Switching shampoos often? Shivering through a cold rinse? It’s time to rethink your routines.
Cutting the ends of your hair doesn’t affect the follicles in your scalp, which determine how fast and how much your hair grows.
Hair grows an average of a quarter-inch every month — whether or not you cut it.
Regular trims might make your hair look a little longer, though.
Getting rid of split ends reduces hair breakage, and breakage is what makes hair look thinner at the ends (and shorter).
Every eight to 12 weeks, ask your stylist to take off the minimum necessary to eliminate split ends.
You don’t need to practice shampoo rotation to keep your hair clean.
But if you’ve recently started colouring your hair or increased your use of hot tools, it might be a good idea to switch to a more moisturising shampoo.
Otherwise, stick with your favourite as long as you love it.
Hairstylists love to spread this gospel.
Their rationale: The icy water will make the cuticle of your hair close so it’s flat (and light-reflective), not ruffled (and dull-looking).
Your hair, however, contains no living cells — it doesn’t react to cold (or hot) water.
Use conditioners and styling products that contain silicones and oils to smooth the cuticle.
And limit damage to your hair from straightening treatments, hot tools, and frequent dyeing.
You’ve probably heard that rigorous brushing will distribute the natural oils from your scalp to add shine to your hair.
Or that it will stimulate blood flow to your scalp and boost hair growth. Neither is true.
In fact, brushing causes friction on hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage, which makes hair lusterless and frizzy.
Brush your hair minimally (only to detangle or style), and use the right tools — a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush with ball-tipped, plastic bristles.
Avoid boar-bristle brushes — natural bristles aren’t uniform, so they’re especially harsh on your hair and scalp.
No matter how frequently you shampoo, your scalp produces the same amount of oil.
Cutting back on shampooing will have no effect on your sebaceous glands; genetics and hormones determine the amount of oil they produce.
But it will cause dirt and oil to accumulate on your scalp and hair follicles, and could cause inflammation and irritation that might stunt hair growth.
All experts agree: How often you wash your hair is a personal decision. Use your judgment.
Wash your hair with a moisturising shampoo when you feel you need it, whether that’s daily or weekly.