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6 Hair-Washing Mistakes You Could Be Making

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6 Hair-Washing Mistakes You Could Be Making 6 Hair-Washing Mistakes You Could Be Making 6 Hair-Washing Mistakes You Could Be Making

You probably think that washing your hair is the most no-brainer activity in the world. Hop in the shower, shampoo, and you’re good to go…right? Well, it turns out washing your hair isn’t so cut and dry after all. In fact, there are quite a few hair-washing habits that may not be so great for your strands. Want to get your mane in tip-top shape? Learn about some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to washing their hair and how to avoid them for your most beautiful locks yet. The next time you shower, you’ll be able to wash with confidence!

Hair-Washing Mistake #1: Washing Your Hair Every Day

Nope, you don’t have to suds up every single day. Washing your hair can strip natural oils from your hair—and you need those oils to help keep your hair hydrated. So, try to keep shampooing to a minimum. Have greasy roots? No problem. Keep a can of dry shampoo, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, handy. This dry shampoo is formulated with three refined clays to help absorb oil at the roots and refresh hair. Simply hold the can six to eight inches from your head and spritz the dry shampoo directly onto dry roots, then lightly brush it through the rest of your hair.

Hair-Washing Mistake #2: Using the Wrong Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair Type

You wouldn’t use a moisturizer designed for oily skin if you had dry skin, would you? You should think of your shampoo and conditioner in that way, too. Not sure where to start? Here are some good options for every hair type!

If you have blonde hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner.

If you have color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner.

If you have curly hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Curls Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Curls Conditioner.

If you have damaged hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Repair 5 Total Restoring Conditioner.

If you have dry hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.

If you have frizzy hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner.

If you have oily hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Conditioner.

If you have thin hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner.

Hair-Washing Mistake #3: Forgetting to Soak Your Hair with Water First

When you’re in a rush in the morning, you may speed through your hair-washing routine. But it’s important to fully saturate your hair with water before massaging in shampoo.

Hair-Washing Mistake #4: Washing Your Hair with Water That’s Way Too Hot

Yes, taking a shower with scorching hot water can feel oh-so-amazing, but it’s not such a good idea for your hair, since too hot water can strip your hair of essential oils. Rinse with lukewarm water instead. Your hair will thank you!

Hair-Washing Mistake #5: Vigorously Scrubbing Your Hair

When it comes to your scalp and hair, being gentle is key. While vigorously scrubbing in the shower might feel good, your hair is more fragile when it’s wet, so try not to be so aggressive. Simply massage your shampoo in gently before rinsing it out.

Hair-Washing Mistake #6: Skipping Conditioner Completely

Regardless of your hair type, you should always apply conditioner after shampooing to help keep your hair nourished. As a general rule, slather on conditioner from your mid-lengths to your ends. Pressed for time? Try a multitasking product, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Cleansing Balm, which does six things in one. It cleanses, conditions, treats, detangles, softens, and adds shine. All you have to do is apply six to eight pumps of the balm (you may need more if you have long hair) to wet hair and evenly distribute it through your strands. Leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.