The internet is the biggest benefactor when it comes to finding quick tips for something, especially hair care. Calling your stylist may be more informative and trustworthy, but they might not pick up. The internet is always there for you — unless your Wi-Fi is out — but how will you know if you can trust it? Below, we’ll take a look at the truth behind common hair myths.
Towel Dry Your Hair.
According to Health.com, never towel dry your hair vigorously after a wash. This can be rough on your hair and cause breakage. From now on, gently squeeze your hair with a towel, then use a wide-toothed comb to comb and remove excess water.
Wearing Hats Promotes Hair Loss.
According to His Hair Clinic, the only way for a hat to cause hair loss is if it’s so tight it cuts off blood circulation to your scalp. This would also cause headaches. Health.com says that hair loss stems from genetics rather than what you wear, and that you can counteract the hair loss with minoxidil or rogaine.
Dandruff Is a Sign of a Dry Scalp.
It’s always stated that dandruff comes from a dry scalp, but the truth, according to Health.com, is that dandruff comes from an oily scalp. Dandruff is a reaction to a certain type of yeast created by oils on the skin. To combat this, don’t cut down on washing. Instead, use anti-dandruff shampoo.
Coloring Your Hair Is Unhealthy.
While bleaching can cause major damage to your hair, such as thinning and breakage, not all color treatments are bad for you. Some color treatments contain extra conditioners and can make your locks look thicker. When coloring your hair, always go darker.
Split Ends Can Be Mended.
They can’t. End of story. Good Housekeeping reports that your only options are to cut them off or apply a product with beeswax or silicone. The beeswax or silicone products temporarily seal split ends and soften your hair.
Plucking a Gray Hair Leads to Two More Growing Back.
Your hair is not the Hydra of Greek mythology. In addition to pain, plucking out your gray hairs will lead to less hair rather than more. Hair becomes weaker and stops growing back if you pluck too much, and plucking can cause damage to your roots as well.
Trimming Stimulates Hair Growth.
It doesn’t. Hair growth speed deals more with hormones rather than a simple trim. Hair typically grows half an inch per month whether it’s cut or not. Though it may not increase hair growth speed, trimming has the added benefit of removing split ends and preventing breakage. For the healthiest hair, you should get a trim every six to eight weeks.
Remedy for Dry/Sun-Damage Hair:
½ cup honey
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
Before using, make sure hair is clean and damp. Mix ingredients and massage mixture into hair. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse hair with warm water. For extremely sun-damaged hair, add 1 to 2 tablespoons mashed avocado or egg yolk. This will help replenish keratin protein binds that ultra-violet rays attack. Use mixture once a month.
Remedy for an Itchy Scalp:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Mix ingredients, then massage into damp hair. Let sit for 20 minutes, rinse out, and shampoo hair. Use treatment every other week.
Written by: Bryce Ethridge