Taking care of our tresses properly is without any doubt the key to having healthy, shiny hair. However, adopting a proper hair care routine is not always easy, especially when we rely on a series of misguided ideas to get the results we want. Debunking hair care myths and uncovering half truth is the first step to learn how to create a proper routine so make sure that you don't fall in the trap of acting based on the following myths.

In a constant struggle to get awe inspiring tresses we often try to find the latest info about revolutionary breakthroughs brought by the hair care industry. Too often however, we find ourselves acting on dated information that we still think is true and relevant even though some of our beliefs don't have a strong foundation. It can be quite easy to get confused when dealing with a vast amount of information that surrounds this topic but learning to recognize the most accurate information about this subject is one of the most critical action you can take to get closer to your goal.

While you might know that frequent trims won't affect the rate at with your hair grows as it was previously thought or that rich conditioner won't be able to repair split eds no matter which brand you choose there is still plenty of misguided information you might be hanging on to without even realizing. Here are a few myths that might affect the way you take care of your locks:

[B]Rinsing the hair with ice cold water makes it shiny[/b]

This is quite a popular idea that many women swear by even though there's no real evidence it works. Another common belief related to this idea is that cold water will seal the hair cuticle and the hair won't become frizzy as a result. However, while it is true that cold water might help the cuticle lay flatter, this effect is immediately canceled when you use a towel or a blow drier to dry and style your hair so you won't get the perk you want using this method.

You should change shampoos and conditioners because your hair gets used to them

While anyone who had a bad hair day might swear that the hair has a personality of its own, the truth is that if your shampoo or conditioners doesn't seem to work as well it's not because your tresses got used to them.

Instead, the problem relies in the fact that the styling products residues build up over time and the efficiency of your shampoo and conditioner might appear to be reduced as a result. Using a clarifying shampoo once a week can easily solve this problem and might prove you that your hair doesn't 'build tolerance' to the products you use.

Dandruff is contagious

You might have heard that it is not recommended to use the combs and brushes of a person that has dandruff because you might get it as well. While it is not considered hygienic to use other people's combs and brushes because of the multiple of health reasons you won't get dandruff if you use another person's brush.

Everyone has the microorganisms that can produce dandruff and the only difference is that in people who don't have this problem these microorganisms are not active. They do not get activated by brushing.

Brushing the hair frequently stimulates hair growth

This myth is based on the idea that the act of brushing stimulates blood flow and thus encourages a faster hair growth. However brushing the hair excessively won't encourage hair growth in any way and might even do more harm than good.

Excessive brushing can cause hair breakage, causing additional problems, especially if you use plastic combs and brushes. Natural bristle brushes are less damaging but you should only use them to untangle your hair and to style it and to avoid overusing them.

Gray hair

There are two main ideas that surround gray hair. One idea is that smoking causes gray hair and the other one is that plucking gray hairs will cause more gray hair. While the idea that smoking causes gray hair has proven to be accurate and many studies have proven that smokers are up to four times more likely to experience hair loss and to develop gray hair, the idea that plucking them will cause them to come back multiplied is completely false. However this habit should be avoided as it can cause the roots to develop infections or leave scars.