Don’t Let Your Shower Damage Your Hair
Did you know your daily shower might be damaging your hair? It’s true. Use the following tips to keep your hair shower safe.
Don’t stress your hair with water temperature. Using steaming hot water to wash your hair and then following up with a freezing cold rinse – which is often recommended to help you achieve shiny hair – can stress your hair. Not only will it dry it out, negating your moisturizing shampoo or conditioner, it will make it more prone to breakage. If you want shiny hair, use lukewarm water to wash and a cool rinse, not a cold one. You’ll get the same effect without all the stress to your locks. If you just can’t do without that steaming hot water, use a leave in conditioner or a heat repair shampoo to minimize the damage.
Use shampoo and conditioner the way they are meant to be used. Pour the shampoo or conditioner into your hands first and then rub them around and warm them. Then massage onto the roots of your hair, then the crown of your head. After you’ve lathered and/or conditioned those areas, do the rest of your hair, leaving ends until last.
Don’t wash your hair so often. Unless you have an oily scalp or oily hair, you don’t really need to shampoo every day. It dries out your hair. Try to shampoo every other day. On the days you don’t shampoo, just rinse your hair with water and condition the ends. If you have dry hair, you might even get away with twice a week.
Deep condition your hair in the shower once a week. If you use heat to style your hair, have dry hair, or notice split ends, you should deep condition once a week. After shampooing and rinsing, put the deep conditioner on your hair and don’t rinse it out until you are completely done with your shower. If your hair is chemically treated, twice a week wouldn’t hurt. Your hair will be silky, bouncy, and in better condition. If you have damaged hair or broken hair or split ends, leave the deep conditioner on the ends a little longer. Or, alternatively, add a day where you deep condition only the ends.