Hair care doesn’t seem to be challenging, right? Basically it comes down to washing and conditioning. If you do this correctly, you should be fine. Welp, you know it well that sometimes this is not enough.
Hair and hair care in general are a very broad subject. The worst about it is that we keep coming across inconsistent pieces of information, which makes taking care of hair so frustrating. Today, I’m going to analyze five common hair care myths so you will finally know how to take good care of your strands. Let’s start, shall we?
1. Regular trims make your hair grow faster
Absolutely not! This is the biggest fake news, or to put it differently, the most persistent myth concerning hair care I know. Obviously, people think that because hair ends get damaged as it grows; you can see the tips break, split and thin out, which makes your hair look shorter. But you get rid of this problem when you have the hair trimmed regularly, which is every 2-3 months. It’s also true that freshly washed hair with healthy ends looks thicker, healthier and seems to be more resilient. So, this is it 🙂
2. You need to thin a shampoo with water before putting it on the scalp
Well… yes! Girls, if I’m not wrong, this is one of the very first things that all hair-freaks emphasize. In other words, thinning shampoo with water is one of the basic rules of hair care. Let me explain this to you by drawing your attention to the fact that cleansers are highly concentrated solutions. So, if you don’t want a shampoo to weigh your hair down, or if you want to reduce the number of rubs made while washing the hair, always thin a shampoo with water before putting it on the scalp. On top of that, this technique will save you some money because you will use less shampoo per washing.
3. Washing hair every day causes damage
This is false! Frequent washing doesn’t damage your strands, unless you do it in a wrong way. Assuming that you wash your hair correctly (you thin the shampoo with water, don’t pull on hair while washing, don’t use rough towels to remove excess water, etc.), you can wash your hair as often as you wish. Don’t torture your hair with grease because somebody told you that you shouldn’t wash the hair more often than every 4-5 days. Last but not least, if you need to wash the hair every day, or every other day, make sure that the shampoo you use is free from aggressive cleansers. Oh, and always match the shampoo to your current scalp needs.
4. Costly hair care products are better and safer
No, no, and once again, no. It doesn’t work that way. Obviously, it often happens that the cheapest shampoos are filled with heavy silicones and surfactants that irritate the scalp and contribute to hair dryness. Believe me or not, some luxurious and top-shelf products also happen to be formulated with controversial ingredients. My advice is to instead of checking the price, first scan the list of ingredients. It’s crucial to know how your hair reacts to particular substances. Perhaps some of them are too heavy for your strands? There are many hidden gems in bottom-shelf beauty products.
5. You can fix split ends
All the ads trying to convince me that a conditioner, or more worryingly a shampoo, is able to fix and merge the split ends always make me laugh. There is no cosmetic that could do that. If you want to keep the tips of your hair healthy, cut them and then introduce a good serum or cosmetic oil to your hair routine. Such products will protect your hair ends from splitting.
Do you know other hair care myths that need to be confirmed/debunked? List them in the comments, and I will express my opinion about them 🙂