Fact vs. Fiction: Hair Edition

By: Kenra Professional

Fact vs. Fiction: Hair Edition

Since the dawn of the salon, women have been swapping haircare stories like a well-coiffed game of telephone. From your grandma’s folk remedies to the trending tips of your favorite social media influencers, the hair world is filled with fiction. We're here to brush away the confusion and shear through the myths to reveal the truth. It's time to untangle the web of misconceptions and get to the root of proper haircare.

Myth 1: Trimming Your Hair Makes It Grow Faster

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Fiction: One of the biggest myths in the world of haircare is the idea that getting regular trims will make your hair grow faster. The rationale is that trimming off split ends will promote healthier hair and create faster growth.

Fact: Hair growth happens at the scalp, where follicles produce new hair cells. Trimming your hair has no impact on your follicles and does not affect the rate of growth at all! However, regular trims can help prevent breakage and maintain hair’s overall appearance, so snip away.

Hair Hack: Prioritize practices that promote hair vitality for better growth. Maintain a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, minimize heat and chemical damage, and use nourishing haircare products.

Myth 2: Coloring Your Hair Causes Irreparable Damage

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Fiction: Many people lose out on the joy of color out of fear that it will leave their locks dry, brittle, and damaged beyond repair. While it's true that certain coloring techniques and chemical processes can compromise the integrity of your hair, not all products and methods are created equal.

Fact: Advancements in hair dye technology have led to the development of gentler formulas that dial down damage and increase longevity. Plus, professional colorists are trained to assess your hair's condition and recommend the best coloring options to give you a look you love while reducing hair harm.

Hair Hack: Color with care and prioritize hair health above all else. Opt for high-quality ammonia-free or low-ammonia dyes, and follow up with regular deep conditioning treatments to nourish and hydrate your hair.

Myth 3: Rinsing Your Hair in Cold Water Makes It Shinier

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Fiction: If the idea of rinsing your hair in frigid water to seal the cuticle and enhance the shine gives you cold feet, don’t believe the hype. Water temperature has little impact on the luster of your locks.

Fact: The outer layer of the hair, known as the cuticle, consists of overlapping scales that can lie flat or lift open depending on pH balance, moisture levels, and mechanical damage. While cold water may cause the cuticle to constrict and create a slightly smoother surface, it’s temporary and not super smoothing.

Hair Hack: Chill on the cold water and focus on using high-quality haircare products specifically formulated to nourish and protect your hair. Look for shampoos and conditioners enriched with moisturizing ingredients and incorporate a weekly deep conditioning treatment into your routine.

Myth 4: Brushing Your Hair 100 Strokes a Day Makes It Healthier

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Fiction: The idea that 100 brush strokes a day leads to healthy hair is a time-consuming and tiring myth. The erroneous thinking is that it stimulates the scalp and distributes natural oils.

Fact: While brushing your hair is essential for detangling and maintenance, over-brushing can lead to friction, breakage, and hair loss. This is especially true if done aggressively or with the wrong type of brush.

Hair Hack: Focus on gently detangling your hair with a soft bristle brush or a wide-tooth comb. Use a leave-in conditioner and be especially careful when your hair is wet and more prone to breakage.

Myth 5: Air-Drying Your Hair is Always Better Than Using a Blow Dryer

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Fiction: Some swear by air-drying hair, claiming it's the healthiest choice for dodging damage from high-heat blow dryers. They promise less frizz, better texture, and overall healthier locks.

Fact: While air-drying can be kinder than heat styling, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on factors like weather, hair type, and personal style, air-drying could leave you with uneven drying, overly wet hair, and a higher risk of breakage.

Hair Hack: Find a balance that suits your strands. If you're blowing out, shield your tresses with a heat protectant and use a low heat setting. Use products made to support success when air-drying. Be gentle when you towel-dry to prevent friction and breakage.

In a landscape filled with myths and misconceptions, we hope we cut through the confusion by delivering facts over fiction. Now it’s time to brush away your old beliefs and let your true beauty shine for all to see.

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