There are so many hair care and styling myths out there, and a lot of them can be really misleading. Whether you're choosing a new shampoo or trying to work out if you need a trim, it can be really confusing! To make it all a little clearer for you, we've debunked five of the most common hair myths below.
1/ Wash your hair everyday
Clean hair always feels fantastic, but over-shampooing can strip your strands and scalp of natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. For some people, washing their every other day works really well, while others only shampoo once or twice a week. It's all about finding the right rhythm for your hair type and scalp.
2/ No conditioner for greasy hair
When your hair gets greasy, your scalp is producing too much oil, but the lengths and ends of your hair can still dry out when not conditioned properly. Instead of ditching conditioner altogether, only apply it to the lengths and ends, taking care to avoid your roots completely. When your hair is dry, you can then use dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and keep your roots looking fresh throughout the day.
3/ Trimming your hair makes it grow faster
Hair growth comes from your scalp, not the ends, so getting your hair trimmed doesn't actually impact the rate of growth or stimulate the follicle at all really. However, getting regular trims to remove split and damaged ends will stop the damage from spreading up the hair shaft, and reduce the overall amount of hair that needs to be chopped off.
4/ Split ends can be fixed with products
Unfortunately, only a trim can eliminate split ends once and for all, however much we might want to believe otherwise! While products can add shine and smooth split ends to reduce their overall visibility, nothing can "fix" them except your stylist and a pair of scissors.
5/ You should do 100 brush strokes a day
Although your grandmother may have told you 100 brush strokes a day will make your hair soft and shiny, over-brushing can actually pull and stretch your strands which can lead to breakage. For detangling purposes, gently work your way up from the bottom, rather than tearing through the knots from the top down, and stop brushing once your hair is tangle-free.