Hair myths truths or just old wives tales. All those sayings that you have heard friends or family members saying about hair are they true or false. I remember hearing my mother say “If I pull out one grey hair two will grow back in its place”. So I believed her.
This saying and many more on the subject of hair are often passed on through generations. Without any thought being given as to whether they are correct or not. Therefore we have a tendency just to believe that they are.
Today we will take a look at 8 of these popular hair myths to find out the truth.
6 Hair Myths That Are Exposed.
Myth 1. Frequent trims will make your hair grow faster.
Trimming your hair doesn’t affect your hair growth. This only happens in the follicle at the scalp
Having your hair trimmed on a regular basis will reduce split ends and breakage which do tend to make your hair look thinner and shorter at the ends.
By cutting these split ends off your hair will look fuller giving the illusion of being longer.
Myth 2. Shampooing makes your hair shed.
If your hair is going to fall out it will any rate. Hair fall has a lot to do with your hairs natural growth cycle.
It is just that you tend to see a lot of hair gather at the drain of the shower when you wash your hair. So you tend to associate it with shampooing.
Myth 3. If you have greasy hair don’t use conditioner.
A hair myth that is thrown around a lot when people are in their teenage years. Greasy hair is not caused by conditioner.
It is naturally caused by sebum from the scalp. If you have long hair the lower part of your hair will generally be dry. To keep your hair in good condition apply conditioner but only on the lower half of your hair.
Myth 4. You can mend split ends with the right products.
Once you have split ends that’s it end of story.
All you can do is to cut them off. You can temporarily make them less noticeable by applying a product containing silicone or beeswax. As these products will help seal the ends together.
Myth 5. When pregnant you can’t color your hair.
This hair myth is a very sensitive one. A lot depends on the country you are living in and its cultural thoughts on the matter.
The main concern is that of the inhaling of ammonia fumes given off during the coloring process. Not the risk of the color being absorbed into the scalp.
Years ago color treatments needed a high degree of ammonia. But with the advancements made in hair science today colors have a very low ammonia content or none at all. So there should not be a problem even less if the salon you frequent has a good ventilation system.
Myth 6. Leaving your conditioner on longer gets a better result.
Your hair is like a sponge in that it can only take so much in.
Your hair will absorb as much conditioner as it can hold and no more. Then after that it doesn’t matter how long you leave it on it is not going to make any difference.
2 Hair Myths That Happen To Be True.
Myth 1. Stress can cause your hair to turn grey.
This is something you can hear a lot of people say at one time or another. And yes stress can cause your hairs to turn grey.
Being under a lot of stress can increase the level of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicle. Which in turn can lead to the death of your hairs melanin producing cells.
Once this happens the hydrogen peroxide then slowly bleaches your hair follicle until there are no color pigments left. Hence that strand of hair will turn white.
Myth 2. Your hair grows faster in the sun.
Now this is a hair myth that happens to be true.
Living in tropical Singapore I definitely will agree and so will many of my customers. Who find they have to color their hair roots much faster than they did in cooler climates they came from.
The reason for this being that when the weather is cold blood is diverted to the body’s internal organs. So as to maintain your body temperature. Therefore decreasing your blood flow to your scalp.
Whilst in warm weather enhanced blood circulation to the skin boosts follicle activity which in turn increases your hair’s growth. In fact your overall hair growth can be as much as 15% faster.
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