Should you brush your hair several times a day? Does a shampoo become less effective with continued use? Will frequent trims give you longer hair? If you have tried to look up answers to these on the Internet, you are likely to have ended up more confused than before. Hold on, SMITI MUNWANI brings you the fact of the matter.
Myth: Brush your hair 100 times a day.
Fact: Over-brushing stresses the hair and also distributes more sebum, making the hair oilier. It can lead to faster hair breakage and damage. Brush hair just as little as required.
Myth: You must change your shampoo frequently because the same product stops working after prolonged use.
Fact: If you are happy with the results of the shampoo you use, simply stick to it. You may need to change the shampoo for other reasons such as weather, humidity, hormonal changes or even age, otherwise you don’t.
Myth: Split-ends can be repaired with certain products.
Fact: Split-ends can only be repaired by cutting the ends off. Some hair repair products may make your hair look better and offer a protective covering, but split-ends don’t and won’t join back.
Myth: When you get a haircut, your hair grows faster and will have more volume.
Fact: Hair growth is not affected by frequent trims. A haircut makes the hair look fuller because it levels hair that has strands with different lengths and growing at different rates.
Myth: If you pluck out a grey strand, two or more will grow in its place.
Fact: A hair follicle is such that only one strand grows out of it, so you will not get more grey hair due to plucking. However, plucking is not good for the scalp. If you do notice more grey hair, it’ll be due to other factors.
Myth: Shampoo your hair only once a week.
Fact: While some experts say that shampooing every day will not harm the hair as long as you use good quality products, others say that hair can be safely shampooed only two to three times a week. As a basic rule, shampoo when you feel your hair is dirty.
Myth: You should use styling products on wet hair.
Fact: You should never use styling products on wet hair as their effect will be diluted and you will be wasting the product that will simply drip down. Some products may be used on towel-dried or damp hair, while some products need to be used only on dry hair – check label instructions.
Myth: Using cold water for the last rinse will help seal the cuticles and make the hair shinier.
Fact: Your hair does not have living cells that will react to hot or cold. If you want shinier hair, use a serum or gloss product that will make your hair look silky.
Myth: Get a trim every six weeks.
Fact: A good haircut should stay reasonably wearable for two to three months. You may need to go for a trim more often only if want to strictly maintain a particular, short style.
Myth:Don’t brush wet hair, only comb it.
Fact: If you use a wide-bristled brush and use it gently, you will achieve the same effect as using a wide-toothed comb. Sometimes a brush can be gentler on the hair than a comb.