Hair Myths – Separating Fact From Fiction
Hair care solutions to make hair longer, thicker, and shinier—we’ve heard them all. With so many hair myths flying around, it’s hard to know what to believe. They might be totally true, have an ounce of truth to them, or be totally made up. It’s important to know the facts since you don’t want to be doing something for years that’s actually damaging to your locks. Let’s delve in and get some of these hair myths debunked.
Hair myth: Don’t use oils if you have greasy hair
You might have heard the same about your face too—if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t use a face oil. However, it’s totally fine to use oils on your hair. Oils can penetrate and help prevent split ends, not to mention the fact they can make your locks super shiny.
Hair myth: Tight hairstyles can lead to hair loss
Any kind of hairdo where you can practically feel your face being pulled back can be damaging to your hair. So slicked-back ponytails, buns, and anything else pulled back tightly and secured with a hair tie could lead to hair loss because it creates tension on your hair follicles.
If you do like to wear your hair up, it’s not a problem. Just make sure you opt for loose ponytails once in a while and invest in some hair ties that are gentler on your locks.
Hair myth: Sticking with the same shampoo for too long renders it ineffective
Do you like the shampoo you’re currently using? ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ springs to mind here. If you do notice your hair is looking a bit lackluster and less shiny after using the same shampoo for a while, this may have more to do with your environment. Did you stop working out, did you move somewhere with hard water, is indoor heating drying out your hair? One of these may bethe culprit, and not because your hair suddenly became immune to the benefits of your shampoo.
Hair myth: Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow longer
This might be hard to believe since hair grows from the roots and not the tips, but the reason is because frayed and split ends make hair look thinner and when they break off, they shorten your hair. So if you get a regular trim, this can help stop hair breakage, keeping your tips looking healthy and helping to prevent splits from working their way up the strands.
Hair myth: Air-drying your hair is better than blow-drying it
This hair myth is a little trickier. Although it may be true that blow-drying your hair could cause damage, air-drying has its detractors. One technique some say helps mitigate damage is to combine the two so let your hair dry naturally (air-dry) until it’s about 75% dry, then whip out the blow-dryer and use it on its lowest setting until your locks are totally dry.
Hair myth: Brush your hair with 100 strokes a day
This is an old wives’ tale that can actually cause split ends, so it’s time to put an end to it! Although some brushing is healthy since it ensures that your natural oils are distributed from root to tip, you shouldn’t go overboard.
Too much brushing will activate your oil glands and make your hair greasier. Simply brush or comb your hair as much as is needed to style it properly. It’s also crucial that you don’t yank your hair if it’s tangled as this will cause breakage.
Hair myth: Separate products are better than 2in1s
Shampoo and conditioner have two completely different jobs: the former cleans the dirt and buildup from your hair and scalp whereas the latter may focus on smoothing out your hair, adding moisture, etc.. Therefore buying specialized shampoos and conditioners are generally better than 2in1 products.
Hair myth: Your hair begins to clean itself after a while
Experts argue that a clean scalp and hair equal a healthier scalp and hair. If you don’t wash your hair for a few days, your scalp can become itchy and your hair will start to look lifeless. On the other hand, washing too much can strip your hair of its natural oils, which you also don’t want. It’s best to find a good balance and work out what your hair needs. After all, you know it the most and know what makes sense for the type of hair you have.