By Stuti Khurana
Shampoo Mistakes To Avoid This Winter
Most of us take extra care of our skin during winter, but unfortunately, we often forget to do the same for our hair. Your hair, like your skin, also reacts differently to the cold weather, which arises the need to adapt your hair care regime to the weather. We take a look at the various haircare mistakes women tend to make during winters.
Using Too Much Hot Water:
It is natural to use hot water on your hair in winters, but heat can harm your hair! Hot water tends to cleanse better, but it can also strip natural moisture from your hair and scalp which in turn can make your hair dry & frizzy. In fact, using excessive hot water can even burn your scalp. This is why you should use warm or lukewarm water for washing your hair. Also note that while warm water opens up hair cuticles to allow shampoo and conditioner to do their job, cold water helps to close them to seal in moisture. Since it is difficult to use cold water in winters, so, at the end, rinse with lukewarm water.
Skipping Hair Wash:
Washing your hair too much or not washing them enough can harm your hair. You should wash your hair whenever required, i.e., when they start looking dirty & oily. Skipping hair wash just to avoid contact with water is not a correct approach.
Choosing The Right Shampoo:
It is important to choose the right shampoo to prevent your scalp from becoming dry in winters. Dry scalp can lead to itchiness and also cause dandruff. Hence, it is advised to apply hair oil and massage before applying shampoo. Switch shampoos if required & invest in a moisturizing shampoo in winters. If possible, indulge yourself in a weekly hair treatment for complete nourishment.
Not Conditioning Enough:
Your hair needs extra conditioning in winters. Skipping conditioning or not conditioning properly means exposing your hair to environmental damage. Conditioners are essential to seal in moisture and make your hair healthy. So choose a deep conditioner to properly nourish your hair. Also, remember that conditioner is only for the ends of your hair and not the roots and scalp.
Not Wetting Your Hair Enough:
Sometimes, many of us don’t give our hair enough time to soak up water before lathering up, especially in cold weather. Unless your hair is completely wet, you will not reap the full benefits of a shampoo. This is because most of their active ingredients work when your hair is completely saturated. Thus it is advisable to wet your hair 5-10 minutes prior to applying shampoo.
Other Haircare Mistakes In Winters:
Tying Wet Hair:
A lot of women tie their hair after bathing to protect themselves from catching a cold. Tying your hair when it is semi-damp or wet can cause them to become brittle & more prone to breakage.
Overuse Of Styling Tools: We are more likely to use heated styling tools when the temperature falls. Always use a heat protector in such situations & do not overuse blow dryers and heated styling tools else it can lead to hair damage.
Not Protecting Your Hair From Certain Fabrics:
Heavier fabrics like wool can be rough on your strands. Make sure your hair is completely dry or wrap them a silk scarf around your hair to avoid breakage.
Have you been doing these shampoo mistakes quite often?
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