Do You Wrap Your Hair In A Towel When You Get Out Of The Shower? You’re Making A Big Mistake!
We all want our hair to look beautiful, be soft and shiny, that it does not fall too much. But the reality is that much of what our hair looks like depends on how we care for it on a daily basis. There are some very common hair care mistakes that most of us don’t even realize we’re making, which could damage the hair in long run.
1. Wrapping your hair in a towel when you get out of the shower
This is one of the biggest mistakes. Wrapping your hair in a towel when you get out of the shower can actually lead to excessive hair breakage and hair fall. Furthermore, your hair can become extremely frizzy and dry because the towel ruffles up the cuticles of the hair.
Moreover, the weight of the towel itself pulls down the hair, causing vulnerable strands to break. It is to be kept in mind that the hair gets more elasticated when wet, making it more prone to breakage. So using a traditional towel to dry the soaking strands, can be the worst thing for it.
Reaching out for a thick towel and wrapping your hair up in a turban is not suggested either. The coarse texture and dryness of a cotton or terry cloth towel can also damage the hair. Your best option is to use a microfiber fabric towel or a t-shirt. Its finer threads are gentler and absorb the right amount of moisture from the hair and reduce the frizz.
That being said, air drying is one of the healthiest options out there to dry your hair. Believe us, you just need to make this simple switch in your routine for a major change.
Lastly, wrapping your hair in a towel when you get out of the shower can cause split ends. Just a gentle press to remove the moisture is enough. Also, the quicker you remove water from your hair, the less it will swell and frizz.
There are some more common hair care and shower mistakes that you need to stop making.
2. Taking long showers or too many
It may be one of the greatest pleasures in life, but showering for too long can remove the natural moisture from the skin. Showers should really only last between 5 and 10 minutes. Showering more than once a day can also be hard on your skin. If you do feel the need, either because you went to the gym or because it’s very hot, try to make the second shower as quick as possible and don’t use soap.
3. Not washing your feet or back
Those hard to reach areas are really easy to ignore, but this is a big mistake. All of the skin on our bodies has dead cells that need to be washed off and our feet are particularly susceptible to bacteria and fungi.
4. Showering only with hot water
Although showering with cold water is not as comforting as doing it with very hot water, it has numerous advantages: it stimulates circulation, keeps your skin fresh, you feel more energetic and it also it has antidepressant effects. So if you can’t stand a shower with cold water, try doing a cold rinse for 30 seconds at the end.
5. Applying moisturizer too late
Keeping your skin clean is important, but soap can really dry it out. That’s why it’s good to use a moisturizing cream after each shower. But don’t wait until your skin is completely dry — most moisturizers should be applied to damp skin.
6. Not drying your sponge
If you use a sponge in the shower, the skin cells that you wash off can get caught in the holes and create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. That’s why it’s very important to dry your sponge thoroughly after every shower. This also applies to face cloths and any other things you use to rub down your body.
7. Drying your body too hard
Many of us get out of the shower and start rubbing like mad with a towel to get dry, but this is actually really hard on our skin. The best way to dry off is to use a soft towel and dab the water off gently. It takes a bit longer, but it’s worth it.
8. Taking a shower right after exercise
Even if you didn’t sweat much during your workout, it’s still a good idea to have a quick shower afterwards. Even small amounts of perspiration can react with germs to create body odor hours later. A quick rinse without soap can make all the difference.
9. Conditioning all your hair
Conditioning all your hair seems like the right thing to do, but it can actually leave your hair looking dull and greasy. If you have long hair, try only using conditioner on the ends. Another trick is to apply the conditioner BEFORE using shampoo so the greasy effect of the conditioner is washed away.
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