Your tresses normally grow at a rate of about half an inch in a month. Plus, there are various factors such as your diet, hair care routine, genetic predisposition, and so on that affect hair growth.
However, there are a number of hair misconceptions associated with hair that often confuse people in taking the right decisions for promoting hair growth. Thus, given below are some common hair myths and facts.
Myth: Hair Trims Accelerate The Growth of Hair
Fact: Cutting and trimming your hair does not cause faster hair growth. Nevertheless, it helps remove split ends and damaged hair, thereby making your hair look healthy. Moreover, split ends make your hair brittle and increase the chances of hair breakage.
As split ends do not actually stop hair growth, damaged strands of hair with split ends keep growing at the usual rate but the hair fibers continue splitting further and travel up from the ends to the mid of the hair shaft.
This removes the charm of having long hair. Hence, it is suggested to get your hair trimmed at least every six to eight weeks.
Myth: Split Ends Can Be Repaired
Fact: People are often tricked to believe that split ends can be repaired but it is not a fact. The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off.
You can even trim your split ends with a pair of sharp scissors at your home itself. Most products that claim to repair split ends actually cover the strands of hair with silicon and wax to make them look healthy and glossy.
Myth: Washing Your Hair Daily Is Harmful For Your Hair
Fact: The frequency of washing your hair cannot be generalized because it depends on factors like the type of shampoo you use and your hair type. Nevertheless, you can wash your hair daily to make them clean and shiny, with or without shampoo.
If you like to shampoo your lustrous locks daily, make sure you opt for a gentle formula that contains ingredients like silicones or panthenol.
Plus, you can use a cleansing shampoo at least once in a month to remove product buildup. Those who have dry hair, though, should avoid washing their hair on a daily basis unless the weather is extremely hot and humid.
There is another popular doubt as to whether you should use the same shampoo over and over again or whether you should keep switching shampoos.
It is believed that using the same shampoo is not effective because your hair tends to become immune to it. However, there is no scientific backing behind this belief.
Myth: It Is Not Necessary To Use A Conditioner After Shampooing
Fact: Hair conditioners make your hair soft, sleek, and shiny, provided you choose the perfect type. Moreover, conditioners provide moisture to your hair and protect against damage caused by harsh weather, and the use of hair dryers.
Thus, you should choose a good conditioner depending on your hair type and texture, and apply it regularly after shampooing.
While using a hair conditioner, make sure you apply it correctly, that is, halfway down the hair strands up to the tips; there is no need to apply near the roots otherwise your hair are likely to become greasy and lanky.
Myth: Hair Texture Always Remains The Same
Fact: This is not true because factors like pregnancy, age, certain medications, chemotherapy, etc. can alter the hair texture, whether it is straight, smooth, or wavy. Shaving a baby’s head, however, does not alter the texture of his or her hair.
Myth: Excessive Brushing Causes Hair Loss
Fact: Brushing your hair two times in a day for about 10-15 minutes promotes circulation to the scalp and stimulates hair growth. Furthermore, it distributes the oils from your scalp to the rest of your tresses.
Nonetheless, excessive and vigorous brushing is not recommended because it increases the risk of hair damage and split ends. It does not cause hair loss, though.