Four common hair myths debunked

Everyone knows they’re supposed to get their hair cut regularly and that washing your hair too often can end up damaging it, but what if I told you that everything you know about hair care is wrong? Well, maybe not all of it, but a considerable amount!

There are quite a few hair myths that we all seem to believe in, but I’m here to prove them wrong:

Regular trims will make your hair grow faster

As mentioned, this myth is completely untrue. The only thing this will do is to make your hair look thicker, as by cutting off the ends you can often get rid of the thin, split ends that can be such a hassle to deal with. This makes your hair look healthier, but it won’t grow faster as a result.

This is because it doesn’t affect the hair follicles, which can be found in your scalp. You should definitely go for regular hair appointments if you want to keep your hair in good condition though, as getting rid of split ends is always a good idea!

Washing every other day will make hair less greasy

This is a myth that I recently bought into, having resisted it for so long. I’ve always washed my hair every day because, if I don’t, it becomes greasy instantly. I was sick of getting up at the crack of dawn to shampoo my hair, so decided to try out the every other day method. Needless to say, I still got greasy hair.

The fact is, the amount of oil your scalp produces is down to your genetics, not how often you wash your hair.

You have to switch shampoos often

You can use the same shampoo and conditioner for a lifetime, if you really like. You hair doesn’t ‘get used’ to hair products and stop responding to them. However, if you think your hair has changed slightly, such as it’s become dry when it’s always been normal before, something else might be causing it.

Consider whether you’ve recently started dying your hair, and if you’re using heated styling tools more often, as this can dramatically change the texture of your hair. Use specialist products to keep your hair looking good, but don’t bother switching your shampoo each month.

Cold water makes hair shinier

If you’ve been suffering through cold showers in an attempt to get shiny locks, I’m sorry to say that you’ve been wasting your time. The theory behind this myth is that you can get the cuticle of your hair to close by washing it with cold water, which will make hair shinier instead of fluffy.

This can be likened to the idea of splashing your face with cold water to close the pores (which really does work!), but hair isn’t a living thing like skin is. It doesn’t react to water temperature – when hair goes frizzy because of humidity it’s because there’s actually water vapour in the air!

What do you think of these hair myths – have you always believed in them? Do you know of any others?

This post was written by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Hershesons, a hair salon based in and around London. You can visit the official site now to buy Hershesons hair accessories and styling tools.

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