When it comes to hair, if you're heat-free, you're worry-free, right? Well, kinda. According to a Korean study from 2011 that's been recirculating, air-drying your hair hair might cause more damage that blow drying with heat. So, if you thought that skipping tools entirely was keeping your hair healthy, you may want to reconsider. It turns out that there's a very specific "correct" way to dry hair, according to this one study, and it actually involves the blowdryer.
According to the study, "although using a hair dryer causes more surface damage than natural drying, using a hair dryer at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion causes less damage than drying hair naturally." The study suggests that the accurate way to dry your hair includes air drying until damp and blowdrying on cold from 15 cm away from your head. It might be annoying to take longer on your locks post shower, but at least they'll be healthy!
I was shocked by this information, but after hearing the science behind it, it made a bit more sense. According to She Finds, "the longer that your hair is wet, the more pressure is exerted on the proteins that keep your strands from breaking, which leads to more damage."
If you thought this was shocking news, then just wait until you hear how many other hair myths are out there. Here are just nine of them.
1. You Have To Use Shampoo
Most of you probably know that washing your hair every day isn't healthy, because it strips you hair of healthy oils. But did you know that you don't actually have to wash your hair at all? Especially if you have curly hair, you can easily get away with skipping shampoo via the no-poo method.
2. Trimming Locks Makes Them Grow
According to Real Simple, trimming your hair won't make it grow. How fast your hair grows is all about genetics, and nothing can change that. All trimming does is make it look fresh and feel better.
3. You Need To Brush Your Hair Often
4. Dying Your Hair Is Unhealthy
Yes, bleaching your hair is unhealthy, but not all dyes have the same effect on your strands. According to Health Magazine, as long as you're going lighter, dying your hair isn't necessarily unhealthy.
5. You Should Switch Up Your Shampoos
If you think you need to constantly switch up your shampoos, think again. Hair expert Shannel Mariano told Women's Health Magazine that hair doesn't become immune to shampoo. So keep on washing with whatever you like.
6. Foaming Shampoos Work The Best
This one is not a huge secret anymore, with all the natural shampoos on the market, but sulfate, which is the active ingredient in shampoo that makes it foam, isn't always the healthiest option depending on your hair type, according to Women's Health Magazine. Bottom line: you don't have to see shampoo working for it to be doing its job.
7. Avoid Oils If You Have Oily Hair
Just because you have oily hair, doesn't mean you should avoid using products that contain oil. Essential oils are good for you no matter what type of hair you have. According to Daily Savings, you want to apply the oil to your scalp for the most benefits.
8. Towel Drying Is Good For Hair
There's no way around this one. According to Self Magazine, towel drying hair is unhealthy because it rips out strands of hair in the process.
9. Lather, Rinse, Repeat Is Key
According to Good Housekeeping, only one wash will do the trick. No need to double up on shampoo! It makes sense considering how you hair needs essential oils.
Who knew that myths could be so misleading?
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