Top 5 Hair Myths Busted

May 14, 2014

hair myths busted

Frequent trims will make your hair longer is the oldest hair myth on the planet. Hair growth is all about scalp health and the hair follicles. Cutting it short can make it appear generally healthy as there are fewer split ends and damaged locks visible but overall, there’s nothing a hair cut can do directly to alter the length of your hair. It doesn’t give the growth process a kick start as it generally assumed. Average rate of hair growth is quarter inch each month, depending on your genetics, lifestyle, diet and overall well being and only these factors can affect hair growth, alongside supplements of course.

Hair cuticles open and close and reacts to cold/hot water. Hair cuticles cannot be mended. They are a bunch of dead protein that stay pretty much unaffected by external factors once they grow out of the scalp. So whether you use hot or cold water isn’t going to decide how frizzy or tame your hair will look that day. It also will not alter the way your hair shines, tangles or becomes limp or volumised.

For added shine, superficial hair products that temporarily coats hair in a layer of gloss are your best bet. Having said that, hot or cold water can surely affect scalp health. So if you have delicate scalp skin and easily suffer from hair loss, stick to cold water as hot water will only make scalp health worse.

Brushing your hair as often as possible will result in a Rupuzel like mane is a hair myth we come across quite often. If you think about it from a scientific point of view even for a minute, it will start making no sense to you at all. That’s because it’s a dated myth that still gets a lot more coverage than it should in today’s day and age. All brushing your hair can do is to get rid of tangles and that’s about it. Brushing it 10 times a day will only increase hair fall and breakage.

In fact if you would ask a celebrity hair dresser or those working on runway models, they would tell you to only use a hair brush when needed and as little as possible. Your fingers will be much more gentle on your hair for de-tangling and separation and will allow you to gauge the amount of pressure that you’re putting on your scalp whilst doing this. Even if you want to continue brushing your hair, a wide tooth comb or something more modern like a tangle teezer will be a better option.

Dandruff is the same as dry scalp. You will be able to tell the difference between these. Symptoms of a dry scalp will be mild itching, tightness and a dry looking scalp. It is dandruff when you notice a scaly scalp with flaky bits and red patches, depending on the severity of the skin condition. A dry scalp can be solved by using hair moisturisers that will quench the dryness and prevent the taut feeling. As for dandruff, you will have to resort to shampoos and serums that will help rectify this particular skin condition.

Few hairs falling off the scalp equals hair loss is a popular hair myth. Did you know that even if you lose 50 to 120 strands of hair per day, it’s absolutely normal? Even if you loose a few more or less, it simply cannot be accounted to a hair condition that is known as hair loss. Also, major stress can only have a little impact on the amount of hair strands that would fall off. Severe hair loss cannot be triggered by stress but instead by genetics, hormones and diet.