7 Great Hair Myths (and 1 fact)

1. Stress can turn your hair grey

There have been long-held beliefs that stress can turn your hair grey.Now, researchers at NYU School of Medicine presented evidence that stress hormones can contribute to grey hair. However, the study was done on mice and there are likely many other contributing factors, such as genetics and illness.

2. If you pluck a grey hair, two more will grow in its place

Each hair root can reproduce only one hair after being plucked, regardless of its color. Even so, plucking is a bad idea. Think about what happens when you over-pluck your eyebrows. Too much plucking can create a bald spot.

3.Wearing ponytails and braids frequently can make your hair fall out

Pretty braids and sleek ponytails are very popular right now. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) just released an advisory statement:“Do not continuously wear braids, cornrows, ponytails, and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If continuous, permanent hair loss can develop.”

4.You can “close your hair cuticles” with a cold water rinse and make hair shinier.

Ever been to a salon where they blast you with cold water at the shampoo bowl? Hair-Cuticles are open or closed not as a result of temperature. Conditioner, through its acidity can help with smoothing in this case, but cold water? Nope.

5.If you shampoo less often, your scalp will gradually produce less oil.

No matter how frequently you shampoo, your scalp produces the same amount of oil. Genetics and hormones determine the amount of oil produced. Excessive accumulation of oils and dirt could cause inflammation and irritation that might stunt hair growth. How often you wash your hair is a personal decision. Use your judgment. Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo when you feel you need it, whether that’s daily or every 2 or 3. Use conditioner on lengths and ends only to avoid weighing your hair down; remember hair gets dry at the ends, never from the roots.

6.You can mend split ends with the right products.

Once they’re split, that’s it. The only thing you can do then, is to cut them off. Hair splits when the outer, scaly cuticle layer is worn away through chemicals and/ or mechanical stress. Inside is a fibrous, ropy layer which unravels (splits). Hair, being a dead matter cannot heal or mend.

7.Unwashed hair is better for styling

The first step in preparing for a party is usually a great shower and a freshly shampooed head of hair, but a lot of hairdressers recommend against this. Often, freshly shampooed hair doesn’t hold curls as easily and can make the style fall flat – so it’s best to shampoo the day before unless you have oily hair.

Fact: Men prefer longer hair.

According to studies, men are generally more attracted to women whose hair flows past their shoulders. In one study, women’s images were digitally altered to give them short, long, and medium-length hair. Men rated the same faces as more attractive when they were framed by longer hair. Well, call us crazy, but we say, so what?! Because one glance at Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence or Audrey tells us that the cropped look can be sexy, seductive, and wildly glam. Furthermore, it connotes authority and confidence (ever notice that most women in high positions have short hair?).

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