7 Outdated Hair Care Myths You Should Ditch ASAP If You Want Healthy Hair
May 21, 2018|María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards
From plucking out gray hairs to trimming split ends, here are some of the most common myths debunked for good.
Beauty myths have been around for centuries. Some have been debunked thanks to science, and some of them are so ingrained in our minds that we don’t even question them anymore. I am one of those people who grew up believing every single hair myth my grandma told me, which I never questioned because she had long and beautiful hair. Still, for some reason, they never really worked for me. What happens a lot as well is that we blindly believe in these traditional tips and myths without realizing that the technology used to make these products in the past has changed a lot, so they’re not that up to date. So, without further ado, I’m going to shatter all these myths we follow blindly and that could actually be damaging your hair more than you realize.
Your hair grows faster if you trim it regularly.
Let’s start with one of the most common hair anxieties: growth. Most people want their hair to grow really fast, especially after getting a bad haircut, but the thing is that this depends on each person's hair (even the length it will reach in your life). Some people have faster (or slower) growth cycles than others, so there’s nothing you can do to speed up the process. Now, when it comes to the myth of trimming it regularly, I’ve always been a bit skeptical. First, because hair grows from the roots, so I don’t really get why trimming the ends would accelerate the process. Secondly, the only thing that would actually make sense is that you get rid of all those horrible spits ends, so your hair looks healthy overall, but it will actually continue growing at the same speed.
Sleeping with braids makes your hair grow faster.
I believed this one all my childhood and teenage years, and nothing extraordinary ever happened. In fact, I think the braids made it worse. Braiding your hair that often can actually damage it since it can break it and lead to split ends, weak hair, and damage your follicles, preventing healthy growth. No matter how many people tell you otherwise, the "braids make your hair grow" myth is false, and the less you restrict and tighten your hair, the better.
Stress can turn your hair gray.
If I had a penny for every time my mom told me I would give her gray hair, I’d probably be enjoying a luxurious life on a remote island. I don’t see the connection, but this is a very old myth that passes from generation to generation. Actually, gray hairs appear when the follicles stop producing melanin, and this can happen at any age (even childhood); in other words, this is determined by our genes. Now, if graying is already in your genes, it’s possible for stress to accelerate the aging process of many cells, though it’s not the cause, as we’re made to believe.
If you pluck one gray hair, two more will grow.
Of course, now that we’re talking about gray hair we had to discuss this strange myth that I must confess I fear a lot, and for that reason, I cut my gray hairs instead of plucking them out. But let’s get to the bottom of this: if you pluck a gray hair, two more won't grow. It’s not the mythological Hydra. What does happen when you constantly pluck hairs from the same area, is that you can actually weaken the follicles, and it won't grow back anymore. So, why not embrace them, or if you really don’t like them, you can cut them or even dye your hair.
You should brush your hair 100 times a day.
We’ve all seen this in movies or we've heard it from a family member… but where did this come from? Seriously! Apparently, brushing your hair 100 times (exactly) stimulates the follicles and gives some natural shine to your hair. However, it’s actually the opposite: brushing it that much can do a ton of damage to your hair and even lead to hair loss. What happens is that the friction of the brush applied that many times will eventually make your hair thinner and more prone to breakage, split ends, and will eventually stop growing that much.
Oils are oily hair's worst enemy.
This myth does make a little sense, actually. If you hate your oily hair and want to do something that will fight it, you'd want a product that dries it, right? Well, not really. Many essential oils are often recommended to be applied only from the middle to the ends. The idea here is to hydrate the hair that’s not getting as many essential nutrients from the follicles. So, if you have oily hair, you can still apply it if you avoid the follicles and find the right oil that will help you hydrate and nourish your hair and not make it produce more oil.
Conditioner can make your hair fall out.
Our last myth is related to conditioner. I remember someone telling me once that my hair was falling out because I was using too much hair conditioner. It turns out that it had nothing to do with the conditioner, and it was actually a natural process in my hair's cycle. So, while not every conditioner will improve your hair (and it’s highly advisable that you get one made with natural ingredients), they won’t damage your hair or make it fall out either. On the contrary, using conditioner properly can actually make your hair healthier and softer.
Your hair is one of the most important aspects of your appearance. No matter how great your outfit or your makeup are, if your hair looks dull and unhealthy, you won't look your best. For that reason, I think it’s really important to know the best routines and products for your hair, and whether the ones you're currently using actually work or are just making things worse.
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