of hair may do considerable damage as well as make the hairstyle look unattractive. Before you buy shampoo, pay attention to its contents and read the label on the package; when you have difficulty identifying your hair type, consult your doctor, hairdresser or pharmacist.
A small amount of shampoo is enough to wash short hair thoroughly – no more than an equivalent of one plastic bottle cap. As far as long hair is concerned, the best way is to increase the amount by half. Before you apply the shampoo on your head, remember to wet it with warm water. When hair washing, many of us apply the shampoo on hair which is not wet enough – it’s a mistake that prevents from washing your head and hair appropriately. Before you apply the shampoo, always remember to wet your hair for 5-10 seconds; only then start rubbing in the foaming shampoo. Firstly, massage the shampoo into the scalp, then spread the shampoo foam over the lower parts of your hair.
After washing your hair and head for a couple of minutes, now it is time to rinse the shampoo off your head. It’s enough to perform this action only once; however, remember to do it appropriately without leaving any foam on your head. Do not use too warm water to rinse your hair as it causes excessive foam production and as a result makes it harder to remove the whole shampoo from your head. The best way is to lower the water temperature gradually; start rinsing the hair from the top (right by the scalp) to lower parts to make sure you remove the whole shampoo with your hands.
Freshly-washed wet hair is extremely fragile and delicate, that’s why we should never rub it intensely and press it with a towel. Many people make this mistake, unknowingly weakening the hair and damaging it. After washing, use your hands to remove as much water as possible, then delicately put a clean towel on the hair without rubbing the wet head with it. It is also a common mistake to make a towel turban pressing on the wet hair. If you really want to leave a towel on your head, make sure not to leave tightly tied.
Washing your hair too frequently is a common mistake. In most cases, it’s not a good solution to wash your hair on a daily basis. The best frequency is to wash your hair every 2-3 days; however, I don’t want to set a rigid border here. As I have mentioned earlier, hair may be characterised by many features, that’s why it’s not a good idea to give up on daily washing when your hair has a tendency to greasiness.