Hello lovelies! You know that moment when your hair looks really flat, with no life, no volume, no nothing?
This was a constant struggle for me during the years. To be honest, for many years I didn’t really pay much attention to my hair care routine. I was doing many things that felt natural and normal at the time, but that were causing a lot of issues in the way my hair looked.
To give you a little background, I have greasy hair, so I need to wash it every 2-3 days. And my biggest problem is making it look decent in between washes. That wasn’t such a big issue really, I just figured there’s not much I can do about it.
But sometimes my hair didn’t even look OK in the next day after washing it. I mean, in less than one day my hair would be flat, with no volume, greasy and hard to work with. Why? Well, I started to discover some of the reasons behind this. So here are the 5 mistakes I was making:
1. Shampooing it only once
Apparently, this doesn’t work as well in cleaning your hair. I did a little research, and the right way to do it is:
– wet the hair really well, to make it soak in enough water
– use a bit of shampoo, and use circular motions to get it evenly distributed on the scalp
– rinse well
– then come back with a second round of shampoo, for a deep cleanse, to get rid of any residues and dirt
– rinse again
I started using this technique recently, and I started to notice the difference. My hair feels much more soft and clean if I do this routine, instead of just shampooing it once. I know it’s much more time consuming, but it’s totally worth it.
2. Letting my hair dry naturally over night
While this might sound like a good idea, it actually isn’t. I thought it would be better to let it dry naturally, so I won’t have to use heat (which we all know it’s damaging the hair). And that’s OK if you wash your hair during the day.
The problem is when you go to sleep like that, because that’s the perfect way to achieve frizzy and tangled hair 🙁 And since I usually wash my hair just before I go to bed… that was a mistake I was doing very often.
In the morning, while trying to brush it and style it, my hair would look dry and frizzy, with a lot of unwanted volume (the kind of volume that makes you look like a broom), and really hard to untangle.
So I’m not doing that anymore. I wash my hair as usual in the evening, and then wait for 30 mins or so before I dry it with my Braun Volume & Style brush. And in the morning, I just have to brush it once and I’m good to go.
3. Brushing it too often
Speaking of brushing my hair… I used to do it very often. But guess what? Since I have greasy hair, brushing it more than 2 times a day did much worse than good. That’s because I was stimulating the sebum secretion in my hair, and that’s definitely not what I wanted to happen.
Same thing goes for touching my hair way too often during the day, which has the same effect. So even though it’s hard to let go of this habit, I have to do it, because I hate greasy hair. And I definitely don’t want to wash it every day 🙂
And by the way, I was watching some YouTube videos where beauty gurus with really gorgeous hair were sharing their beauty secrets. And some of them were saying that they don’t even brush their hair daily. Just once after washing it, and then they would leave it like that for a few days, until they wash it again. Crazy, huh? But I’m pretty sure it could work!
4. Using too little conditioner and applying it only at the ends
And now you’re going to ask – why is this a mistake, that’s where you need to place it, right? Well, not exactly. I mean, I’m not saying you should apply conditioner on the roots. But you need to cover a much bigger surface that you would think. Go higher up to the ear level (mid-length), don’t just apply it on the ends. All your hair needs to be hydrated and nourished, and that’s exactly what conditioners and masks do.
Also, I was using way too little product. It seems you need to use a much bigger quantity, especially if you have long hair. The good news: there are many affordable conditioners and masks on the market, so you don’t have to splurge too much. Just make sure you’re using enough product, to get the desired effects 🙂
5. Wearing a ponytail too often
This hairstyle is a life-saviour, I know, but it also damages the hair. If you do a sleek sexy ponytail once in a while, that’s fine.
But if you’re doing it like I did, really often, just to make you look decent when your hair is greasy and nasty, I’d suggest you pick a different solution. You can use dry shampoo or texturising powders, to absorb some of those oils and make your hair look nice, or you can just wear a cap or a hat.
I still have the tendency to do ponytails every time I have a bad hair day, but I’m trying to find other ways to make it work. Besides, I don’t know if I’m the only one, but sometimes I also get headaches when my ponytail is too tight, and that really ruins my mood for the day.
I’m thinking about buying the famous “invisibobble”, that promises no hair breakage and no split ends. Maybe this would solve the problem? Let me know if you’ve tried it before and if you recommend it or not.
So, I’m happy I learned a couple of new things along the way, and now I can take better care of my hair. Now it has a much better texture and volume, and it looks way better than it used to. I’m still not an expert, but I’m doing my best to keep it fresh and healthy.
Do you do any of these mistakes? Or did you adjust your hair care routine recently?
Let’s share thoughts and experiences in the comment section below 🙂
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