Hair care routines are different for different people. Some people love to experiment with new products and frequently change their hair care products while others stick to the same hair products for years without ever trying anything new. Irrespective of the hair care routine, the baseline is that everyone wants to have gorgeous hair. There are so many myths about hair care that people do not know what to believe and what to do to get the results.
This is why we need to bust a few hair care myths.
Myth 1: The More You Cut Your Hair, the Faster it Grows.
Reality: The length of your hair has no direct impact on the speed of its growth. Since your hair grows out of the roots, cutting the ends of your hair will not make your hair grow any faster. In fact, the speed of hair growth depends on other factors such as genetics and some people are just genetically inclined to have fast growing hair while others are not. However, it is still advisable to get your hair trimmed on a regular basis to make sure that there are no split ends or rough hair.
If you have a poor diet and suffer from stress, it can stunt your hair growth to quite an extent. Try to eat a balanced diet and regularly massage your hair with an oil to stimulate the scalp. This can improve the health of your hair and in turn, promote hair growth. There are a few supplements such a Biotin, Omega-3, etc. that can also help you deal with hair issues, if any. But consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Myth 2: You Must Wash Your Hair Every Day to Keep it Clean.
Reality: You do not need to wash your hair every day since frequent washing can make your hair dry. Different people have different needs when it comes to hair care routine. People that have oily hair, need to wash it regularly to avoid buildup of excess sebum in the scalp. Excessive oiliness can lead to itchiness, infections, and greasy hair. However, the frequency of hair wash must depend on your lifestyle and needs. If you have a dry scalp, it simply means that your scalp does not produce enough oil and do not need to wash every day.
Irrespective of your hair type, if you work out regularly and sweat a lot on a regular basis, you need to wash your hair so that the sweat does not dry in your hair. If you do not wash out the sweat, it can lead to dandruff, smelly hair and itchiness. Your hair type and lifestyle play an important role in deciding the number of times you need to wash your hair per week. For most people, twice or thrice a week hair wash works fine.
Myth 3: Styling Your Hair Can Damage it
Reality: If you style your hair using hot tools such as the flat iron, curling wand, hair crimper, or hair dryer, there are chances that the heat can dry out your hair. However, if you use these styling tools occasionally and do not use them at the highest temperature setting all the time, it does not cause any substantial damage. Using heat protectant products before using hot tools on your hair can also help keep your hair safe from damage since the products will act as a physical barrier between the heat and your hair shaft.
Many people have a habit of drying their hair after every wash using a hair dryer. If you feel that it is making your hair drier, you can let it air dry or wait to blow dry it when it is at least 80% dry.
Myth 4: If You Colour Your Hair, it Can Lead to Premature Greying of Hair
Reality: Many people used to believe that hair colours can be damaging to the hair and lead to hair loss, split ends, and greying of hair. However, this statement is not entirely true. Your hair will be prone to breakage, greying, and falling out if you do not take care of it properly even if you do not colour it. The main thing to maintain healthy hair to make sure that you do not overdo chemical treatments and also have a good hair care routine in place. Drinking a lot of water every day and keeping your hair well-nourished with high-quality hair products is essential to maintain your hair.
The hair colours these days do not contain ammonia or formaldehyde that were considered damaging to the hair. Moreover, the DIY hair colour kits that companies make these days come with hair protectant creams that can be applied before applying the hair colour to protect the hair from getting damaged.
Myth 5: Stick to the Same Hair Care Products that Work for You for the Whole Year
Reality: Like your skin, your hair also has different needs in different climatic conditions. During summer time, you might need to wash your hair more often and also skip conditioner but during winter when dryness can seep in, you need to use moisturising hair care products. You need to find hair care products that work for you in different seasons instead of using the same products throughout the year.
Age, lifestyle, and other factors also impact the needs of your hair. Always pay attention to the needs of your hair instead of using hair care products that appeal to you. If you are unsure about which hair products to choose, you can go to a salon and ask an experienced hairdresser to recommend some products for your hair.
Myth 6: Frequent Combing Improves the Quality of Your Hair
Reality: Combing or brushing does not directly impact the quality of your hair. However, it does help in distributing the oil from the scalp to the length of the hair. The natural oils produced by your scalp impart a certain shine to your hair and reduce the chances of accumulating excess sebum. However, if you pull your hair while brushing or combing, it can lead to hair breakage or hair fall.
Many people comb or brush their hair right after hair wash. This can be damaging to the hair since damp hair is more delicate and prone to breaking. It is ideal to let your hair dry completely before you comb it but you can also use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your damp hair. The comb does not pull on your it and detangles gently. You can use a leave-in conditioner or serum on hair to make sure that detangling your hair become easier.
Myth 7: Dandruff is Contagious.
Reality: Many people refrain from using combs, brushes, and caps of other people because they are afraid that they will “contract” dandruff. While personal hygiene is important and it is better to use your own hair grooming tools, you must also know that you cannot get dandruff from other people. Dandruff is caused by the overgrowth of skin cells thanks to your sebaceous glands. There are plenty of factors such as genetics, pollution, bad personal hygiene, etc. that lead to dandruff.
Taking care of your tresses is easy once you are equipped with the right information. You can make informed decisions about which products to use on your hair, how often to wash it, and how to style it. Make sure to pay attention to the current condition of your hair whenever you want to change your hair care products or routine.