1. You Should Wash Your Hair DailyIt is tempting to wash your hair every day, but this can be damaging to your hair. Shampoos can strip the natural oils that keep your hair soft and shiny. Hair does not need to be washed more than two or three times a week.
2. Hair Loss Is IrreversibleHair thinning or hair loss can be distressing because it appears to be irreversible. However, there are hair restoration specialists, such as those at Transitions Hair, who provide treatments that encourage hair growth or slow the rate of loss. Additionally, specialists can provide cosmetic solutions to create the illusion of thicker hair.
3. Plucking Grey HairIt is often said that plucking a strand of grey hair will mean more strands will grow in its place. This myth is not true, but it is still not a good idea to pluck hair as it can lead to unsightly bald patches.
4. Frequent Hair BrushingIt is a common misconception that hair must be brushed frequently; you’ve surely been told to give your hair 100 strokes each day. However, this can actually be bad for your hair as brushes with synthetic bristles, in particular, can tear your hair. Opt for natural bristles and keep brushing to a minimum.
5. Changing Hair ProductsA popular myth claims that your hair builds up a tolerance to certain products, so therefore you should change your shampoo and conditioner for best results. This is false; once you find a product that works for you, stick with it.
6. Regular Trims Make Your Hair GrowFrequent trims are important for the general condition of your hair, but they do not change the rate of hair growth. Ridding your hair of split ends does reduce the risk of breakages and keep your hair healthy, so a regular trim is still a good idea even when you are trying to grow your hair.
7. Repeat ShampooShampoo products often suggest repeat usage, but this is rarely necessary. One shampoo wash followed by applying a good conditioner is all you need to clean your hair. Over shampooing can lead to dry hair.
8. Bald Spots from PonytailsFrequently pulling your hair into a ponytail has often been said to cause bald spots; however, there isn’t a connection between the two. Tying up your hair can cause breakages though, so to minimise that, avoid elastic bands that have metal sections that can catch your hair.
9. Hair Colouring Is Bad for Your HairDyeing you hair isn’t necessarily bad for it. Going lighter can dry out and damage your hair, but colouring it a darker shade doesn’t have a negative impact on the health of your hair. There are even natural and ammonia-free products you can use that condition your locks.
10. Cold RinseEnding a shower with a cold rinse has been said to make your hair shinier. It does smooth you hair cuticles down, which can make your hair appear shinier, but this effect is lost once your hair is styled.
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