Some hair myths you should stop believing:
We’ve heard them all, strange but said to be true hair care solutions to make hair longer, thicker. But with so many, products, and online tutorials out there, it’s time to separate hair myths from hair facts.
To help you achieve your best, healthiest hair ever, our Director of Education for Avlon Europe Jacqui Mc Intosh uncovered and debunked some of the most common hair care myths below with a few tips and tricks on what actually works.
From Water who should be the number one ingredient on a moisturising product?
When looking at the ingredients list on products, it can be hard to understand or grasp how much moisture content there is within an individual product. Most manufactures produce their products to work in systems, to ensure that the level of moisture is retained throughout your chosen process.
Depending on the product, you may find that the moisture elements are in different places, for instance lets look at a form wrap, There is definitely moisture within this product due to the hair type that its designed for, however it will be found further down the ingredients list, the primary action of form wrap is to mold and form the hair into a shape or style so the primary ingredient required is a setting agent, this will be higher up on the ingredients list, where as a moisturizing shampoo will have the moisture content right after the water content as it is the primary ingredient required. If you were to use a shampoo to deposit colour lets say, you may find the colouring agent first, followed then by moisture.
For these reasons you will notice that hair stylist, will often layer products on the hair at different intervals throughout the service to ensure the correct level of moisture is always retained.
Switching hair regimen because the hair are not responding anymore to the products,
Clients often ask, why their hair no longer responds to a product? The answer is, hair hasn't got the ability to build up a tolerance to any products, and your hair hasn't got the ability to tell the difference between brands. However, there are certain factors such as product build-up and the weather, changes in eating and exercise habits, living conditions, and even, stress, that can make for changes in how products react when you use them. Using products that don’t strip your hair of it’s natural pH balance is of the upmost importance. The natural pH balance for hair is a 4.5-5.5. When your hair becomes brittle or too dry, products will react differently. Keeping hair moisturised and healthy is vital. In truth the most significant factors to healthy hair is nutrition, consuming the right nutrients is fundamental to active hair growth. When we consume nutrients the essential benefits go directly to our vital organs, meaning that if our body is not at its peak, very few of the nutrients we need are reaching our hair. By taking the right amount of additional nutrients from hair supplements along with the right diet, will help boost active hair growth.
Only use the co-wash method instead of shampoo
There are still misconceptions out there about co-washing. Firstly, you must understand that conditioners are not designed to clean the hair, that is the job of your shampoo. Co-washing should never be confused, as a replacement for shampooing your hair, when you have major product build up and you're wondering why your hair has lost its luster, looks limp, and there is no extra spring to your curl/coils… Stop using conditioner only and add a cleanser or shampoo to your regimen.
There is a place for everything as long as things are done for the right reason. Co-washing is a good in between cleanse until your hair wash day, you do have to be mindful that co-washing alone can clog up the hair follicle as well as leave a chalky cast of build up on the hair. It really only works as a refresher in between your hair regime.
If you suffer from contra Indications such as dandruff, psoriasis or severe buildup, you probably should not co-wash. With any existing scalp problem, co-washing has the potential to further clog the hair follicle.
Also a tip to remember, If you use products containing heavy oils and silicone, this may cause considerable build up and need to be thoroughly cleansed out so co-washing would not necessarily be for you.
Rinsing your hair with rice water will makes them grow etc….
Rinsing the hair with rice water, has been recorded as a very ancient thing, women in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia have practiced for centuries in pursuit of healthy, long, and beautiful hair.
Fermented rice water is rich in antioxidants, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, and vitamins E, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine.
However there are no studies showing conclusive proof of the impact of fermented rice water on hair.
There is however a lot of anecdotal evidence from not only centuries of Asian women who have used the rinse, but also from a number of women who swear by the technique.
In terms of hair, a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that rice water reduced surface friction and increased hair elasticity. However there is no evidence that supports this test on hair types other than Asian hair, and again this research is based on anecdotal information.
From the reports that I have read there seems to be more scientific evidence pointing to the consumption benefits of rice water rather than the topical application of rice water. I would advise that if this is something you choose to do please bear in mind that the structure of curly hair is significantly different to that of Asian hair, not only in its visual appearance but also within its molecular make-up. Asian hair has far more cuticle layers than that of curly/coily hair, which will allow the concentration of protein found within rice water to be more manageable. Whereas within curly hair due to the distribution of the cuticles, using fermented water may seem to be giving the hair more strength or pliability however the hairs ability too absorb large amounts of liquid due to its porosity, could cause the adverse effects to the hair, causing the hair to harden far to much which could lead to further shedding and possibly breakage. Protein treatments are something that should be managed according to the hairs condition, so please be mindful when using these DIY formulations. Once again to date, the benefits of rice water for hair remains unproven. More research is needed to support anecdotal evidence about the benefits of rice water for hair.
Remember, sharing is caring, next time you hear a girlfriend or a seatmate at the salon repeating these myths, don’t be afraid to share your knowledge.
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