You’re using the wrong shampoo
The wrong shampoo can strip your dry hair of much-needed moisture or leave your fine hair weighted down. Instead of picking a shampoo for your hair type, select one that matches your texture, Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley tells Prevention. That’s either fine, medium, coarse, or African/Caribbean. “Fine hair, for example, needs a lightweight, protein-rich shampoo to add body,” Kinglsey says. While, “Coarse hair needs moisturizing, smoothing agents to keep it soft, manageable, and frizz-free.” Confused? Ask your stylist, suggests Kate Jotzat, salon owner and master hair colorist and stylist at Chicago’s Chroma K8 Beautique. “They should be recommending what’s best for your hair, while taking into consideration your lifestyle and maintenance needs,” says Jotzat. Here’s the best shampoo for your hair type.
You don’t brush your hair before you wash it
Sure you know to comb out your hair after you wash it, but what about before? Taking an extra minute or two to brush your hair before shampooing will break up any residual product and prevent your hair from becoming a tangled mess in the shower. Make sure to avoid these nighttime habits that ruin healthy hair.
Your shampoo technique could use some fine-tuning
Shampoo from the top down, says Yasmine Ishmael, chief scientist of the vegan-friendly hair care line, NIUCOCO. “Most people apply shampoo to the roots and lather, and then apply additional shampoo to the rest of the hair,” she says. Instead, apply shampoo to the scalp and massage into a lather. Work the product down the hair to the ends without applying additional shampoo. “Hair tends to be dirtiest on the roots and drier on the ends, so this is a good way to treat dry ends,” she says.