The truth is, for years all sorts of hair myths have been making their way through households and everyday we are faced with the task of trying to overcome many of the common myths about hair care. In this issue of WomanWise, reporter Kaelanne Jordan chats with Rena Phillip, qualified and certified hair consultant, aesthetician and lecturer operating at Institute of Elegance Hair and Body Spa as she sets the record straight on some of the most widely known myths and the reality behind these myths.
1. Split ends can be repaired without trimming
False: The only successful treatment for removing split ends is with scissors. While some hair care products may temporarily merge split ends together, this fix only lasts until your next shampooing. Keep in mind, damaged ends tend to grow slower than healthy, well maintained, trimmed hair.
2. Hair should be washed every day
False: There is no correct schedule for washing hair. Every person should shampoo according to the specific needs of their hair type and texture. While some people do benefit from a daily shampoo, others benefit from a variety of shampooing schedules.
3. Salon products are identical to drugstore products
False: While there is an exception to every rule, salon products are generally manufactured to contain higher quality and more expensive ingredients that are designed to consistently provide more intensive cleansing, moisturising and conditioning results. The quality ingredients found in salon products are not usually found in drugstore brands.
4. Wearing tight braids, ponytails or buns cause baldness.
True. Traction alopecia is a real hair loss condition that may result from wearing tight ponytails, cornrows or buns over an extended period of time. Over time hair breakage or loss as the result of tight, stress styles can become permanent. Avoid this potential problem by opting for looser styles that maximise scalp tension.
5. Hair will always remain the same texture
False. Although you may be born with straight, curly or wavy locks there are many circumstances under which your hair’s ultimate texture can be permanently altered. Pregnancy, medication, chemotherapy, age and other variables can cause your texture to be temporarily or permanently altered.