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5 most common hair care myths debunked for you!

Published on:28 August 2021, 09:00am IST
Ever been told that frequent shampooing damages your hair? Well, that's a myth, and you should not believe it! Check out more myths around hair care here.
Aayushi Gupta
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You need to stop believing these myths if you really want to take better care of your hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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There are several tips and tricks to deal with hair issues. But how many of them really work? Some of them are merely myths that can backfire and how! Therefore, it is imperative to know whether to believe it or not. We are here to help you in revealing the most common hair care myths. 

Separating myths from facts is essential for you to be able to properly pamper your tresses. These are the hair myths that you should stop believing right away: 

Myth 1: Brush more for healthier hair

This is the common hair care myth that the more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be. That is not the case at all. In fact, excessive brushing may do more harm than good. Since childhood, you might have heard about combing the hair 100 times, but this is now known to risk damaging your mane. Brush gently for styling only – not to stimulate the scalp.

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Do not comb your harshly! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Myth 2: Oily hair should be washed every day

Even if you have oily hair, it is not okay to wash it every day. So how often should you wash your hair? Well, oil is the biggest culprit behind what we consider dirty hair. But no matter how many times you wash, the oil gland activity is not going to reduce. You should wash your hair on alternative days to reduce the greasy or oily look

Myth 3: Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster

Trimming your hair doesn’t affect growth! The reality is a bit different. Frequent trims can help your hair appear longer by trimming off split ends and making the hair appear fuller and healthier, but the actual cutting of the ends does not affect your hair’s growth from the roots. 

Myth 4: If you pluck one grey hair, two will grow back in its place

Spotting the first stand of grey hair never goes down easy. This myth only seems true because one grey hair usually means more grey hair. And this is probably believed because people plucked one grey hair and then noticed more afterwards. The hair turns grey or white when the pigment cells in the hair follicles stop producing melanin. Hence plucking the grey hair will not increase their number.

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There are many reasons which can give you grey hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Myth 5: Wearing hats can cause hair loss

Wearing a hat typically does not cause hair loss but it is possible that anything a person puts on their head may cause hair loss if it pulls the hair. Also, if you do not keep your hat clean, it may cause scalp infections. So keep the hat clean and remember to wash your hair and just make sure it isn’t too tight.

Myth 6: Frequent shampooing damages your hair

Amongst the many myths that persist around hair washing, the most common one is that over-shampooing leads to hair fall. In reality, it is not the practice of washing your hair, but the chemical-based shampoo you use that may make your hair dry and brittle, eventually leading to hair fall. How often you cleanse your mane is entirely up to you and is dependent upon your hair type, hairstyle, and lifestyle. But you ought to make sure you’re washing your hair with a shampoo that is formulated for your hair type at least every couple of days as infrequent washing can lead to a buildup of dead cells, product residue, oil, and bacteria—all of which can cause inflammation (a.k.a the serious damage).

Myth 7: Cold showers make your hair shiny

It’s a myth that cold water makes your hair shiny. The reasoning goes that icy water closes the hair’s cuticle. But there is no scientific backing behind this one. If shiny hair is what you’re after, a good conditioner and healthy, clean hair is the first step.

If you find yourself falling for some common hair myths, stop right there. 

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.