There are some serious hair don'ts your stylist may not have told you. And yes, we know most of you take your supplements, deep condition, and make your own rice water. But hear us out, because the wrong moves can seriously damage your precious locks and even lead to hair loss.
From shampooing too often to using the wrong shower head, here are 6 common hair mistakes you should stop making:
1. Over-washing your hair
Avoid washing your hair every single day. Over-washing, especially with harsh shampoos, can damage your locks, stripping essential oils, and/or lead to hair loss. Frequent washing deprives your hair of all its essential nutrients and moisture, and strips natural oils from your scalp. Plus, day-old hair looks so much better and is easier to style!
2. Showing with hard water.
If your tap water is sketch like mine here in Los Angeles, it can cause decolorization and mineral deposit aka Hard Water. Although water is typically crystal clear, it contains minerals and chemicals. The concentration of certain minerals (like calcium and magnesium) is what creates the “hardness” of water.
A quick test you can run:
Fill a bottle about 1/3, add a few drops of liquid soap, and shake for a few seconds. If there is a distinct lack of fluffy bubbles and the water appears cloudy, your water is hard.
Instead, try using a filtered shower head. We recommend The Jolie Filtered Showerhead because it removes chlorine, heavy metals & other contaminants from your shower water — to improve your skin, hair and wellbeing. Plus, it comes in some fun colors!
3. Yes, there's a right and wrong way to condition!
Applying conditioner to your roots is a haircare sin. Lathering it on your scalp too much or too often can lead to some greasy, wilted hair. No thanks.
The correct way:
Apply conditioner from mid-strands to ends. This will help you avoid buildup and/or excess oil production (also known as sebum). A healthy scalp naturally produces sebum at the roots. The lengths and ends of your hair should be your focus when putting on anything super hydrating.
Oh, and be sure to leave the conditioner on for at least a minute so it can do its thing properly.
Parabens: Another popular and harmful additive, found in many bestselling hair-care brands. They generally act as a preservative to prolong shelf life. Unfortunately, they're more dangerous than they seem--disrupting your natural hormone balance, causing skin irritation, and much more.
Synthetic Fragrances and Colors: Just terrible in every way. Not only are they unnecessary, but they cause harm to your skin, too. The word “fragrance” is a fancy way for manufactures to list chemicals and other additives used to create the fragrance, so there’s no way of knowing what you’re getting. Synthetic colors are also harmful. Color is made from petroleum and coal-tar. These two are known to cause a range of health issues.
Have you been making any of these hair mistakes? Try making some small changes and see if it makes a difference! Let us know in the comments!