Hair Myths Debunked!!
Before making assertions of any myths, we have to understand the science behind the growth of hair. Hair is a filamentous outgrowth of the skin found only in mammals. The speed of hair growth is roughly 11 cm/yr. The average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles. Hair follicles are the cells that help the growth and nourishment of the hair. Older people tend to develop grey hair because the pigment in the hair is lost and the hair becomes colourless. Grey hair is considered to be a characteristic of normal ageing.
The age at which this occurs varies from person to person, but in general nearly everyone 75 years or older has grey hair, and in general, men tend to become grey at younger ages than women.
Here, myths about your hair, and how you can use the truth to your (Silky smooth) benefit.
Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster
We all have the misconception that cutting our hair makes it grow longer & faster. But the reality is far from the truth that, the growth happens at the base of your hair and cutting the tip of the hair won’t make the growth faster. Frayed ends make hair look thinner and cause breakage, so when you cut them off, your hair appears fuller.
If you pluck one grey hair, two will grow back in its place
This one only seems true because one grey usually means more greys. This myth probably started because people plucked one grey hair, then noticed more afterwards. Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but more silver strands would have surfaced no matter what—you can’t blame the plucking itself.
Still, that’s not a license to launch a full-on plucking war on your greys. Your hair will become weaker if it’s plucked too much over time, and it’ll eventually stop growing back warn the doctors. It is time to celebrate your silvers or book an appointment with a colourist or buy a new pack of colouring solution.
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Shampooing makes your hair shed
Don’t blame the shower: If your hair is going to fall out, it will simply fall out somewhere else, albeit somewhere less noticeable (thanks, clogged drain). People often lose hair in the shower, so they associate shampooing with shedding. But the problem is, if you cut back on washing in an effort to spare your hair, you can actually make the problem worse. Oil buildup can cause inflammation, which stunts hair growth.
But the question still remains, what is the actual number of washes for a healthier scalp and follicle. If you feel your hair little oily then it is the time for your hair wash.
Stress in our lives is often the culprit behind shedding—divorce, surgery, a death in the family can make it more severe. Rather we should try these natural stress relievers, and add a few drops of essential oils, like lavender, tea tree oil, and rosemary, to your shampoo; they may stimulate hair growth.
The more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be
Over-brushing can damage your hair’s cuticle, that’s your hair’s outer, protective layer. If you’ve ever groaned at the idea of running a brush through your hair 100 times a day, you’ll like this one: there’s no value in brushing your hair more than you already do. In fact, excessive brushing may do more harm than good. Brush your hair when it’s knotty, but leave it alone otherwise.
Colour-treated hair is unhealthy
Bleaching is indeed one of the worst things you can do to your hair, but not all types of colour treatments should have a bad rep. Removing the colour from the hair makes each strand thinner and more prone to breakage. But adding colour actually plumps up your strands, making your locks look thicker. It is a green signal to dye the hair, as long as they’re going darker.
You can’t dye your hair when you’re pregnant
The main concern with dying your hair during pregnancy is the risk associated with inhaling ammonia, not the risk of it being absorbed into your scalp. But the levels of ammonia are so low that it’s not a problem, especially if you go to a salon, which will have industrial strength ventilation.
Still, some women prefer the natural route. Henna is a plant-derived, ammonia-free dye, making it a favourite among pregnant women.
Using the right products will make your hair thicker
Most people think healthy-looking hair is all about external factors like the weather or the products you use. But what you eat affects your hair more than you think. It takes your body a lot of energy and nutrients to grow hair. That means if you’re on a restrictive diet, your body won’t be able to dedicate energy to your hair since it’ll be too busy worrying about your essential organs. Make sure you’re getting enough carbs, protein, and healthy fats, and pay extra attention to zinc, iron, and vitamin D. They’re crucial vitamins for hair growth, and a lot of women are deficient of it. Just have a talk with the dermatologist/endocrinologist for more nutrients supplements especially if you don’t eat red meat (which is loaded with iron).
Dandruff signifies a dry scalp
Dandruff is caused by a type of yeast that tends to overgrow in an oily environment. We’re used to equating flakes with dryness, so it’s an easy mistake to make, but it’s an oily scalp that usually goes hand in hand with dandruff. That’s a problem if you cut down on washing in an attempt to diminish dandruff, rather use an anti-dandruff shampoo, but don’t scale back your suds sessions.
Foaming hair wash to clean your hair better
Shampoos don’t necessarily need to lather to get the job done. It is the sulphate that makes the foam of the shampoo. We’re just used to associating a lather with cleanliness. But sulfates, the foaming agent added to many shampoos, can fade your colour if you dye your hair. What’s more, there’s some debate about possible harmful effects. Some lab tests suggest sulfates might pose a cancer risk.
If you prefer to play it safe (but still like that foamy sensation), try a sulfate-free shampoo that has glycerin. Glycerin creates the soapy lather a lot of people like, with no known risks.
You should wash your hair every other day
First, you heard that you should wash your hair every day, then you started hearing that you should foam it every other day. Throw all the hair-washing rules out the window, and actually pay attention to the look and feel of your hair. Everyone’s hair is different. If your hair is oily at the roots, wash it. If not, skip washing until you start feeling greasy. People with dry hair may want to let their scalp become slightly oily to ensure they’re not over-washing it.
Men inherit baldness from their mother’s side of the family
A little biology lesson. If you’re a man, your mother gives you an “X” chromosome and your father gives you a “Y” chromosome (Women receive two Xs). Many people think male pattern baldness is an X-linked trait, passed down from the mother’s side. But you can’t blame mom for this one as because the multiple genes, from both mom and dad, contribute to baldness.
Wearing hats can cause hair loss
The idea is that hats cut off circulation to the scalp, causing hair loss is just another rumoured myths. Male pattern baldness is caused by genetics and is turned on by things like high testosterone and stress. People probably just noticed hair in their hats and made the false connection. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to hide under your hat if you see the first signs of balding.