"Air-Drying Is Better Than Blow-Drying" And 6 Other Hair Myths You Should Stop Believing

Learn how to take care of your hair the right way.

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Myth 1: Plucking grey hair makes more grow back

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Going grey is largely determined by two factors - genetics and ageing. These cause a lack of melanin (the molecules responsible for your natural colour), which makes new hair grow in grey or white.

So once you start getting grey hairs, more are sure to follow, whether or not you pluck them out. But you should still avoid constantly plucking your hair, as this will cause your hair follicles to weaken and puts stress on your scalp, leading to hair loss, hair breakage, and even weird growth patterns and hair texture.

Myth 2: Cutting your hair often makes it grow faster

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Hair growth happens at your scalp, so cutting the ends, no matter how often, really doesn't affect the rate of your hair growth. But experts still do recommend going for at least a light trim (known as 'dusting'), every six to eight weeks. Frayed or split ends makes your hair look thinner and encourages breakage, so snipping them off every so often keeps your hair looking fuller and healthier.

Myth 3: The more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be

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Remember back when there was the prevalent belief that you should brush your hair 100 times every night to make it super shiny and glossy? Yeah, total myth, sorry guys. Excessive brushing can actually harm your hair both short and long term.

In the short term, brushing too much causes friction which leads to frizz. And over time, excessive brushing damages your hair cuticles and causes breakage. You should only brush your hair gently and when needed, starting at the bottom and slowly working your way up to the roots.

Myth 4: You can judge how good a shampoo is by how much it lathers up

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For a lot of us, more suds and bubbles when we work the shampoo into our hair means that we're getting a deeper cleanse or that the shampoo is "working better". This is not the case as suds don't have any cleansing effects, they're just a by-product of sulfates, a common ingredient added to shampoos to give it that foaming effect. If you prefer to use sulfate-free shampoo but still want something that lathers up well, look for one that contains glycerin instead.

Myth 5: Dandruff is caused by a dry scalp

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It's actually the complete opposite - the most common cause of dandruff is a type of yeast that thrives and overgrows in an oily environment like your scalp. A lot of people try to get rid of dandruff by washing their hair less, in an effort to avoid drying out their scalp and inducing more flakes. What you actually should be doing is washing more often to prevent oil from building up, and make sure that you're using medicated shampoo.

Myth 6: Washing your hair with cold water makes it shinier

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Supposedly, rinsing your hair with cold water closes the cuticles so that it lies flat and looks shinier. While cold water does close off the pores on your scalp, your hair itself doesn't contain any living cells, so it doesn't react to water temperature. The water temperature also has no effect on how clean your hair and scalp are. If you're looking to get smoother and shinier hair, invest in a good conditioner instead.

Myth 7: You should only towel-dry and/or air-dry your hair to prevent damage

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We've always been told to avoid blow-drying too much as the heat can cause some serious damage to your hair's surface, especially if you do it often. But it turns out that air-drying damages your hair too, and on a deeper level. Your hair swells when it's wet, and leaving it that way for a long time puts pressure on the delicate proteins that make up your hair.

Studies have also shown that towel-drying is also damaging when done incorrectly, sometimes even more so than blow-drying, as our movements tend to be too rough which can promote breakage.

It's time we stop believing in all these myths and start taking care of our hair the right way - which includes investing in good-quality products and equipment

If you're looking to start blow-drying your hair again (now that the myth surrounding it has been debunked), give the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer a try - it's designed to not damage your hair!

It uses advanced technology and includes features that protects your hair, leaving it feeling smooth, soft, and manageable, as well as drying it faster. This helps prevent issues such as frizziness, cortex damage, split ends, dull hair, rough/dry hair, continuous over-heating, bubble/porous hair, and breakage.

Here's how the Dyson Supersonic does it all:

1. Intelligent Heat Control – It measures the air temperature 20 times every second, to keep the temperature under control. This means that you can dry your hair without worrying about extreme heat damage.

2. The Dyson digital motor V9 – Powered by Dyson’s fastest digital motor yet, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer produces a high-speed jet of focused air for fast drying and precision styling.

3. Air Multiplier Technology – The hair dryer draws air in and amplifies it three times, producing a controlled, high-pressure jet of air, which allows for fast drying with a controlled, high velocity airflow.

4. Engineered for balance – With the motor placed in the handle, the dryer’s weight and shape is rebalanced so that it's not heavy whilst being used.

Click here to find out more about the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and how it keeps your hair healthy

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