Common Myths and Facts about Hair: You’ve undoubtedly heard them all. “Don’t pluck a grey hair because two more will grow in its place”. Secondly, “always make absolutely sure your eyebrows match your hair colour”. Hair myths have been around for so long that we’ve accepted them as truth. Thirdly, “don’t use conditioner if you have oily hair”. Finally, “cutting your hair frequently will make it grow faster”. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to selecting how to care for your hair.
5 Common Myths and Facts about Hair
Myth: If you use the same shampoo every day, your hair will become used to it.
Truth: Both yes and no. It’s not all in your head, though. It’s possible that your shampoo and conditioner aren’t performing as well as they once since your hair needs have changed. Your hair has most likely been trimmed, coloured, relaxed, or straightened. Or you might go for a longer hairstyle, a weave, or a more natural texture. Or perhaps you’ve relocated to a new climate or begun to experiment with new style products. Alternatively, you could develop bad habits such as shampooing less frequently. Skipping a deep conditioning treatment once a week, not rinsing enough, or over-rinsing. In truth, it’s most likely a combination of the above. It’s time to adjust your hairstyle to your new regimen.
Myth: Your eyebrows should always be the same colour as your hair.
Truth: Based on current patterns, semi-false. Celebrity colourist Kim Vo told TODAY.com, “The vogue right now is to have darker eyebrows than your actual hair colour”. “However, they shouldn’t be darker than (your existing colour) by more than two shades.”
Myth: When you pull out a grey hair, two more grow in its place.
Truth: Grey hairs are “mother nature’s highlights,” as Vo puts it, but tweezing them out will not harm other greys. According to Day, however, plucking can cause scarring, which can lead to hair thinning or areas of hair loss. So the best course of action is to avoid plucking altogether.
Myth: Trimming your hair frequently causes it to grow longer faster.
Truth: What do you mean? The follicles in the scalp are where hair grows; the rest is dead. To prevent split ends from creeping further up the hair, get a tiny cut at the ends every six to eight weeks — known as a “dusting” in-salon terminology. It will prevent long hair from looking stringy and will make all hair lengths and textures appear thicker. Also, despite what some products claim, “splits” cannot be repaired or sealed back together. Damage from bent brush bristles, broken-tooth combs, ultraheat drying and styling, and overprocessed colour causes them. Hair that’s down to your bra has been hanging around for years – regardless of ethnicity or texture, it only grows a quarter-inch per month.
Myth: Air-drying your hair is preferable to blow-dry it.
Truth: This one is both true and untrue, believe it or not. While it’s best to avoid exposing your strands to a daily blast of hot air, air-drying them every day is also not a good idea. According to a new study, blow-drying produces more surface damage to the hair, but air-drying causes more damage within the strands, which may be worse (shocker, we know). Because your hair swells up when exposed to water for an extended period of time, it puts strain on the proteins that keep your hair healthy, potentially causing more damage than heat styling. What’s your best bet? Use your dryer’s lowest heat setting.