Let’s set the record straight for some of the myths about your hair and hair care
Hair should be washed every day
FALSE: Most people do NOT need to wash their hair everyday. Over washing will actually stripping your hair of its natural oils and in result, your body thinks that it needs to create more oils. The less you wash your hair, the less oily it will be. Try washing your hair every 2-3 days. If you’re someone who goes to the gym frequently and needs to wash their hair every day, find the right shampoo to keep it balanced. Every person should shampoo according to the specific needs of their hair type, texture and lifestyle.
Myth: Hair grows faster when it’s trimmed frequently
FALSE: How often you cut your hair doesn’t have anything to do with how fast it will grow. It is actually the follicles in your scalp that determine how quickly your hair grows. Cutting your hair frequently may make it appear longer and even thicker because you are getting rid of split ends and breakage that can leave hair looking unhealthy. A trim every month will keep your style in shape as hair grows on average 1cm per month. If you're growing your hair out, trim every eight weeks. If you want to boost the activity of your follicles and to encourage growth try a stimulating scalp tonic along with a head massage to encourage blood flow.
Hair gets used to the same shampoo over time so stops working so well
Mostly TRUE: Most shampoos contain some conditioning agents in their formula which can tend to build up on the hair over time. It’s recommended to alternate between shampoos for hair balance, different shampoo for different seasons is also recommended, if you enjoy the sun and the beach frequently in summer your hair will require additional moisture. Once in a while a clarifying shampoo can deep cleanse your hair and eliminate all traces of build up (though it’s not recommended for regular use as over-use will dry out your hair).
Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet or you will cause breakage
TRUE: When your hair is wet it is more prone to tangling and is also weakened. Avoid brushing it while it is wet and rather apply some conditioning or detangling product then comb it with a wide tooth comb. If you plan to blow dry your hair straight after your shower dry it off first to remove excess moisture prior to brushing.
To grow thick, healthy hair, eat a diet that’s rich in protein
TRUE: Our hair type comes down to genetics but for healthy hair to grow our bodies require the right nutrients. The health of our hair can deteriorate when our body is not getting an adequate supply, low iron levels and not getting adequate nutrients can even lead to hair loss. Hair is made up of 90% protein, amino acids and other essential elements. A diet lacking in protein, lipids, iron and biotin can slow hair growth and leave hair looking dull. Foods to incorporate into your diet which can ensure your body is getting the right nutrients include, almonds, avocados, salmon, lentils, eggs and cheese. Giving your body the fuel it needs will not only leave you feeling great but will encourage healthy hair growth.
Swimming can turn blonde hair green
TRUE: Frequent swimmers with natural blonde or chemically highlighted hair that is extremely porous may experience the development of green tints after swimming. This is because of copper and chlorine in the pool water. The copper in the water is oxidised by the chlorine and this attaches to the hair strands, it’s most visible in blonde hair. If you have a pool use a metal removing product to neutralize the copper. To help stop this happening to your hair in a public pool make sure to apply a conditioning treatment to your hair and wet your hair before entering the pool. A swimming cap can also help. If your hair is already suffering from a green tinge there are swim shampoos which can help to chelate the copper ions.