At-Home Hair Care: Myths Debunked
When it comes to maintaining your beauty regime, it can be tough to book professional appointments for everything. When it comes to your hair, sometimes it’s just easier to do things at home; however, when you’re keeping up your beauty regime at home, you can sometimes fall victim to old wives’ tales.
When you’re taking care of your hair at home, there are a few myths that just aren’t true. Take a look at these myths and rethink your at-home haircare regime – which wives tales have you fallen prey to?
Trimming your hair regularly makes it grow faster
This claim has never been scientifically proven; hair grows at a steady pace (usually about 2 inches per month) no matter what you do with it. While trimming your hair regularly at home will help prevent split ends, it won’t make your hair grow longer any faster.
Stress makes your hair fall out
It’s quite common for humans to shed their hair regularly – anywhere between 50 and 120 strands per day on average. Stress may cause a little more hair to fall out, but only if you’re incredibly stressed out, and even then, it isn’t all that noticeable from the norm. If you’re noting a lot of shedding during times of extreme duress, don’t fret – it’ll grow back in due time.
Plucking grey hairs is ineffective
They say that if you pluck a grey hair, two more will sprout in its place, hydra-style. While this old wives tale simply isn’t true, plucking grey hairs is still a bad habit; it can damage your hair roots, cause scarring, and in some extreme cases, can cause infection. If you want a healthy scalp, put those tweezers away.
Lather, rinse, repeat
If you’ve ever taken time to read the back of your shampoo bottle in the shower, you’ll notice that there are instructions that tell you to “lather, rinse and repeat” for clean hair; this isn’t strictly true. Just one thorough washing will do the trick. In fact, it’s more than possible that the “repeat” part was added by companies who wanted to make sure people were rushing out to buy more shampoo in half the time.
Colouring your hair will damage it
This may have been true back in the day, when hair colouring techniques were underdeveloped, but nowadays lots of hair-colour products are weak enough to not damage your hair, and some contain conditioners to help maintain your hair’s health. Some home hair dye packs will even come with conditioner to help treat your hair after you colour it. This doesn’t apply to bleach, but if you’re just putting dye onto your natural hair colour, it shouldn’t be too detrimental to your hair.
Believe it or not, your hair is more durable than you think. Go forth and style, colour and cut your hair without fear, all in the comfort of your own home!
Sarah Paige is a freelance writer based in NSW; she writes about anything from beauty to travel to articles about houses for sale.