There are so many widely accepted notions about beauty out there, but not all of them are true. And sometimes it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. So today I’m exposing some popular beauty myths about hair. Check them out and let me know which ones surprise you!
1. Lather, rinse, repeat. This myth has been around for a long time. By now you know that washing your hair twice in a single shower is a bad idea. But did you know that washing your hair twice a day or even once a day is also a beauty blunder? Washing hair too frequently strips it of its natural oils, which are essential for shiny, healthy hair.
2. Trim hair to make it grow faster. I have a feeling this one was dreamed up by a hairdresser looking to make a little extra money. Hair grows from the root and each strand is a thread of dead protein. Cutting the ends of hair has no effect on what’s going on at the root. That said, don’t ditch haircuts all together. Trimming away straggly ends will make any hairstyle appear fuller.
3. Brush 100 strokes a day for shiny hair. Whoever came up with this one must have had a lot of time on their hands! Abiding by this myth will actually do more harm than good. Gentle brushing is great because it distributes your hair’s natural oils down to the dry ends and stimulates circulation to the scalp, but excessive brushing can lead to breakage.
4. Shaving makes hair grow back darker and thicker. The truth is shaving doesn’t actually alter the color or thickness of the hair. When hair grows back after shaving what you see is the blunt cut of the hair from its base where it is widest. So it may appear darker or thicker compared to the start of a new hair that grows back after waxing or plucking.
5. Eating Jello will make hair grow faster. This last one seems pretty crazy. Have any of you heard this myth before? In case you’ve heard it, you can rest assured that research has been conducted and studies show that there is no evidence to link eating Jello to hair growth. A healthy diet is an important factor in healthy hair, skin and nails though, so skip the green Jello and opt for green vegetables instead.
BONUS: Spilt ends will travel. Here’s one hair care myth that’s actually true! Uncut split ends will continue to split up the length of the hair. If left untouched, over time ends can tear multiple times. So your splits ends could end up with split ends!
Do you know of any other beauty myths? Share the beauty beliefs that you’ve found to be untrue in the comments section!