Revealed: The Truth Behind The Hair Myths

Whether you’ve got long luscious locks or a cute pixie cut, taking care of your hair is hard enough without the whirlwind of myths, legends and just plain lies that circulate societies all over the world. Central Studio has come to the rescue, to put any fake news about hair to bed and reveal the truth about the stories that shape the very core of our hair care routines.

‘If you pluck one grey hair, two will grow back in its place.’ 

There is not an ounce of truth to this statement. This myth probably started because as soon as one grey hair is noticed, they seem to pop up all over the place! We hate to burst your youthful bubble, but we suspect the grey hairs would have grown regardless of whether any plucking had taken place! That said, this is by no means a licence to pluck your grey hairs without a care in the world. Hair will eventually get weaker, so we recommend swapping the tweezers for hair dye or book yourself in for a hair colour, Bristol, so our team can mask those pesky greys pain free!

Shampooing makes your hair shed.’ 

A classic, this tale has certainly done the rounds and women up and down the country have refrained from washing with shampoo as a result. Unbeknownst to them, this has actually worsened the issue, as a build-up of oil can cause inflammation, and therefore stunt growth. Instead, address the real problem, which is most likely to be stress-related. Reconsider some life choices, and maybe undertake some stress-relief activities to help your hair grow back.

‘The more you brush your hair, the healthier it’ll be.’

A lesser-known legend, yet equally persuasive, with many opting to tug, pull and yank a brush through their hair at regular intervals throughout the day. The reality is, this will probably do more harm than good, and end up damaging the cuticle of your hair. We recommend arming yourself with a brush when hair is knotty, but otherwise leave it well alone and let nature do its thing.

Use the right products to make your hair thicker.’

 We all hear about voluminous sprays and thickening mousses, but what actually affects your hairs condition the most is your diet. Hair needs the right kinds of nutrients, so make sure you get enough carbs, proteins and healthy fats. Take extra care in monitoring your consumption of zinc, iron, and vitamin D, three groups women are typically deficient in but play a crucial role in encouraging hair growth. Talk to your doctor if you think you aren’t getting enough of something, particularly if you don’t eat red meat and a supplement can be arranged.

‘Switching up your shampoo is good for your hair.’

This age-old favourite is complete nonsense, and the type of shampoo you use and how often you change brand will have no bearing on the condition of your locks. While it won’t hurt to mix up your brands and try new things, changing the product won’t affect your hair’s condition and if you think it does then we suspect you are actually just enjoying the novelty of change. Different shampoos can be used depending on your priorities, so do feel free to switch it up from anti-dandruff to volumizing, just know that this will not be the answer to your hair-related qualms. We recommend the Kerastase hair shampoo and conditioner ranges which are available from our salon!

‘Dandruff signifies a dry scalp.’

A popular whisper that has undoubtedly spread up and down the country and beyond, but dryness would actually have very little, if any impact on the production of dandruff. An oily scalp is usually the culprit, as dandruff is caused by a type of yeast that tends to grow in oily environments.

‘You should wash your hair every other day.’

This is one of the worst culprits when it comes to hair rumours. Don’t let anyone tell you the best routine for your hair. Instead, pay attention to the look and feel of your mane as and when you wash. There’s not one general rule that works for everyone, and lifestyle, work environment, exercise routine and hair type can all affect how often you should wash your hair. If your hair becomes oily at the roots, give it a wash, if not, leave it a day or two. It really is as simple as that.

‘Men inherit baldness from their mother’s side of the family.’

A classic family favourite this one, although unfortunately lads, you can’t blame your mum for your ever-receding hair line. If you are a man, your mother gave you ‘X” chromosome while your father gave you ‘Y’. Many have connected the ‘X’ chromosome with male pattern baldness, but research suggests that multiple genes from both mum and dad contribute to baldness.

Are there any other myths you’d like to know the truth about? Let us know!