There really is no harm in believing myths, but is it worth it?
It's no secret that we grow up with misconceptions and continue to act on these superficial beliefs today, but we need to end the cycle — with hair care at least.
We often get our beauty info from social media, magazines, research, or just through word of mouth. And with countless details at our fingertips, we get excited and try those beauty hacks all at the same time without looking at the bigger picture — are they true or false? Well, with hair care, it's a different story, "Plucking a gray hair makes more grow" or "Trimming your hair regularly will make it grow faster" — these hair myths have been around for so long, we think they're facts, and that is not cool.
Call us the "Hair Care Myth Busters" and let's set the records straight with these hair myths once and for all.
1. Cutting/Trimming your hair frequently will make it grow faster.
We've all been led to believe that trimming your hair every 4-6 weeks can help your hair grow faster, but that's just not true. It just makes your hair healthier (still a win!) as it removes split ends that may, later on, cause hair breakage and more split ends.
As we all known, hair growth occurs at the roots and not at the ends. Hair ends do not affect the follicles in charge of your hair growth, thus rendering the myth FALSE. If you want your hair to grow longer and faster it's best to choose products that help stimulate the hair follicles to deeply nourish the hair with essential nutrients that aid in boosting your hair to grow long and strong.
2. Plucking out grey hair will make you grow even more of them
Come to think of it, does it really make sense that if you pluck grey hair it will promote more hair growth? No, right? Do many people still believe it? Yes. Is it time to ditch that myth? Absolutely!
According to Taylor Brock, an expert stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon, plucking grey hair will NOT make two grow back in its place. (Our hair isn't Hydra, this is not some Greek mythology!). Although it does not make grey hair appear more, the stress inflicted by plucking out hair actually does cause the hair to grow back with a coarser texture and weird growth pattern. Beware: Plucking out hair, in general, may result in you ending up with a bald spot!
3. More brushing means healthier hair.
Let's be real, we all wanted to have long, luscious locks like Rapunzel and brush it just like her mother does — 100 times a day. Whether you were told that it generates faster growth because it pulls the hair down (what?) or you read it in some old magazine, it doesn't matter because this one is completely FALSE.
Excessive brushing can do more harm than good. 100 strokes a day is an overstatement and can actually damage and encourage hair loss for those with fine or thinning hair. We all know that brushing is essential for hair care as it helps distribute oils from the scalp throughout the hair and keeps your locks hydrated, but it should always be done gently and only as needed to detangle hair.
4. Towel or air drying is better than blow-drying.
Although air-drying sounds like the natural way to dry your hair, it doesn't mean that it's healthy. According to science, when hair comes into contact with water, it swells, so the longer it stays wet, the more pressure is presented on the delicate proteins of the hair, thus providing more window for damage.
Using a hairdryer at the right distance and balanced temperature can cause less damage than air and towel-drying. If you're choosing to towel-dry your hair, you're risking your hair to damage as the movements can be just as rough on your strands as intense heat. And we know what you're thinking, heat applied to hair can eventually do more damage, that's why it's recommended that you spare your locks from a daily blast of hot air. Your best choice for drying your hair would be to use the lowest heat setting on your dryer or hold it at least six inches away from your hair, and make sure to move the dryer continuously so that you won't expose a specific spot for too long.
5. Switch up shampoo and conditioner because your hair get used to it.
Every once in a while, when grocery shopping or at the drugstore, we sometimes get lured in to buying and trying a new shampoo and conditioner. That is totally ok. You do you! But, sometimes we do this because we think buying a new brand of shampoo and conditioner will prevent your hair from getting "used to it". Well sorry to burst your bubbles (or your suds. Get it? shampoo suds) but that is NOT true. Your hair is not a living thing, it does not get used to shampoos and conditioners.
Your hair products do not suddenly stop working. The reason why your hair can sometimes feel rough or dry is that it responds differently to certain environmental factors including weather, humidity, or color solutions — this can give you the idea that your hair care products are no longer working.
In summary: Don't believe everything you hear!