If you’re like most women, you probably consider your hair your best accessory—so it’s no wonder that you’d go to great lengths to keep it in top shape. But are some of your most common beauty rituals, like switching up your shampoo every few months and applying conditioner everywhere, actually doing more harm than good? Top stylists break down what’s true—and what’s oh-so false—when it comes to your mane.
The reality: Hair normally grows a half inch every four weeks and getting a fresh cut every two weeks won’t speed up that process. However, ‘Trimming your ends [every six to eight weeks] will help you maintain your hair’s shape and prevent splitting the hair shaft,’ says Nicole Cichocki, senior stylist.
So what can you do to grow longer strands? What you eat is key—try adding foods high in protein and omega-3s to your diet.
The reality: If you see a grey sticking out like a sore thumb, plucking it won’t make it grow 10-fold.
The reality: ‘The environment and seasonal weather changes, like humidity, contribute to this,’ says Cichocki. ‘[And] some mass market hair brands use large quantities of silicones and other [ingredients] that build up on the hair shaft.’ At first, these coatings make your hair look smooth and shiny, but after using them repeatedly, hair can become limp and lifeless, explains Cichocki.
The solution? Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove excess buildup.
The reality: It’s totally fine to be lazy—just don’t hit the sheets with your wet hair in a tight ponytail or bun, which can cause breakage.
The reality: When it comes to conditioner, a little goes a long way. Just be sure not to rub your hands together too vigorously on the length of the hair; this can roughen up the cuticles and damage the hair shaft, says Cichocki.
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