Who wouldn’t want to show off their gorgeous, soft, silky hair? Most people are willing to do anything to protect their hair. But unknowingly, we frequently believe the widespread hair myths our peers have been exposed to. Some of those hair myths are harmful to hair, as opposed to what they claim. Let’s dispel 8 of these hair myths here.
Myth 1: Brush your hair 100 strokes a day to keep it healthy:
Truth: Friction in your hair can be caused by rigorous brushing or combing. Using too many strokes—100 or more—will harm your hair and weaken it from the roots. There are some advantages to using a natural bristle brush sparingly and gently. It can help to distribute natural oils from the roots to the tips and stimulate the blood flow in your scalp. Avoid using old brushes with bent or broken strands and those with plastic or synthetic bristles. Avoid brushing wet hair as well. Before brushing, don’t forget to untangle the knots gently.
Myth 2: Regular trims promote healthier hair:
Truth: Your scalp follicles are unaffected by hair end trimming. However, split ends can be avoided by having your hair cut every six to eight weeks. Additionally, routine trimming prevents split ends from rising higher in the hair. Even the changing seasons can influence hair growth. While your body directs blood flow to internal organs to maintain body temperature in cold weather, your hair grows faster in the summer due to improved blood circulation to the skin and scalp. That might impede hair growth.
Myth 3: Frequent shampooing can damage your strands:
Truth: Only your hair and scalp are intended to be cleaned by shampoos. Your hair cannot be made to grow more quickly or to become stronger or weaker at the roots. Shampooing keeps your hair clean and healthy by removing product buildup, dirt, and dust. The natural oils in your hair can be stripped away using harsh, chemical-based shampoos, resulting in temporary dryness. However, there is no connection between this and severe harm or hair loss.
Myth 4: Dandruff Signifies a Dry Scalp:
Truth: The presence of dandruff and a dry scalp are unrelated. Malassezia, a fungus that feeds on the sebum on the scalp, is the source of dandruff. Therefore, an oily environment is ideal for the growth of the fungus that causes dandruff. So, don’t worry about washing your hair frequently (with an anti-dandruff shampoo). It will keep your scalp dry and aid in dandruff removal.
Myth 5: Natural oils can make your hair look healthy:
Truth: None of the raw food products, including coconut oil, avocado oil, honey, curd, and other oils, can penetrate your hair shaft deeply enough to improve it in a way that lasts. They are all just effective hair conditioners, unable to increase hair growth or lessen hair loss. You may have also heard that leaving oil on overnight is the best way to encourage hair growth. But that’s not accurate. It gives you a great result even if you apply oil, let it sit for 15-30 minutes, and then wash it off thoroughly. Additionally, natural oils are heavy and difficult to remove from the hair. They may make your hair greasy and draw in debris and pollutants that may harm your hair’s overall appearance and condition.
Myth 6: Frequent plucking of grey hair can result in multiple grey strands growing from the scalp:
Truth: Your hair’s color change is brought on by the hair follicle’s lack of melanin. Your cells stop producing melanin, which causes your hair to turn grey or white. Therefore, pulling out your grey hair won’t result in more of it. Furthermore, this habit might disturb nearby roots, which might cause hair loss or weaken the other roots. However, it’s best to refrain from plucking grey hair because it could cause thinning or scarring. It may even stop hair from growing back in that area.
Myth 7: Stress Causes Gray Hair:
Truth: No way! The color pigments, melanin, stop being made by your cells. There is no evidence from science that stress hastens greying. In a recent report on Harvard Health Publishing, the claim that stress can cause grey hair is unsupported by enough evidence.
Myth 8: Color Stays Better on Dirty Hair:
Truth: On clean hair, hair color appears best. Before coloring your hair, you must thoroughly wash it and properly dry it. Even better, wash your hair the night before coloring and refrain from using products like gels, serums, etc. Unwashed or dirty hair makes it difficult for color to reflect correctly. It also doesn’t last very long.
Stop believing these myths if you care about your hair. Beautiful hair is fascinating, but maintaining its health and luster takes time and effort. To take care of it, you should keep an efficient hair care regimen, consume enough water, and maintain a healthy diet. Many hairs care advice (or myths) you may have heard from family, friends, or other sources may not always be genuine. Verify them by consulting trustworthy sources, a dermatologist, or a member of the beauty industry.