Are you often in a dilemma of what to believe or do and what not when it comes to your hair? Have you brushed your hair more frequently to make it look healthier? Or avoid plucking your grey hair, so multiple do not pop up?
We may hear many such myths related to hair care practices. But all of them are not true or have any scientific evidence. To help you achieve healthy hair we have uncovered a few common hair care myths that you may have come across once in your lifetime.
Myth 1: Shampooing will cause hair loss.
Fact: Just like shampoo cannot make your hair grow faster, shampooing will not cause your hair to fall. Cleansing is necessary to keep your hair healthy.
Myth 2: Brushing your hair frequently makes it look healthier.
Fact: This is known to damage your hair more. Brushing pulls out hair that is not ready to fall out and often breaks healthy hair and is likely to increase hair loss. Brush your hair gently for styling only and not to stimulate the scalp.
Myth 3: If you trim your hair frequently, it will grow faster.
Fact: Hair growth occurs at the follicles in the scalp. The frequency of trims has nothing to do with how fast or slow your hair will grow. Regular trims will prevent split ends and breakage of hair. So, light trimming every 6-8 weeks helps your hair look healthy.
Myth 4: If you pluck out one grey hair, it will cause multiple grey hair to grow in its place.
Fact: Hair colour is due to a pigment called melanin in the hair. The hair turns grey or white when the pigment cells in the hair follicle stop producing melanin. Hence, plucking the grey hair will not increase their number.
Myth 5: Shaving your head will help the hair to grow faster and thicker.
Fact: Hair grows from healthy follicles in your scalp. Shaving your hair will not increase the number of or improve the quality of healthy hair follicles in your scalp. It will not create thicker hair either.
Myth 6: Wearing a hat or cap too much can cause hair fall.
Fact: Wearing a hat or cap will not cause your hair to come out of the follicles. But if you do not keep your hat clean, it may cause scalp infections. The only time a hat or cap can cause hair fall is when your tight hat or cap exerts excessive friction on the scalp and pulls your hair, which may not be possible.
Hair fall has always been associated with multiple rumours and beliefs and the best thing to do is know the facts. If you are concerned about your hair fall, do not suffer in silence. Consult your dermatologist. The earlier the better. Your dermatologist will help you find the cause and give you the right medical advice and the appropriate treatment. Currently, there are many effective treatment options available for hair loss.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.