TOP 10 HAIR MYTHS... Busting misconceptions
We’ve busted the biggest misconceptions so you know the simple truths behind great hair…
1 The lie: Frequent trims make your hair grow faster.
THE TRUTH: Sorry to tell you, but cutting the ends of your hair doesn’t affect the follicles in your scalp, which determine how fast and how much your hair grows. It actually grows at a rate of a quarter-inch every month (bearing in mind this varies from person to person), whether or not you cut it.
2 The lie: You should switch shampoo types often, otherwise your hair becomes ‘too used’ to a particular product.
THE TRUTH: Absolute nonsense! Stick to whatever you like to use – the results you have will be the same each time!
3 The lie: Rinsing hair in cold water makes it shinier, as it closes your hair’s cuticles to make them flat and light-reflective.
THE TRUTH: Your hair is not alive—it can’t react to cold or hot water, full stop. If you want shine, use a shine spray.
4 The lie: Brush your hair as much as possible to distribute its natural oils more evenly and promote growth.
THE TRUTH: Brushing actually heightens the risk of breakage and split ends—so only do so when you need to! Make sure you use the correct brush for your hair type, too.
5 The lie: If you shampoo less often, your hair will get used to it and over time produce less oil.
THE TRUTH: Your hair will always produce the same amount of oil, as it’s all down to your genetic make-up. Sorry, sufferers of oil-prone hair!
6 The lie: Stress makes your hair fall out
THE TRUTH: Although you lose between 50 to 120 strands of hair each day, it’s possible that you may lose a few more strands when you’re “catastrophically” stressed, meaning you have had a major life change such as a divorce, lost job, or experienced the death of a loved one. Major hair loss however isn’t caused by stress.
7 The lie: You should always wash your hair twice—a first time to remove build-up and dirt, and a second time to refresh the hair.
THE TRUTH: It doesn’t matter how many times you wash your hair, one shampoo will always do the trick!
8 The lie: You can mend damaged or split hair with the right conditioning treatments.
THE TRUTH: While such treatments may help replenish dry or porous hair, the only way to truly handle a damaged or split mane is to cut it off and start again!
9 The lie: Dandruff is a result of having a dry scalp.
THE TRUTH: Suffering from dandruff and having a dry scalp are two different things. Dandruff happens when natural yeast deposits on the scalp react with it, causing skin on the scalp to shed. A dry scalp on the other hand can be caused by lack of hydration, season changes or if a shampoo and conditioner strips the hair of its natural oil. Dandruff requires treatment, whereas plenty of moisturising treatments are all you need for dryness.
10 The lie: Conditioners containing silicone can build up on hair and strip your colour.
THE TRUTH: Most conditioners contain silicones as they target damaged areas of the hair. As long as you rinse properly, they should help maintain good hair condition without making your mane feel heavy.