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.
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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-
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?