Examining 10 Myths About Hair Care

  1. Myth – Stress Causes Hair Loss

    Reality – True – Severe stress (i.e. surgery or death in the family) can shut down hair production, causing temporary hair loss.  The scalp usually recuperates, though, and hair grows back.

  2. Myth – Smoking Causes Gray Hair

    Reality – True – According to J.G. Mosley of the Leigh Infirmary in Lancashire, England, smokers are four times more likely to have gray hair than non-smokers.  Even worse, smoking has been conclusively linked to accelerated hair loss.

  3. Myth – Excessive Washing of Hair Causes Hair Loss/Dryness

    Reality – False – Frequency of washing doesn’t harm hair.  Wash it as often as you like, although, the recommendation is three times per week.  The right shampoo for your hair type and texture will actually add moisture, body, and beauty to your hair.

  4. Myth – Conditioner Helps Repair Split Ends

    Reality – False – No conditioner can “repair” damaged hair.  What it can do is to smooth down the cuticle and make hair seem in better condition.  A good conditioner can also prevent damage from occurring in the first place.

  5. Myth – Color Treatment Causes Hair Loss

    Reality – False – Most hair coloring products contain chemicals that can do serious harm to the hair itself if not properly used, but it won’t instigate hair loss.

  6. Myth – Diet is Related to Hair Loss

    Reality – True – It’s important to eat right in order to be generally healthy.  However, no individual food has been proven to be beneficial or detrimental to hair.

  7. Myth – More Shampoo = Cleaner Hair

    Reality – False – Don’t waste your shampoo!  A dollop of shampoo, about the size of a quarter, is usually enough for long hair.  Very long hair may take a little more.

  8. Myth – Sleeping With Wet Hair Causes Scalp Fungus

    Reality– False – Scalp or fungal diseases can’t be caught from sleeping with wet scalps.  Scalp infections require prior involvement with infected sources such as humans, tainted hair care tools, or animals.  Scalp fungus mainly affects children, whose immune systems make them more susceptible to skin infections.

  9. Myth – Cutting Hair Makes It Grow Faster and/or Thicker

    Reality – False – This common misconception comes from the fact that hair is thicker at the base than it is at the tip, so shorter hair appears thicker at first.  Cutting your hair does not affect its normal biologically determined growth rate or overall texture.  Thin, limp, or fine hair will not ever grow thicker in response to a haircut.  Plump up your hair by using volume enhancing hair care products, experimenting with a hair fattening blunt cut, or getting a texturizing perm or color treatment.

  10. Myth – Blow-Drying Produces Hair Loss

    Reality – False – Blow-drying can damage, burn, or dry hair, which can cause it to fall but the hair will grow back immediately.  This is not permanent hair loss.

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