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What’s the real truth about hair care? With so much gossip going around, it’s hard for women to know whether everything they’re told is 100% true. So, what’s the real deal? For women who have hundreds of questions regarding hair care crowding their minds, it’s time to distinguish between fact and fiction. Here are 10 hair myths that women really should know about.
1) A New Shampoo = Shinier Hair
Although switching shampoos gives hair a new, fruity smell, it unfortunately doesn’t make hair any shinier. It may make women feel more vibrant, fresher and more beautiful but scientifically it won’t make a difference to the appearance of hair. Hair molecules are in fact dead, so they won’t respond to a different shampoo. Women should decide on a shampoo suited to their hair type and stick with it if they like it!
2) Don’t condition greasy hair!
Women with hair that gets greasy fast, should give their brush a much-needed break in de-tangling those knots because the rumours aren’t true! Women can use conditioner even if they have greasy hair. Simply use as normal on the middle and ends of hair but don’t apply to roots. Using conditioner will make hair silky smooth, and stop that frustrating fight between the brush and those stubborn locks.
3) Brushing hair will make it fall out
Don’t worry, this is a complete myth. Brushing hair will not make it fall out. Women who suffer from alopecia need not fear either; hair won’t fall out faster by brushing it. If it’s ready to come out it will, but brushing it won’t pull out any more so put those fears to rest!
4) Hair never changes
Women are probably familiar with this myth; hair texture and colour will never change, women are stuck with what their Mama gave them! However, science has proven that there are several factors (such as diet, hormones and medicine) that can affect hair molecules, as the roots themselves are alive. So, women who are dying for curly locks or aching for straight, silky hair are in luck, maybe one day it’ll happen…
5) It grows the same for everyone
Women who are waiting for their hair to grow and are frustrated that the process is taking much longer than it did for their best friend will unfortunately just have to carry on waiting. Each individual’s hair grows at its own rate. So just be patient and let it do its thing.
6) A regular trim = longer hair faster
This is a common myth amongst the world of hair care. Although regularly trimming hair will help it to stay looking well and healthy as it’ll get rid of all those angry, split ends, it won’t make it grow faster. But don’t fear; it won’t make it grow slower either. Hair is recorded to grow on average a quarter of an inch each month, and unfortunately it isn’t about to change just because you have the ends snipped regularly.
7) For healthy hair, wash once a day
How often women should wash their hair is something that depends entirely upon their hair type. Women should find a routine which suits them, whether that is washing hair twice a week, every other day or once a day.
8) For a shinier look, rinse with cold water
Although women would no doubt love this to be true, unlucky for them it doesn’t actually make a difference. Hair doesn’t react differently to water temperatures, so the most important thing is to get a good conditioner rather than getting cold after a nice, hot shower.
9) ‘Natural’ products = chemical free
Women should look twice before buying over the counter products; they may not be as ‘natural’ as they seem. Often hair products use lighter chemicals that aren’t mentioned on the cover. So women should read the contents carefully before digging into their purse.
10) Eating crusts makes hair curly
An old classic, everyone probably knows that this myth isn’t true. But oh how women wish it was! Without a doubt, many Women would start eating up their crusts rather than face the smell of the perming lotion once again!
Knowing about these 10 common hair myths will help women to figure the best routines and products for their hair. From having to wash hair once a day to eating spaghetti to get curly locks, these hair myths range from the almost convincing to the absurd! Women looking for the best ways to look after their hair, should stay away from these common myths and simply do what feels right.
An article by Maria Hubbard on behalf of Merritts for Hair, stockists of Evo hair products.