The number of hair tips one obtains in a lifetime can be prodigious, especially on the internet. But how many of them are facts? Here are three hair care myths you need to stop believing!
Myth #1 Regular Haircuts Make Your Hair Grow Faster
Perhaps the most popular care myth out there exposed simply by studying the hair anatomy. Hair grows out of little pockets found in the scalp known as follicles. The average strand grows about 0.50 inches (1.25 cm) per month. This signifies that a person can anticipate growing 6 inches of hair each year, and no amount of trimming can alter that. Frequent haircuts will not affect the dermis skin, which contains the hair follicles in any way. While there are some research and tests around solutions and products that can help in increasing follicle count, regular trimming can only make split ends disappear. However, they do not accelerate hair growth.
Myth #2 Avoid Conditioning If You Have Naturally Greasy Hair
Wrong! Conditioning your hair does not cause oily hair, period. Instead, it occurs as a result of overactive sebaceous glands that produce an excess of sebum, an oily substance naturally secreted by the scalp tissues. Like a good shampoo, similarly, a conditioner is also vital. Conditioning provides a healthy dose of hydration and nourishment that the hair loses while shampooing or because of heat exposure. The key is to know your hair type and find a conditioner accordingly.
Moreover, the scalp is already naturally conditioned with sebum. It is highly recommended to apply conditioners to the ends of the hair only. For greasy hair, opt for conditioners labeled “volumizing” or “balancing” since they are less moisturizing. Repair or frizz control conditioners are great investments for damaged hair and deep conditioners for dry hair. It goes like cookies and cream; each time you shampoo, you need conditioner too!
Myth #3 Washing Your Hair with Beer Makes It Smoother
The common belief here is that the malt and yeast found in beers make your hair healthy, bouncy, and shiny. Sadly, the drawbacks prevail. In the long run, alcohol will dry out your hair more than repairing it and contribute to hair loss. One should only use hair care products that have been dermatologically tested to avoid the risk of damaging or losing hair. Besides, who wants to walk around smelling like beer?
If you find yourself facepalming over some of the hair care myths above, don’t worry, you’re not the only one! With so many of these so-called hair care solutions, we’ve all tried it at some point in life.