We've heard all those strange but said-to-be true hair care myths to make hair longer, thicker, and shinier. But with so many tools, tutorials, and hair care products online, it's time to separate the myths about hair from the facts about hair.
Don't worry if you find yourself touching your face for some of the hair myths below. You are not alone. Who hasn't cut their hair in hopes of healthy growth? In fact, many of the so-called hair solutions have been around for too long and have been passed down through generations of women, essentially becoming a game of broken phones in hair care.
To help you get the healthiest and best hair you've ever had, we've debunked some of the most common hair care myths and tamed you with a few tips and tricks that actually work.
Myth #1: Cutting Your Hair Frequently Makes Your Hair Grow Faster
This is perhaps the biggest hair myth ever exposed in the science of hair. Hair grows from the hair follicles found on the scalp, so cutting your hair has nothing to do with the roots the hair grows from. Hair follicles are also related to heredity, and although there have been some trials and studies surrounding products and hair care solutions that help increase or improve the number of hair follicles, trimming or cutting hair often has little to do with hair growth. If you're looking for a simple and stylish way to add length, consider extensions that allow you to add length at any time to create a look.
Myth #2: Cold Water for Ultimate Shine
In skin care, sprinkling or rinsing with lukewarm water is known to help clog pores after treatment, but science doesn't work the same way for hair. There is no convincing evidence said that washing your hair with cold water actually makes any difference from washing your hair with warm water or hot water. However, experts recommend directing the shower head or water spray away from the scalp and towards the middle shaft of the hair. Especially when conditioning, it holds more products to the hair and scalp and protects the scalp from strong pressure. For the sake of shine, no more cutting your cold shower short or hopping around in discomfort.
Myth #3: If You have Oily or Fine Hair, Don't Condition It
Liars and Liars. Oily hair is caused by excess sebum on the scalp, and thinning hair can be due to genetics or sometimes past damage. Not conditioning your greasy or thinner than average hair will only damage your natural crown and you should really treat your hair like royalty. First of all, it is best to find and use a conditioner for scalp and hair. For oily hair, find a clearing conditioner and focus from the middle to the end. For thinning hair, look for a volume control conditioner, especially one that moisturizes and nourishes the scalp to help it grow and look fuller.
Myth #4: Continuing to Use the Same Shampoo and Conditioner Will Eventually Wear Out
Finding the right shampoo and conditioner can be difficult and can take trial and error. However, when you find a combination of products that works, there is no evidence that your hair will somehow absorb the effects and the products will stop working. Stick to what works, but don't be afraid to change it. There are many products that offer greener ingredients or newer technologies, and sometimes the trial and error process can be fun.
Myth #5: When You Get Rid of One Gray Hair, Two More Hairs Grow in Its Place
While it may seem like a ton more visible when you find and pluck an odd gray hair, experts (and science) say that plucking gray hairs isn't the reason for their multiplication.
Breaking gray hair can actually damage the hair follicles which can stunt or inhibit hair growth. Also, hair strands grow from a single follicle, so more than one hair (regardless of color) cannot appear instead of one. Gray hair or white hair occurs when the pigment in the hair follicle dies, and most of it is a genetic phenomenon. Cutting gray hair instead of plucking it can help temporarily, just like a quick root dye job, but if you really want to keep your hair healthy, embrace the gray and leave it alone.
Myth #6: Split Ends Can be Repaired
Even though some products are advertised, spit ends cannot be repaired. Damage to the protective outer layer of hair (cuticle) results in split or damaged ends, so there is really no way to regrow or close them. Many women want to believe that conditioners or serums are the answer to length retention, but the only way to get rid of split ends is to chop them. Cutting is required. Cutting or trimming the split ends can make your hair healthier and compensate for the loss of length.
Myth #7: Sleeping with Loose Hair Will Help Your Hair Grow
Sleeping Beauty's long, flowing look may remind you of fairy tales about longer, fuller hair, but I'm sorry to say that these hair care tips are definitely quirky. Tying or wrapping your hair before bed really helps prevent breakage or damage, but you don't want a bun or ponytail that is too tight or uncomfortable. Tie your hair long enough, but do not pull on the scalp. Sometimes a little conditioner restores the hair and adds softness and shine to the hair the next day.
If some or all of these myths sound too familiar, it's time to stop thinking about them and move on to buy hair care products that actually work. All hair textures and types require some changes to your hair care regimen, but the basics of hair care are suitable for everyone. It's not just about hair. The scalp is an important part of strong, shiny, and full hair.
Remember, sharing is caring. So, don't be afraid to share your wisdom the next time you hear your friend or classmate repeat these tiring myths at the hairdresser.