Hair is an important part of our physical appearance, and many of us spend a lot of time and money on hair care. But with so much information available online and from friends and family, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

In this blog, the NHBF will be debunking five common hair myths to help you take better care of your locks.

Myth #1: Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster

Shaved man haircut

This is a common myth that many people believe, but it's simply not true. Cutting your hair doesn't affect the rate at which it grows. Hair growth is determined by genetics, hormones, and overall health, not by how often you get a trim. However, regular haircuts can help to keep your hair healthy and prevent split ends, which can make your hair look and feel better.

Myth #2: Brushing your hair 100 times a day makes it healthier

Lady combing hair

This is another myth that has been around for a long time. While brushing your hair is important to distribute the natural oils from your scalp and detangle any knots, excessive brushing can actually damage your hair. Overbrushing can cause hair breakage, split ends, and even hair loss. Instead, aim to brush your hair gently and no more than a few times a day. 

Myth #3: You should wash your hair every day

Washing hair

Many people believe that washing your hair every day is necessary to keep it clean and healthy. However, this is not always the case. Washing your hair too frequently can strip it of its natural oils, which can lead to dryness and damage. How often you should wash your hair depends on your hair type, but most people can get away with washing it every other day or every few days. 

Myth #4: Colouring your hair damages it

Hair dye

While it's true that some hair colouring products can be harsh and damaging to your hair, modern hair dyes are generally safe and won't cause significant damage if used correctly. In fact, some hair colour products contain ingredients that can actually improve the condition of your hair. If you're considering colouring your hair, speak to your hair dresser for a consultation.  

Myth #5: Blow-drying your hair is bad for it

Lady blowdrying her hair

Blow-drying your hair can be damaging if done incorrectly, but it's not inherently bad for your hair. To minimise damage, use a heat protectant spray before blow-drying, and avoid using the highest heat setting. Additionally, be sure to keep the dryer moving constantly to prevent overheating any one area of your hair.