Growing up, you’ve probably heard a MYTH or two about hair care that just didn’t make a lot of sense. Hair myths abound, and as much as they seem pretty harmless, it would be a complete disservice to you if we didn’t attempt to debunk a few of them. Dial-up your fact-flattening iron as we set a few of these tall tales straight.
MYTH #1 Your hair needs to be brushed 100 times every day
Truth: We’re not entirely sure where the 100 number came from but if your hair is a tangled mangled mess, excessive brushing won’t help. Hairs get caught on each other when they are rough, which means your cuticles are open. Brushing a lot - 100 times for example - can cause friction between the hairs and weaken strands. Some can even cause split ends. We only recommend brushing your hair a few strokes at a time to encourage scalp micro-circulation for healthy hair growth.
If your hair always ends up in knots, the problem may not be caused by the infrequency of brushing, but on the lack of moisture in the hair shaft. Consider using a hair oil like Davines OI Oil : Absolute Beautifying Potion, ₱ 1,195. Infused with roucou oil that detangles and restructures hair, it instantly tames frizz, and protects it from hair aging and breakage.
MYTH #2 Pulling grey hairs will encourage more to appear.
Truth: Greying hairs are dictated by genetics, not by hair pulling or even stress. So how come you are seeing more of them when you’ve already pulled the others out? Most likely you’re noticing them more because the shorter strands that are sticking out. The big truth of the matter is you can’t stop grey hairs from growing but you can take better care of them. Grey hairs are weaker, so you’ll need a treatment to strengthen them. Try Kérastase Densifique Jeunesse Sérum,₱ 3,750. It is a treatment for thinning and greying hair, with noticeable results from the first application. It helps restore the supple softness and volume of your hair making it easier to style.
MYTH #3 You should skip conditioner if you have greasy hair with dandruff.
Truth: This isn’t entirely incorrect. Although conditioner can irritate the scalp, skipping conditioner may not be the best move for the rest of your hair. Most likely if your roots are greasy, you may be applying the conditioner wrong. Apply it only to your hair and avoid the roots, so that your scalp doesn’t get weighed down. As for the grease and dandruff, try our best-selling dandruff solution, the Davines Naturaltech Purifying Shampoo: For Oily or Dry Dandruff, ₱ 1,085. If you really want to fight the flakes than your best bet is to get a clarifying shampoo that can treat seborrheic dermatitis and gradually reduce the grease in your hair. But keep your conditioner so you can rehydrate and close those hair cuticle along your hair shaft.
MYTH #4 A flash of cold-water makes hair shinier.
Truth: Icy cold water doesn’t really close cuticles to make them less frizzy or add shine. Often it’s the amount of moisture the hair is able to hold that really helps create that healthy gloss. We recommend you opt for a good shine booster like a leave-in conditioner or styling product. Try Davines This is a Shimmering Mist: For Extraordinary Shine, ₱ 1,250. It is a zero hold hair spray that has amazing shine and leaves hair with a velvety texture.
MYTH #5: Frequent trims make hair grow longer faster.
Truth: Simply put, hair grows from the roots and not from the ends, so trims do little to increase the rate of growth. Instead of focusing on growth consider prioritizing hair strength. Here you have some sway. Use a length strengthening hair mask, like Kérastase Resistance Extentioniste Mask, ₱ 3,200. It has a powerful fusion of Creatine and Ceramides + Maleic Acid, that penetrates the hair fiber to reinforce and seal cuticles with a uniform coating from roots to tips, so you’ll have less breakage and less trims.
MYTH #6: Stretch the time between shampoos and blowouts for as long as possible to avoid hair loss and damage.
Truth: With the exception of extending the life of certain hair colors, shampooing everyday or every other day is recommended. Although it depends a lot on many factors that include how oily your scalp is and what your lifestyle requires, we recommend hair routines based on your lifestyle. For example, someone who goes to the gym a lot, maybe even a few times a day, will probably need to bathe more often than someone who doesn’t. If your hair is sensitive but needs daily regular shampooing, start with milder cleansers like Davines Essentials Dede Shampoo: Delicate Daily Shampoo for All Hair Types, ₱ 1,090, which, as the name suggest is ideal for daily cleansing.
MYTH #7 Your hair gets used to the same shampoo.
Truth: Shampoo is just one of many factors affecting your hair. It may seem like your hair is “adjusting” to the shampoo but physiological changes - like hormones and stress- and environmental factors - like climate and chemical treatments - both contribute to the general state of your hair. Instead of thinking about what your hair should be adjusting to, consider instead what your hair needs. It’s always good to check in with your dermatologist or stylist to see how your hair is doing, and what it needs.
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We hope we’ve ironed out a few myths that you’ve been wondering about. If you have other hair myths you’d like busted message us on facebook or Instagram or comment on this article. We’d love to hear more from you!