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Fact-Check! 7 Hair Myths Debunked

Fact-Check! 7 Hair Myths Debunked

Your hair is one of your most important assets. People judge you by it, and frizzy, oily, or unhealthy hair can ruin first impressions. This is why proper hair care is so important.

The issue starts when you can’t distinguish hair myths from hair truths. When it comes to caring for your hair, there is no end to misinformation and old wives’ tales for remedies that don’t work. Many common beliefs and advice can hurt your hair and worsen its condition.

Amid all the myths, one truth persists: high-quality brushes will give you better results. Check out our line of Spornette brushes to find your best hair tools today!

It’s crucial to tell facts from fiction when caring for your hair. We’ve prepared a list of seven hair myths that we’ve debunked below for you.

1. Pulling Grey Hairs Makes Them Grow Back

Thet op of a woman's head with the growth of gray hair. One Hair myth is that pulling out gray hairs makes more grow back in its place.

There is no scientific correlation between pulling grey or white hairs and them growing back. Pulling hairs can cause stress and some damage to the hair follicle. This could have implications for long-term hair loss but isn’t conclusive.

Either way, it won’t increase the chances of the replacement hair being grey or white. It also won’t make multiple hairs grow in its place.

So, put the tweezers down and seek to nourish your hair and improve your health. This will do more to fight white and grey hairs than pulling them out.

2. Daily Shampooing For Oily Hair

A common hair myth is that you should wash your hair more frequently if your hair is oily. A woman shampooing her hair in the shower.

The idea that oily hair requires daily shampooing is counterproductive and bad for your hair. Your hair produces sebum for a reason, as it’s important for hair follicle health.

Shampoo does more than strip your hair of dirt; it removes the natural oils. Your hair will overcompensate for frequent washing and produce more hair oil.

The more you wash, the more brittle your hair will become, and it can lead to an itchy scalp as well. If your oily hair bothers you, diet and buying hair oils can make a difference. Oils can help regulate your natural oil production and improve your hair health.

If you insist on using products like dry shampoo, make sure you do your research. Many harsh ingredients in these products do more harm than good in managing oily hair.

3. Only People of Color Have Coarse Hair

A woman with coarse and curly blonde hair.

People of color are not the only people who can have coarse hair genetics. Thick, wavy, curly, or coarse hair can affect anyone. Having coarse hair also requires extra hair care considerations.

This is because coarse hair tends to suffer more from dryness and fragility. In turn, this makes it easier to fry or strip of its natural oils. When choosing shampoo and conditioners for coarse hair, it’s paramount you double-check the product labels.

Read reviews and don’t go for products that use heavy chemicals that damage hair. It’s also easy to fall prey to marketing scams that may lead to irreversible hair damage.

4. Trimming Leads To Faster Growth

A closeup of a hairdresser cutting brunette hair with split ends. A popular hair myth is that your hair will go faster if you cut it, but that is not true.

There are good reasons to schedule regular trips to the salon. Cutting your hair a little bit every few weeks helps prevent split ends. That said, constant cutting does not make your hair grow faster.

This is a hair myth as old as time. Mothers use it to scare sons from shaving too early, and many women buy into it to grow their hair. To put it bluntly, it doesn’t work that way.

What happens is regular trims prevent and remove breakage. This gives the illusion of thicker and faster growing hair, but it’s only getting rid of the thin and weak parts.

5. Switching Shampoos Regularly Is Good For Your Hair

A woman washing her hair.

The idea that your hair can get used to shampoo if you use it too long is untrue. Harsh products can dry out and damage your hair and scalp over time, leading to this perception. Switching to a new product to “reset” your hair can mess with your PH levels if you do it too often.

This can compound the problem you tried to get away from. If you switch, look for products without harsh chemicals and hydrate your hair and scalp. Using better and more natural products is the real way to improve your hair health.

6. Sudsy Shampoo and Cold Water Are Better

A hair dresser holding out a woman's shiny straight hair. A final rinse with cold water can make your hair shinier, but it's a hair myth that washing with ice cold water is better for your hair.

Many think the more suds, the better the shampoo works and cleans. In actuality, foam and suds result from harsh chemicals common in sulfate shampoos.

These strip hairs of all their nutrients and protective oils. The suds don’t do anything to improve cleaning or hair health. The same is true when it comes to washing your hair with cold water.

Cold water does help keep more of your hair’s natural oil, moisture, and health intact. At the same time, it doesn’t wash out products as well, which is a major drawback that hurts your overall shine. Rinsing with cold water at the end of your shower after a warm rinse can have its benefits, though. However, it’s best to avoid icy water for your entire wash routine.

Not washing with cold water doesn’t mean you should go for scalding hot water either! Hot water only helps to accelerate the process of stripping your hair of its oils and nutrients. Instead, try washing your locks with warm water. (You’ll see results in your skin too!)

7. Split-End Repair Is Possible

A woman attempting to mend split ends on her black hair. One hair myth is that split ends can be repaired, when really they can only be cut off.

There is no way to repair a split-end. Period. Once that baby starts to split, the only remedy is to cut them off before they get worse.

Prevention is often better than cure as well. Hot tools like hair straighteners increase the chances, as does improper brushing. When brushing your hair, start with the ends and work your way up.

If you start at the roots and do long pulls, you increase the chances of breakage. Another tip is to have separate brushes for when your hair is dry and wet.

7 Hair Myths to Get Over

A woman with healthy, beautiful hair smiling on a gray background.

Being able to distinguish hair facts from fiction is a great place to start when finding your perfect healthy haircare routine. Here’s a hair fact for you: Spornette creates high-quality hairbrushes that allow you to beautifully style your hair while ensuring it stays healthy. Check out our site for your new favorite hairbrush, and let your hair shine!

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