There are so many tips and advice out there that tell you about how you should and shouldn’t take care of your hair, and honestly, it can get confusing at times. Being able to differentiate facts from myths is essential because some of these myths might damage your hair.
You have heard tons of tips over the years, and you probably don't know where to begin your research. Well, you don’t have to, because we did it for you! We’re in 2021, and these are the hair myths you need to stop believing in already.
- Myth #1: Frequent shampooing damages the hair
- Myth #2: Plucking one grey hair makes two grow in its place
- Myth #3: Dry shampoo causes hair fall
- Myth #4: If the shampoo doesn’t lather, it’s not effective
- Myth #5: Air-drying is better than blow-drying
Myth #1: Frequent shampooing damages the hair
There’s a never-ending debate on shampooing hair every day as it could damage your tresses. It's both true and false; here’s what you need to know. Those with a naturally oily scalp and an active lifestyle should wash their hair every day to get rid of sweat and oil accumulation. Those with dry scalp or hair should limit it to thrice a week to prevent excessive dryness caused by frequent washing.
Myth #2: Plucking one grey hair makes two grow in its place
Spotting the first strand of grey hair never goes down easy. Your first instinct is to pluck it but then hear someone saying the age-old myth — plucking one grey hair makes two grow in its place. The only reason you shouldn’t be doing this is because it can cause scarring or thinning. But it will definitely not cause more grey strand to grow.
Myth #3: Dry shampoo causes hair fall
Dry shampoo is a blessing in disguise, and it has saved us the trouble of washing, conditioning, drying and styling so many times. However, one myth associated with dry shampoo is that it can clog hair follicles and make your hair fall out. Not true at all. Dry shampoos contain oil-absorbing ingredients like talc, powder or starch that can easily be washed off. But make sure you spray it from a distance.
Myth #4: If the shampoo doesn’t lather, it’s not effective
This is probably the oldest and most ridiculous myth we’ve come across. The only reason shampoos lather is because they contain sulphates, but this ingredient can make your hair excessively dry. Get your hands on a sulphate-free shampoo as they are gentle on hair, and don’t strip it of its natural oils. Shampoos like the Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo are recommended for colour treated hair as it gently cleanses hair, and keeps the vibrancy of your hair colour intact.
Myth #5: Air-drying is better than blow-drying
This one is both true and false. While a blast of hot hair can be pretty damaging to the hair’s surface, air-drying can cause more damage within the hair strands, says a recent study. This is because your stays exposed to water for longer durations and cause it to swell up and lead to more damage. Use the lowest setting on your dryer and hold it six inches away from your hair.