From miracle products to old wives tales, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to hair growth. Let’s debunk the top 3 myths we always hear about hair growth.
Myth 1: Haircuts Help Hair Grow
One of the biggest myths about hair growth is the notion that cutting hair will make it grow faster. The truth is that hair growth is dependent on the follicle at the scalp rather than the hair at the bottom of strands. Cutting your hair will not make it grow faster. However, hair that is trimmed regularly will look fuller and healthier without nagging split ends and dead hair at the bottom.
Myth 2: Hair Loss Only Happens to Men
Another one of the common myths about hair growth is that hair loss only happens to older men. Hair loss can happen to both sexes at any age. Women can experience hair loss in a more gradual way with hair becoming thinner over time, especially during menopause. To combat this concern, there are a few steps you can take.
- Make sure you care for the hair you have, not the hair you want. Hair care needs to be tailored to your hair in its current state.
- Watch out for breakage. Breakage can happen from wearing hair too tight, brushing tangles without a conditioner and the right brush, and excessive heat being applied to hair.
- Consult your doctor or a certified alopecia specialist at the first sign of thinning hair or hair loss.
Myth 3: Washing Hair Too Much Leads to Hair Loss
When most people wash their hair, a few strands will end up lost down the drain. However, this doesn’t mean washing your hair is a bad idea. A little bit of hair loss is normal with each wash since you are thoroughly scrubbing your scalp. If you do not properly clean your scalp in an attempt to keep all of your strands intact, you run the risk of accumulating oil, grime, and dead skin cells. When these elements combine to create buildup from improper cleansing, you end with less hair growth because your scalp is the bed of growth. Hair can’t grow with an unhealthy scalp.