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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 hair solutions have been around so long, passed down through generations of women, they’ve essentially become a game of hair care broken telephone.
To help you achieve your best,healthiest hair ever, we’ve uncovered and debunked the 10 most common hair care myths below with a few tips and tricks on what actually works.
Myth #1: You should brush your hair 100 times per day ??
Honestly, who has time for this? The belief behind this theory is true: Brushing your hair helps distribute its natural oils. However, 100 strokes is excessive and unnecessary. In fact, brushing your hair too often, with too much force or with a poorly-designed hairbrush can cause breakage, cuticle damage, and can also make your hair look and feel frizzy.
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, frizz-free hair.
Myth #2: 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 washing your hair with cold water actually makes a difference than washing with warm, or even hot water. Experts, however, do recommend aiming the showerhead or spray of water away from the scalp and more towards the mid-shaft of the hair. Especially when conditioning, this preserves more of the product in the hair and scalp and saves the scalp from harsh pressure. No more hopping around in discomfort or cutting your cold shower short for the sake of shine.
Myth #3: Wash your hair every day because 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 shampoo and conditioner should be done 2-3 times a week, depending of course on your hair type or lifestyle. This is enough to clean the hair and nourish the scalp. However, when it’s hair wash day, don’t go crazy with the product. Wash, lather, rinse, and repeat may actually cause damage, breakage, and depending on the product may harm or dehydrate the scalp. A dollop of shampoo and conditioner is usually enough for most people and repeating the process doesn’t necessarily bring about better hair. Ensure you thoroughly rinse and massage the scalp during the wash as this does, in fact, help stimulate the follicles.
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 #4: Split ends can be repaired
Despite what some products advertise, spilt ends cannot be repaired. A split or damaged end occurs when the protective outer layer (cuticle) of the hair is damaged, so there really is no way to reseal or close it. While many women would love to believe a conditioner or serum is the answer in order to preserve length, the only way to get rid of split ends is to split with them – they need the chop. Cutting or trimming split ends will give the hair a healthier fuller look, which will make up for any length lost.
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 judgments? Let us know in the comments below!