Don’t wash your hair everyday, else you may end up bald. Trim your hair and see how they start growing faster. You must have heard such hair care advice zillion times, and even followed them, as they sound quite convincing.
However, experts scoff at such myths as they have no scientific backing to support them. Subsequently, these baseless tips are of no help on one of those bad hair days. So, be smart and do not get swayed by hearsay when it comes to taking care of your mane.
We have got hair experts sort out fact from fiction and help you know what’s stopping you from keeping your hair in great condition. Read on and save yourself from inflicting torture on your tresses.
Fiction: Everybody must use conditioner after shampooing
Fact: You may not require conditioner if you have greasy hair as it will only add on to the oiliness of your hair, leaving it flat. So, if you have oily hair, you can skip conditioning it. A nourishing hair pack is a better idea.
Fiction: 100 brush strokes a day make your hair strong and shiny
Fact: While brushing your hair lightly helps distribute your scalp’s natural oils, aggressive brushing damages your hair, causing breakage. To detangle hair, use a brush with ball-tipped bristles.
Fiction: Trimming your hair makes it grow faster
Fact: Trimming your locks regularly is a good idea as it helps you get rid of split ends and keeps your mane in top shape. But if you thought it will also speed up growth, or make it stronger, nothing of that sort is going to happen.
Fiction: Hair products can get rid of split ends
Fact: Hair care products may only temporarily hide split ends as they tend to stick them together but once you lather up, the effect will be gone. The only reliable way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off.
Fiction: Washing your hair daily leads to hair loss
Fact: Whether you wash your hair or not, you will shed about 100 strands of hair every day. So if you shampoo after three days, you will lose about 300 hair strands. Leaving your hair unwashed for a long time may block your scalp pores with natural oils, resulting in infections.
Fiction: A good shampoo gives you a lot of lather
Fact: Lather has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the shampoo. It may give you a better feel but the shampoo that has less of lathering agents may still give you equally clean hair.
Fiction: Hair becomes immune to the same shampoo
Fact: You are often advised to change your shampoo as it is believed that your shampoo gets ineffective over the time. There is no scientific evidence to prove this. If you are using a product that suits your hair type, there’s no reason why it will stop working.
Fiction: Henna is good for hair
Fact: Most henna powders available in the market have artificial colours. These are usually harsh chemicals that can leave your hair dehydrated, dry and brittle. So if you really want to use henna, use a paste of fresh henna leaves.
Fiction: You must apply hair oil as often as possible
Fact: While a good oil massage is highly relaxing and also increases blood circulation of the scalp, it is not a good idea to leave the oil for long. Oil restricts oxygen to reach the hair, leading to hair fall. So, wash out the oil completely.
Fiction: Products that combine shampoo and conditioner are great
Fact: Shampoos and conditioners are meant to perform distinct roles. While shampoo makes you hair clean, conditioner replenishes the lost moisture in your hair. There is no way these two products can be clubbed.
(Inputs from hair expert Richa Agarwal and Simmi Ghai)