There’s a lot of effort which goes into styling your hair to make it look its best. There’s a chance that you spend a lot of time learning about hair restoration, how to keep it healthy, hair growth and how to prevent hair loss. However, there’s a lot of hair care advice out there, which are so conflicting, that it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. There’s also the possibility that some of these tips may do more harm than good. Here are some common myths about hair care and the truth behind them.
Shampooing Your Hair Daily Can Lead To Oily Hair
This is perhaps the easiest myth to fall for. But, in truth, the sebum or fat production which causes the hair to look oily depends solely on the skin type and age of the individual. Just like the skin on our faces is sensitive to different products, our scalp is the same way. If your hair seems oilier than usual after you wash it, it could be because of the product you’re using and nothing else. You may speak with your hairstylist for a recommendation on the shampoo and conditioner to best suit your hair type.
Using Too Many Styling Products Makes Your Hair Brittle And Dry
This is a common myth about hair styling products. It’s said that too many styling products being used on hair too frequently can let it dry out and become brittle. It’s true that certain products may make your hair feel that way, but this is because of the alcohol present in those specific products. The alcohol starts evaporating almost immediately after being applied, as the product starts settling in. Hence, drying isn’t an associated factor. The main problem here is that you may be using a product that both your hair and scalp are sensitive to. The best thing you can do in this case is to switch to a different product and experiment a little till you find something which suits your hair and scalp type.
Sleeping With Your Hair Down Makes It Grow
This is perhaps one of the oldest hair care myths. Some people tend to believe that by sleeping with their hair down, they’re allowing their scalp some room to breathe in, and hence, it will grow faster. This is not true. In fact, the exact opposite happens. Sleeping with your hair down is really bad for your hair as it results in tangles which can be difficult to brush in the morning. It may even give you bad skin due to the oil rubbing on your skin. The best thing to do is to sleep with your hair tied up in a loose bun. This keeps it from getting tangled up and out of your face.
Sleeping With Wet Hair Causes Damage
Sleeping with wet hair doesn’t cause any damage by itself. However, sleeping with wet hair which has been tied up in a bun or a ponytail can. You can provide strength to your hair by wringing out excess water and applying a leave-in conditioner and braiding it very loosely.
Conditioners Don’t Work On Oily Hair
It doesn’t make a difference how oily your hair is, you can use conditioners with equally positive results. However, if you have extremely oily hair, it could be because your scalp produces too much sebum, resulting in your hair becoming oily. Conditioning might not make it produce less oil, but it doesn’t harm your hair in any way either.
There’s a lot of contradictory hair care advice available. When it comes to hair care quality, you must focus on the tips and products which are backed by scientific studies and proven results.