11 Hair Myths That Prevent Us From Growing Long and Healthy Hair

We pay a lot of attention to the health of our hair and spend a lot of money to make it look thick, lush, and shiny. However, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which hair care products are worth buying and what tips are worth following.

We found out which popular hair care claims you should stop believing.

11: Too many lost hairs are always bad.

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Every day about 150-200 strands of hair fall from our head. However, twice a year, usually in spring and fall, our hair goes through a phase called telogen (also known as the resting phase of the hair follicle). During this phase, it is no longer growing and simply stands upside down. That is why hair falls out in such large quantities. Then new strands of hair begin to appear (the anagen stage) in the empty hair follicles.

But if significant hair loss occurs more than twice a year and for more than a month, you should definitely consider visiting a doctor.

10: There are products that can make your hair grow faster.

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Even the most powerful hormonal drugs cannot force cells to divide faster, so no cosmetic product can make your hair grow faster. Growth speed is a genetic trait and is usually 1 cm per month.

9: Both shampoo and conditioner should be applied to the entire length of the hair.

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In fact, the shampoo is a product to clean not the hair, but the scalp, so it must be applied at the root. The foam and shampoo that remain on the hair during rinsing will be enough to clean the entire length of the hair.

However, with the conditioner it is the opposite: you should apply it only on the hair itself. Hair roots are naturally healthier and greasy much faster, so the hydrating effect of a conditioner is not necessary.

8: Blow drying spoils hair.

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In fact, hairdryers, as well as different combers, negatively affect only “bare hair”, that is, hair that is not protected by any styling product. If you use special cosmetic products to style your hair, such as hair mousse or some kind of heat protection, you don’t have to worry about the health of your hair.

7: The more you cut your hair, the faster it grows.

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Since hair grows from the roots rather than the ends, a haircut does not affect growth rate in any way. Also, contrary to popular belief, shaving the head does not affect the density of the hair, as the number of hair follicles is a genetic trait.

6: If you cut your child’s hair before she turns one, her hair will become thicker.

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It’s true that a baby’s hair looks more like down and generally lacks pigment. If you cut a baby’s hair, the hair will start to grow in a structure similar to that of “adult” hair. Hence the illusion that a baby’s hair is getting thicker. In fact, increasingly thick hair will start to grow on the baby’s head anyway, regardless of whether or not you cut their hair.

5: Keratin straightening is good for your hair.

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Obviously, the composition of the keratin smoothing formula has improved over the years. Initially, it contained formaldehyde, used in autopsies. Today, keratin straightening formula contains the same elements our mothers used to chemically curl and destroy hair structure. Therefore, keratin straightening is not a healthy procedure to care for your hair, but a cosmetic procedure to give your hair a visual appeal.

Myth #4: Blonde girls have less hair than brunettes.

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In fact, scientists have found that blondes have more hair than brunettes and redheads. However, your hair is much thinner. This is why natural blondes can seldom take pride in their thick, dense hair, while redheads always elicit envious sighs. Meanwhile, redheads have the least amount of hair, but it is the thickest and strongest, and these qualities give them a healthy look.

3: Permanently wearing ponytails or buns provokes hair loss.

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Only if you pinch your hair so hard that your head starts to hurt. The hairstyle itself does not cause hair loss. Also, a well-groomed ponytail will protect your hair from possible damage.

2: Dandruff is contagious.

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Dandruff is a sign of the extra work of the sebaceous glands, which is why an extra amount of exfoliated skin particles appears. That’s why you can’t “get” dandruff by trying on someone else’s hat or by borrowing their comb. However, this does not mean that you should forget about the rules of personal hygiene.

1: Men’s hair differs from women’s hair.

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The anatomical structure of male and female hair is identical. The difference is in the way we treat our hair. Women’s hair becomes thinner due to constant combing, dyeing, and different experiments in beauty salons. Men, in turn, are more conservative when it comes to caring for and styling their hair and hairstyles, which is why their hair tends to become denser and healthier.

What other myths do you know? Share with us in the comments!

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