Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hair Myths...the real truth!

Myths about hair exist in amazing abundance. The roots of some hair myths may be pure flights of fancy while others contain a kernel of truth.  Some myths, it seems, are inversely related to how hare-brained they are. So, it is time for facts and real answers.

1. Styling products dry out hair. – Wrong!This statement is untrue. The alcohols used in styling products are highly volatile. Consequently, the alcohols evaporate the moment the product settles on the hair or even sooner.
2. Frequent shampoos lead to an oily scalp. – Wrong!
Sebaceous glands in the hair roots regulate how much sebum (fat) is produced. The sebum production depends solely on the skin type and the person’s age. As a general rule, the sebum production decreases with age. Frequent shampoos will remove the sebum from the hair and scalp. However, professional  shampoos are designed to keep hair supple.

3. My scalp is so oily so I do not need conditioner, right? Wrong!
We completely understand that nobody wants to have a greasy head but please, we beg of you, use your conditioner. Conditioner actually helps in more than one way. With proper use, a dime size goes a long way and keep a wide tooth comb handy to thoroughly saturate and prevent overuse. Skipping the conditioner leaves your hair unprotected and more prone to frizz and breakage. Never apply conditioner at the root, that’s where your comb comes in!
4. Stress causes hair loss. – Correct! On average, people lose about 50 to 80 hairs every day and replace them. Stress can influence the balance between hair loss and regrowth in favor of excess hair loss. Nature strives to re-establish the lost balance. You should consult with your physician if the excessive hair loss persists.
5. It is better to comb rather than brush wet or damp hair. – Correct!
Wet or damp hair is more fragile and more prone to breakage and other damage than dry hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to style wet or damp hair.
6. Brown hair grows faster than blonde hair. – Wrong!
Usually, blonde hair is finer and more prone to breakage than brown hair. This may lead to the impression that blonde hair grows slower than dark hair. However, genetic factors other than the hair color genes determine how fast the hair grows.
7. One hundred brush strokes daily turn on the luster in your hair. – Of course!
Brushing leads to smoother hair cuticles, and it detangles hair. The smooth evenly layered hair shafts reflect light particularly well. This is the basis for the glow and the attractive play of light in freshly brushed hair. Brushing also distributes the sebum from the scalp over the cuticle surfaces. This protects the hair while increasing its shine. You don’t have to count and it does not necessarily take as many as 100 brush strokes.
8. Pluck one grey hair and more will grow!  Wrong!
Remember when you saw your first gray hair? You quickly plucked it out! Most of us do that, and have been told that many more will pop back out. Well, it's a pure myth. Plucking gray hair won't lead to more gray hair, but it can damage the hair follicle and lead to 'no' hair. It's better to have gray hair than no hair, right?!
9. I’m growing out my hair so the last thing I need is a haircut.  Wrong! Though trimming your tresses will not aide in hair growing faster it DOES prevent sad ends from hanging around which can slow the growth process down. So trim those ends! Your hair will still grow and it’ll be happier and healthier.. just make sure your stylist doesn’t get scissor happy in the process so be clear when discussing your end goals with your stylist!

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