We’ve all heard them but which of the following commonly-held beliefs about hair care are true and which should you ignore?
- You need to shampoo your hair every day. False.
Washing your hair daily removes your hair’s natural oils and may leave your hair dried out. We recommend washing only when needed.
- Rinsing your hair in beer will make it stronger.
The theory being the yeast and protein in the beer will strengthen your hair. It’s more likely that the alcohol will dry your hair out. Instead of home remedies, stick to products recommended by your stylist.
- You need to condition your hair every time you shampoo.
It may surprise you to learn that not all hair needs conditioning after every shampoo. Find out how to determine what kind of hydration your hair needs here.
- You should brush your hair one hundred times a day. False.
We see it in movies, especially older ones, all the time. The actress is brushing her hair and counting strokes before bed. This is not necessary and can also cause split ends. And you definitely don’t want to brush curly hair when it is dry. Additionally, if you are experiencing thinning or hair loss, brushing adds more stress to the already fragile follicle. Brush your hair gently and only as much as is needed to keep it looking neat.
- If you pluck one gray hair two more will replace it.
In fact, each hair follicle can only produce one strand of hair. What’s more likely to happen if you continue to pluck, the strand of hair won’t grow back and you may cause thinning or patches of hair loss. Learn to embrace your gray or talk to your stylist about coloring options.
- Dandruff means you have a dry scalp. False.
Dandruff is caused by a type of excess yeast that feeds off moist environments so your scalp is likely too oily. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo then consult with your stylist to get the oils in balance.
We hope we’ve put some of these myths to rest. Send us any advice you’ve heard about your hair that you think may be a myth. We will let you know whether you should follow that advice or not in a future post.
Lofty Salon is located just two miles south of the Tysons Corner area in eclectic Vienna, Virginia. Lofty is led by Curlyologist Mona Harb — the ultimate go-to stylist for curly hair design, cut and care. If you’d like to experience a style that embraces your curls and is healthy for your hair, book an appointment. If you are outside the Washington, DC area, be sure to subscribe to this blog for more curly hair tips.