Step 1: Shampoo. Step 2: Condition… Simple right? But as it turns out, many of us are making shampoo mistakes that could be causing problems like itchy scalp or even hair loss. So if you enjoy having hair and would like to keep yours, we suggest you read the rest of our grooming tips.
1. You’re shampooing all wrong…
While we live for the luxury of long showers, most of the time we run into the shower and squirt on shampoo ASAP! You should actually rinse your hair for at least 30 seconds before you start shampooing to remove any residue that’s lingering on your hair. If you start with a dry palette, then you’re working harder to get the shampoo off. Warm water loosens excess oil and helps open your pores, allowing for a deeper penetration from your shampoo. So without a wet foundation, you might not be getting all that clean. Once you start shampooing, make sure you massage it into a lather by massaging your scalp to encourage absorption and boost blood circulation for a healthier, flake-free scalp.
2. DO NOT USE YOUR NAILS TO WASH YOUR SCALP.
Do you know how much bacteria is under the human nail? It’s a cesspool of disgust, nail scraping has to stop! Even with cleanser, you can’t kill every germ living under your nails.
We all love a good scalp massage, but be aware of how aggressively you’re going at your scalp when giving it good scrub. If you’re constantly washing with your man claws, you could be irritating and infecting your scalp with those under-the-nail germs. The scraping, yanking, and tearing could also cause hair loss. If you need a good massage to feel clean, use your fingertips and not the nails.
3. DO NOT APPLY SHAMPOO DIRECTLY TO HAIR
Shampoo shouldn’t sit in a blob on one area of your hair. You’re wasting more shampoo than necessary when you don’t spread it evenly through your strands. Drop a small amount on your palm first and then lather. This guarantees even coverage and less money spent on product.
4. MAKE SURE TO RINSE WELL ENOUGH
You may be saving water with a quick shower, but we sincerely hope that you’re taking enough time to thoroughly rinse. If you aren’t spending a moment under the faucet, you could be leaving a lot of buildup. Over time, that residue can cause dandruff- the itchy, scaly, flaky grossness that leaves gunk under your nails when you scratch it. And men are at higher risk of developing dandruff. Take enough time to rinse your roots and use a sulfate free shampoo to reduce the cranial crud.
5. YOU WASH TOO OFTEN
You DO NOT need to wash your hair everyday! Your scalp is meant to have some natural oils. Stripping those will dry o