You should brush your hair 100 times a day, pluck a gray and two will grow in its place. Without any questioning as to their origin, hair myths like these have plagued men and women and their understanding of healthy hair for years. Today, we’re setting the record straight!
Here are the top 5 common hair myths and the REAL DEAL behind them:
- Routinely trimming and cutting your hair will help it grow faster.
You’ve heard this one before. A common reason people visit the hair salon for a trim is in hopes that their hair will grow faster. In reality, getting your ends trimmed is doing nothing for your hair growth. Hair growth resides at the scalp, not the ends. Specialists still suggest that you trim every 1½-2 months to encourage a healthier hair land feel sans split ends.
- Dandruff means you have a dry scalp
Nope! It actually means you have an oily scalp! Dandruff is your body’s natural reaction to yeast build-up. The solution? Don’t stop washing your hair altogether; simply adopt an anti-dandruff shampoo that helps clean and moisturize your scalp to the perfect degree.
- You should only wash your hair every other wash.
There is no universal rhyme or reason to how frequently one should wash their hair. The rule of thumb should be that when it starts to look or feel greasy, wash it! Training your hair to respond to a specific wash schedule is an option if you feel like you are washing it too much. Trying other techniques and wash schedules can be a great way to see what works best for you.
- The more you brush your hair, the healthier it is.
Brushing your hair is great for moving the natural oils from the scalp to the rest of your hair, however, too much brushing can lead to damage and friction, ultimately leading to breakage. Brush as needed, slowly and carefully.
- Air-drying is better than blow-drying.
That isn’t entirely the case. This isn’t to say blow-drying is good for your hair, this just means that there are also negatives to letting it air dry. Air-drying allows the water to put pressure on the proteins that help keep your hair strong. The solution is simple, allow your hair to dry most of the way and then use low heat with your blow dryer for the finish.