Along with skincare, I’ve learned alot about haircare in the last 12 months. Myths have been banished, replaced with scientifically proven truths.
Here are five of my favourite hair myths. Let me know in the comments some of your favourite – and disproven – hair myths.
And, remember, these are just my opinions from my own research. If you have a different opinion, please share it in the comments – I’d love to hear what you think.
Myth 1: Silicone is bad for your hair
Silicone is not automatically bad for your hair.
According to Dr Jasmine Karsono, of Pantene, silicone products are generational. Some earlier formulations did tend to coat the hair and not wash out, leading to breakage and weakening of the hair shaft over time.
But, like anything, science works in beautiful – evolutionary – ways. Most silicones found in conditioners are water soluble so they will easily wash out of your hair.
To be on the safe side, always use a regular clarifying shampoo to wash out ALL product. But rest assured that silicone is not the devil incarnate.
Myth 2: It’s ok to wash your hair every day
According to the gorgeous Barney Martin, no-one should be washing their hair on a daily basis.
It strips the hair and scalp of nutrients and encourages excess production of sebum. It ends up being a horrible cycle where your hair feels dirty, so you scrub it clean, your scalp begins to produce sebum to compensate for the loss, and – at the end of the day – your hair feels dirty again. So you wash it. And on it goes.
Barney advises washing your hair 2-3 times a week and using dry shampoos in between. Alternatively – and I thought this was a rather clever suggestion (proving Barney is smart as well as supremely hot) – just wet your hair and re-style, rather than washing it. It will make your hair feel and look better but won’t result in excess sebum production.
Myth 3: Brushing your hair makes it healthier
I remember reading Enid Blyton books where all the girls brushed their hair 100 times a night. What Enid didn’t mention is that all these girls went bald.
Over-brushing will dull your hair by destroying the cuticle. Over-brushing also excarcerbates breakages and split ends.
Realistically, use your brush to untangle your hair only. Use good shampoos, conditioners and treatments to keep it looking its best.
Myth 4: Immunity to shampoo and conditioner
What a load of caca this myth is. The way it gets told, you use a shampoo and conditioner for a few months and, all of a sudden, your hair doesn’t look so good any more.
The reason why your shampoo and conditioner has stopped working is because your hair has – in all likelihood – built up residue. Get your hands on a good clarifying shampoo – my favourite of ALL TIME is Mop’s Basil Mint Shampoo – and you’ll find that your old shampoo and conditioner will once again give you the results you once loved.
Myth 4: Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe
Just because a manufacturer claims a product is all natural, it does not automatically make it safe – especially for those of you pregnant and/or breast-feeding.
Always check the labels, work in a well-ventilated area and, try and avoid products with ammonia in them.