We consider hair to be your best accessory - you can dye it any color you want, pull it back, put it in braids, style it with heat tools, add extensions, and the list goes on. However, hair is pretty delicate and can get damaged easily. Even if you think you take great care of your hair, read this list, because there are a lot of myths and habits out there that you should ditch in 2019.
 Brush hair 100 times a day for shinier hair.
This is a horrible myth! Over-brushing actually causes damage to your hair by pulling hair out that isn’t ready, it breaks strong hairs, and scratches the scalp. Make sure to only brush gently for styling and not to over stimulate the scalp. Just a few strokes with a natural bristle brush on dry hair will help detangle while stimulating scalp circulation and help distribute natural oils.
 Frizzy hair is caused by split ends.
This is not true, split ends are not frizz! Split ends are a physical condition caused by dryness, while frizz is a matter of hair texture and has nothing to do with damage.
 Shampooing less often means less oil.
Your scalp will always produce the same amount of oil, regardless of how frequently you shampoo it. While cutting back on the amount you shampoo your hair doesn’t affect your sebaceous glands, it will cause dirt and oil to accumulate on your scalp and hair, which can potentially cause inflammation and irritation. Every head of hair is different and the amount that you should wash yours is a personal decision, so we recommend that you use your judgement and was your hair when you feel you need it, however often that may be.
 Using heat tools on the wrong settings.
Heat tools - we all use them and love them dearly, but you need to be careful when using them in order to minimize damage to your hair. A lot of heat tools have the ability to reach incredibly high temperatures that are not safe to use on all hair types. A lot of damage we see in the salon is often caused by using heating tools at way too high of temperatures and this is easily avoidable by reading the instructions and slowing down. We suggest never going above medium for most hair types.
 Forgetting to use heat protectant products.
Now that you’ve learned to use heat tools at the right temperature, make sure to ALWAYS use a heat protectant product! Heat protectants coat hair and create a protective barrier that your hair desperately needs when using hot tools.
 Sleeping with your hair in a wet bun is fine.
You know those lazy nights when your hair is wet and you just want to put it in a bun and deal with it later? Sorry ladies, this is not a good idea! Not only does it cause your hair to turn into a frazzled mess when you wake up, but it can cause a lot of damage as well. Anytime you put your hair back, especially when it’s wet, you can cause breakage because your hair bonds are weaker when wet. Make sure to break this bad habit immediately!
 Split ends are repairable.
We know, this one bums us out too. Unfortunately, once the ends of hair have split, there is no way to put them back together. Limit how often you wash, brush, heat-style and dye your hair to help avoid damage that can cause split ends. The best thing you can do is prevent your hair from getting split ends in the first place by getting regular trims. We suggest coming in at least every 8 weeks for a light dusting of your ends.
 Towel drying is healthier for your hair than using a hairdryer.
Believe it or not, this myth is also false! When your hair is wet, it is much more likely to get damaged because the hair follicles swell up and more pressure is put on the delicate proteins that make up hair. Using a fast-drying, heat-controlled dryer can actually protect your hair by shortening it’s exposure to water.
We hope you enjoyed reading about these common hair myths and habits that you should ditch in 2019! Keep in mind that every head of hair is unique and you need to use your best judgement when determining how to best care for your locks. Book an appointment with us at Rinse and we would be happy to give you advice on how to take better care of your hair.