7 Shower Mistakes That Damage Your Hair

There’s nothing better than a long hot shower at the end of a stressful day, as long as you’re not falling prey to the most common shower mistakes people make. No matter how much TLC you give your precious locks, simple mistakes you might be making could actually be causing damage to your hair! Below are seven mistakes people frequently make, but don’t worry—I’ll give you quick and easy ways to stop making these mistakes.

Mistake #1: Skipping Weekly Hair Treatments.

Even if you think you don’t need it, you do: everything from seasonal changed to hot tools can stress out your hair, so give your locks some love.

Solution: Use a Refuge Weekly Treatment.

If your showering routine doesn’t include a weekly hair treatment, you need to get on it. Pronto. Refuge Weekly Treatments nourish you hair, while providing you with some much-needed me time. The whole treatment process takes about 10 minutes, so I use this time to really indulge in myself (and my hair). Refuge is officially launching soon, so keep an eye on the official web page! 

Mistake #2: Brushing wet hair.

Don’t do it! Your post-bathing ritual is just as important as what’s happening inside your shower. Water actually weakens your hair’s bonds, so running a brush through when it’s wet and defenseless will leave you with way more breakage and damage than if you wait 15 minutes for it to dry.

Solution: Brush before your shower, or use a wide-toothed comb to detangle after a shower.

Either way works! Brush your hair before your shower, and let it air dry (or style as desired) after your shower. And for the lady who simply can’t wait for her hair to dry, choose this Detangler Comb that is “designed to painlessly glide through hair without pulling, preventing annoying breakage.”

Mistake #3: Washing your hair in hot water.

I struggle with this mistake, too. After the end of a long day, there is nothing better than a steamy shower to wash the day way! However, the reality is that hot water opens up the cuticle and can dry out your scalp and hair; this leaves your hair brittle and prone to breakage.

Solution: Use lukewarm water to wash your hair.

I know, I know. But trust me when I say you will see a difference in your hair! Lukewarm water helps lock in moisture and seal the cuticle, which can help prevent damage.

Mistake #4: Conditioning your roots with unneeded chemicals.

You should be applying your conditioner from the middle of you hair to the tips, while steering clear of roots. (Your scalp makes enough oil naturally to keep your roots moisturized, so adding conditioner to your roots can definitely lead to a bad hair day.)

Image result for oribe productsSolution: Use a nourishing conditioner that isn’t filled with nasty chemicals.

There are several paraben and sulfate free conditioners that will nourish your hair, without chemicals that strip and destroy healthy hair. Some of my favorite conditioners are from Oribe. While Oribe products cost a little more than your average conditioner, these high-quality, professional products will last you forever (remember, a little goes a long way) and will make your hair so shiny and healthy. Without all the chemicals!

Mistake #5: Using outdated heat-styling tools.

If you’ve been tight with your blow dryer since high school, it’s time to graduate.

Solution: Upgrade your tools to avoid damaging your hair.

You can’t go wrong with Paul Mitchell’s protools. After all, the goal is to style smarter, not harder.

Mistake #6: Sticking to an old hair-washing routine.

Some people rarely wash their hair, some wash theirs every night, and others claim it’s every other day or the highway. But as long as you’re addressing your hair’s unique needs, there’s no need to adhere to a strict schedule.

Solution: Use the shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for your hair type.

Whether your hair is colored, thin or thick, curly or straight—there is a shampoo and conditioner designed for your specific needs. Check out this post to find the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

Mistake #7: Using sulfates for deeper cleansing.

Sulfates are added to shampoo and conditioner because of their deep-cleansing lathers. But oftentimes, these harsh agents aren’t needed, and they can even strip your scalp of natural oils and nutrients (making your scalp overproduce oil to compensate).

Solution: Use a sulfate-free shampoo.

You might be wondering what the trend is all about with regard to sulfate-free products, so let me give you the low-down: essentially sulfate free products keep your hair color lasting longer, your thirsty strands hydrated, and your sensitive scalp more relaxed. Check out this post to see my favorite sulfate-free shampoos.

❤  Always!


  1. Wow! There are a couple hair mistakes that I didn’t even know I was making! I am so glad I read these common mistakes so that I can make some changes ( ie: turning down the heat on the shower! ) Thanks for the helpful info, Beth!

    1. Hello, Laura! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Remembering to turn down the heat in the shower when I wash my hair is definitely something I struggle with, too. (And you’d think I would have learned by now!) Glad you found these tips helpful! Here’s the link to a post that is all about more common hair care mistakes to stop making, and things you can start doing to save your hair! ❤️

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