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5 serious shampooing mistakes that ruin your hair: some result in dry hair and a dandruff-prone scalp

If you make the mistakes below when washing your hair, it can be very damaging not only to your scalp, but also to your strands.

Washing your hair seems like a basic thing you simply can’t go wrong with. But the reality is that it can be done wrong in several ways.

Of course, it’s not that you may not clean your hair thoroughly; it’s just that some bad washing habits can be very damaging to your strands.

Common hair washing mistakes

Shampooing twice

In recent years, it has become very common advice to shampoo twice every time to keep the scalp as clean as possible. However, this is not really necessary at all if you rinse your hair regularly every few days. In fact, in this case it can even be harmful, as over-cleansing dries out the scalp and hair.

Superficial rinsing

Some people make the mistake of not rinsing their hair care products off their hair thoroughly enough, which can lead to a whole host of problems, such as greasy hair and the build-up of shampoo and conditioner residue on the scalp, which can cause dandruff, irritation and acne.

Vigorous rubbing

Although it may seem logical, it’s not true that the more you rub your scalp and hair, the cleaner and more beautiful it will be. The strands of hair are easily damaged when rubbing hard against each other, they become fragmented more quickly and the scalp becomes oilier as you massage it to encourage oil production. Gentle, light strokes however are good for the hair follicles. Always make sure that you only use your fingertips, as nails can damage the scalp and the hair.

Washing in too hot water

If you always rinse your hair with too hot water, the strands will become brittle, dry and more easily damaged, and hot water is not good for the roots either. Opt for lukewarm to medium-hot heat, which cleanses sufficiently but won’t harm your tresses.

Inappropriate products

You shouldn’t buy a product just because of the advertising or the smell, or because it works for someone else. Shampoos and conditioners should be chosen according to the type of hair you have; if you don’t choose based on this, you’ll only make an existing problem worse. Whether you have oily, dry, dandruff-prone or difficult to manage hair, you should choose a conditioner specifically designed for each type. Nourishing conditioners can make an oily scalp worse, while strong cleansers can make brittle hair feel like a broom. If you’re in any doubt, it’s also worth consulting your hairdresser.

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