Do you long for luscious and healthy locks? You probably strive, like most of us, to stay on top of the latest on how to keep your hair looking its best. However, the what to do and the what not to with your hair can sometimes get confusing as there is so much information circulating on the Internet.
If you are like me, you have found yourself falling into the trap of believing things about your hair before really digging into the truth. I took some time to do some research into some of the top hair myths and this is what I found out.
1. If You Want Your Hair To Grow You Should Get A Haircut Every Six Weeks
Since the time I was young, I have been under the impression that I need to get a haircut frequently if I want my hair to grow. I think it was a great Aunt of mine that told me not to let my hair grow any longer than six weeks if I ever wanted it to be healthy. That kind of stuck with me and I have been in that mode ever since – a haircut about every six weeks or so.
I now find out that frequent cuts won’t actually help your hair grow faster. This is because your hair grows from the roots, not the ends. Cutting the dry part of your hair off (the ends) will keep your hair looking good and help it keep its shape, it won’t result in an accelerated growth. Professional stylists even note that you can go 4-6 months without a haircut and it won’t interfere with growth. If your hair is damaged or colored, you should ask your stylist for professional advice regarding how often you might need a cut to keep your hair healthy.
2. If You Pull Out One Gray Hair – Two or More Will Replace It
This is something I have believed since I noticed my first gray hair. Although my first thought was to pull the lone silver streak, I remembered that more would grow in its place – something I surely did not want. However, this is yet another hair myth. So, if you do get hasty and begin pulling out your grays, you will not necessarily get more greys in return, but you will put tremendous strain on your hair follicles and your scalp. Keep in mind that pulling any hair out will cause the hair coming back to be a different texture and it may also grow in a strange way.
3. If Your Hair Is Oily You Need To Shampoo Daily
Although I have never had an issue with oily hair I know people who struggle with this. They have always told me that shampooing daily is the only way they can keep the oil down. This, unfortunately, is another lie. Although shampoo does clean dirt and oil from hair, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. If we strip too many oils, the scalp will produce more double time – leading to greasier hair in the end. A great way to regulate oil product is to fight oil with oil – use products that contain jojoba oil that actually help the body self-regulate oil production like it is designed to do.
4. Keep Your Hair Healthy By Brushing It 100 Strokes A Day
You must have seen movies where the ladies let down their hair and brush, brush and brush. Many people think that incessant brushing, like a hundred strokes, will help hair become softer and shinier. While increasing circulation to the scalp can help bring out the shine, this can be accomplished in about 15 to 20 strokes. Any more brushing can result in breakage and hair falling out.
5. Don’t Use The Same Shampoo All The Time
This is a pretty common claim. I have heard it over and over again, don’t use the same shampoo for more than a few weeks or a month or so. Although I never really understood why I seemed to fall right in line with this absurd statement. According to hair professionals, changing shampoos frequently will disrupt your hair’s pH leading to dry and brittle hair. If you find a product that works for you, better to stick to it. Make sure you are using a natural shampoo which will add nutrients to your hair not drown them in chemicals.
6. If You Want Lighter Hair, Sit In The Sun
While you may slather your body with sunscreen to protect your skin, how often do you think about protecting your hair and scalp from damaging UV rays? You may think that the sun is a great way to bleach your hair. It is true that your hair will get lighter in the sun but not without causing some damage. Wear a hat when you can if you will be in the sun or apply an SPF lip balm to your scalp for protection or buy specific hair protection.
7. If You Have Flakes In Your Hair You Must Have Dandruff
Oh no, you see a few flakes in your hair and you immediately think you have dandruff. You might panic and run out and get dandruff shampoo. The problem with this is that you might not actually have dandruff and even if you did, dandruff shampoo is not helpful but rather harmful. Fred Connors, owner of FRED Salon in New York City says that flakes in your hair can indicate a need for more moisture and exfoliation. This can occur when the temperature changes. Connors recommends massaging your usual conditioner mixed with one tablespoon of brown sugar and rinsing.
8. You Can Repair Split Ends
There is no product on the market that can actually repair split ends, no matter what advertisers tell you. Once your ends split, the damage is permanent. Because of this, it is important to keep your hair healthy and strong. What really causes split ends is chemical damage, heat-styling, washing too much and brushing too much. Limit doing these things and treat your hair to a weekly nourishing hair mask to keep it looking its best.
9. Going To Bed With With Wet Hair Prevents Damage
I have often gone to bed with my clean hair wet thinking that the air would dry it in a kinder, more gentler fashion than the blow dryer. Boy, was I wrong and there is even research to prove it. A study found that if you blow your hair with the dryer the right way it causes less damage than air-drying. Here is why this is so. When hair gets wet, it swells. The longer it stays wet, the more pressure that is put on the fragile proteins that comprise the hair and the more opportunity there is for damage to occur.
Towel drying can also be very damaging to hair – sometimes worse. If you violently dry your hair it is very hard on the delicate hair strands. To properly towel dry your hair, gently squeeze it using a soft and dry towel, don’t rub.
The absolute healthiest way to dry your hair is by using a blow dryer on the coolest setting. Keep the dryer away from your head and move it around so that you don’t cause any damage.
10. You Should Always Be Sure To Rinse Out All Conditioner
Do you ever remember your mother telling you to be sure that you rinse out all the conditioner until you hair squeaks? It turns out that doing this actually rinses away the nutrients in the conditioner that you put on your hair. Conditioner provides both slip and protection to hair, according to Doug Martucci, Creative Director at PORITUALS. If you are worried that you will have greasy feeling hair if you use conditioner, just apply the product to your ends where it is needed the most.
11. Silicones Will Damage Your Hair
Contrary to what you might think, silicones are actually good for your hair. Many people avoid them because they think that they will weigh hair down, however silicones actually increase moisture retention and shine. Silicones seal the hair cuticle which protects against color fade, keeps frizz under control and helps reduce damage from heat. The only advice that professional stylists give is to use only one product that contains silicones and use the right amount for your hair length and texture.