It is likely that you’re not shampooing your hair properly and you’re not alone. The majority of folks make at least one error. We don’t always spend enough time cleaning our scalps, we don’t always rinse completely, and we don’t always use a deep conditioner.
However, there is always space for improvement, and taking steps to better care for our hair is rather straightforward to accomplish. Do you shampoo your full head of hair, even the tips? Are you rinsing it with warm water before exiting the shower? Do you scrub yourself thoroughly, making sure to scratch your scalp with your nails? You’re doing it wrong if you responded yes to any of these questions.
Here are some of the reasons for this, as well as a few additional grooming blunders you might be committing in the shower:
- Not fully soaking your hair- Most people do not completely wet their hair before using shampoo. To get a thorough clean, each strand must be completely submerged in water. The good news is that ensuring every strand is saturated only takes approximately a minute standing under the shower stream. The bad news is that it varies from person to person. Run your fingers through your hair if it’s extremely dense— not thick, but dense—to double-check that water has made it from the root to the ends.
- Uneven Implementation– Work the conditioner into the hair with a wide-toothed comb to eliminate tangles and hair damage. Be careful to properly rinse away the conditioner. Depending on your hair type, leaving a small amount of conditioner on for softer hair, especially for oily hair textures, can be useful.
- Not thoroughly rinsing- The initial shampoo should be used to focus solely on the scalp, not the hair. It turns out that some of us, particularly those with long or textured hair, should rinse and repeat. It goes like this: After you’ve cleansed your scalp for three minutes, rinse your hair. A simple 15-second rinse should be enough, but you may need a bit more time depending on your hair type. It’s time for part two of the shampoo, but this time you’ll concentrate on your hair rather than your scalp. Apply a dime-sized amount of shampoo to your hair to do this. Concentrate on massaging the shampoo into your strands. You can spend as little as you like.
- Shampooing Too Much- Most people don’t know how much shampoo to use in the shower. And if you use a high-end shampoo, you could be squandering a lot of cash. Using too little shampoo, on the other hand, will leave your hair unclean. It won’t even add a layer of protection to your strands. However, there is a way to estimate how much shampoo you’ll need. Aim for a coin cut for short hair. A quarter is a good length for medium-long hair. You’ll need around a half-dollar if you have long hair. Squeeze the shampoo into your palm and apply it with your fingers, starting at the scalp and crown.
- Leaving the Scalp Out- It’s critical, to begin with, the scalp. You know how much time a professional shampoo at a salon spends on your scalp if you’ve ever had one. It’s more than simply a quick head massage. A good shampoo starts with a good scrubbing of the scalp. Three minutes is the perfect number for washing the scalp, regardless of hair length or type. Concentrating your first shampooing efforts on the scalp aids in the removal of dirt, sebum, and build-up that accumulates there. Spending fewer than three minutes on your scalp is the equivalent of sweeping a dirty floor rather than washing it clean.