There are a lot of hairstyle and hair care myths out there that can be really misleading, whether you're choosing a new shampoo or trying to work out if you need to get your hair trimmed. To make it all a little clearer, we've debunked five of the most common hair myths below!
1/ Regular trims make hair grow faster
When your hair grows, the new hair comes from your scalp, not the ends, so getting your hair trimmed doesn't actually impact the rate of growth. However, getting regular trims to remove split and damaged ends will stop the damage from spreading up the hair shaft, thus reducing the overall amount of hair that needs to be removed.
2/ Products can fix split ends
Bad news, ladies, only a trim can eliminate split ends once and for all! While products can add shine and smooth split ends to reduce their overall visibility, nothing can "fix" them except your stylist and a pair of scissors.
3/ You should wash your hair everyday
Having clean hair feels great, but over-shampooing can strip your hair of natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. For some people, washing their every other day works really well, while others only shampoo once or twice a week. It's all about finding the right rhythm for your hair type and scalp, so you may need to engage in a little trial and error to find out what works best for you.
4/ If you have greasy hair, you should skip conditioner
Greasy hair happens when your scalp produces too much oil, but the lengths and ends of your hair can still dry out when not conditioned properly. Instead of ditching conditioner altogether, only apply it to the lengths and ends, taking care to avoid your roots completely. When your hair is dry, you can then use dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and keep your roots looking fresh throughout the day.
5/ You should brush your hair often, and a lot!
Despite what your grandma may have told you about 100 brush strokes a day making your hair soft and shiny, over-brushing can pull and stretch your hair, which can lead to breakage. For detangling purposes, gently work your way up from the bottom (rather than tearing through the knots from the top down), and don't keep brushing your hair once it's tangle-free.