Myths Vs. Facts – Part – One

In continuation of our series Tending to your tresses, The indispensable guide

hair myths busted

Myths, Oil wives’ tales and in more dubious of terms, absolute Hogwash! Are in their obvious tone are quite often very exaggerated and fictitious. We have heard them since we can remember, and many a times they are related to origins of a cultural practice or even a natural phenomenon. Old wives’ tales and myths also work against our better judgement and to comprehend the bizarreness behind them are absolutely senseless.

So quite expectedly there are many that float around this physical dimension with much absurdity. One also hears many regarding our most prized possession, our hair. Mundanely enough, numerous men and woman blindly are following a regime of shampoo, oiling and grooming their hair, which is in fact quite ridiculous and damaging to them. How does one diminish the facts from the Hogwash? Quite simply, by searching for logic behind each of their claims, hence, I have chosen the most common and popular myths to help you see the illogical reasons that repudiate them.

Myth 1: Worrying brings on grey hair
Reality: True

It’s well know that the stress hormone adrenaline does damage the DNA which produces melanin which is the pigment that gives hair it’s colour. High levels of stress hormones in the skin does cause the hair to lose its colour.

Myth 2: Being stressed makes your hair fall out.
Reality: True

Excessive Stress does take a toll on your hair growth. Telogen effluvium is brought on by anxiety, emotional or physiological stress which alters the normal hair cycle growth. Since Hair Follicles go through a periodic “rest” phase, over stress cause the follicles to enter this resting period prematurely making hair fall out within three months from the onset of any stressful event. It’s important to deal with stress immediately and also seek medical advice to rule out any underlying illness related to hormonal imbalances and drug side effects.

Myth 3: Brushing your hair a 100 times daily makes your hair healthier.
Reality: False

An old wives’ tale, that’s been circulating the grapevine since stories of Rapunzel first made its appearance eons ago. Though it might seem very logical, excessive brushing is known to damage your locks and often break healthy strands of hair and scratches the scalp which can cause cuticle damage and make hair look frizzy. Always brush gently as needed using a wide tooth comb and a brush with soft bristles that help detangle the hair and not tug at the strands. Scalp massages are always helpful and very therapeutic.

Myth 4: Trimming your hair makes it grow faster.
Reality: Truth

Although hair growth happens at the scalp, regular trims prevent split ends from forming and stops breakage keeping your hair less dry and prone to damage. Every 4-6 weeks is ideally a perfect time to re-freshen your hair with a mild trim, and if you have hair that’s not dry then every 8-12 weeks would work best for you.

Myth 5: Avoid hair conditioner if you have oily scalp.
Reality: False

Over excessive sebum excretions from the scalp tissues causes greasy hair. For an oily scalp use a clarifying shampoo and always only use moderate amount of conditioner on the tips of your hair.

Myth 6: Blow Drying hair is bad
Reality: True

After washing your hair, around half an hour to an hour is the average time it takes for hair to dry depending on the weather conditions you are exposed to. While hair is wet it swells up and puts pressure on the proteins that keeps your hair intact and healthy. As studies reveal the blow-drying causes more damage to the hair’s surface, air -drying causes damage within the strands. In some situation where it’s imperative to blow-dry, it is advised that you air-dry it until 75% of hair is dry then switch to a low mode heat setting on your dryer and dry the rest of your hair. Using a hair serum during this process does help reduce dryness.

Myth 7: Hair only grows a certain length
Reality: Truth and False

Genetics plays a key role on determining the maximum length your hair can grow, as each follicle has a period of growing and resting. This is categorised by three specific periods, the Anagen period when hair grows, Catagen period when hair stops growing and blood supply is cut off from the root of the hair and from the cells that produce new hair and Telogen period where the follicles are resting eventually hair falls out and the cycle starts again. But with a healthy diet and lifestyle one can control the effects of this natural process and achieve more than their own follicles capacity, as seen when many natural use of products that encourage a healthy growth of hair.

To the wise I say, Well Done! For you are one of the many that didn’t fall prey to gibberish. To the uninformed I say, well now you know! And it’s just with a little wisdom does one learn how to truly protect yourself from uncredited falsified theories.

5 things you are doing wrong, which is leading to hair fall

Top 5 things you are doing right now which is making your hair fall even more.

1. Using coarse pillow cover: Most of us sleep on cotton pillow covers and there is nothing wrong with that, however some cotton covers are rough to the touch and when you toss and turn your head on those covers, hairs get tangled between the rough pillow threads and they break off. Change your pillowcase to a high thread count cotton case or use silk covers.

2. Applying too much shampoo: Reduce your shampoo usage, apply only 1–2 times a week and rest of the time, just wash with water. Sulfates and Parabens in the shampoo cause more damage then you know. Do not use Anti-dandruff shampoo as your regular shampoo and for prolonged periods, the loads of chemicals which go into an antidandruff shampoo will spoil your hair. To remove harsh dandruff, use lemongrass oil.

3. Drying your hair: Do not vigorously rub your hair with the towel, this leads to unnecessary hair trauma, instead gently pat dry your hair with a towel or cover your hair with a towel and give it 10–15 min till the towel soaks all the water. Avoid blow-drying your hair on high heat, this flash dries not only the moisture on your hair but also dries the scalp which makes the hair brittle.

4. Daily oiling your hair daily: Daily oiling your hair is not required, in fact if you oil your scalp and hair and go about your daily business, the oil will attract lots of dust and pollution and close the pores of the scalp which will result in less oxygen going into the roots and making them week, We have written an entire article on this which you can read here.

If you need to apply oil daily, make sure you do that only with a few drops and only to your hair length and not to scalp.

5. Not Massaging your scalp daily: Massaging your scalp not only makes you feel good but also increase the blood circulation in the scalp, this make blood reach the hair roots and makes them stronger.

Watch our video and let Simran update you on a few more things which you can change to help with hair fall issues.