Many of us will do whatever it takes to have beautiful hair. We spend a lot of money making our hair look thick, shiny, healthy and beautiful. But with all of the hair myths out there, it can be confusing which pieces of advice are worth following. Kristen Clark has broken down some of the most popular hair myths, so you can start using the truth to benefit your hair.
You can repair split ends
Once you get split ends, they can’t be repaired or closed. We get split ends on the protective outer layer of our hair. Once that layer is split, the best thing you can do for your hair is to get a trim. They can’t be repaired, but if you want to give your hair some extra love try using all-natural hair care products that don’t have any sulfates or harsh chemicals in them.
Your hair will be healthier if you brush it more
If you’re the kind of person who brushes their hair 50 times a day, you might need to rethink your hair styling technique. One of the biggest hair myths is that brushing your hair a lot is good for you. The truth is, over-brushing your hair can cause damage and break your hair. Excessive hair brushing causes more harm than good. Try to only brush your hair when it’s knotted. Otherwise, ditch the brush and let your locks fly free.
Coloring your hair is unhealthy
Yes, bleaching your hair is not the best thing. But hair myths say that all types of color treatments are bad for your hair. Adding some color to your hair actually plumps your hair strands and makes your locks look a little thicker. It’s okay to color your hair, as long as you go a little darker!
Your hair will grow faster if you cut it more
This is definitely one of the most popular hair myths. Cutting your hair doesn’t affect its growth, but it does make it look a ton healthier. The truth is, your scalp affects how your hair grows. But there’s a good reason that hair care and salon experts say to trim your hair every six to eight weeks. Split ends make your hair look thinner and it causes more breakage. So, when you cut your hair it looks fuller, thicker and healthier.
You can't dye your hair when you're pregnant
The main concern with dyeing your hair during pregnancy is the risk associated with inhaling ammonia, not the risk of it being absorbed into your scalp. But the levels of ammonia are so low that it's not a problem, especially if you go to a salon, which will have industrial strength ventilation.
Comb wet hair from top to bottom
I try to avoid doing too much to my hair while it’s wet to begin with since it’s at its weakest state, but there are times we need to run a comb through there. Whenever you detangle wet hair, make certain you use a wide-toothed comb and start combing your hair from the bottom-not the top. Starting from the ends and working your way up will put less stress on your tresses and prevent pressure and breakage.
Hair texture never changes
This next hair myth might not be as common as the others, but it’s still something to keep in mind. No matter what type of hair you are born with, there is no guarantee that you’ll live out the rest of your life with the same hair texture. Our hair goes through various stages caused by medications, stress, age and hormones, so your once coarse hair can later be fine or your waves can eventually become straight.