Debunking Common Grooming Myths

by Hair Magazine

Grooming myths can be a real pain when you’re trying to advise your clients on how to introduce a homecare regime to their busy lives. As the expert, it’s your job to debunk these myths. Murdock London Master Barber Miles Wood-Smith dispels some of the most common misconceptions clients have about their hair.

Wearing hats causes baldness
While it’s best not to wear a hat every day, as it does put extra pressure on the hair, it won’t turn you bald. A hat can be a good thing for thinning hair when it’s hot and sunny, offering an extra layer of protection, although be prepared for sweat build-up — nothing a cool-water wash won’t cure!

Hair grows faster in the sun
Yes, Vitamin D does make hair grow slightly quicker, but you won’t get enough of it during a two-week break to make a noticeable difference. Over-exposure to the sun could have the opposite effect as it can dry hair out, cause split ends, and even cause breakage on longer hair. And never forget to protect the scalp from the sun.

Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster
Nope! But a regular trim does help keep hair looking healthier, getting rid of any dry ends, which will make it easier to grow it longer and stronger.

There’s no difference between a £10 haircut and £50 haircut
Well, there certainly should be. For £50 you should be getting a full-on grooming experience with a highly skilled barber who will be able to advise you and give you the best possible cut tailored for your hair. A barber charging £10 will have significantly less time to really tailor the haircut and listen to your needs, that’s why it can end up looking like they only give a one-size fits all haircut.

Baldness can be cured
Short of a full-on transplant, there is no quick fix to baldness. Certain products can help thicken individual hairs to give an appearance of more hair, but there is no miracle cure. A great haircut, executed by an expert barber is your best bet for making the most of the hair you have and helping disguise those bald spots.

You need to wash your hair every day
Too much shampooing can strip hair of its natural oils. If you really overdo it, your scalp may go into overdrive to compensate, producing so much natural oil that you end up in a vicious cycle of washing and greasiness. We’d recommend washing hair around three times a week with a product such as Murdock London Quince & Oakmoss Shampoo for clean, healthy and glossy hair.

“We believe no one knows more about your grooming needs than your barber. For over a decade, our barbershops, located on London and NYC’s most iconic streets, have been a place where men can kick back and enjoy the best barbering those cities have to offer. Murdock products were born from our expert knowledge and genuine passion to keep people looking and feeling their best. Created by us with everything you need and nothing you don’t. We are proud that our products are also clean, vegan and gluten free all bottled in recycled plastic containers. No fuss. Just handsome.”

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