It is very likely that you have heard them all, or at least some of them since childhood. Those little pieces of advice on how you should or should not take care of your hair, which are, more often than not, followed blindly in good faith without any questions being asked, are not always the most dependable.
The truth is, there are numerous rumours and scientifically unfounded beliefs around hair, such as how certain actions, or the avoidance of said actions can cause problems for your hair. We say, in our technologically advanced world, where pretty much every piece of information is available to us at our fingertips, it is important to keep yourself aware of the facts and updated with the latest scientific research.
This blog deals with the various myths about hair. Even if you have a rigorous hair care routine and apply Ayurvedic hair oil products regularly, it is always useful to be armed with the truth. Let’s dive straight into it!
Frequent Haircuts Result In Faster And More Enhanced Hair Growth
One of the most common myths about hair growth is that cutting your hair frequently will make it grow faster. The truth, however, is that it does not matter how frequently you cut your hair, your hair will continue to grow at the same rate regardless of whether you have a haircut once every month, or once every year. This is because hair growth occurs at the scalp. Trimming your hair regularly will help to prevent split ends and hair breakage. You can help to make sure your hair looks healthy and strong by getting a light trim done every six to eight weeks.
Plucking Out A Strand Of Grey Hair Will Cause The Growth Of More Grey Hair
It is often said by many out of apprehension that if there is one strand of grey hair, plucking it out will cause more grey hair strands to appear. The good news is, it will not. The colour of your hair is due to the presence of a pigment called melanin. As long as your body continues to produce melanin, your hair will retain its natural colour. When the pigment cells in your hair follicles stop producing melanin, only then will your hair turn grey or white.
Frequently Wearing Headgear (Such As A Cap, Hat Or Helmet) Will Cause An Increase In Hairfall
Sometimes, people who wear a cap or a hat or a helmet are often warned that excessive wearing of such headgear will cause a higher rate of hair fall. Wearing any headgear will not by itself result in your hair coming out of the hair follicles. However, the only situations which could cause hair fall is if a cap or a hat is worn tightly, resulting in a high amount of friction on the scalp, in turn causing hair pull.
Frequent Brushing Of Hair Makes Hair Look Healthier
People are often under the misconception that the more one’s hair is brushed, the healthier it will look. Unfortunately, brushing your hair more frequently than is actually necessary will result in greater hair damage. This is because the process of brushing pulls out hair that is not ready to fall off. Excessive brushing is also often seen to break healthy hair and accelerate hair loss. We therefore recommend that you brush your hair gently, but only for the purpose of styling your hair, and not for the stimulation of your scalp.
Shampooing Causes Hair Fall
Sometimes, people are hesitant to use shampoo out of the fear of it causing hair fall. Shampooing will not result in hair fall, just like it will not bring about an increased rate of hair growth. Shampooing is a process that helps to cleanse the hair and remove dirt and dust. It is necessary to keep your hair clean and healthy.
Shaving Your Head Will Result In Faster And Thicker Hair Growth
Often, people who complain of hair fall are erroneously encouraged to go completely bald. Hair grows from the healthy follicles in your scalp. Shaving off your hair completely will, therefore, not result in your hair growing in greater numbers or at a faster rate. Additionally, the hair that regrows will not be thicker either.
Stress Causes Greying Of Hair
Many people are seen to believe that stress leads to the greying of hair. This is not true, as greying of hair is a genetic phenomenon. As mentioned earlier, the colour of your hair depends on the production of melanin by the pigment cells in your hair follicles. As of today, there is no scientifically proven evidence that greying of hair can be attributed to stress, even though stress is known to cause other undesirable effects on your health.
People With Greasy Hair Should Skip Conditioning Their Hair
It is also erroneously believed sometimes that greasy hair is caused due to the application of hair conditioner. This is not true, as conditioning your hair does not cause greasy hair. Greasy hair happens when there is excess sebum – which is a type of oil that the human body produces naturally – produced by the tissues in the scalp resulting in an increased buildup of it on the hair strands. In such a situation, shampooing properly, along with conditioning, is not only acceptable, but strongly recommended. Shampooing and conditioning help to hydrate, cleanse and nourish your hair.
Sleep Does Not Affect Hair
While most people would not consider sleep as a factor, it can indeed affect your hair. This is because sleep affects how some of your body hormones are secreted, and this is why having a good sleep cycle is important. There is a hormone that the human body produces, called melatonin, and this hormone helps your body to regulate sleep, and it has also been seen to accelerate the growth of hair. If there is a decrease in the levels of melatonin in your body, it may so happen that you experience hair loss.
These are some of the most popular misconceptions about hair. To keep your hair healthy, well nourished and strong, we recommend applying hair oils in addition to your preexisting hair care routine. The use of Ayurvedic amla hair oil as well as other beneficial hair care products such as coconut hair oil can help to keep your hair in the best shape.