Hair Facts and Fiction
- We have separated hair care truths from fiction for you!
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Some commonly held beliefs about hair are based on nothing but myths. The roots of some hair myths may be pure fiction others contain a kernel of truth.
The word myth (from the Greek 'mythos') means 'narrative' or 'story'. In today’s perception, the word myth describes the coming-into-their-own stories of gods and heroes. Sometimes, myths deliver narratives around natural phenomena, which escaped rational explanation at the time. While many myths still captivate with the wisdom of the ages, creation myths and myths around natural phenomena rarely deliver relevant facts.
Which of the following statements are true?
1. Brown hair grows faster than blonde hair. – Wrong!
Usually, blonde hair is finer and more prone to breakage than brown hair. This may lead to the impression that blonde hair grows slower than dark hair. However, genetic factors other than the hair colour gene determine how fast the hair grows.
2. Stress causes hair loss. – Correct!
On average, people lose about 50 to 80 hairs every day, which the body naturally replaces. Stress can influence the balance between hair loss and regrowth in favour of excess hair loss. Nature strives to re-establish the lost balance. You should consult with your physician if the excessive hair loss persists.
3. Frequent shampoos lead to an oily scalp. – Wrong!
Sebaceous glands in the hair roots regulate how much sebum (oily substance) is produced. The sebum production depends solely on the skin type and the person’s age. As a general rule, the sebum production decreases with age. Frequent shampoos will remove the sebum from the hair and scalp. However, 'modern' shampoos are designed to keep hair supple.
4. It is better to comb rather than brush wet or damp hair. – Correct!
Wet or damp hair is more fragile and therefore prone to breakage and other damage than dry hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to style wet or damp hair to help stop hair cuticles breaking.
5. Styling products dry out hair. – Wrong!
This statement is untrue. The alcohols used in styling products are highly volatile. Consequently, the alcohols evaporate the moment the product settles on the hair.
6. One hundred brush strokes a day can turn on the lustre of your hair. – Of course!
Brushing detangles the hair and leads to smoother hair cuticles. The smooth evenly layered hair shafts reflect light making the hair glow. Brushing also distributes the sebum from the scalp over the cuticle surfaces, protecting the hair and increasing shine. However, it doesn’t necessary take one hundred strokes, but the more the better!