There are all too many beauty myths out there that can waste a lot of your time and money. If you keep trying the same routines and getting the same frustrating results, it’s time to examine the way that you look at your hair.
Myth: Cutting Your Hair Will Make It Grow Faster
Reality: Of course not! Cutting your hair will only make your hair shorter. Nothing you do to the ends of your hair affects the your hair follicles on your scalp. Your hair will grow about an inch every four months no matter what you do to the ends. The only slight exception is for very damaged hair. If you hang onto split ends too long, the split will grow upward. Do go to the salon every two or three months and ask for a quick split end trim.
Myth: You Need to Regular Change Up Your Hair Products
Reality: Nope, use what you like! Your shampoo doesn’t change with time and your hair doesn’t “get used to it.” If you aren’t happy with the results, consider what has changed and then think about your product routine. Your hair might be drier in the winter so you may need something to add a kick of moisture. If you have been using a lot of product or a particularly thick conditioner, you may need to use a clarifying shampoo every week or two. But, ultimately, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Myth: Washing Your Hair Causes It to Produce More Oil
Reality: The most important thing is to pay attention to your hair. If you have oily hair, you are going to need to wash it more often. If you have thick, dry hair then you can probably go an extra day or two without washing
Myth: Cold Hair Makes Your Hair Shiny
Reality: There is a little bit of truth to this but it’s not worth freezing in the shower for it. Cold water will close the cuticle and make it look shinier but not for long. You hair cuticle with open up a bit more, especially if you use a hair drier, so don’t worry too much about a cold rinse.
Myth: Plucking Grey Hair will Cause More Grey Hair
Reality: Only one hair is going to grow from each hair follicle. Plucking one will not cause two hairs to grow back. However, there is no benefit to plucking. In fact, the irritation of plucking can actually damage the follicle and stop any hair, grey or otherwise, from growing back.
Myth: The Right Products Will Mend Split Ends
Reality: Split ends are split ends. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them off. There are many products that can bind the hairs together and gloss over them but they won’t actually create a permanent change. If you have split ends, cut them off.