When it comes to hair, we all do different things to keep our locks healthy. Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, or fall somewhere in between, you most likely incorporate steps into your routine that you’ve heard are best for your hair type.
But what if we told you that some of the things we read in magazines and have been told aren’t necessarily true? Follow along as we share 5 common hair myths and their truths so you can keep your strands in tip-top shape!
Using Dry Shampoo Is The Same As Washing Your Hair
Dry shampoo has become all-the-go in recent years because of the no ‘poo movement (the belief that you shouldn’t be washing your hair every day). In an effort to combat the inevitable greasiness that comes with shampooing less, dry shampoo entered the scene…and all of a sudden, we all found ourselves using it.
While dry shampoo can be a lifesaver when you need to freshen up your hair in a pinch, it does not actually clean your hair, despite it being called ‘shampoo.’ In fact, using too much dry shampoo can be incredibly damaging to your scalp, which will in turn damage your hair.
If you use dry shampoo repeatedly without shampooing in between, it can actually cause product build-up, clogging your hair follicles and throwing off your hair’s natural pattern of producing oil.
Instead of using dry shampoo every day, use it sparingly. Finding one that contains natural ingredients is also incredibly important, like the Primally Pure Dry Shampoo or Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. Use it to give your hair a quick refresher, but don’t consider it to be the same as shampooing.
You Shouldn’t Use A Hair Oil If Your Hair Is Oily
If your hair is fine and tends to be prone to oiliness, you’ve probably been told to ease up on the amount of product you use in your hair. Using excess product can weigh fine hair down (or any hair type for that matter), which can have the opposite effect of what you’re using the product for in the first place.
However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use products that nourish your hair, like a hair oil! In fact, keeping your hair moisturized and healthy will help to keep your scalp regular, preventing the production of excess oil.
An amazing option for fine hair girls is to use a very lightweight hair oil, like the Ouai Rose Hair Oil. This product is amazing because it doesn’t weigh the hair down, yet it keeps your ends hydrated and nourished, protecting you from split ends or dryness. The key here is to use the product from the mid-length of your hair and work it towards the ends – don’t apply it near the scalp!
You Should Towel-Dry Your Hair
We all know that blow-drying your hair every day isn’t ideal…so in an effort to avoid this, many of us towel dry our hair as soon as we get out of the shower. While lightly absorbing excess water from our hair with a towel isn’t bad, vigorously rubbing your wet hair with a towel can be very damaging.
Wet hair is very delicate, so it’s important to handle it with care. Instead of ringing out water and rubbing it with a towel, gently squeeze out excess water using a hair towel (these are much more gentle than regular towels) and then brush through it with a wide-tooth comb or wet brush. Over time, you’ll notice a big difference in the health of your hair!
Sudsy Shampoos Clean Your Hair Better
A common misconception when it comes to shampoo is that it has to lather to really clean your scalp. However, this isn’t the case…sudsy shampoos can actually be much more harmful to your hair!
A sudsy shampoo might be a sign that it contains ingredients that could be harmful to your hair. Instead of focusing on the lathering effects of your shampoo, opt for a sulfate-free formula. Your hair will thank you!
Split Ends Can Be Repaired
Last but certainly not least, many hair products on the market today claim to be able to repair split ends. However, it’s important to know that once a strand of hair has split, there’s no going back.
Nothing beats a haircut, so if you feel like your ends are starting to split and break, it might be time to schedule your next trim. Using the right products and taking care of your hair can protect it from split ends, however there is no repairing once they have actually split. So, make sure you’re not neglecting to visit the salon at least every few months for a trim.
All in all, everyone’s hair care routine will look different, because we all have different hair. However, these are just several myths and truths that can apply to all of us…no matter what hair type we have!
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