5 Wash Day Mistakes That Make Your Hair Dry

If you’re struggling with how dry your hair gets after washday, then you’ve come to the right place. First things first, you need to be sure that your hair is actually dry and not because you don’t see it shining with oils and Shea butter as these do not moisturize. Here are some mistakes during washdays which cause your hair to be dry.

1. Rubbing your hair

Shampoo is meant to be used for your scalp whiles a conditioner is used on your strands. When you tousle your hair with shampoo, it causes the hair to tangle and actually lifts up the cuticles of the hair strands. Shampoo expands the cuticle in order for it to effectively cleanse, so you want to stroke the hair downward to encourage the cuticle to lay flat. 

2. You deep condition before you cleanse

Deep conditioners are needed to help replenish and seal moisture into the hair which is why you should use them after washing your hair and not before otherwise, you will be undoing all the work you put in.

3. You don’t use a leave-in conditioner

Using a Leave-in is important to moisture retention. Applying the leave-in or moisturizer while your hair is wet or damp will help lock in the moisture that your hair craves. 

4. Using hot water

It not only dries your hair and skin, it also opens your hair cuticle, which allows keratin proteins, natural moisturizing factors, and color molecules to escape, so hair loses strength and the color fades.

5. Using a regular towel to dry your hair

The coarse texture and dryness of a cotton or terry cloth towel can cause damage to the hair. This can worsen split ends and cause small craters along the hair shaft, weakening the hair. Noticeable signs of damage are dry hair and frizz. A microfiber turban towel is more absorbent and is gentle to your hair.

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