Did You Know…
From my experience of working with hundreds of clients every month, there is still a lot of confusion and doubt regarding certain facts about the hair and its health. Therefore to make things clear, I have listed the most common questions and statements that I came across while working at the hair industry.
Below is a list of the most common MYTHS and the TRUE FACTS to contradict them.
Myth #1: Washing your hair daily is bad for you because it strips out the nutrients and vitamins from your hair.
FACT: Keeping your hair clean and protected from damage is important, so washing your hair every day with a good, quality shampoo and conditioner nourishes the scalp and leaves the hair healthy, shiny and full of good nutrients. Today’s professional shampoos and conditioners actually have great ingredients in them which are meant to improve the condition of your hair, even if you use them every day. However, if you feel that there is no need to wash it daily, don’t.
Myth #2: Cutting your hair will make it grow faster and thicker.
FACT: Cutting the hair will not make it grow faster or thicker, because first of all, the hair grows from the roots, not from the ends. And your genetic code will determine how thick and long your hair is meant to be. Cutting will simply prevent the ends from splitting and breaking, and will keep it growing healthier, which will make it appear longer. Therefore you should keep cutting it regularly.
Myth #3: Change your shampoos often, because the hair gets used to them and then the effect is not the same.
FACT: If you are using a professional shampoo that suits your type of hair and scalp, the results will be perfect every time you wash it, even if you use it for a long period of time.
Myth #4: Your hair texture will never change (from curly to straight and vice versa).
FACT: Many factors can affect the texture of your hair and change it over time. It can change with age, nutritional changes, pregnancy and hormonal changes, and other external factors such as medication intake, and chemotherapy can also affect it. Treating your hair chemically (colors, perms, relaxers) can change its texture over time as well.
Myth #5: You are not supposed to use conditioner if your scalp tends to become greasy.
FACT: If greasy scalp is your problem, you can simply skip the scalp when using conditioner, but the ends can definitely benefit from it. If your hair is shorter than your chin, you might not even need to use conditioner, because the scalp produces the oil which can reach the ends.
Myth #6: If you get grey hair, that means you are aging.
FACT: Grey hair can happen at a very young age. Mine for example started turning grey at 22. This has a lot to do with genetics. However, you should pay attention for other signs that might indicate that your body is aging such as changes in the texture of the hair, thinning, dullness, over-dryness, and a lifeless feeling to the hair. Grey hair is certainly the most noticeable sign of aging, but definitely not the only sign.
Watch for the next article where I will share How to Keep your Body & Mind from Aging.
Myth #7: It is better to brush your hair when it is wet.
FACT: Your hair is very porous in nature. Water makes it very sensitive and flexible therefore making it more fragile and prone to breakage. Dry your hair almost completely (to about 80%), and only then brush it with a wide-toothed comb or with the “Wet Brush”.
Myth #8: The sun is good for your hair and makes it appear shinier.
FACT: Your hair is the most exposed area in your body and it is the first one that gets hit by the sun’s rays. Have you noticed how much lighter your hair gets in the summer? I wouldn’t be too happy about it. Your hair just got sunburned, just like your skin does. The UV rays are simply bleaching the pigments in your hair. Moreover, overexposure to the sun may cause serious dryness of the hair, split ends, and breakage over time. When you know you are going to overexpose your hair to the sun, keep it covered or use a Sun Protecting Spray
More Myths and Facts to come your way…
Stay tuned, stay educated.
(From the book The Secrets your Hairdresser was Always Hiding by David Buriev)
Author: David Buriev (AKA The Hair Healer)