Ten Hair Myths Debunked

Like rumors hair myths can spread and take on a life of its own. Sometimes they are passed on from generation to generation and we repeat them thinking they are facts. Lets look at some hair myths and see if they are really true. One or two may surprise you.

Myth # One

Dandruff is Dry Scalp and Vice Versa

Fact:Dandruff and dry scalp are very different hair conditions. Dry scalp is characterized by small, white flakes of the scalp, which is basically caused by dehydration on the scalp, which in turn makes the scalp shed. It can be caused by lack of hydration, season changes, shampoo and conditioner stripping the hair of its natural oil.

On the other hand, dandruff is usually characterized by large, greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells and is usually yellowish or gray and oily. Dandruff, unlike dry scalp, is usually associated with a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp and can be contagious. Dandruff is a serious health issue and requires medical attention and prescribed medication. Please do not use shampoos or medications labeled for ‘dandruff’ for your dry scalp condition.

So next time, before you say you have dandruff. Make sure you really do.

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Myth # Two

Trimming The Hair Makes It Grow Faster

Fact: Your hair grows at the root, not at the ends. Trimming the hair might make the hair appear thicker and stop split ends which may stop shedding but hair grows a quarter to half inch per month whether you cut it or not. Trimming only makes the hair look better; it has no impact on hair growth.

Check this article out- A Simple Guide To Trimming Hair: Wet or Dry

Myth # Three

You can mend split ends with certain products.

Fact: The only way to mend split ends is to cut it off. There is no conditioner or secret ingredient from a natural source that can mend your ends. You can however, lessen the appearance of split ends by using products with silicone or beeswax that will make the hair ends appear temporarily together or you can check these articles out-

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Myth # Four

You can do something to speed up your hair growth

Fact: You can do many things to retain your hair growth but every hair on your head goes through three stages: growing, resting, and shedding. The growing phase can last from 3 to 7 years and is hereditary. A person with a very long growing phase will grow longer hair than a person with a shorter growing phase. Therefore, the anagen or growing phase actually determines the maximum length your hair will grow. No product or goodwill can change your biological make up.

That said, you may be surprised at the lengths that your hair can go to with some informed care. Check these articles out:

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Myth # Five

Washing Hair Frequently Will Damage It

Fact: Washing the hair frequently with shampoos that has added chemicals (sulfates) can damage your hair over time and cause hair dryness. So these must be avoided, however, black hair loves water. Not washing the hair can cause the sebum (the scalp’s natural oils) to be blocked. This in turn will make the hair dry and brittle. Things that damage black hair include bleaching, coloring, styling and excess heat. Washing hair twice or three times per week will not damage hair. It may be inconvenient to wash it so often but it is not damaging.

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Myth # Six

Products Advertised As Natural Are Chemical Free

Fact: Every savvy consumer should know by now, that not everything that says natural, is really so. Read the labels of these natural products and any word that you do not know the meaning of look it up online. If consumers become more knowledgeable about the ingredients in natural products and refuse to buy them, then manufacturers would be forced, to put the ‘real-organic’ things in their product offerings.

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Myth # Seven

Relaxed Hair Is Easier To Manage Than Natural Hair

Fact: The process of adding chemicals to natural hair to gain a straighter look breaks the hair bonds and leaves hair weak and extremely susceptible to breaking and further damage. One must keep in mind that relaxers do not help the hair, but actually strips it. So by applying chemicals to the hair, even if it is to achieve a desired effect, is never really to the benefit of your hair health. This means that though the hair may be easier to comb through, it is actually a weaker head of hair that you are handling, which makes the process of taking care of it that much harder than your natural hair.

For some people, taking care of their relaxed hair is not an issue but it means that you have to take extra care with your newly processed hair, which means thinking twice before adding any other chemical to it like synthetic dyes or using excess heat.

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Myth # Eight

Hair Can Become Immune to Shampoo

Fact: Your hair does not care which shampoo you put on it or which brand or how expensive the brand. Your hair responds to the build up of residue that a shampoo might leave behind on your strands or the chemicals that are in a particular shampoo. Some shampoos contain sulfates and others harsh chemicals, which dry out hair and leave it brittle. You can use a good shampoo for years without any ill effects especially if you clarify your hair periodically.

 How to Choose a Shampoo that’s Good for Your Hair

Myth # Nine

If You Stretch The Time Between Relaxers You Will Go Bald

 Fact: The longer the stretch between relaxers the more visible the demarcation line will be between your natural hair and your relaxed hair. During the application of the relaxer, the chemical should only be applied to the new growth to avoid damaging the already processed part of the hair.

The line between natural and relaxed hair can be easily blurred if there is no clear new growth and during the application phase of a relaxer session already relaxed hair is often reprocessed. This breaks down the protein bonds on the relaxed portion of your hair even further.

Persons who frequently relax, will find that their hair will break at that point of the hair shaft when the natural hair starts growing back. This does not mean that your hair needs to be relaxed, it is actually indicating the opposite.

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Myth # Ten

Plucking grey hair will cause more grey hair to grow

Fact: Each hair follicle has its own unique way of working and what you do to one hair follicle will not affect the others around it. Plucking your grey hair has no effect on the others around it.

Can you think of any more myths that we are touting as facts?

 

 

7 Comments »

  • Vienna Closer said:

    Excellent article. Knowledge is power. Thanks for sharing…..

  • Dona said:

    Hi, I have wavy curly black asian hair. I have oily scalp dandruff issue, and my hair is kind of dry. I am using jojoba oil from few months and use it on scalp and hair once a week. I am having bad hairfall and the hair around my crown area is getting reduced. I have used castor oil just once. Could you suggest me any remedy for oily dandruff and to have a better hair growth. Also, can castor oil be mixed with jojoba oil as it is so heavy. Thanks.

  • Marilyn said:

    Very very Impressed with your imformation , I have learned so much ,you made proud to be black we need more people like you. Aswe perish for luck of knowledge . Keep up the good work.

  • Willie Webb said:

    Great information, This is my go to website for my hair care needs. Myth or Fact. Should I grease my scalp. Thanks for everything.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Willie,
      Your hair produces its own natural moisture. Sometimes we grease our scalp and upset the production of the hair’s natural moisture balance. I would recommend that you don’t grease your scalp. Grease the length of your hair but not your scalp. If you feel that you absolutely have to put something on your scalp then use an oil like jojoba which is similar to the hair’s sebum.

  • Joy said:

    Interesting post.Please how can i wash natural unrelaxed hair without using conditioner or shampoo.I would like to wash my hair 3 times a week,while using shampoo and conditioner only only once a week.I went natural last year
    Thanks

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