The 15 Biggest Beauty Myths About Your Hair
Explanation: Washing your hair everyday can cause natural oil in your scalp to build up making your hair look greasy.
Solution: Only wash your hair when needed. If you hair feels heavy and looks greasy, it's time to wash. It's recommended you wash your hair every 2-3 days.
Explanation: While regular trims are great for keeping your hair healthy and prevents damage, it won't make your hair grow faster. Hair grows from the root not the at the ends.
Solution: You should continue to get your hair trimmed. Having healthy looking hair will help give the appearance that the hair is growing faster.
Explanation: There is no correlation between bad hair and repeat use of shampoo. It's important to use shampoo for your type of hair (colored, fine, frizzy etc.) but if you love your shampoo stick with it!
Solution: It's always great to try something new but like the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Explanation: This beauty myth is a half-myth. Cold water does improve the shininess of hair but not dramatically. It is not recommended to wash your hair in cold water often.
Solution: For comfort and shininess, use luke warm water once a week to increase the circulation in the hair follicles.
Explanation: Plucking out gray hair simply does not create more grey hair but plucking hair creates scalp irritation which can be harmful to the hair follicle.
Solution: If you start to see gray's try a gray corrector which uses a small amount of dye to cover grays.
Explanation: Some have argued that you will have healthier hair if you lather, rinse, and REPEAT but over-shampooing is bad for the hair and is not recommended.
Solution: Simply lather, rinse well, and enjoy!
Explanation: Split ends are caused when the hair is dry and brittle. It's important to keep your hair moisturized but they won't disappear with the right product.
Solution: Select a conditioner that moisturizes your hair and make sure you are getting a quick trim every 6-8 weeks. This will ensure that the ends are healthy.
Explanation: Your scalp is a very sensitive place and can get sunburnt without you even knowing. Exposure to harsh sunlight is not only dangerous but can dry out the hair follicles and leave you hair feeling brittle.
Solution: These days, the chemicals used in hair lightening products are very safe and easy to use.
Explanation: While using mayonnaise and olive oil may help moisturize your hair, it won't do anything groundbreaking!
Solution: The best way to get silky hair is to use the best hair products for your hair type. Try a moisturizing mask or cream.
Explanation: Some have said that brushing 100 times a day stimulates circulation in the scalp and creates natural oils, but in fact, over-brushing causes friction in the scalp, which can lead to cuticle damage and breakage.
Solution: Brush minimally for detangling and styling. Avoid using a brush with natural bristles and use a wide comb instead.
Explanation: reasy hair is caused by the overproduction of sebum, which causes oiliness of the scalp. Conditioner will account for some of the greasiness but not dramatically.
Solution: Apply dry shampoo after you've showered and have blow dried your hair, this will absorb some of the oiliness.
Explanation: Combing your hair when wet can cause breakage.
Solution: If you are committed to brushing, start at the ends and work your way up!
Explanation: There are many factors that can affect the texture of your hair including pregnancy, menopause, stress etc. Your hair texture will change over time.
Solution: Embrace the change and start using the correct shampoo for your hair type.
Explanation: Tying your hair up will not reduce dandruff but hide dandruff.
Solution: Use an anti-dandruff shampoo until you start seeing the dandruff reduce and then use once a week following that.
Explanation: There is no correlation between bald spots and pulling your hair in a ponytail. It's important to allow your hair breath. Pulling your hair in a ponytail will cause some breakage.
Solution: Avoid elastic bands with metal and try a smaller band instead of a bulky band.
- Not true, if you have a more neutral shade of blush, feel free to use it as a subtle contour, like you would a bronzer. But only use it on your cheeks!
- Not true, poor hygiene does. Mistakes like falling asleep with your makeup on, not cleaning your brushes often enough, and not knowing when to throw out older products will all cause your skin to break out.
- We see this myth being thrown around just about everywhere, but in fact, you want to keep your concealer consistent with your foundation. Both should match your natural skin tone as much as possible. Lighter concealers will just draw more attention to things you're covering up -- which is not the goal!
- Not true! If you're going to apply to your lashes, get them all. Just be careful of smudges and excess product flaking under your eyes, because that will cast a shadow.
- Nope, it just makes you look like you chose the wrong foundation. If you want to add a glow to your skin, grab your trusty friend: bronzer.
- It's true that contrasting colors really make your eyes pop, but don't let that stop you from wearing whatever shades your heart desires.
- On the contrary, your skin won't know you're mixing brands, and neither will everyone around you! Find out what works best for you, your skin, and your budget, and get whichever products you'd like.
- Actually, you ought to match your foundation to your neck. It's the best indicator of your natural coloring, and allows for the best blending when you apply.
- This is only true if your skin has yellow undertones. If you have pink undertones, this won't match at all! Again, keep your concealer as close to your foundation (and as such, the skin on your neck) as possible.
- Don't restrict yourselves in this way. Just find the colors and hues that YOU like, and the ones that work best with your skintone. Your hair shouldn't dictate those choices!
In actuality, mascara ought to be thrown away after three months. You might think that's too fast, but experts are really just thinking about the health of your eyes. Keep them clean and in tip-top shape by getting rid of products when it's time.
Also, don't pump the wand in your mascara to get more product! This just causes the formula to break down faster, and introduces air into the tube, breeding bacteria. Instead, gently twist the brush before you pull it out.
- Lots of women use powder, and lots love it! If you are one of them, just remember to try to stick to the even planes of your face (like your cheeks and chin) and avoid areas with fine lines.
- Not true! Putting liquid liner on your top lid will actually make smaller eyes look larger.
- Absolutely not. There are so many variations of red out there that you are guaranteed to find your perfect shade, you just need to be on the lookout. And when you find it, rock it, girl.
Before you start lathering your hair with mayonnaise or lemon juice, we've decided to debunk some of the biggest and most popular hair myths.
There are many factors that play into the healthiness of hair. The texture, the condition, the length, and the healthiness to name a few. If you're someone who blow dries your hair everyday for shine or someone who thinks combing your hair 100 times will give you healthy golden locks, you may be disappointed to learn your efforts have been fruitless.
Click through the gallery above to see which hair routines are really just myths.