9 Biggest Shampoo Mistakes You Should Avoid

9 Biggest Shampoo Mistakes You Should Avoid

Several factors influence the appearance of our strands and scalp including weather, treatment and environment among others. However, shampooing mistakes happen to be the main reason behind most of these problems. Luckily, there is a solution to every mistake you make with your shampoo. Beth Minard, celebrity colorists, shares some of the dos and don’ts in washing your hair using shampoo.

Using The Same Shampoo Every Day

If you are shampooing on a daily basis, it is one of the common mistakes you are making. According to Mario Russo, a hairstylist, you should do it every other day. In addition, ensure that you switch your shampoo occasionally to avoid a buildup of some ingredients such as silicones. After a couple of months, you should change your current shampoo and look for another one that is specially formulated for your hair type. Some celebrity hairstylists urge that you can also use a clarifying shampoo once a month.

Failure To Wet Your Hair Completely

Unless you ensure that you completely wet your strands, you might not reap the full benefits of a shampoo. This is because most of their active ingredients work when your hair is completely saturated. Additionally, you won’t have to spend a lot of shampoo and thus it will be economical on your side. This means that you should wet your strands for between three to four minutes before using shampoo. This will also ensure that your hair doesn’t wring out.

Wet Your Hair Completely

Skipping The Right Sulfates

The best sulfates to use should be the ones that are naturally derived from coconut oil. According to Minardi, you can’t get your clean if your shampoo doesn’t lather. She adds that lather helps in creating some vacuum situation which is necessary for sucking dirt and other impurities from your scalp. It is thus advisable to apply your shampoo thoroughly on your hair and then add water until suds start forming.

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Starting Shampooing On The Same Spot

This happens to be one of the most common mistakes that many people make when applying shampoo. They are tempted to start at the crown. It is the main reason that you will find that the top of your scalp is flaky or dry. To break this trend, often alternate your routine beginning by applying your shampoo from the nape of your neck and spread the lather upwards while ensuring* that it is well distributed before you move to the top of your head. This is in reference to Russo.

Starting Shampooing On The Same Spot

Creating Too Much Friction

Creating too much friction by applying repeatedly can cause damages to your strands. To avoid this, use your fingertips instead of your palms or fingernails. Minard warns that rubbing strands as you wash with your hands is wrong and recommends that you should focus massaging your scalp on your scalp which is in dire need of shampoo. Avoid rinsing and reapplying unless you wash your hair once a week, like it was believed in the tradition.

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Rinsing With Hot Water

If you rinse shampoo with hot water, chances are that your scalp will become dry. Plus, hot water can contribute to your hair falling off and fading. Instead, rinse with lukewarm water, which helps preserve the color of your hair.

Rinsing With Hot Water

Not Rinsing Enough

Failure to rinse thoroughly and wringing out can be detrimental to your scalp. You must have noticed that some women go for hair coloring while soap dried out especially behind their ears. This is a clear indication that they don’t rinse enough. Although it doesn’t mean that they have a flaky scalp, it is a sign that they still have shampoo on their head. Hairstylists recommend that you should take your time when it comes to rinsing after shampooing.

Using Expired Shampoo

Other than shampoo, it is very important to be cautious to avoid using any beauty product that has already expired. Most ingredients in beauty products have a short lifespan of around six months. It means that after their expiry, you can’t reap any benefits from using them because their ingredients are no longer effective. You won’t get off the dirt and other cellular debris if you use a shampoo that has expired.

Applying To Much Shampoo At Once

Using too much shampoo is not the right way to cleanse your hair and scalp. It can lead to over drying in certain hair types. The best way to do it is to go by the length of your hair ensuring* that you use the smallest amount possible. Excessive use means you will have to dig deeper into your pocket.


To avoid making these common mistakes when shampooing, ensure that you use the right kind of shampoo depending on your hair type. Don’t apply repeatedly in a single application if you use shampoo regularly. Ensure that you thoroughly rinse your strands and scalp after shampooing.

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Contributor : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.

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