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Changing hair products is not a complete solution. The right thing to do is to start taking proper care of your hair from scratch. You can start by adopting the correct hair washing regimen. Since you cannot do things right without knowing where you go wrong, here are a few ways you destroy hair in the shower that you need to stop to encourage healthy hair growth.

Using shampoo every day

Many shampoos are made to strip away dirt and grime from your hair and scalp. They can be harsh if used daily and will strip your scalp and hair of its natural oils. Instead, wash your hair at most twice a week to preserve its natural oils and keep it from breaking or looking dull.

Too much conditioner

Using a conditioner is a good thing to do after shampooing hair. However, sometimes we go overboard by lathering too much conditioner into our hair. Although it makes it feel soft and also helps in detangling, the excessive conditioner will be a problem during styling. It weighs down the hair and can also clog your pores. So too much conditioner is a no-go zone if you want to have great hair.

Hot water

We know there is nothing better after a tiring day than a hot steamy shower under your shower panel. Although they feel good for the body, they are not great for hair. Hot water, just like excessive shampooing, will strip the hair of its natural oils. It also weakens the hair cuticles and may harm your scalp if it is tender. Instead of using hot water to wash your hair in the shower, opt for lukewarm water.

Hard water

The quality of water you wash your hair with will affect its growth and texture. If your water is hard, then it will damage your hair. Hard water is water with a lot of mineral content. It’s hard to lather shampoo on hair when using hard water. Also when you use it to wash hair, it strips away moisture and oils and leaves your hair rough and tangled.

Rough scrub

Many people handle their hair roughly in the shower and even afterwards while drying and styling it. You don’t scrub, pull and wring your hair if you want to keep it soft and beautiful. Instead, you should treat your hair and scalp gently. No wringing out water like you do with clothes, and no scrubbing the scalp or detangling hair carelessly.

Brushing wet hair

Part of the hair washing regimen for most people when in the shower is to brush the hair. It’s a misconception that it will be easier to comb or brush if you do it when it is wet. Most people with thick hair do this also to detangle it. Brushing wet hair is one of the worst things you can do to your hair. It will break your hair cuticles and cause a lot of split ends. To save this step for the pre-shampoo stage instead.

 

By: Damilola Faustino

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