Most of us have been tricked into believing some kind of ridiculous hair care tips in our younger days. You’ve probably been living with them ever since, eventhough some of them are doing more harm than good! So in this weekly hair care article, we are debunking five most popular hair myths and introducing alternates that you can try.
Trimming your hair promotes hair growth
To be brutally honest with you, scissors don’t have any effect on hair growth. Hair growth begins at the follicles (hair root) in your scalp. Cutting the hair strands (hair shaft) has nothing to do with the growth rate.
Even though it doesn’t encourage the hair to grow in a faster rate, what it actually does do is,
- It allows you to see your length sooner.
- It improves the look of your hair by eliminating split ends.
- Trimming your hair once in every 7-8 weeks will help to avoid the hair breakage and split ends.
- It helps the hair to appear thick and shinier.
So there is nothing wrong in trimming your hair every 8 weeks but don’t expect it to accelerate hair growth in anyway.
Don’t worry! I will tell you something that makes sense. Hair follicle- the part where hair growth actually begins, need certain amount of nutrients to grow healthy hair strands.
Vitamin C, biotin and a blend of minerals like zinc, carbon and marine extracts can feed your hair follicles in the correct way. If you are obsessed with growing your hair faster, follow the science. Haircuts count for nothing!
Talking about trimming, here are some simple hairstyles that Indian women can try in 2018
Colouring causes hair damage
Although this includes some element of truth, it can never be generalized. Everything is damaging for hair if not done properly, including colouring. It’s just that colour are a little more damaging if not done right!
- Before you assume and act like a pro, try this simple method called “seeking help of a professional”
- Take great post-colouration care
- Avoid heating tools
Don’t make assumptions, find a professional and express what you really want. Communicate with them as clearly as you can to avoid hair damage.
If it’s done right, colouring itself is fun!
Stress brings grey hair
This is absurdly incorrect! Human hair is transparent white by default.
There is a pigment called melanin in follicles which give hair, eyes and skin its colour. In case of hair, Eumelanin is a pigment that produces dark hair colours and Pheomelanin which produces light hair colours. The proportion of these two pigments determines hair colour of every human being.
The reason why your hair turn grey is
- Environmental factors and habits
For example, smokers are four times more likely to grey prematurely as compared to non-smokers. Some vitamin deficiencies in your regular food routine can also contribute grey hair.
Stress have nothing to do with you becoming a silver fox!
Wearing hat causes hair loss
I think this one is the most illogical claim or myth I have ever heard, and it probably has a lot to do with the people wearing them.
The main reason many people come to believe that hat wearing is connected to hair loss is because many men who are losing their hair have to find comfort in blaming things other than genetics and lifestyle.
Dirty hats can, however, lead to a scalp infection and this in turn accelerates hair loss. So either make sure your hat is clean or rotate frequently.
They wear the hat because they are losing their hair, not the other way around.
Here are some popular caps and hats that you should try : Caps and hats
Dandruff signifies a dry scalp
What if I say, oily scalp favours dandruff growth more? The main cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that turns the skin oily, red and scaly. The white and yellow scales flake off, creating dandruff. You can get seborrheic dermatitis anywhere you have oil glands including your eyebrows, armpits or along the sides of your nose.
In this day and age, there’s no excuse for being ignorant. Don’t just believe in everything that the next person tell you. Take time to research and understand. Its you hair we are talking about and once its gone, there’s no coming back!
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