By Miranda Hicks
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Hair care being a prominent part of a woman’s daily rituals provides an insight into the quality of her hair, and this is particularly important if you are following the myths that surround the hair care routine. It is a fact that various myths about hair care are implemented by women across the world to ensure having long and shiny tresses. But, there is a need to take a look at the rational viewpoint regarding hair care myths that need to be supported by logical reasoning to ensure that women follow only healthy hair practices. In this article, I will dispel some of the most common myths related to hair care so that all you beautiful ladies can practice a healthy hair care regimen.
Repeated Shampooing is key to Healthy Hair
A most common myth related to hair care is repititive shampooing. This myth is entirely false as repeatedly shampooing hair can deplete the moisture present in hair and leave it dry. So, don’t over-shampoo your hair if you want to maintain the natural shine and moisture of your hair as well as keep it healthy and strong.
Hair Growth is Directly Related to Regular Trimming Sessions
Another popular myth about hair care is that regular trimming sessions make your hair grow faster, but it doesn’t hold true regarding healthy hair growth. The fact is that every month hair grows about half an inch whether or not you go for the trimming sessions. It is true, however, that trimming makes your hair look presentable and well managed, but hardly helps the process of hair growth.
Wash Your Hair with Cold Water Only
You must have heard many times from people that you should wash your hair using cold water only to keep it nourished and healthy. In fact, the lukewarm water is more helpful for rinsing products out of your hair because cold water frequently doesn’t clean products from hair entirely. The use of cold water at the end of your wash process can, however, make hair look a bit shiny, so use cold water to rinseyour hair, since excessively hot water can robyour hair of all the essential moisture.
You Can Repair Split Ends
It is often seen that women resort to different hair practices to cure split ends. The fact is that split ends can’t be repaired even if you use the best shampoos and conditioners, as the only way to minimize the occurrence of split ends is to go for regular trimming sessions, but even then,existing split ends cannot be undone.
Comb Your Hair by Following a Set Pattern Only
Some suggest that you should brush your hair from top to bottom (roots to tips) following it’s natural growth pattern. However, the fact is that it’s better to comb curly hair from the tips first and gently work towards the roots to minimize breakage and hair loss. Make sure to brush your hair only when itismoist(not too dry and not too wet) as wet hair combing can lead to unnecessary breakage.
Popular myths about haircare have become an indispensable part of life as women tend to follow these misconceptions without questioning them. So, I have tried to bring up the most common myths and have debunked them to make sure that you wonderful gals follow only healthy hair practices. Be gentle with your tresses and don’t follow any hair care myths blindly to have luscious hair.
All views are those of Miranda Hicks.
Trimming natural hair is simple.
When to do it: on wash day.
What type of scissors to use: use very sharp scissors not blunt ones to create a clean cut. If you use blunt scissors you will encourage the development of split ends.
How to do it:
But will my hair be even?
It will be even enough. Natural hair is not like relaxed hair in that it doesn't line up on your back so each strand does not need to be exactly the same length. Trying to comb your hair into an afro and then trimming your hair that way will likely result in more hair being chopped off and less length retention over time.
I'm not afraid to trim my hair but I know many girls are. Once my hair reached shoulder length I was actually guilty of excessive trimming - I did it almost weekly because my hair was getting tangled all the time.
Trimming is important because:
1. It helps your hair look good and well looked after; It smartens you up. Unsightly hair ends are not attractive.
2. It gets rid of damaged hair. Damaged hair and split ends are more likely to get tangled with healthy hair; this extra friction encourages more hair damage and increased breakage.
3. It encourages growth. I'll be the first to admit that I don't understand how this works 100% but many people testify that taking care of hair ends helped their hair grow. I think this is likely due to better length retention.
If the ends are damaged and are allowed break off at will the hair that's left also has a damaged end which in turn is susceptible to further breakage.
With a pair of scissors you can cut the damage off clean leaving only healthy hair that doesn't tangle and cause friction.
So there you have it; as for how often you should trim, that's an individual choice but two to three times a year seems to be common in many naturals' regimen.
In addition, remember that "dusting" may mean that you can get away with trimming your hair less often. "Dusting" involves trimming so little hair that it looks like dust. This technique helps to stop split ends from happening at all. You can dust every 6 to 8 weeks. Just snip off a tiny, inconsequential amount to keep the ends healthy.
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How Often Should You Be Trimming Your Natural Hair?!
There is no hard and fast rule for when you should trim your hair. I would do it when:
1. When it needs it
You know your ends need a trim when they are looking worn out, dry and frizzy. If you don't get rid of those ends they will end up breaking on their own and this normally leads to more split ends, unkempt looking hair, tangling and even more breakage!
2. To keep it neat
If your hair isn't broken or has split end but it looks uneven and messy give it a trim.
3. To stop the ends from getting damaged
I made the mistake of over trimming! Every time I washed my hair, I was cutting the ends off because they were tangled and hadn't been combed through properly. This is not necessary at all; use a good quality detangler. Also, what would be better is "dusting" the ends.
"Dusting" involves trimming so little hair that it looks like dust. This technique helps to stop split ends from happening at all. You can dust every 6 to 8 weeks. Seriously, snip off a tiny, inconsequential amount.
That said, if your ends are damaged you cannot run away from giving your hair a proper trim!
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
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