Do you need help keeping up with all the mixed advice regarding damaged or unmanageable hair?
With so many conflicting hair care tips, products and promises, it’s difficult to tell which ones are trustworthy and will only waste your time (and money!). Don’t worry; we’ve done the hard work for you! In this blog post, we tackle six common hairstyling myths that are not true. In addition, we debunk a few lies from those sultry commercials picturing perfect models with glossy locks. Our goal? To help make sure our busy millennial female readers have access to accurate information on styling their gorgeous manes. Read on for more helpful information – don’t let these myths ruin your hair care routine any longer!
Myth #1 – Washing Your Hair Every Day Is Bad For It
One of the most pervasive hair care tip myths is that washing your hair daily is bad for it. In reality, this is not necessarily the case. While over-washing can lead to an overly dry scalp and damage if harsh detergents are used, washing your hair every day may be beneficial when done properly. A mild shampoo and lukewarm water will help gently remove excess oils and product buildup without stripping the natural oils from the scalp. Doing this can nourish your hair, making it look healthy and full of life while helping to keep your scalp free of irritation or infection. But, of course, too much of anything can be detrimental; striking a proper balance between wash days is vital to achieving stunningly beautiful locks.
Myth #2 – Skip Conditioner If You Have Greasy Hair
A common misconception is that people with oily hair should skip using conditioner to keep their locks in check. In reality, this is not the case. While it may be true that added moisture can make an already greasy scalp even greasier, deep conditioning treatments are just as crucial for those dealing with an oily mane. Not only does a quality conditioner help to nourish and hydrate dry or damaged tresses, but it also strengthens hair cuticles and helps tame frizzy flyaways, all of which can reduce scalp buildup, thus preventing the greasy buildup. In addition, although you may want to forgo the traditional rinse-off version of conditioner if your tresses get super slick too quickly, many leave-in products can keep your mane looking healthy while reducing its oiliness.
Myth #3 – Regular Trims Will Make Your Hair Grow Faster
When you get a trim, you remove splits in the ends of your hair caused by combing, styling, or exposure to heat and chemicals. So while it may seem like your hair is growing, trimming removes the visibly damaged part at the end of the strand and does not better enhance physical growth. Instead, look for products with natural ingredients that can help encourage and nourish healthy growth. For example, strengthening your strands can be beneficial as stronger hair naturally grows faster than weak strands. In addition, you can use clip in hair extensions to get the length you desire without waiting for your hair to grow.
Myth #4 – If You Pluck A Grey Hair, Seven Will Come To Its Funeral
Many people have been spreading the rumour that pulling out one grey hair causes seven more to take place in a mass funeral, but this is untrue. It can be alarming to watch your strands slowly transform from their usually vibrant hue, but leaving them alone will only result in them continuing to do so. The hair follicles underneath our skin do not hold an innate knowledge of maths that would cause a plot twist when plucking a single strand from a normal head of hair. This means that you should never feel inclined to tug at grey hairs out of fear; such an impulse may lead you to damage your scalp or cause other unintended consequences. For those still uncomfortable with having so many greys, there are plenty of options like dyeing and styling, which don’t involve yanking hairs out of their roots.
Myth #5 – Brushing Your Hair 100 Strokes A Day Is Good For It
Have you heard the myth of brushing your hair 100 strokes daily that’s supposedly good for it? It may sound harmless, but in reality, it can cause a great deal of damage and won’t make your hair healthier. Brushing 100 strokes can lead to breakage and damage by causing too much friction on your hair shaft, giving you split ends and flyaways. Additionally, doing this can further dry out the hair and create an imbalance in its natural oil production, making the strands coarse and weak over time. Ultimately, if you want healthy hair, avoiding excess brushing is key; limit your stroking to 20-30 gentle strokes daily, use a soft-bristled brush, and stick to brushing once or twice per day at most.
Myth #6 – Air Drying Is Healthier For Your Hair Than Blow Drying
When it comes to air drying versus blow drying hair, there is a longstanding myth that air drying is better for the health of your hair. While it’s true that too much heat from an appliance like a hair dryer can cause damage over time, air drying may not necessarily be a healthier option for all types of hair. Unfortunately, when left to dry naturally and exposed to the elements, many types of hair can become dry and brittle due to sun exposure and extreme weather conditions. This damage is just as unhealthy as damage caused by a blow dryer. The healthiest option for hair care is to use customised methods that work with individual hair types, textures and lengths. Also, consider the condition of your hair – if it’s severely damaged or easily prone to breakage, you might want to stick with the gentler air-drying method. Still, if your locks are strong and resilient, you might consider using a blow dryer with the appropriate settings. And either way, make sure you always use a protective product before exposing your hair to heat of any kind!
Haircare is not an exact science but a unique combination of techniques and products tailor-made to your hair type. While the myths discussed above are generally unfounded and offer little guidance on improving our hair’s overall health, there are definitely tried-and-true methods to help achieve our desired hairstyles. Your hair type will always dictate which products and styling techniques work best for you. So feel free to experiment with different options until you find something that suits your hair and accentuates its natural beauty. Now that you know what isn’t true about hair care, you can confidently take steps to have gorgeous, healthy locks!