There’s a number of old wives’ tales about haircare making the rounds and sometimes it’s hard to tell if there’s any truth to them. Sam Burnett, hair extraordinaire and the founder/creative director of Hare & Bone, helped us dispel fact from fiction and debunked a few popular hair myths below.
Shampooing less often makes your hair less oily
We’ve all used and abused dry shampoo and counted down the days till our next hair wash, but it turns out that it doesn’t actually make your hair any less oily. In fact, it’s got nothing to do with external factors like washing and instead comes down to how your own body works.
‘No matter how frequently you shampoo your hair, your scalp will continue to produce the same amount of oil. Your hormones and genetics determine how much oil your scalp produces therefore cutting back on shampooing your hair won’t make a difference,’ Burnett says.
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Washing with cold water makes hair shinier
While there’s some truth to this myth, you’ll have to resort to an Arctic cold shower if you want to really see a difference. (We’d rather not, to be honest).
Burnett explains, ‘As your hair contains no living cells, it doesn’t actually react to cold or hot water. Although, icy water will make the hair light-reflective and not ruffled or dull looking.’
Dandruff is a sign of a dry scalp
A lot of things cause dandruff, not just a dry scalp. It’s kind of grim, but a whole list of skin conditions can cause flakiness so it’s best to keep an eye on things and go to your doctor if you’re a little worried.
‘Although dandruff is one of the causes of a dry scalp, the two don’t necessarily correlate. Medical skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis are caused by the over production of oil (sebum) not dryness, this looks yellowish white in colour. Dry scalps are commonly caused by the environment elements or product build up,’ Burnett explains.
You can’t dye your hair while pregnant
Feel free to go as bright and as bold as you like, hair dye doesn’t actually affect your baby. Only a minuscule amount of it actually gets absorbed into your skin, so you can cover up those roots without breaking a sweat.
Burnett adds, ‘This is a very common myth in hairdressing and is actually one of the biggest concerns for not only my clients, but most women. Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes are completely safe and don’t have any toxins or chemicals that can harm a baby.’
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Brushing your hair a hundred times before you sleep makes it healthier
By all means, brushing your hair regularly is a great idea and does actually make your hair healthier – but a hundred times is a little much. It actually has the opposite effect, which Burnett explains below.
He says, ‘Brushing your hair every days is imperative to ensuring that the natural oils in your hair are maintained from your scalp to your ends, a small amount of brushing is fine however over brushing can actually cause a lot more breakage and activates your oil glands making your hair greasier.”