Let’s face it. Hair is your crowning glory and you would do anything to have longer, thicker, shinier tresses. You might already have a hunch or it may come as a surprise, some of the hair solutions that you read online or hear from friends are myths. Yes, they’re just not true.
For example, hair must be brushed 100 times a day or it won’t be healthy. Have you heard that before? If you have and following it, kindly stop. Brushing creates friction and if you put your hair through 100 strokes of that, your hair will be damaged, especially if you already have weak, fragile and thin locks.
Simply put, if you want to protect your hair (that you still have), it’s time to separate the myths about hair care from facts.
Myth 1 – Regular Oiling Clogs the Scalp by Attracting Dirt
For every scalp, there is an optimum level of oiling and this depends on the humidity levels, season and how frequently one shampoos their hair. Also, give then level of pollution and dust, it is not a secret that dirt and pollution will find its way into every exposed part of your body – skin and hair.
The beauty industry will constantly tell you to avoid oiling your hair and use serums instead. But, serums make your hair greasier as well, just like oil. However, does not offer the nourishment to the scalp and hair that oil does. So, the next time that you pick up a bottle of coconut hair oil, jasmine hair oil or jojoba hair oil, do not let such false stories discourage you. Pour a few drops on your palm and properly massage it to your scalp.
Myth 2 – Your Hair Will Grow Faster If You Cut It More Often
This is one of the biggest hair myths and easily debunked by the science of hair. Hair grows from the scalp’s follicles and by cutting your hair, you are not affecting the root in any way. Also, hair follicles are linked to genetics. While there do exist some solutions and products that are said to help improve or grow follicle count, trimming or cutting hair does not affect hair growth. If you want your hair to grow, you might consider using amla hair oil as this oil is well-known for boosting hair growth.
Myth 3 – For Shiny Hair, Wash with Cold Water
In skincare, it is said that rinsing or splashing cold water helps in closing the pores after a beauty treatment. But, science is different for hair. There is zero proof that washing with cold water makes any difference to hair than washing hair with warm water or even hot water.
However, it is recommended by experts to aim the spray of water or showerhead away from the scalp. It should be toward the mid-shaft of the hair. It is easy to understand why. The direct force of the water on your scalp will put a lot of pressure, which might lead to breaking a few strands.
Myth 4 – If You Have Thin or Oily Hair, Do Not Condition
Not true. Excess sebum in the scalp results in oily hair. Thin hair can be attributed to previous damage or genes. By not conditioning your hair, you will be doing a gross disservice to your natural mane.
But, yes, there are two things you need to do:
- If you have naturally oily hair, use a clarifying conditioner and apply it on the mid-shaft and all the way to the end.
- If you have thin hair, use a volumizing conditioner that nourishes and hydrates the scalp.
Myth 5 – When You Pluck a Grey Hair, Two Grows In Its Place
This is a tricky one. It is a myth, but also not. Plucking grey hair does not make more of them appear. But, there is a logical explanation for grey hair multiplication. When you are plucking out your grey hair, you are damaging the hair follicle and this might be the reason why hair growth gets hindered. Also, it is not possible that plucking grey hair has anything to do with more showing up because only one strand grows from one follicle.
Moreover, the real reason why you might be having grey hair is because the pigment in your hair follicles have died. Plucking is only a temporary solution and even if you don’t pluck, grey hair will continue to pop up.
Pro tip: If you want healthy hair, embrace your greys!
Myth 6 – Oiling Your Hair Will Lead To Dandruff
It is actually the opposite. Dandruff is commonly a result of less oil in hair that makes the scalp dry and itchy. By oiling your hair, you will provide the necessary moisturizer to your scalp and make sure that dandruff is at bay. Some of the best oils for dandruff include coconut hair oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, thyme oil and so on.
Myth 7 – When You Use the Same Shampoo Over And Over Again, Its Effectiveness Is Lost
It is tricky to find the right shampoo that works for your hair. You might have to go through the trial and error process to find the right one. When you do find it, stick to it. There are no studies to prove that hair somehow start to assimilate the benefits of the shampoo and gets immune to its effectiveness. So, once you find the shampoo that’s right for your hair, hold onto it.
Myth 8 – It Is Possible To Repair Split Ends
Hair care product companies advertise their products using this line. Sadly, it isn’t true. Split ends cannot be repaired. Split ends happen because the cuticle (protective outer layer of your hair) is damaged. There’s no way to close or reseal it. While it would be amazing to have a product that can repair split ends, the only way is to get rid of them. Trimming or cutting split ends is the only way to make your hair healthier.
Myth 9 – Your Hair Will Be Damaged If You Shampoo Frequently
Have you heard through the grapevine that you shouldn’t shampoo your hair frequently? This misinformation has likely been spread to push the sales of dry shampoo. Truth be told, you can shampoo and cleanse your hair as frequently as you like or is required. How many times you shampoo your hair depends on your hairstyle, hair type and lifestyle. In fact, you should wash your hair frequently because if you don’t, dead cells will start to build up, along with bacteria.
Are there any other hair myths that you’ve heard? Did you swear by any of the myths against your better judgment? Share your experience in the comments below.