Common Hair-Washing Mistakes to Avoid
Written by Dr. Griffin
Anyone can lose hair. Yes, this includes both men and women, people from all age demographics, and those with different hair types. Although heredity and aging can make it more likely for a person to experience thinning hair or balding, the way someone cares for their hair—such as styling techniques and the way they wash it—can also affect hair loss. Maintaining thick, flowing locks is a goal for most people, so for those noticing some extra strands in the shower drain or hairbrush, changing their hair care routine could make a big difference. While a hair transplant from our Philadelphia-based practice can restore a full head of hair, a good long-term care routine and proper grooming practices are important for anyone who cares about their hair.
One aspect of your routine you might want to rethink if your hair is thinner, dryer, or duller than it used to be is how you wash it. Washing your hair might seem like one of those straightforward things you don’t put much thought into when you jump into the shower, but it turns out that even your smallest habits can have a major impact on the color, texture, and hydration of your hair. In other words, there is a right way and a wrong way to cleanse your tresses. See below for several common hair-washing mistakes you might be making without realizing it.
Washing Too Frequently or Too Infrequently
Shampooing your hair is something you need to do regularly to keep your scalp and hair balanced and healthy, but too little of the practice can be bad—and so can too much! The frequency with which you should shampoo and condition your hair depends on your hair type. If you don’t wash it often enough, there could be a buildup of oils and pollutants on the scalp. On the other hand, washing it every day strips away too much of your natural oils, makes your hair prone to breakage, and causes more split ends.
Using the Wrong Water Temperature
Hot showers might feel good to you, but they aren’t great for your hair. To preserve the color and shine of your hair, try turning the temperature down just a bit.
Not Using Conditioner
Using conditioner regularly not only adds more luster to your hair, but will also make it easier for you to comb it out. This reduces breakage, which keeps your hair healthier in the long run.