We have all once been told that the reason that our hair isn’t long or healthy is because of things that we are doing incorrectly and that instead, we should follow what "Suzy McSue" from an old YouTube channel said to do. However, sometimes the advice people give us about our hair is not always the best. There are a variety of myths that have been around for ages and have been around for so long that people have mistaken them for the truth. However, misinformation often leads to more issues down the line. That is why we are here to put an end to these false tips and tricks and inform you about 10 haircare myths that have been debunked so that you don’t make the same mistake.
Brush your hair with 100 strokes a day to promote healthy hair growth
Can you imagine stroking your hair 100 times in a row? Believe it or not, this is one of the most commonly known myths about hair. Brushing your hair consistently and repetitively can do more harm than good as it can pull out your hair, cause split ends, and even cause traction alopecia. The constant pulling and tugging on the hair from the brush can cause the hair follicle to loosen and detach itself from the scalp, and overtime causes traction alopecia or hair loss. Brushing dry and brittle hair for long periods could also cause the hair to break off at the ends. The truth is that damaged hair is very fragile, and to promote healthy hair growth, the amount that the hair needs to be brushed should be limited to untangle knots and to distribute oils from roots to ends.
Haircuts and trims make your hair grow quicker and healthier if they’re done more frequently
This is another misconception and has been debunked. Consistently cutting your hair will not make your hair grow faster, as it does not affect your scalp, which is where the hair grows directly from. Yes, cutting and getting rid of pesky split ends and damaged hair will result in healthier looking hair, but it won’t affect the growth process. Otherwise, who wouldn't have long hair?!
Color sticks better to dirty hair
Hair dye does not stick better to dirty hair; in fact, it has been told that hair that is freshly washed leads to the hair looking more even and helps the color last longer. Dirty hair is only recommended if you are going to be bleaching the roots of the hair since the oils on the scalp will help protect it from becoming irritated from the strong dying and bleaching chemicals.
You should wash your hair in cold water
This is not true; your hair is a dead protein. Hence it does not have living cells that could react to whether the water is cold or hot. So whether your water is any given temperature, it should not affect your hair.
Hair doesn’t need to be conditioned
Even though it is hard to believe, some people firmly believe that conditioning the hair is entirely unnecessary. However, conditioners help the hair retain moisture and shine, helping it look healthier and stronger. For example, Nutrifuse’s Moisture-Rich Conditioner is made with natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Collagen, Keratin, and Argan oil to nourish, condition, and restore damaged, fragile hair. A good conditioner as such is supposed to help restore natural shine and prevent breakage for stronger looking hair.
Loose hair while asleep is better for your hair
Leaving your hair loose or untied can be worse for your hair than putting your hair up in a loose bun or loose ponytail. The constant rolling around in bed or moving while you are asleep can cause the hair to tangle and eventually leads to breakage or hair loss. It is recommended to fall asleep with a bun or ponytail as it could prevent unwanted damage to the hair.
Drying hair naturally is best
Leaving the hair to dry naturally is not always the best for your hair as it can boost the amount of time that it takes for your hair to dry, hence increasing the amount of time that it takes for the hair to retain moisture. Hair that holds a lot of water may cause the hair membrane to swell and become damaged, leading the hair to become weak over time. This explains why the hair is at its most fragile state when it is wet, and it is recommended to use the dryer with cold air to dry the air or warm air at a distance for the best results. We also recommend using Nutrifuse’s Thermal Spray for added heat protection when blow-drying your hair.
Your hair gets used to hair products
No evidence proves this statement to be true. Hair cannot get used to products or build any tolerance for them. However, if products no longer meet your hair needs, then that could be because there may have been external changes to your hair such as coloring, hair growth, cutting, relaxing, and styling that may need to be addressed with the addition of other products. Even environmental factors may change your hair needs due to weather changes such as humidity, hot air, or cold and dry air.
Pulling out gray hairs will make more grow
Plucking out gray hairs is not going to make more gray hairs appear in its place. The only thing that could happen by tearing or pulling any gray hair is that you will make the hair follicle weaken which may lead to hair loss or thinning. However, even if you pull a gray hair, a gray hair will grow out.
You should use dry shampoo more than real conditioner
You should not use dry shampoo more than a real conditioner. Dry shampoo should only be used for its intended purpose of extending the life of a hairstyle, adding volume, or getting rid of excess oils on the scalp. Nevertheless, dry shampoo should never replace the use of essential shampoo and conditioner or a proper wash.
Not washing your hair makes It grow longer
Not washing your hair is probably one of the worst things that you could do for your hair. Yes, maybe going 1 or 2 days without a wash may be okay, but hair should be washed frequently for proper care. Not doing so will cause the hair to become dirty, dry, prone to buildup, and eventually breakage. Therefore, not washing your hair for long periods is worse than washing your hair on a day to day basis.
You can fix your split ends
One cannot repair or fix dead or split ends. When the hair is split at the ends of the hair, it is usually due to damage caused by heat, styling, coloring, or a combination of the three. Split ends occur when the hair cuticle is no longer intact, which creates weak and brittle strands that eventually lead to breakage and frizz.
You should sleep with wet hair because it’s better for your hair
The truth is that your hair is at its weakest when wet, and falling asleep with wet hair can cause extreme damage and breakage. Not only does it cause the hair to break while you sleep and move around, but it can lead to bacterial growth on your sheets and pillows as well as dandruff. You heard that correctly. Sleeping with wet hair can cause flakes or accumulation of bacterial growth on your scalp, and who wants that?!
All in all, we hope you enjoyed learning about the different types of hair myths that have been debunked so that you can learn how to take care of your hair the right way. If you have any further questions about the products mentioned in this blog or would like to purchase them, call: 1-855-747-9292 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Arisleidi Hernandez