6 of the Most Common Hair Myths We've Debunked for You
1) Myth: You shouldn't wash your hair every day.
Truth: This mantra has become popular, but the truth is, it depends on you and your hair. If your hair is chronically greasy at the roots or has strands that are clumping together, it's probably time to wash it—even if you just washed it yesterday. By the same token, if your blowout seems to be staying strong day after day and you aren't experiencing a lot of greasiness, it's okay to skip washes. A dry shampoo like our Fresh N' Fab Dry Shampoo Aerosol will help absorb oil and giving hair an oomph between washes, but it's not a replacement for sudsing up. So if that's what your hair needs daily, you do you.
2) Myth: Frequent haircuts make your hair grow faster.
Truth: There isn't much legitimacy to this. New York City dermatologist Dr. Doris Day told TODAY, "How often you cut your hair doesn't have anything to do with how fast it will grow." Getting regular trims does help with taking some of the weight off your strands and alleviating split ends, which in turn can make your hair appear healthier and more voluminous. Regular haircuts won't, however, make hair grow longer, quicker.
3) Myth: A collagen supplement will make your hair healthier.
Truth: Collagen has become super trendy, with Instagram ads promising better hair, skin, and nails if you dump the powder into your coffee or smoothie every day (that might or might not dissolve well). Unfortunately, the science to back these claims isn't quite there yet. There isn't enough research to match the marketing push for collagen's alleged hair miracles. So if it's not in your budget, don't worry if you have to skip it.
4) Myth: If your hair is prone to oiliness, you should skip hair oils.
Truth: This one is only legit if you misapply the oil. When used on the ends of strands, an oil-based product like the NuMe White Truffle Serum or Argan Oil on wet or dry locks creates luster and shine for any hair type. It can seep into the hair's cuticle to make it stronger too. So as long as you're careful with your application of the hair oil and mindful of what your unique hair needs are, you shouldn't be scared to oil up!
5) Myth: Blow drying is always worse than air drying.
Truth: This one might surprise you, but it's not as bad as you think to use a hair dryer on the regular. If you use the right kind of dryer and implement the proper technique, it might even be better than solely air drying. According to Prevention, "...using a hair-dryer at the right distance and temperature can cause less damage than letting hair air-dry. That's because when hair comes in contact with water, it swells. The longer the swelling goes on...,the more pressure it puts on the delicate proteins keeping hair intact, which can lead to more damage." Also, let your hair dry sans-heat 70 to 80 percent of the way, then employ the dryer. Using a dryer with far infrared heat and negative ion technology (like any of the NuMe dryers) not only cuts down drying time but also reduces frizz and seals in moisture.
6) Myth: Heat protectant spray doesn't save your hair from damage.
Truth: This one's a straight-up lie! Heat protectants definitely goes a long way in giving your mane the armor it needs before heat styling. New York-based stylist Michael Duenas told NewBeauty, "A heat protectant adds moisture to your hair, preventing the natural moisture from evaporating. It also forms a protective barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand, preventing heat damage and enabling your hair to keep its high shine." So if you are regularly using a blow dryer, straightener or curling wand, it's worth it to have a product like our Watch Me Werk Thermal Heat Protectant on hand.
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Author: Mary Patterson Broome