Whether your hair is long or short, dyed or natural, you may have some misconceptions about how to take care of it. Here are some of the most common haircare myths, debunked!
It’s commonly said that cold water is the best for hair care. Maybe you’ve heard it makes it shinier, healthier, and less dried out. In reality, cold water doesn’t make much of a difference. While scalding-hot water can damage your hair cuticles and leave your scalp dry, warm water is safe to wash your hair with and is recommended over cold water because it helps lift the dirt out when you wash.
Cutting Your Hair to Make It Grow
Many people are under the impression that cutting your hair regularly will make it grow faster. Unfortunately, this is a myth! Hair growth occurs at the top of your head where the follicle is, and cutting the length of your hair will not affect how fast or slow it grows.
Before you loose hope though, getting regular trims can make your hair seem fuller and healthier, and, when you trim off dead ends, it decreases the chance of breakage that can occur much higher on the hair strand after a split end. In other words, if your ends are healthy, you will retain more of your hair, allowing it to grow longer!
Switching Up Hair Products
You may have heard that you should regularly switch up your shampoo and conditioner. This is another myth. Hair doesn’t get used to products, and using the same shampoo and conditioner over long spans of time doesn’t take away from their “effectiveness.” Instead, things like weather, humidity, and coloring may influence the products your hair needs.
Brushing Your Hair
There’s an old wives’ tale that you should brush your hair several times a day. This is not only not true, but it’s actually bad advice. Although brushing your hair is necessary (it can help stimulate blood flow to the scalp, distribute natural oils on your hair, and prevent product buildup), brushing your hair too much can cause more breakage and hair loss if you’re not really careful. Remember, don’t be rough on your hair, and never pull or rip when brushing out tangles. Kids’ hair detangler should be in your bathroom arsenal!