Over years, the natural affection of people to their hair has developed many different hair growth myths that all lead up to one common objective – to make hair grow healthier. Nevertheless, it is important to take note which of these hair growth myths are facts, and which are just made to believe to be true accounts but are actually not. Here are some of the most common hair growth myths and their implications to actual hair growth.
Brushing your hair one hundred strokes a day stimulates hair faster and softer hair growth. Perhaps this is the most common among hair growth myths, but also the most common mistake we believe and follow. It was once believed that brushing to this extent gives a soothing massage to the scalp to help proper blood flow circulation and eventually stimulate hair growth. In a sense, brushing is really a form of scalp massage that could help, but not brushing one hundred strokes a day. Brushing too much could cause friction between the brush and the scalp, creating unnecessary heat, damage, and irritation. We may not feel anything unusual, but the damage will manifest hair loss at times and damages to a more serious extent. Thus, it is advisable to brush hair as necessary, not as much as hundred strokes in a sitting.
Shampoo your hair every day. It is believed that the more you wash your hair, the healthier and faster it grows because dirt other substances hindering growth would eventually be washed out. Confusing as it may seem, a contradicting myth says not to shampoo everyday because too much chemical on hair causes damage and hair loss. So which is true between these myths? The answer is none. There is no right or wrong schedule for washing your hair. Hair should be washed as needed, depending on your hair type and needs.
Wearing ponytails and braiding your hair too tightly could cause hair loss. Hairdos that create stress to the scalp and hair naturally result to impaired hair growth. Fixing hair in an extremely tight style might cause too much pooling thus create stress to the hair and scalp. Therefore, this myth gets two thumbs up.
Split ends do travel. Splits at the end of our hair strand are noticeably going up and splitting more when left uncut. If we do not trim the end immediately, it may travel up to the hair shaft towards the roots. Thus, it is true that split ends travel. In fact, some splits could do another splitting thus creating multiple tears at the end.
How nice it is to be informed on different hair growth myths. However, it is important to do further research on the trueness of each myth we decide to do so we can make sure we do no harm to our hair.