7 Popular Hair Myths You Should Stop Believing
You’ve probably heard these “old wives’ tales” before, but do they have any truth behind them?
1. If you pluck one gray hair, two more will grow in its place: Myth
Since only one hair grows per follicle, there is no way that tweezing a few grays will lead to a head full. Gray hair is determined mostly by genetics, but over plucking can lead to thinning so it’s best to leave them be – or call your stylist.
2. Cutting your hair frequently will help it grow faster: Myth
Frequent trims can help your hair appear longer by trimming off split ends and making the hair appear fuller and healthier, but the actual cutting of the ends does not affect your hair’s growth from the roots.
3. Your hair gets used to your products, so you need to keep switching them up: Myth
Since your hair is not a living thing it cannot become “immune” to anything. However, if your hair does change it is generally because of environmental factors such as hard water, humidity, or indoor heating – or a hair treatment such as a color or texture service. If you have a shampoo and conditioner you love, keep on using them! You might need to swap to adjust to seasonal changes, or if you color your hair, but otherwise your products should keep working for a long time.
4. Having dandruff means you have a dry scalp: Myth
Dandruff is most often caused by a yeast that thrives in oily conditions. You can try washing your hair more often and picking up a medicated shampoo specifically formulated for dandruff to help with flakes.
5. Using conditioner causes oily hair: Myth
Conditioner does not cause oily hair. Instead, it is a result of too much sebum being produced at the scalp. You should be using a shampoo for oily hair and applying your conditioner only to your mid-lengths and ends, avoiding the scalp.
6. You need to brush your hair 100 times a day: Myth
Brushing your hair can help distribute natural oils from your scalp through your strands, but 100 strokes is excessive. Over-brushing your hair can lead to frizz and breakage. You should be brushing your hair gently to detangle or style and making sure you use the proper brush for the task.
7. Cold showers make your hair shiny: Myth
Cold water will close the hair cuticle slightly and help it appear shiny if it is already shiny, but there is not scientific backing behind this one. If shiny hair is what you’re after, a good conditioner and healthy, clean hair is the first step.