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Untangling Hair Myths

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The Kit's Editor-in-Chief Christine Loureiro busts some of the biggest hair myths to help you tame your mane.

Illustration of a woman with long, wavy, light brown hair looking worried as she holds a strand of her hair.

1. Plucking out grey hairs will prompt more to grow in.

False. Plucking out grey hairs will not make any more grow in. If you continue to pluck out greys from the same spot, it may send the message to the follicle that the area no longer needs hair there, which could actually create bald patches. Instead of plucking, embrace those sparkles or start colouring your hair to cover them up.

2. Cutting your hair frequently will make it grow faster.

False. Your hair grows from the root, not the tip, so cutting your hair more frequently will not speed up the growing process. However, frequent haircuts will eliminate broken and split ends, therefore making your hair look and feel healthier. It's advisable to get your hair cut every eight to twelve weeks.

3. Products claiming to smooth out split ends work.

True. Products that contain silicone or beeswax will help "smooth out" the appearance of split ends but they will not eliminate them. The only way to get rid of split ends is to get a haircut.

4. Brushing your hair 100 strokes a day is good for it.

False. Rigorously brushing your hair can lead to breakage and damage. Brush only to detangle your hair, and start from the bottom and gently work your way up to the scalp.

5. Always using the same shampoo will decrease its effectiveness on your hair.

False. You only need to switch your shampoo if you want to achieve another effect such as volume or frizz control. If you like the shampoo you are using, stick with it!

6. A cold-water rinse will make your hair shinier.

True. There is some truth to this — a cold-water rinse will temporarily make your hair look shinier as it smooths the cuticles, which allows your hair to reflect more light. For shiny hair, use a silicone base serum for the best results.

7. Shaving your legs makes the hair grow in darker and thicker.

False. Your hair grows from the root and thins out at the end. Shaving removes hair from the base so when it grows back, it appears thicker because the base this is the thickest part of the follicle. Your hair colour and thickness is determined by genetics.

8. Washing your hair less is better for your hair and scalp.

False. No matter how frequently you wash your hair, it will still produce the same amount of oil. Wash it as often as you like and for what works best with your hair. If it feels dirty, wash it!

 

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