Remember when your mum used to tell you to eat your crusts so your hair would go curly? Most of us cottoned on to that fib as we grew up (with very flat hair, may we add – thanks for the false hope, mum), but there are plenty of other hair mantras that we all carry into adulthood believing to be true. You might have heard some of these from friends, family members or even stylists over the years. Some are true, some are complete nonsense, and others have elements of truth in them. Here are 7 of the most popular hair myths, and whether they’re total fact or complete fiction.
Hair Myth 1: Should I Change My Shampoo Regularly?
If you’ve ever heard that your shampoo will stop working once your hair gets too used to it, you’re not alone. It’s commonly spouted that you need to switch up your shampoo and conditioner around every 6 months to keep your hair in the best condition – but according to the experts, this isn’t the case.
If your shampoo has suddenly stopped giving you the same results, then there are a number of factors that might have caused this, but simply getting used to it isn’t one of them. Changes in the weather, environment and even the condition of your hair (if you’ve recently had it coloured, for example) can all impact on the effectiveness of your shampoo. It can be a good idea to try products better suited to these needs, but if nothing’s changed with your hair and you’ve found a shampoo that works for you, there’s no reason at all to stop using it. Yay!
Hair Myth 2: Will Getting My Hair Trimmed Make It Grow Faster?
When you’re trying to grow your hair, you’ll hear a lot of people telling you that regular trims are a must if you want to see speedy results. This one is partly true. The act of cutting your hair doesn’t actually make it grow faster – hair grows from the root and so what happens at the ends really has no impact. However, if we let the ends of our hair get damaged and split, then this hair will break off or appear thin and wispy – giving the impression that the length hasn’t changed at all.
Having your hair regularly trimmed will keep it in much better condition, and make sure the ends looks thicker and healthier as it grows. This will result in longer looking hair than if you leave it uncut.
Verdict: Fact (kind of)
Hair Myth 3: Should I Rinse My Hair in Cold Water?
Some people swear by giving their hair a final rinse with freezing cold water in the shower to lock in shine. While this will no doubt wake you up in the morning, there’s no proof that it actually benefits your hair in any way. When styling your hair, a blast of cold hair from your hairdryer can help to set your style; but experts recommend actually washing your hair in lukewarm water from start to finish.
Hair Myth 4: Can I Use Products to Mend My Split Ends?
Women spend thousands each year on products they think will fix their split ends, but do such products actually exist? Er, not really. There are plenty of products that can improve the appearance of split ends – these will often do so by smoothing down the hair and temporarily ‘gluing’ it back together. However, there’s no permanent solution to fix split ends. All that will ultimately work is getting them snipped off. Time to pay a visit to your local Supercuts, we think!
Hair Myth 5: Will Chlorine Turn My Hair Green?
Blondes have long been plagued with the warning that a dip in the pool on holiday will result in their hair going green. But while there is some truth to this rumour, there’s no need to avoid swimming altogether. The reaction is actually caused by traces of copper in pool water, which are oxidised by chlorine, and it will only really happen if your hair is exposed to the water for long periods of time.
If you soak your hair with fresh water before getting in the pool, then your hair will absorb less of the pool water and therefore be less likely to change colour. Using a moisturising product such as a leave-in conditioner will also help create a barrier between your hair and the treated water. In addition, rinsing your hair immediately after you’ve been in the pool will keep your blonde from going brassy.
Verdict: Fact (but it doesn’t have to be!)
Hair Myth 6: Is Grey Hair Caused By Stress?
We know that stress can have a negative impact on our physical and mental wellbeing in a number of ways – but will it really send us grey early? According to the NHS, no. There’s apparently no evidence as of yet that stress alone can cause our hairs to turn grey. If you’re going grey young, then it’s most likely down to your genetics – or that you’ve dyed it grey to be totally on-trend.
Hair Myth 7: If I Stop Washing My Hair, Will It Eventually Clean Itself?
Most of us will have heard the rumour that if you leave your hair unwashed for a number of weeks, the oils produced at the root will eventually clean the hair by themselves and leave you with a glossy, healthy – and importantly clean – mane. This is based on the idea that regular shampooing disrupts the natural balance of our scalp and hair, and good old Mother Nature can do a better job. But are the claims completely true?
Although it might be nice to cut some time down from our morning routine, the answer is no: our hair does not naturally clean itself. The majority of people who have reportedly given up shampooing still clean their scalp and hair with water, and use alternatives such as bicarbonate soda instead of shampoo. As you would expect, there are few stylists who would recommend this method as a way of keeping your hair in good shape. A good shampoo should keep your hair clean but also moisturised and nourished, so if you find your hair is too greasy or too dry, it’s likely that you just need to find the right shampoo and styling products for you.
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