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You have heard them all. “Don’t pluck out that gray hair because it will make more grow” or “brush your hair 100 strokes per day.” Hair myths have been around for so long that many times we believe them to be true. Your hair stylists at Legends Salon of Hillsborough are here to clear up the air about a few of these hair myths.
Which old wives’ tales actually have some truth to them and which ones are ridiculously false? Let’s debunk some of these common hair advice myths.
Brush your hair 100 strokes a day
This isn’t the Brady Bunch and Marsha didn’t really brush her hair 100 strokes per night. This advice is just useless and in actuality, it could actually harm your hair. Brush your hair to style it because brushing pulls hairs out of their follicles and possibly weakens individual strands. The key to brushing your hair is to brush enough so that the oils are being distributed throughout your whole head.
Worrying brings on gray hair
Severe stress can certainly accelerate graying but gray hair is caused when hair no longer produces melanin (pigment) and therefore, is no longer producing color. Graying is actually determined by genetics.
Suffering a fright makes your hair turn white
You don’t lose pigment in your hair because hair is dead when it leaves the scalp. So, therefore, suffering a fright will not make your hair turn white. However, a severe shock could trigger something called alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes pigmented hair to drop out, leaving only gray and white hair behind. This is pretty uncommon and doesn’t happen just from going to see a scary movie or riding a frightening roller coaster.
Hair grows faster when it’s trimmed often
This is one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to hair. How often you have your hair cut has nothing to do with how fast it will grow. It is actually the follicles in your scalp that determine how quickly hair grows. However, cutting your hair frequently removes split ends and therefore can make your hair appear longer or even thicker. Split ends and breakage can leave hair looking thin and sparse.
If you pick a gray hair, two will grow in its place
While this is completely false, plucking out those gray strands is a bad habit. It can damage the roots, causing an infection or leave a scar. You keep your hair healthy by treating it gently, not yanking on it.
If you use the same shampoo all the time, it will become ineffective
This is not true at all but you do want to find the right shampoo that works for your hair. Shampoo will cleanse the same even if you use the same one every day for years. However, if you recently made a change like coloring or using hot tools more frequently, your old shampoo may not hydrate your hair enough and therefore, it might be time for a change. Every hair type is different and every person is different. You just need to find what works for you.
At Legends Salon of Hillsborough, we hope to have debunked some of those hair myths for you. Let our hair stylists work with you to get your hair looking its healthiest and happiest at all times.