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Old-fashioned beauty myths busted

We sort fact from fiction and reveal which common beauty claims you should and shouldn’t believe

Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker – MYTH

A myth that just won’t die. We can categorically confirm once and for all that shaving won’t change the thickness or colour of your body hair as you’re essentially just trimming the hair. After you shave, the hair grows back with a blunt end rather than its naturally tapered finish, which is why it appears to look darker and feel thicker. If you’ve noticed the pigment and thickness of your hair changing for real, it’s due to hormonal reasons.

You cant smell your own perfume – FACT

Weirdly, wearing the same perfume every day can cause you to become immune to the scent. It’s also been said that it’s a sign that it suits you because the fragrance has a good reaction with your pheromones. But that doesn’t mean other people can’t smell it – so remember not to overdo it. One spritz on your wrist, collarbone and inner-elbow will do the trick. At the moment, we’re loving Avon Life for Her EDP spray, $69.

Nail polish turns your nails yellow – FACT

Because nails are so porous, they can absorb some highly pigmented polishes causing your nails to stain. It’s easy to avoid, though, just make sure that you always use a base coat before painting them.

TRY O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat, $22.99.

Plucking one grey hair means two will grow back – MYTH

Pulling out greys won’t encourage more to grow back, but it won’t do your mane any good either. If you’re a serial plucker, you run the risk of damaging the hair follicle so much that eventually the hair won’t grow back. Instead of tweezers, go for a temporary root cover like Color Wow Root Cover-up Kit, $49.90. The brush allows you to disguise regrowth and target single strands.

Baking soda whitens teeth – FACT

It’s true! A mix of equal parts baking soda and water applied with a toothbrush is abrasive enough to remove surface stains and make them appear whiter. But if you’re keen to remove older or deeper stains, it’s best to see the pros.

Rinsing your hair in beer will make it shiny – MYTH

Even though beer contains a good hit of protein, which could make your hair feel fuller, at the end of the day, it’s still alcohol, which is super-drying. For healthy, glossy locks, try a moisturising balm that promotes hydration and shine, without the smell! TRY The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine, $19.95.

You can repair split ends – MYTH

Unfortunately, the damage has already been done and the only way to rid your locks of split ends is by chopping them off. You can, however, improve the appearance of damaged ends with a conditioning hair mask or a serum, which seals and smooths the hair. We like Ghd Advanced Split End Therapy, $38.

Megan Bedford

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