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Silicones, Sulphates, And Heat: The Biggest Hair Myths Debunked

There are numerous methods and tips for handling hair problems. Avoid silicones, avoid shampoos with sulfates, don’t use heat, cut your ends every month, and so on. But how many of them are actually true? Well, as it turns out, not that many at all! When it comes to hair, there are so many widespread myths that have no evidence backing them up. In this article, we will go over the most common ones, and see which of them are actually true, and which aren’t. 

1. Frequent trims promote hair growth

My question is: How would this even work? How would your roots know that your ends have been trimmed? Hair trimming has no impact on growth! Regular trims can make your hair look fuller and healthier and make it look longer by removing split ends, but the actual cutting of the ends has no impact on how long your hair grows from the roots. If you want to grow your hair out, don’t cut it more often than every three months. 

2. Rinsing with cold water makes your hair shiny

Rinsing your hair with cold water will only make you shiver. Cold water making your hair shine is a complete myth. The idea is that freezing water seals the cuticle of the hair. However, this one has no scientific support. The one thing that you can do to make your hair shinier is to use hair oil. Just spread a few drops of the hair oil in the palms of your hair, and apply it to the mids and ends of your hair. 

3. Air-drying is better than blow-drying

There actually isn’t a correct answer to this. Neither is ideal. While blow-drying does apply heat to the hair, air-drying allows the hair to be wet for a longer period of time. Our hair is at its weakest while it’s wet, and it will be prone to breakage if brushed. The best thing to do is to combine these two methods. Allow your hair to air-dry for an hour, and then follow it up with a blow-dryer on the lowest heat setting. 

4. Silicones are bad for the hair

Not necessarily. While silicones can lead to build-up, most modern haircare products use a more elegant version of cosmetic silicones that can easily be rinsed out in the shower. That lowers the risks of build-up. In addition to that, silicones form a protective layer around your hair. This layer protects your hair from the elements, heat, and UV radiation, but it also makes it less likely to break off during brushing. 

5. Sulfate-free shampoos are better

Sulfate-free shampoos are in most cases milder, however, that doesn’t mean that they are better. Especially not if you aren’t washing your hair every day. Sulfates help shampoos remove dirt and oil from our hair. However, they can be a bit too strong for people with damaged, dry hair, who wash their hair often. If you wash your hair daily, sure, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo. But if you wash it only every 3-4 days, sulfate shampoos would be a better option.