We’ve heard them all, strange but said to be true hair care solutions to make hair longer, thicker, and shinier. But with so many tools, products, and online tutorials out there, it’s time to separate hair myths from hair facts.
If you find yourself face-palming for falling for some of the hair myths below, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Who hasn’t cut their hair in hopes of sparking healthier growth? The fact is, so many of these so-called
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Myth #1: Cutting your hair more often makes it grow faster
Probably the biggest hair myth out there, debunked simply by looking at the science of hair. Hair grows from the follicles found in the scalp, therefore cutting hair strands has nothing to do with the root from which they grow. Hair follicles are also linked to genetics and while there have been some tests and studies around products and solutions said to help grow or improve follicle count,
Myth #2: You should brush your hair 100 times per day
Honestly, who has time for this? The belief behind this theory is true:
Brush your hair enough to smooth out tangles and knots; when a brush can go through seamlessly, you’ve likely hit the right amount of strokes for your mane. Brushing your hair helps to distribute natural oils from root to scalp giving your hair a natural shine, it can also help stimulate the scalp, but be sure to use a brush with soft bristles, or a wide tooth comb. Some experts also recommend brushing the hair when wet in the shower for smoother,
Myth #3: Wash with cold water for ultimate shine
While in skincare, a splash or rinse with cold water is said to help close the pores after a treatment, the science doesn’t exactly work the same way with hair. There’s no solid proof that
Myth #4: Wash your hair every day cus’ the more product the better
While most women now know a full wash and conditioner really isn’t necessary, some still pile on the product when it is wash day. A full
Myth #5: Dry shampoo is just as good as regular shampoo
Yes, we just said don’t wash your hair every day. And yes,
Myth #6: Do not condition if you have oily or thin hair
False and false. Oily hair is caused by an excess of sebum in the scalp and thin hair can be attributed to genes or sometimes, previous damage. Not conditioning your hair whether it’s greasy or thinner than average is only doing your natural crown a disservice, and you should truly be treating your hair royally. First, it’s best to find and use and conditioner that treats the scalp and your hair.
Myth #7: Using the same shampoo and conditioner over and over will eventually lose its effectiveness
Finding the right shampoo and conditioner can be tricky and result in a few trial and errors. However, when you find a combination of products that work, there is no proof that your hair will somehow assimilate to the benefits and the products will stop working. Stick with what works, but don’t be afraid to switch it up. There are so many products out there, offering greener ingredients or ew technologies, and sometimes the trial and error process can be fun when you want to switch it up.
Myth #8: Plucking grey hairs make two more grow in its place
While it may seem like when you find one pesky grey and pluck it, a ton more show up, experts (and science) say plucking the grey hairs is not the cause for their multiplication. Plucking a grey hair can actually cause damage to the hair follicle which may stunt or hinder any hair growth. Also, one hair strand grows from one follicle, so it is not possible for multiple hairs (no matter what color) to pop up instead of a single one. Grey or white hairs occur when the pigment in the follicles dies, which is mostly a genetic occurrence. Snipping the grey hair instead of plucking can help temporarily, as does a quick root dye job, but to really keep your hair healthy, embrace the greys and let them be. A fun way to play with color and cover greys is to consider
Myth #9: Split ends can be repaired
Despite what some products advertise,
Myth #10: Sleeping with hair down or loose helps it grow
While the long, flowing look of Sleeping Beauty may conjure fairy tales of longer, fuller hair for yourself, we are sorry to say this hair care tip is definitely one of fiction.
If any or all of these myths sounded way too familiar, it’s time to put the old wives’ tales to rest and move forward with better hair care tips that actually work. Every hair texture and type will require certain tweaks to hair care regimens, but the foundations of hair care are true for everyone—it’s not just about hair. The scalp is such a vital part of strong, shiny, fuller hair.
Remember, sharing is caring, next time you hear a girlfriend or a seatmate at the salon repeating these tired myths, don’t be afraid to share your knowledge.
Have you heard of any other hair care myths? Is there on you swear by, despite your better judgement? Let us know in the comments below!