Popular Hair Myths Debunked!

Hair Myths and FactsDoes your hair grow faster in the summer? If you pluck a gray hair, will more grow back in its place? Should you brush your hair 100 times per day? Hair myths like these have been around for so long, I’m not sure anyone questions whether they’re true.  In this post we’ll look at some of the most popular hair myths and get to the bottom of which are true, partially true, and not true at all!

100 brush strokes a day – FALSE – Most of us can’t get through the day without brushing our hair whether it’s to detangle or refresh a hairstyle, its necessary.  Brushing in the correct way has benefits that go beyond the short term.  By brushing your hair, you stimulate the scalp and spread oils down the hair shaft which moisturizes the strands and adds shine.  The key to healthy hair brushing is being gentle, using the right brush, and keeping it to a minimum. 100 strokes per day is not only unnecessary, it’s too much and can cause breakage and other damage.

Hair grows faster in the summer – FALSE – As nice as that would be, our hair doesn’t grow any faster in the summer or any season for that matter.  Time of year, weather, and other environmental factors don’t affect hair growth rate.  The only time it’s scientifically proven that a woman’s hair grows faster is while she’s pregnant.

Pluck a gray hair and more will grow back in its place – FALSE – Each hair has its own follicle and there is no way to increase the amount of follicles on your head (unless you have a hair transplant).  When you start to see gray hairs, it means that less pigment is being transferred to each hair strand.  Going gray is a slow process so when you pluck a hair during the beginning stages, the replacement could be either gray or your natural color, but will never be more than one.  Eventually, every single hair that comes from that follicle will be gray whether you pluck it or not.

Trimming makes your hair grow faster – FALSE – Trimming your ends will not make hair grow faster, but does keep your hair healthy and strong.  The key is to trim split ends before the hair splits up the shaft.  This breakage causes hair to be weak, brittle, and thin! It’s recommended to get a full trim every 6-12 weeks depending on your hair health.  You can also “dust” your ends in between trims.  Dusting is a quick, very light trim (so light that the cut ends are like dust).

Stress makes your hair fall out – PARTIALLY TRUE – Everyday stress does not make your hair fall out.  This myth is partially true because in cases where stress is so extreme that it affects hormones or nutrition levels, hair loss can occur.

You can’t repair split ends – TRUE – There is nothing you can do to repair an end that is split and as mentioned above, it’s recommended to cut the end off to prevent further breakage.  Another way to minimize the effects of split ends is to apply Ovation Cell Therapy.  Cell Therapy adds protein to the hair shaft which works to fill the split hair and smooth the cuticle.  The best way to tackle split ends is prevention. Using high-quality, hair strengthening products like the Cell Therapy System keep the hair healthy and prevent the hair from splitting in the first place.

Can’t dye hair while pregnant – PARTIALLY TRUE – Color and other hair treatments are no longer on the list of things pregnant women should stay away from.  Experts are advising pregnant women (and the general population) to be aware of what those treatments involve and what ingredients they contain.  Fortunately, more and more stylists are switching to more organic alternatives with less synthetic, harsh chemicals.

Shaving your baby’s hair makes it grow in thicker – FALSE –Shaving a baby’s hair doesn’t have any effect on the strand thickness or hair growth rate because these factors are based on the follicles under the skin.  It is common however for babies to lose their “baby hair” 4-5 months after they’re born and when new hair grows in, it may be thicker and/or a different color.

Whether this article makes you cut down the amount of brush strokes you strive for each day or bursts your bubble about summer hair growth, I hope you found these facts as interesting as I did. I’m sure that people will continue to shave their children’s head (tradition in some cultures) and avoid plucking gray hairs. That’s ok because whether you believe these myths to be fact or fiction, none of them have a major impact on overall hair health.

What myths did you grow up believing? Are there any you just can’t let go?

–          Emily

Sources: Webmd.com, Chemistry.about.com, babycenter.com
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