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Hair Washing Mistakes that Could Damage Your Strands

Washing your hair may seem like a simple task. However, some people make at least one mistake when shampooing, which may lead to damaged strands. The good news is that you can change these mistakes to improve the condition of your hair. So, here are some hair-washing mistakes that could damage your strands.

Using the Wrong Shampoo

A common mistake many people make when hair-washing is using the wrong shampoo. As you know, hair care products are designed based on different hair types. For instance, moisturizing shampoos are designed for dry hair, while volumizing shampoos are recommended for those with oily or fine hair.

Of course, sulfate-free products are also excellent choices. Remember, sulfates can strip off the natural oils of your strands, making them dry, weak, and brittle.

Using Too Much Shampoo

The use of too much shampoo is one of the most common hair-washing mistakes that could damage your strands. Many people often use too much shampoo to cleanse their hair thoroughly. This habit is often observed when using sulfate-free shampoos that don’t lather much. As a result, people use more to produce to get more lather. However, this common habit can remove the moisture in your strands, making them vulnerable to damage. This effect is especially true when you’re using harsher products like a clarifying shampoo.

As a rule of thumb, women with short hair should apply about a nickel-sized shampoo. Those with medium-length hair can apply about a quarter size. You can use about a size of a half dollar if you have long hair.

Not Washing Your Scalp Thoroughly

Another hair-washing mistake some people often make is not cleansing their scalp thoroughly. Keep in mind that cleansing and massaging the scalp is a crucial step in hair-washing. After all, a healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair.

As a general rule, experts recommend cleansing your scalp for about three minutes. You can use your fingers to gently massage and cleanse your scalp, removing dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and product residue. Afterward, you can move down to your hair until you reach the tips.


All in all, these are some of the most common hair-washing mistakes that could damage your strands. As presented, you might be making these mistakes unknowingly. Unfortunately, they can make your strands vulnerable to damage. The good news is that you can easily correct these mistakes to take better care of your tresses. Of course, don’t forget to apply a hydrating conditioner to get shiny and smooth hair.

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