Hair breakage can happen to anyone, at times it is beyond your control and at other times it could be a result of something as basic as not washing your hair correctly. Yep, you read that right. If you pick a shampoo based on your budget or an attractive packaging, then that’s the first hair wash mistake you are committing right there.
If you wish to prevent hair breakage, caring for your hair at every step is important. Therefore, to prevent hair breakage caused by hair wash, we are helping you adopt the right way to wash your tresses.
- Pick the correct shampoo
- Avoid hot water
- Do not wash hair everyday
- Follow the right technique
- Rinse properly
Pick the correct shampoo
First things first, if you wish to prevent hair breakage and other concerns, start by picking a shampoo that is specifically formulated for your hair type and concern. There’s a reason why so many different shampoos exist in the market. Whether you have dry hair, damaged hair or coloured hair, there’s a product for every concern. Don’t be fooled by attractive packaging, read the ingredients and how it tackles the problems you are facing before adding to cart.
Avoid hot water
The temperature of water you use to wash your hair also plays a vital role in preventing breakage. Hot water damages the hair follicles and cuticles which are essential to protect hair from external pollutants. Using hot water also makes hair weak and excessively dry therefore prone to breakage. Use warm water to wash your hair and finish off with a cold water rinse, this will give your hair a healthy shine.
Do not wash hair everyday
Washing hair every day can cause too many problems. Over cleansing the scalp will force it to produce excess oil which will then make your hair appear flat and oily. Hair is fragile when it's wet and easily breaks off, reducing the frequency of washing hair will prevent this and leave you with healthy and strong tresses. Every alternate day or thrice a week is good enough for shampooing hair.
Follow the right technique
Did you know there is a very specific technique to wash and condition your hair? Shampoo is for your scalp and conditioner for mid-length to tips, so use it accordingly. It’s quite simple, shampoo your scalp, run your fingers through to distribute evenly to the rest of your hair then rinse off. Apply conditioner only on the length and ends of your hair (not your scalp) and then wash off after a minute or so.
Now that you know how to use a shampoo and conditioner, it's time you also learned how to remove it from your hair. Avoid washing your hair in a hurry, it is important to get every bit of the shampoo out of your hair. If it is left behind, the roots of your hair will feel sticky and heavy, this will prevent it from detangling easily and cause breakage. Conditioners, on the other hand, should not be rinsed out completely as this will defeat the purpose of using one.