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5 Hair Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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Many of us will go to great lengths to keep our hair on point. But could some of your every-day habits—like washing and styling—actually be hurting you? Here, we separate follicular fact from fiction.

 

MYTH 1: Air-Drying is better than Blow-Drying

Fact: A study revealed that Air-Drying actually damages the strands of hair. When your hair is exposed to water for extended periods of time (let’s say, the hour it takes for your hair to dry on its own), it swells up and puts pressure on the proteins that keep your hair intact. Your best bet? Air-dry until hair is about 75 percent of the way there. Then, put your dryer on a low heat setting and dry the rest of your hair to finish.

MYTH 2: If you want your hair to grow, get a haircut.

Fact: Hair growth happens at the scalp. That said, the frequency of trims has nothing to do with how fast (or slow) your hair will sprout. If your hair is already healthy, you can trim a half inch three or four times a year. If your hair is suffering from excess damage, you have to sacrifice the dead stuff before you can start the journey toward healthy, beautiful, longer hair.

MYTH 3: Stress causes greying

Fact: Graying is mostly determined by genetics and aging. As you age, you produce less melanin (the molecules responsible for your natural color). This causes new hair to come in gray (with minimal melanin) or white (with no melanin). As for stress—what you're actually experiencing is a quickening of fallout.

MYTH 3: Rinsing your hair with cold water will 'close the cuticle'

Fact: Stylists often finish washing your hair with ice-cold water because it's supposed to close your hair cuticle so it lies flat (and thus, reflects light). However, your hair contains no living cells. Therefore, it doesn’t react to cold (or hot) water. If smoother, shinier strands are what you’re after, invest in a good conditioner instead.

MYTH 4: The more you brush your hair, the healthier it gets.

Truth: Sure, brushing can distribute your natural oils, but more is not always best. In fact, too much brushing can create friction, which causes frizz in the short term and can lead to breakage over time. Brush only as needed and gently, starting at the bottom and working your way up to the root…slowly

MYTH 4: Dandruff signifies a dry scalp

Truth: On the contrary, dandruff is most commonly caused by a type of yeast that thrives in an oily environment. Your best bet is to use a medicated shampoo or hair oil to get results. Check out our Root to Tip Hair Oil. With the goodness of Sesame, Hibiscus, Fenugreek, Henna & Bhringraja(False Daisy), regular massage with this oil stimulates and nourishes hair from its roots, reduces hair fall and removes dandruff