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THE TRUTH BEHIND 7 HAIR MYTHS

Ever heard a curious hair myth and wondered if it was in fact true? We investigated seven common hair myths and report on their truth. Here is what we found.

Regular haircuts are necessary in order for your hair to grow?

Hair actually grows from the scalp not the ends of your hair and therefore trimming your hair regularly cannot actually prevent split and damaged ends. Your hair generally does look healthier and in much better condition once the damaged ends have been hacked away and this may perhaps be the reason why after a trim, your hair feels and looks so healthy, not to mention the professional styling at the end. Therefore this myth is false.

You should brush your hair 100 times over?

Before the magical creation of conditioner, it was actually a necessity to brush your hair from root to tip several (hundred) times over  to encourage the oils from the scalp down through to the rest of your hair to the ends. This was standard practise in order to keep hair healthy and conditioned. These days we literally have thousands of useful products to choose from to help keep our hair in optimal condition therefore over brushing hair is not necessary. In actuality, if you are over brushing your mane, you may be at risk of damaging your hair as you may pull out healthy hairs and possibly damage your scalp. In a previous post, we explained how to carefully handle compromised hair, read it hereA wooden comb or bristles are always recommended over plastic bristles. Wooden bristles are more gentle and believe it or not, more flexible than plastic or synthetic materials. We recommend using Bass all natural bamboo wide and fine tooth comb on wet and dry hair. Your hair does not require an intense brushing session on a daily basis. 

Hair becomes immune to the same shampoo and conditioner?

Your hair does not become immune to the same type of shampoo and conditioner. It is due to the fact that the condition of your hair changes due to lifestyle or weather factors. Changes you may see in your hair may mean that your hair may require you to choose alternate products to assist with the change to the condition of your hair. 

Using hair oils make your hair greasy?

Using hair oils will not necessarily leave your hair greasy. That said, it is important to ensure you are using natural oils and to use them according to their directions. Hair oils can be super nourishing for your hair and help improve the condition of your hair. It’s recommended to apply the ‘less is more’ theory as a little can really go a long way. Hair oil is best applied to the mid-lower section and to the ends of your hair. Unless you have an unusually dry scalp, your scalp will naturally produce enough oils to protect the scalp and therefore oil does not need to be applied directly to the scalp. Using hair oils will not leave your hair greasy.

Worrying turns your hair grey?

A Harvard Medical School publication explained that stress itself does not actually cause your hair to turn grey. With age, the hair follicles produce less colour. This is said to typically begin around age 35 although genetics are said to be a factor here. As we read in the Harvard publication, stress cannot suddenly turn your hair from a certain colour to grey however stress may possibly trigger a condition named telogen effluvium. Telogen is the resting phase of the hair follicles and in this phase, hairs begin to shed at an increased rate, up to three times faster in some cases. This condition is said to not cause balding although the caveat here is that if you are middle aged and experiencing telogen effluvium (increased rate of hair fall), it is possible that your hair will grow back grey as opposed to its original colour over time.  

Hair loss is related to your mother’s side ?

After researching a plethora of data on hereditary hair loss, the results were far more complicated as I imagined. Placing blame for hair loss and balding solely your mother’s side is much too simple of an answer. Apparently, a host of complex genes from both your mother and father’s side are said to be determiners and therefore we are urged to assess ALL of our relatives on both sides of our families. Genes can assist in determining the age and rapidity of hair loss as well as environmental factors such as lifestyle and stress levels are also contributors. Age, coupled with environmental factors such as extended periods of high stress and or illness, may result in hair fall becoming more rapid during the hair growth cycle. Consequently, your hair may not grow back as thick or as robust as it once did. Hairs usually survive about two to three years on your head, after-which they fall out and are replaced with new hair. During this phase, if your hair falls out and is not replaced, OR is replaced with thinner hair, this is when hair loss or balding begins. In short, hair loss is not solely `related to your mother’s side.

Plucking a grey hair will make two grow in its place?

I have heard this myth a million times over but is there any truth behind it? If we look at this logically, we would realise that only one hair is able to grow per follicle so therefore two hairs cannot possibly replace one. The hairs that surround the plucked hairs will only turn grey when their own pigment cells die. If you pluck an already grey hair, then it will grow back, singularly and grey just like the one that was plucked out. Plucking hairs out of your head is said to traumatise the hair follicle and may possibly cause an infection or worse, lead to bald patches if the damage is severe.   

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