6 myths about hair maintenance

You have probably heard them all – “you must get your hair cut every 4-6 weeks” or “stress makes your hair go grey”, hair myths that have been around so long that, that your clients have just accepted them as wisdom.

We have gathered a list of the top 6 hair myths you may hear and how to bust these myths if they come up in conversation with your customers:

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Trim your hair every 4-6 weeks

Probably the biggest hair myth out there, unless you sleep with the heating rod or colour your hair like crazy, you do not need to trim all the time. Hair grows from the follicles found in the scalp, therefore cutting hair strands has nothing to do with the root from which they grow.

Still, while regular trims may not affect how fast or how much your hair grows, there’s no denying that they do help with your hair’s overall appearance as they help eliminate split ends. You may recommend getting a trim every 8-12 weeks to keep split ends at bay while it grows.

100 brush strokes equal healthy-looking hair

Whilst brushing your hair may help distribute its natural oils, 100 strokes is excessive and unnecessary. In fact, brushing your hair too often, with too much force or with a poorly designed hairbrush can cause breakage, cuticle damage, and can also make your hair look and feel frizzy.

Additionally, if you are experiencing thinning or hair loss, brushing adds more stress to the already fragile follicle.

Using the same shampoo and conditioner over and over will eventually lose its effectiveness

Different shampoos deliver different results. One might have proteins in it to give you extra volume; another may have jojoba oil to hydrate parched strands. Switching shampoo comes down to personal preference—and your hair’s current state.

Grey hair is caused by stress

Greying is mostly determined by genetics and ageing. As you age, you produce less melanin (the molecules responsible for your natural colour). This causes new hair to come in grey (with minimal melanin) or white (with no melanin).

Sleeping with hair down or loose helps it grow

Tying or wrapping your hair up before sleeping helps prevent breakage or damage, however, you do not want a super tight or uncomfortable bun or ponytail. Tie your hair enough so it holds together but does not pull at the scalp.

With the products we apply to the hair day in day out, the product can leak from the hair and onto the face. This can cause acne if your skin is sensitive as well as causing the hair to tangle.

Split ends can be repaired

Despite what some products advertise, split ends cannot be repaired. A split or damaged end occurs when the protective outer layer (cuticle) of the hair is damaged, so there really is no way to reseal or close it. The only way to get rid of split ends is to split with them – they need the chop. Cutting or trimming split ends will give the hair a healthier fuller look, which will make up for any length lost.

If any or all these myths sounded way too familiar, it is time to put the old wives’ tales to rest and move forward with better hair care tips that work.

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