We’ve heard them all: bizarre hair care remedies that claim to make hair longer, thicker, and shinier. But, with so many tools, products, and online courses available, it’s time to distinguish between hair myths and hair truths. We’ve unearthed and refuted the main hair care myths below to help you attain your greatest, healthiest hair.
1. For healthy hair, brush 100 strokes a day.
Brushing is a sort of friction that, if done excessively — such as 100 strokes — will harm all hair, but especially thin, weak, and delicate locks. Brushing your hair softly and briefly can help promote scalp circulation and distribute natural oils from roots to tips. On dry hair, a few strokes with a natural bristle brush would suffice. Never brush damp hair with synthetic or vent bristles, and discard old brushes with bent or broken bristles. If your hair is long, bend from the waist and work your way from roots to ends, or just stand up and whoosh right through.
2. Stress causes graying of the hair.
No way! If that were the case, we’d all be gray by the time we graduated from high school. Graying is a hereditary trait. It’s over when the cells that make melanin, the pigment in your hair, stop producing color. Although there is no scientific evidence that stress hastens to gray, it can have other negative consequences. When follicles don’t grow, for example, all hair passes through rest periods. Extreme stress might speed up the development process. So, in three months, you might have more hair fallout than usual, and the new hairs that grow in maybe gray. By visiting your doctor, you can rule out any hair changes that could be caused by drug side effects, hormonal changes, or an underlying ailment.
3. Your hair becomes accustomed to the same shampoo over time.
Yes and no. However, it isn’t entirely in your head. It’s because your hair needs have changed if you think your shampoo and conditioner aren’t performing their job. You’ve undoubtedly had your hair trimmed, colored, relaxed, or straightened. You might also go for a longer hairstyle, a weave, or a more natural texture. Or perhaps you’ve relocated to a new environment or begun utilizing new style products. Alternatively, you may develop bad habits such as shampooing less frequently, skipping a deep conditioning treatment once a week, not rinsing enough, or over-rinsing. In fact, it’s most likely a mix of these. Now is the time to match your current hairstyle to your new routine.
4. Ponytails, dreadlocks, and braids are fashionable on a regular basis.
Truth: Absolutely! Ponytails, braids, weaves, dreadlocks, cornrows, or extensions, for example, can cause a receding hairline or breakage, leaving hair thinner, weaker, and damaged. Traction alopecia can even look like female pattern baldness, so catch it before it’s too late. Make a change in your hairstyle and relax up. Make a delicate updo with dangling elements. Make larger, unkempt braids that start at the nape of the neck. When wearing a ponytail, reposition it and use thick fabric-covered scrunchie-type bands (not elastics). Allow your natural texture to shine through. Alternatively, use a soft fabric band or scarf to keep hair out of your face.