5 Hair myths that are just NOT true

hair myths debunkedThanks to the wonders of the internet you can come across all sorts of people doing things that would have never occurred to you. For example, I just read about a woman who has not washed her hair in five years. Yes, my first instinct is to go EWWWW, but being an open-minded individual I wanted to learn more and you know what? Her hair is not gross at all and I totally understand her reasoning. You see, the chemicals in most conventional shampoos are straight-up poison (yes, I'm takin' a stand here) and going the organic natural route is expensive, so she decided to clean her hair with water and five years later she's got a healthy, non-greasy, non-smelly head of hair. This made me want to investigate prevalent hair myths and find out if they were true or not.


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Turns out that there are some really untruthful hair myths. Here are five hair myths that are NOT true.

  • Your hair grows faster if you cut it regularly. Nope, nope, nope. Your hair grows about a quarter inch every month whether you cut it or not.

  • You should brush your hair 100 times a day. Nooooo!!!! This myth says brushing helps redistribute the oils from your scalp to make your hair shiny. What this actually does is make you more susceptible to breakage and frizz. As someone with curly hair, I brush my hair as little as possible.

  • You should comb from the roots to the ends. You never see anyone on TV brushing their hair start brushing from the ends, but it's actually better if you start combing your ends and work your way up. It's just easier to detangle that way.

  • If you pluck out a gray hair, two will sprout in its place. Not true, but it still isn't a good idea to pluck your grays because you can damage the roots. I'd rather have gray hair than no hair.

  • You need to switch your shampoo up regularly. The myth is that your hair builds up a tolerance to your favorite shampoo so you need to swap it out with another for awhile. Blah!!! No tolerance is built. Sheesh, as the woman who hasn't used shampoo for five years proved, you don't even really need shampoo.

So there you have it, five incredible common hair myths that simply are not true. Oh, and in case you are wondering what someone who hasn't washed her hair in five years look, check out the video and see for yourself.

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