We develop many beliefs about our hair throughout our lives. The beliefs we develop shape how we treat and care for our hair. Some of the ideas about hair, which products work, and how hair should behave are taught to us by advertisers, but not all of them are well founded or based on actual results, clinical trials, or science. While the vast majority of the beliefs we have regarding our hair are not inherently dangerous some of them, if acted upon, can damage your hair.
Some hair care products can “cure” split ends
There are several products on the market that claim to fix or cure split ends. With everything from shampoos to serums, it can be easy to be swept away in the hype. However, it’s important to remember that once the hair is at the surface of the skin, the cells within the actual strands of hair are no longer alive, meaning that they cannot heal. It is possible to make damaged hair appear repaired and take steps to protect it from further damage. The danger in believing that you have a product that will cure, repair, or reverse split ends is that the real issue is not being addressed, which means further damage is more than likely to ensue.
Brushing hair from top to bottom
Many television advertisements make it seem like you can (and should) brush or comb your hair starting from the roots and combing to your ends. The implication is that their product will make your hair super manageable and you’ll be able to comb or brush your hair in this manner. In a sense, they are portraying an (unrealistic) ideology of how one’s hair should behave. There is one very serious problem with starting at the roots when combing your hair, and that is pulling. By starting at the roots, you’ll run into far more snags. Hair is actually pretty weak, so it doesn’t take much force to rip hair from your scalp or stretch it.
When combing or brushing your hair start at the ends and work your way up to the roots. If you run into ant tangles or snags gently work them out. If your hair is especially tangled, you may find that using conditioner or oil can help detangle it. When combing or brushing your hair be as gentle as you reasonably can and avoid snatching at your hair.
Using a sudsy shampoo is better
Thanks to marketing many of us associate suds with cleanness. This is a very dangerous misconception, and even if suds were synonymous with clean, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily healthier. The problem with certain sudsy shampoos is that the suds are often the result of sulfates in the shampoo. Sulfates are foaming agents that can strip the natural oils from your hair and scalp and lead to skin irritation. Irritated and dry skin is more prone to inflammation, which can starve your hair of vital nutrients, and dry hair is more likely to break. With repeated exposure to sulfates, particularly if your hair and scalp don’t have the time or resources needed to recover, the damage can become compounded. When selecting a shampoo look for shampoos free of sulfates.
The more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be.
Brushing your hair does have benefits, in particular, it can help spread the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair. However, over-brushing your hair can lead to friction which can damage the hair cuticles. The pressure from the bristles as they pass over your hair can lead to breakage. Additionally, the longer your hair becomes, the drier the ends tend to be. If you have long hair try to reduce the amount of times you brush your hair to only once a day and always be gentle.
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