There is no denying that confidence comes from within. But confidence also comes with good hair. Good hair makes you feel good and cheery enough that you go about your day with your head held high. Now, the definition of good hair remains uniform, it means smooth, shiny, frizz-free and tangle-free hair. 

After all, it’s your hair, so you go the extra mile to take care of it – whether it is by following a healthy hair care regimen, or blindly following what people tell you. While it’s good to do the former, it may be disastrous to follow the latter. Just so you know, a lot of things that people tell you can be based on “half-knowledge” or some old wives tale that is not relevant in modern times. 

So, the first step to treating your hair right is to dispel the myths we consider to be true. This blog will do just that. So, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we? 

Trimming your hair makes it longer

Is there even a person in the world who hasn’t told you this? I mean the internet, your friends, mother, grandmother, friends and teachers. 

Let’s establish a fact here. Your hair grows from the roots, not the ends. So, it doesn’t matter if you trim your hair or not, it is going to grow at the same pace. However, you must focus on the scalp health. It’s the soil to healthy growth. 

The reason why this myth has stood the test of time is because hair trimming gets rid of split ends. When there are no split ends, your hair appears to be thick and healthy. But split ends don’t have anything to do with the rate your hair grows. 

Pluck out one grey hair, and you’ll grow multiple 

You don’t have to be in your 40s or 50s to have grey hair. Even youngsters have a little grey hair – blame the lifestyle, stress levels or genetics. Nevertheless, if you have grey hair, regardless of your age, you must fear plucking it. Why? Because all your life, you have heard people say that plucking one can grow three. 

Well, it’s a surviving age-old myth that we must do away with. Remember, there’s only one strand of hair for one follicle. So, if that falls out, another grey one will grow in its place but the same cannot be said for the surrounding follicles. This can only happen if the pigment cells of the surrounding follicles die as well. 

Nevertheless, you should still not pluck the grey hair. Doing so will irritate the follicle and do more harm than good. 

Dandruff is caused by dry scalp 

So, by far we have heard that dandruff and dry scalp are interrelated. But just so you know dandruff can also grow on oily hair as well. Dandruff is caused by a fungus, Malassezi. This fungus feeds on the scalp’s sebum, making an oily environment the best soil for its growth  growth 

Likewise, an oily scalp doesn’t necessarily mean you can have dandruff. Dandruff can be caused by several environmental, lifestyle and genetic conditions, not always a dry or oily scalp. 

You should keep changing your hair products

Lucky are those who have found elixer in their hair care products – be it the ideal shampoo or conditioner. If you belong to this category of people, do not change the products just because people say you should. 

Truth be told, when it comes to hair care products, there is no one size that fits all. A hair product that worked for your friend may not work for you. So, if you find the right one, stick to it. You may need a change if you undergo some kind of chemical treatment or move to a different place. 

It is always better to air dry than blow dry 

Heat damage is bad for hair, it’s true, but so is airdrying as your hair can get damaged by strong winds and direct sunlight. Surprisingly, even exposing your hair to water for a longer duration can inflict more damage than heat treatments. 

So, which of the two should you choose? Well, it depends on what works for you. If you think your hair is manageable with air drying, go for it. But make sure you use sun protection to protect your hair. Likewise, if you think you are better off with blow-drying, make sure you use a heat protectant spray before. 

Closing thoughts 

It’s high time we do away with these haircare myths for good. Good hair care doesn’t start with branded and hyped hair care products but consistency and knowledge. So, let’s give our hair the love and care it truly deserves. Say goodbye to the myths and hello to fabulous, thriving hair!

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