Next time you’re at the salon, ask your hairdresser what they think of your at-home haircare routine. I dare you! You may get a grimace and a few words of advice since most experts find other people’s routines cringeworthy. While you might think you’re doing everything you can to preserve your locks, you may actually be making some serious mistakes. Luckily many of these mistakes are quite common and typically an easy fix.
1. You’re Washing Too Often
While fewer people are washing their hair every day since the rise in popularity of dry shampoo, many people are still overwashing. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural protective oils, which dries out your hair in the short-term and triggers your scalp to start producing more oil. In this way, it’s a cyclical problem – the more frequently you wash your hair, the more frequently you’re going to need to wash it. Most hair experts will say you should space out washes by at least a few days but wash it at least once a week for scalp health. Training your hair to require less washing can be a challenging process, but often results in better overall hair and scalp health as your head essentially becomes (partially) self-cleaning!