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Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: March 24, 2022
Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair

Washing our hair seems like a simple task, something we do often without thinking anything of it. But did you know that you can make some common mistakes when washing your hair that can impact on how healthy and good it looks? It's true, and if we want shiny, beautiful hair that is full of bounce, we should avoid these at all costs. Keep reading this OneHowTo article to discover them one by one, and correct them. Your hair will thank you for it and you will start to notice the difference.

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Steps to follow:


Washing your hair every day. The best way to keep your hair healthy and radiant is to wash your hair every other day or every three days. This is because the natural oils from your scalp nourish your hair and keep it hydrated and protected. However, it is always good to work out how often you need to wash it depending on your hair type. For example, if you have oily hair, you might need to wash it every day so it doesn't look matted and greasy. On the other hand, if your hair is dry, washing your hair would only make it drier and weaker.

For more information, read our article: how often should I wash my hair.

Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair - Step 1

Using very hot water. This is one of the most common mistakes to make when washing your hair, as hot water opens the cuticle too much and promotes breakage of the hair fibres. We recommend using warm water when shampooing and, finally, a cold water rinse to seal the cuticles and to give your hair some extra shine.


Always using the same shampoo. Some shampoos contain too much detergent and your hair can get used to it which means it will end up not cleaning your hair properly and completely. Moreover, continually using shop-bought shampoos can alter the bacterial flora of your scalp and unbalance its natural pH levels. To prevent this from happening to you, buy a high quality shampoo, tailored to the needs of your hair and make sure it is as natural as possible. Read our article how often should you change shampoo for further information.

Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair - Step 3

Not using conditioner. Another mistake when washing your hair is not using conditioner. Remember this product is key to bright, and beautiful hair that's full of life, not forgetting it is very effective in reducing frizz and preventing hair from splitting when you brush it. There are many types of conditioners available to buy, you just have to use the most appropriate for your hair and apply it correctly.

Read our article how to make homemade hair conditioner for some interesting natural options.

Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair - Step 4

Not rinsing well. If you haven't washed out all the shampoo or conditioner, your scalp could become itchy and it can cause very annoying and unsightly hair conditions such as dandruff. Do not forget to rinse your hair completely and check that there are no more suds are coming out in the last rinse.


Washing your hair too roughly. With this, we come to the end of our list of common mistakes when washing your hair. It is very important that you don't apply the shampoo and other lotions with too much force or in sudden movements, as these end up making your hair more prone to split ends and breakages. Likewise, when dry, try not to twist the towel and remove excess water gently to avoid unwanted hair breakage.

Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair - Step 6

Many women notice that soon after washing their hair, it becomes greasy, dirty and doesn't look very attractive. You will notice, however, that as you stop washing your hair often, your hair will adapt and stay clean longer. If this happens to you take a look at our article on How to make clean hair last longer to learn the tricks.

Common Mistakes When Washing Your hair - Step 7

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