6 Hair Myths You Should Know About
People tend to confuse a myth with the truth. Same is the case when it comes to hair and its health. Here are few popular hair myths which are often considered to be true. Mentioned below them are true facts that defy these myths.
Myth#1: Regular haircut results in faster growth.
Fact: Trimming hair or going for regular haircuts does NOT make the hair grow faster. Hair grows half an inch per month. Cutting it does not biologically change the growth rate of your hair. However, trimming it regularly is suggested because it avoids split ends from reaching the roots.
Myth#2: Plucking one gray hair makes three grow in its place.
Fact: If plucking one hair resulted in the growth of three in its place, then people would have rather opted to plucking, growing and coloring their gray hair in black. Unfortunately, this is a very common myth confused to be true by many people. It takes approximately three months for new hair to originate from your scalp and more for it to grow to a visible height. Plucking can damage the scalp and result in hair loss but never in growth of three strands in return.
Myth#3: Conditioner causes hair fall and does not provide benefits as it is anyway rinsed out after wash.
Fact: Use of conditioners seals the cuticles of the hair and prevents the strands from breaking off from the scalp. They add luster to dull and dry hair. However, care should be taken while applying conditioner. The conditioner should be applied to the strands alone and not to the scalp because when applied, it can make the scalp sticky and lead to dandruff sometimes. Another precaution to be taken is that hair should be thoroughly rinsed without any remains of the conditioner. This is where the second myth arises. What is the point if the conditioner applied is rinsed of? The answer is, conditioners, even after washing, leave a small deposit of moisturising proteins on your scalp. This helps in making hair look shinier and better.
Myth#4: Dandruff is caused by a dry scalp and is contagious.
Fact: Dry scalp and dandruff are completely different things. Using anti-dandruff shampoos when having a dry scalp is useless. Dandruff needs to be carefully and medically attended. Using an anti-dandruff shampoo when having dandruff may not always solve the problem. Secondly, dandruff is not contagious. Lice and many other scalp diseases can spread through combs, but dandruff cannot.
Myth#5: Massaging with hair oil before wash reduces hair fall.
Fact: Though partly true, there are a few things to take into account. Yes, hair oil is good for blood circulation but leaving oily hair for more than an hour can lead to hair fall. This is because oil can block the pores, thereby not allowing oxygen to reach the hair. Also, the acupuncture massages done to the head and scalp in the salon can sometimes be harmful. The strokes given by the experts can loosen the roots leading to hair fall.
Myth#6: Brushing makes your hair grow faster.
Fact: Brushing is good, only to a limited extent. Excessive brushing is a strict no-no. Once grooming is done, it is suggested to avoid further brushing because it can lead to hair breakage and fall.
Now that the popular hair myths have been proven wrong, take proper care of your hair for better growth and luster.