New hair, new you—except when you don’t shampoo your hair correctly. Ever look in the mirror a couple of hours after washing your hair and notice an oily, frizzy mess staring back at you? Hey, it’s happened to the best of us so don’t worry. Today on the blog we’re discussing some common shampoo mistakes you’re making and how you can avoid them. Goodbye, oily, frizzy mess!
Types of Shampoos
Of course, if you look down the hair product aisle, you’re going to see a ton of brands and types of shampoos. There’s some for oily hair, dry hair, frizzy hair, colored hair—the list goes on. It’s best to figure out what type of hair you have and exactly what your hair needs. Does it need moisture? Does it need something to control oiliness? It can all get a bit confusing, so asking your hairstylist for a recommendation at your next visit wouldn’t hurt. One thing’s for sure though; you should be looking for hair products that are sulfate and paraben-free. Why? We wrote a whole blog post about it here.
How Much is too Much?
Shampoo is one of those products where you need to use the perfect amount to reap the benefits fully. Too much and you’re left with a frizzy, dry mess. Too little, and you’re likely left with oily hair and a little bit of product residue. Not cute! Realistically, you only need shampoo to wash the scalp, unless you’re dealing with some severe product residue or oiliness. When you go to rinse off your shampoo, it will run down the length of your hair removing any extra stuff leftover. To shampoo the scalp, you only need a quarter-sized amount or a little more depending on how thick your hair is. The key is to work up a good lather-which leads us to our next common shampoo mistake.
Saturate Those Strands
Are you using enough water? Before you shampoo, it’s important to saturate your hair for at least a minute or two. What happens when you don’t wet your hair enough? Well, your shampoo won’t get distributed evenly, and you’ll probably miss some areas. In the end, you’ll have some areas that are clean and others that are oily or full of residue. That’s why your hair can feel dirtier after you wash it then it did before. Make sure to thoroughly saturate the hair, apply shampoo, work up a lather, and rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.
So, are you guilty of making any of these mistakes? Don’t worry; we’ve all done at least once. From now on, take our advice and pick out the best shampoo for your hair, not what an influencer says is the best for your hair. Don’t use too much and don’t forget to soak your hair before applying shampoo. Stick to these few tips and your hair will be shinning.