All of us are victims of advertising to some extent. You can agree that despite the useful habit of thinking critically about everything, it is sometimes so tempting to believe in beautiful promises and buy another meaningless item. This is especially true when it concerns health and beauty products – the basic area of marketing. Well, it is difficult not to buy a shampoo that promises to make your hair 85% stronger or reduce hair loss by 66%! In order not to be hooked by enticing slogans and not to waste your money, do not forget about the popular hair care myths. After all, a lot of advertising campaigns are built around these myths.
Anyone who cares about their hair and keeps looking for the ideal means to care for it has certainly come across the myths from the list below. Sometimes it is not an easy task to distinguish good tips from bad ones. Still, we will try to help you avoid unnecessary purchases under the influence of high-profile promises of manufacturers.
Myth №1: comb your hair as often as possible!
It is desirable that you make at least 100 strokes of a hair comb every day. This is an absolute misconception, popular among millions of women worldwide as well as among the producers of ‘revolutionary’ combs. It is quite useful to stimulate the blood circulation in the scalp. After all, the hair follicles receive more oxygen and nutrients that can have a positive impact on their growth. But it is better to give preference to light massage with your fingertips instead of the most expensive comb. After all, frequent and intensive combing will inevitably damage healthy hairs and pluck those that could still grow. Know the measure and comb your hair very carefully, starting with its tips and without any sudden movements.
Myth №2: blonde women’s hair is weak and brunettes have stronger hair
It is a popular myth for many people. In fact, black hair, especially dyed, is equally prone to breakage. And if you are a curly brunette by nature, the fragility of your precious locks is much greater that any blonde girl can possibly imagine. Do not believe all the promises on the bottles of shampoos, masks and balms: very often they are sold separately for “blondes” and “brunettes” out of purely commercial purposes.
Myth №3: fear can make your hair go gray
Any short-term, even very strong fear cannot make your hair gray. On the other hand, long-term stress can easily cope with the task as explained below.
Myth №4: if the baby’s head is shaved, it can stimulate hair growth and will save the child from baldness in adulthood
Millions of babies, especially male ones, have become victims of this incredibly popular myth. It is good that they do not care much about the aesthetic side of this procedure. Anyway, parents should not rush to radically change the “image” of their little son: this hairstyle will have no effect on his hair in future. The mechanism of baldness almost always has genetic reasons. If you want to know your future – look at your father and grandfather from the mother’s side: if they both began to lose hair at an early age, this tendency is likely to be inherited. Expensive masks, mixtures and shaving the scalp at an early age, alas, will not help.
Myth №5: if you trim hair ends every six weeks, the hair will grow faster
There is no scientific background for this “hypothesis”. The only benefit from regular visits to the salon is that you will not have split ends. And your stylist will be very happy to have larger monthly fees.
Truth 1: long-term stress can turn your hair gray
Studies have shown that increased production of the stress hormone adrenaline is able to influence the DNA structure. In particular, it can damage the genes regulating the production of melanin – the pigment responsible for hair color, skin and eyes. Do you want to look younger longer? Avoid stress.
Truth 2: stress makes hair fall
Hair follicles are in the process of either “growth” or “rest.” Both of them are natural processes of the hair life cycle, but a lot of stress can disrupt the usual schedule and cause hairs to fall into hibernation prematurely. As a result, hair will start to fall significantly, while new growth will slow down. What is unpleasant, such consequences are usually delayed in time. You will begin losing hair about three months after the stress. So as you experience strong emotions, do not forget to take care of your hair.
Truth 3: hair grows faster in summer
In the cold season, our body tends to increase the blood flow to internal organs and thereby maintain the normal body temperature. As a result, the scalp gets fewer nutrients and oxygen – constant “passengers” of the blood cells. This affects the condition and rate of hair growth. In summer, the situation is the opposite: the increased blood circulation stimulates the follicle activity, and curls grow 10-15% faster. That is why masks with the active warming effect can be very effective in winter, but almost useless in the hottest months.