Many of us will go to great lengths to keep our hair myths and facts. on point. But could some of your every-day habits—like washing and styling—actually be hurting you? Here, we separate follicular fact from fiction.
Hair Myths and facts You Need to Stop Believing
Myth 1: It’s possible to repair split ends with product
Truth: Unfortunately, the only way to permanently get rid of split ends is to cut them off
Split end repair treatments can temporarily fuse frayed ends back together so they’re less noticeable, but this only lasts until the next shampoo.The best way to deal with split ends is to prevent them occurring in the first place, by using a conditioner every time you shampoo and treating your hair kindly by using a heat protection spray when you’re styling.
Myth 2: Rising your hair with cold water will “CLOSE THE CUTICLE”
Truth: Stylists often finish washing your hair with ice-cold water because it’s supposed to close your hair cuticle so it lies flat (and thus, reflects light).
However, your hair contains no living cells. Therefore, it doesn’t react to cold (or hot) water. If smoother, shinier strands are what you’re after, invest in a good conditioner instead.
Myth 3: Coloring your hair leaves it dry and brittle
Truth: As long as you care for your hair properly during and after treatment, coloring will not lead to serious damage.
Coloring shouldn’t make your hair dry as long as you follow the manufacturer instructions and use the in-box conditioner after coloring.Between coloring, always use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for colored hair. This will help maintain your hair color and keep your hair in good condition.
Myth 3: Stress causes graying
Truth: Graying is mostly determined by genetics and aging.
As you age, you produce less melanin (the molecules responsible for your natural color). This causes new hair to come in gray (with minimal melanin) or white (with no melanin). As for stress—what you’re actually experiencing is a quickening of fallout. Then, yes, if you’re of a certain age, it will then grow back in gray.
Myth 4: Hair loss is inevitable as we age
Truth: Not necessarily – it depends on your genes, and hormones
Pattern baldness, known medically as androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. The condition has both hereditary and hormonal factors.We are genetically destined from birth to either lose or keep our hair as we age – hair loss is a natural part of the hair growth and replenishment cycle and most people lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, if the hair follicle goes into a permanent resting phase, it will not grow new hair.This tendency can be inherited from either parent. Changing levels of androgens – the male hormone – can also have an effect. Women with too much androgen might be more prone to female pattern baldness.
Myth 5: Trimming your hair every 6 weeks makes it grow faster.
Truth: Hair growth happens at the scalp. The frequency of trims has nothing to do with how fast (or slow) your hair will sprout.
The reason why you’ve heard this tip so much is because regular trims prevent split ends and breakage–the nemeses of anyone who is trying to go long. Ask your stylist for a light dusting every eight to 12 weeks to keep the overall look healthy.