When it comes to keeping your hair and scalp healthy, there seems to be a lot of contradictory information out there. Everyone seems to be an expert these days, offering unsolicited advice on how to maintain healthy hair and in many cases the information is entirely wrong. To help you understand what’s true and what’s not, we’ve looked at 5 common misconceptions relating to hair health.
“YOU SHOULD CUT YOUR HAIR TO MAKE IT GROW FASTER”
This is entirely untrue. Cutting the ends of your hair can’t make it grow any faster out of your scalp. Hair grows on average between ½ and ¼ inches on a monthly basis but this can differ from person to person. We do recommend trimming your hair from time to time because it will make any unhealthy split ends disappear but it certainly won’t help your hair grow any faster.
“SHAMPOOING DAILY IS GOOD FOR YOU”
While it’s important to keep your hair and scalp clean, daily shampooing can actually cause more harm than good. Your scalp releases natural oils that seep through the pores and keep it healthy and using shampoo too often can cause these oils to disappear leaving you with a dry scalp. For maximum effectiveness that keeps your head healthy and naturally moist make sure to shampoo no more than three times a week.
“COMB OR BRUSH YOUR HAIR AT LEAST 100 TIMES”
Your mother or an aunty may have told you to brush your hair 100 times on each side, but in reality this is far too much hair brushing and it can even lead to damaged hair. Overcombing hair results in thinning and unnecessary breakage. While we do recommend combing or brushing your hair daily due to its ability to distribute natural oils around your scalp and hair – we advise that you do it with caution. Also make sure to use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with circular tips at the end of the bristles to ensure that you comb with care.
“COLD WATER SHOWERS MAKE YOUR HAIR SHINY”
When it comes to other parts of your body it’s true that cold water closes up your pores and seals natural oils in. With your scalp however, it is an entirely different story. In fact, there is no proof whatsoever that leads to the idea of cold showers being better for your scalp that warm water – or that it can make your hair shine. What experts actually recommend when having a shower is to ensure that you are not standing directly under the showerhead when washing your hair, ensuring that the waterfalls directly to the middle area of your hair instead. This will better help preserve natural oils in your scalp and hair.
“PLUCKING ONE GREY HAIR MAKES TWO GROW BACK”
Let’s face it – none of us like the idea of ageing and we tend to associate going grey with growing old. The reality is that various factors make your hair grey including sinus or thyroid problems that cause premature greying. The real myth to bust here is the fact that plucking out a stray grey hair can cause more hairs to grow in its place. We have to remember that one pore in your scalp can create only one hair so there is no science behind the idea of two – or more – growing back in its place. Also plucking out hairs can cause scalp damage so we recommend snipping them if you find them troublesome.