Seagull stylist Jeanise featured in INSIDER magazine talking at home hair maintenance.
- INSIDER spoke to eight experts about mistakes you're making when washing your hair.
- Keep an eye on the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner, along with what kind of hair type it'll work best on.
- If you've bleached your hair, use purple shampoo.
- Make sure you're shampooing your scalp and conditioning only your ends.
- Detangle your hair before you shower, and wash with warm water and rinse with cold.
Hair washing mistakes tend to be the most obvious when it comes to personal care.
Hair that isn't washed enough, or washed too much, can look stringy or greasy.
If any product is left in the hair for too long, or not rinsed out properly, it can cause build-up and even create dandruff-like flakes.
INSIDER talked to eight experts about the best way to wash hair, along with some product recommendations.
Washing your whole head with shampoo
A shampoo is a detergent used to clean your scalp of bacteria and product build-up, which sits on the scalp.
Michon Kessler, a licensed cosmetologist and owner of Studio M inside Haven Salon Studios in Reno, Nevada, told INSIDER that people often shampoo their whole head, including the hair, when they should focus on the scalp.
"Lathering up the ends is unnecessary, she said. "The dirt, sebum, and dead skin live on the scalp, not 12 inches out on your ends. So lather at scalp only. The shear action of the lather rinsing through your ends is enough to cleanse them."
Putting conditioner in your scalp
Likewise, Kessler said people should only use conditioner on their ends, where the moisture is needed the most.
"Condition the opposite way," she said. "Your ends need all the oil and nutrients, so condition from the ends in toward the scalp.
If you do use conditioner further up the hair shaft, be careful to keep it away from your scalp, which will make it oilier.
Using the wrong shampoo for your hair type
Like using the wrong face wash for your skin type, the improper shampoo and conditioner duo can cause more damage.
"A shampoo for coarse hair may not have small enough molecules to penetrate fine hair. The importance of using the correct shampoo for your hair type is essential to the health of your hair. If you use the wrong shampoo for your hair type, you can find yourself overdoing it with handfuls of suds. Even worse, you can create a buildup that is hard to remove and can even lead to split ends, or worse, breakage."
Always look at the bottle before buying shampoo, and when in doubt, ask your hairstylist what they recommend for your hair type.