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Debunking The Top 7 Hair Myths!

Written by: prerna khemka



Don’t you just hate it when you read thousands of blogs preaching the best practices and tips on how to maintain healthy hair only to have all of them contradict each other?

And honestly, a lot of them are only stating “half truths” in order to sell a product on their website.

At HairSmart we believe knowledge is everything so in today’s article let’s debunk the most common hair myths and separate FACT from FICTION.

Myth #1: You should brush your hair 100 times a day to keep it healthy

While brushing your hair can help distribute natural oils and the act of brushing could act as a light scalp massage, over-brushing can actually cause unnecessary friction to the hair, damage hair cuticles, and lead to breakage. Instead, aim to brush gently and primarily to just detangle any knots.

Woman Brushing Hair

Myth #2: Cutting your hair will make it grow faster.

It’s important to understand that regular hair trims contribute to hair health but not promote hair growth. Trimming your hair helps remove split ends and prevents the breakage from traveling up their hair and causing further damage. By removing the damaged ends your hair will often appear healthier and less frizzy which can help reduce the need for excessive styling and chemical treatments in the long run.

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"Don't fall for hair fall myths; understanding the real causes is the first step to healthier, stronger hair."

Myth #3: You should Wash your hair Every Day.

Washing your hair frequently can strip your hair of its natural oils and therefore promote your scalp to produce even more oils to compensate! According to Dr. Hootan Zandifar, world renowned MD and Hair Transplant Surgeon, you should aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week AT MOST. For men who use hair products daily, we understand that you will need to wash your hair more often and therefore you can opt to alternate between hair smart shampoo and hair smart conditioner for each wash.

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Some issues with over washing your hair:

  1. Strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to coarse and brittle ends and oily scalps
  2. Causes an imbalance of the scalp microbiome leading to inflammation, flakiness and irritation
  3. Disrupts the pH of your hair, which often balances on its own if left alone.

Myth #4: Using a cold rinse will make your hair shinier

This myth is partly true. Rinsing your hair with cold water can help lock in the moisture and shine. However, the effect is temporary and won't make a huge difference in the long run. It's much more important to focus on good quality hair care products that are designed to nourish and protect your hair.

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Myth #5: Pulling out one gray hair will cause two to grow back.

While it's a common belief, pulling out one gray hair won't cause more to grow back in its place.

Actual Hair Fact: DO NOT pull out your gray hairs as it can damage the hair follicle and lead to hair loss over time. Better to have gray hair than no hair at all, right?

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Myth #6: Brushing your hair when it's wet will cause it to break.

This myth is partly true. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, and brushing it aggressively can cause breakage and damage. However, brushing your hair gently with a wide-tooth comb can help detangle it without causing damage.

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Myth #7: Using hair products with silicones will cause buildup and damage to your hair.

This final of the hair myths is partly true. While some silicones can cause buildup on the hair over time, not all silicones are bad for your hair! Some silicones can actually help protect the hair from damage and make it look smoother and shinier. It's important to choose hair products that are formulated with high-quality ingredients and that work well for your hair type. By separating fact from fiction and debunking common hair myths, you can make more informed choices about your hair care routine and keep your locks looking healthy and beautiful.

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Pro Hair Tip: When trying to detangle your hair, start brushing at the ends and slowly work your way up. Starting from the top of your scalp can cause the knots to clump together and cause severe hair breakage.


Many common hair care beliefs are based on myths and misconceptions. Understanding the science behind hair care can lead to better practices and healthier hair.

We recommend that you invest in a strong hair oil and hair serum routine. This will help with all of the damage that can be caused by over-stressing your hair. 

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Prerna Khemka

Our founder, Prerna Khemka, confronted hair loss in her twenties. Fueled by a profound passion for Ayurveda and equipped with insights from Western technology, she embarked on a transformative odyssey. Determined to find a solution that resonated with her cultural roots, Prerna delved into extensive research and innovation. The result? A line of clean, effective products that not only revived her own hair but also empowered countless others facing similar challenges.