7 Common Myths About Hair Growth
Whether you are blessed with long, thick tresses or you have short, healthy hair, your hair type must have its own unique challenges!
Although it may not be not possible to combat all challenges at once, taking the best care of your hair can make it healthier and shinier.
Well, how do you do that? Let’s start with addressing the old myths and sayings about hair care – are they actually true? Or not?
Below we examine 7 common myths about hair and decide whether they are actually genuine or not!
1. Regular Trimming of Hair is Supportive of Hair Growth
This is one of those myths, which even I used to believe. According to Joshua Zeichner, expert hair stylist and MD of cosmetic and clinical studies in dermatology, New York, trimming hair does not affect hair growth.
Your scalp is responsible for hair growth. Trimming hair on a regular basis is vital to keep the hair in shape.
If your hair is well-cut, then it appears neat and fuller in volume.
2. Plucking One Gray Hair Will Result in Growth of Two Gray Hair
I believe that this myth must have been born when people plucked one hair and noticing more gray hair on their head. According to Dr. Melano, hair specialist, plucking alone is not responsible for an increased growth of gray hair.
The reality is that your hair becomes weak if plucked. It is because this action of plucking actually makes the hair roots weak.
If you keep plucking your hair, then the roots will become weaker. As a result, new hair growth will not occur. If you persist in this habit, you will end up having old gray hair and no new black hair.
3. Shampooing Leads to Hair Shedding
According to Dr. Shinan, this is one of the biggest myths of all time! The main reason for this myth is that most people experience hair shedding in the shower.
It is not because of shampooing their hair. Rather, it is because of oil build-up on the scalp which weakens the hair roost and leads to hair damage. Things can become worse if you stop shampooing your hair!
This problem can be solved when correct issues are addressed, such as addressing stress issues, oil production and diet and nutrition. It is always wise to de-stress yourself. There is various stress relieving methods that you can adopt in order to boost hair growth and avoid this distressing hair problem.
4. Dying Hair Must be Avoided When You Are Pregnant
Your doctor might suggest that you don’t dye your hair during pregnancy because of the risks associated with the chemicals present in the dye, particularly ammonia.
Products containing ammonia which are applied to the scalp may be absorbed into your body. However, the use of ammonia-free hair dyes is perfectly acceptable even when you are pregnant.
Carrie Ann Terrell, the MD of dermatological center in Ontario suggests that the natural way is the best way. Henna is obtained from plants and is ammonia-free. It is the best choice for pregnant women. Additionally, dyeing hair using chemical dyes should be avoided as these could lead to an increased incidence of cancer and other degenerative diseases.
5. Dandruff is a Problem with Dry Scalp Only
Dr. Menika, a hair expert in South Korea, discusses one of the biggest myths: The association of flaky dandruff with dry scalp.
Dandruff occurs mainly because of the growth of yeast on the scalp. This can be due to excessive dryness or excessive oiliness. It is the reaction of the body to yeast. The best way to tackle this problem is to use a high-quality and chemical-free anti-dandruff shampoo.
If the problem persists or gets worse, then it could be an issue with your diet and lifestyle. You should then consult a holistic health practitioner who can advise you on diet and nutrition.
6. Air Drying is the Best for Your Hair
According to a study was done by Annals of Dermatology, blow-drying hair can damage hair texture.
Air-drying hair can lead to damage to your scalp and hair roots. It is because the interior part of the hair is exposed to water for a much longer time period.
The best way to go around this problem is to set the blow dryer at a low temperature and allow your hair to dry more naturally.
7. You Should Avoid Oiling if You have Greasy Hair
Oil is important for hair, be it dry or oily. Yes, according to the Journal of Cosmetics, oil application should be limited to oily hair. In such cases, it would be wise to apply the oil on the strands and not on the scalp.
Coconut oil is the best oil for hair as it protects hair from sun damage, protein loss and enhances cuticle health. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp for shiny, healthy hair.
You may have been living with one of other of these myths for years. But now you know what the experts say about these. Set yourself free and then enjoy healthy, strong and beautiful hair!
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Article by Yuan Chen
Yuan Chen is a Manager at T1Hairs- Online Malaysian Hair Extension Company. He has more than 6 years of experience in Hairdressing Industry.
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