Myth No. 1: Cutting Hair Makes It Grow Faster and/or Thicker
False, Shorter hair often looks and feels thicker but cutting your hair won’t alter its normal biologically determined growth rate or overall texture. The truth is that hair grows a half-inch per month, whether you cut it or not. Hair may grow slightly faster in the summer, but that has nothing to do with the stylist’s scissors and everything to do with hormones, which do speed growth a little. 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 color treatment.
One thing a trim will do: Eliminate split ends, making hair look better.
Myth No. 2: Split Ends Will Travel
True. Uncut split ends can travel up the hair shaft towards the roots like a ribbon. Tresses that are not tended to, over time, may develop splits that migrate and split all or part of the entire hair. Some ends can actually tear multiple times. . While some hair care products may temporarily merge split ends together, this fix only lasts until your next shampoo. The only successful treatment for removing split ends is with scissors
Myth No. 3: Hair Grows Faster On Different Parts of the Head
True. There is some scientific evidence that the growth rate of hair may vary on different parts of the head for select people. There is also some indication that the growth rate of hair on babies may be faster on the crown than on any other parts of the scalp. Usually the growth rate differences are very marginal and will not impact the hair appearance in any way.
Myth No. 4: Hair Will Always Remain the Same Texture
False, although you may be born with straight, curly or wavy locks, there are many circumstances under which your hair’s ultimate texture can be permanently altered. Pregnancy, medication, chemotherapy, age and other variables can cause your texture to be temporarily or permanently altered. Hair holds all bi-products of the things that go into the body. That is why hair strands are tested for drugs and some other medical conditions. Taking certain medications can cause a reaction with the hair texture and color. Anesthesia from a current surgery can cause a chemical reaction with the dyes in the hair color. Hormonal or thyroid condition can cause a different reactions with the hair.
Myth No. 5: Stress can make your hair fall out.
True. Although your hair is falling out all the time, to the tune of 50 to 120 strands per day, it’s possible that you may lose a few more strands when you’re “catastrophically” stressed, meaning you have had a major life change such as a divorce, lost job or surgery, say doctors. Other culprits are pregnancy or antibiotics. After a few weeks, of course, because they are a result of hormonal changes in your body, they most certainly grow back.
Myth No. 6: Washing Hair Every Day Dries It Out
False, the right shampoo for your hair type and texture will actually add moisture, body and beauty to your hair. The key is to finding the correct shampoo designed for your hair.
Myth No. 7: Gray Hair Can Only Be Covered With Permanent Color
False, depending on the percentage of gray hair that you have, you may be able to blend or cover the budding gray with a semi-permanent or demi-permanent blend that does not contain harsh chemicals.
Myth No. 8: Rinse out Conditioners Do Not Provide Benefits Because It Is Rinsed Out
False, Rinse out conditioners applied to your hair right after washing will leave a deposit of moisturizing proteins and other ingredients on the hair shaft providing hair that feels soft and shiny
Myth No. 9: Wearing Tight Braids, Ponytails or Buns Causes Baldness
True. Traction alopecia is a very real hair loss condition that may result from wearing tight ponytails, cornrows or buns over an extended period of time. Over time, hair breakage or loss as the result of tight, stressed styles can become permanent. Avoid this potential problem by opting for looser styles that minimize scalp tension.
Myth No. 10: Salon Products Are Identical To Drugstore Products
False, While there is an exception to every rule, salon products are generally manufactured to contain higher quality, more expensive ingredients that are designed to consistently provide more intensive cleansing, moisturizing and conditioning results. The quality ingredients found in salon products are not usually found in drugstore brands.
Myth No. 11: Coloring Hair during Pregnancy Is Harmful
False, although some physicians disagree, most believe that coloring the hair during pregnancy will not be dangerous to the baby. When in doubt always get your physician’s permission to color your hair during pregnancy. Most experts believe that the key danger with hair coloring is not the application of the product to the scalp but the inhalation of the strong chemical odor.
Myth No. 12: Sharing Combs and Brushes Can Spread Scalp Diseases
True. It is a fact that lice and other parasites can be transported from scalp to scalp through the sharing of combs, brushes and other hair care tools.
Myth No. 13: Shaving a Baby’s Scalp Will Alter Their Natural Hair Texture
False, the hair that a baby is born with may or may not be the hair that they grow up with. Shaving a baby’s head will not alter the texture of their ultimate hair nor will it cause their hair to grow faster or thicker.
Myth No. 14: Blonde hair will turn Brunette with age
False, True blondes often have platinum blonde hair as children, pale skin with little pigment, pale eye-lashes and grey eyes. If their hair darkens with age it tends to turn a darker ash-blond, not the rich brown of a brunette. Eyelashes and eyebrows remain fair. (Eyelash color is probably the best marker for prediction of adult hair color.)
Myth No.15: Vitamin supplements make hair grow
True Biotin is a vitamin that encourages cell growth in both your hair and nails. “Biotin can be found at the vitamin store, and you can look for shampoos with it if hair thinning or slow growth is a concern of yours. Prolonged use of any antibiotic destroys much of the intestinal bacteria that helps to synthesize biotin and perhaps other members of the B-complex. The B-complex, and specifically biotin, is necessary for healthy hair.