Hair Myths

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There are a huge number of myths about hair that often lead both men and women to do ridiculous, dangerous, or wasteful things to their hair and scalp. The majority of these myths are entirely false while others may be loosely rooted in fact.
Understanding some of these common myths can help you choose which hair treatments to avoid and which to try for yourself.
"Trimming Makes Hair Grow Faster"
One of the most common hair care myths is the persistent belief that trimming causes hair to grow faster and thicker. In short, there is no truth in this practice. Trimming, cutting, or shaving your hair may appear to make hair grow faster, but the effect is merely an illusion. Trimming bangs, split ends, or shaggy locks often makes hair appear healthier; which is likely the reason people mistakenly believe their hair is growing faster.
The rate at which your hair grows is largely determined by genetics, but there are things you can do to help your hair grow at its best. Your best bet is to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and to make sure you eat plenty of protein. Good sources of protein include eggs, fish, and other lean meats.
"Shampooing Every Day Causes Dry Hair"
Many people skip shampooing their hair every day because they fear it will dry their hair out. As long as you use a shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type, you have no reason to worry about this. However, if your hair is especially dry, there is really no reason to wash it every day.
You may want to consider washing your hair every other day with a mild shampoo. On the days you don't shampoo your hair, you can rinse with warm water and then apply a moisturizing conditioner. The key to keeping your hair looking its best is to choose products that are best suited to the type and condition of your hair.
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"Products Stop Working if You Use Them Repeatedly"
Another common hair myth is that your hair can build up "immunity" to products that you use on a regular basis. People often report that their shampoo doesn't work as it used to or that their regular conditioner doesn't seem to have the same effect that it used to.
There is no evidence that hair can develop a resistance to products. In many cases, what these people are experiencing may be a "buildup" of styling products. To eliminate this problem, wash your hair once a week with either a clarifying shampoo or rinse with apple cider vinegar to remove product buildup and freshen your hair.
"Brushing Your Hair Causes Hair Loss"
Many people mistakenly believe that brushing hair can lead to hair loss or thinning hair. As long as you use a quality comb or brush and are gentle when brushing your hair, there is no reason why regular hair brushing would cause hair loss. Excessive brushing may lead to hair breakage and split ends, however, so only brush hair as needed and never pull or rip through tangles.
These are only a few of the myths surrounding hair care. Use your best judgement when trying out new techniques or products, and never try anything that is dangerous or could lead to permanent damage. If you are concerned about a particular treatment or practice, contact your stylist with any questions you may have.
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