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Hair Myths: Do you know the truth about your hair?

BlogBeauty Student Advice, Beauty Tips | January 5, 2012

Everyone is looking for tips and new ways to make their hair look beautiful grow faster and stay healthier. However, along with some of these tips you will also find some myths. Do you know the truth about your hair? Let’s see if you know which the truth is and which a myth is.

brushing hair 100 strokes

1. Your hair will grow faster if you brush it 100 strokes every night.
Myth: This is one of the oldest hair myths out there. Actually, brushing your hair this much can cause breakage and split ends.  However, a couple gentle strokes here and there will add shine by spreading the natural oils throughout your hair.  Just don’t overdue it!


2. Cutting your hair will make it grow faster and thicker.
Myth: Getting a trim every couple of weeks is good to keep your hair healthy looking. However, it won’t make your hair grow any faster or thicker. Healthy hair may appear to be longer but that is because it is free from breakage and damaged ends. On average, hair grows at a rate of 1/2” per month.

3. Split ends can be repaired with conditioner or styling products.
Myth: While some conditioners and styling aids can help merge the split ends or make them appear to be repaired but that is only temporary solution. The only true way to get rid of split ends is by cutting them off.

4. Your hair can turn green by swimming in a hair

True: Frequent swimmers with blonde highlighted or light colored hair may experience a green
tint to their hair. Some people think this is caused by chlorine in the pool but it is actually caused by a copper mineral used in pools to kill algae. There are shampoos and conditioners out there to help remove and prevent your hair from turning green.

5. Your hair will always have the same texture
Myth: There are many things that can alter your hair’s texture…pregnancy, age, chemo, stress, nutrition and medication. Some of these factors can change it temporarily or permanently, so your naturally stick straight hair may turn wavy or curly depending on your life’s circumstances.

6.  Wearing tight braids, cornrows, ponytails and buns for an extended period of time may cause baldness.

tight ponytail causes baldnessTrue:
 This is one of the biggest causes to hair loss in women. Wearing your hair in these styles for long periods of time causes stress and tension on the hair which can lead to hair breakage or loss and may become permanent.

7. Your hair gets “use to” the same shampoo and conditioner after a while.
Myth: So many people think after using the same shampoo and conditioner they need to change it because there hair gets immune to it. Actually, what happens are some shampoos and conditioners leave a build up or residue on the hair and that is why you are not seeing the same results. Use a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks to help remove excess build up then you won’t need to stop using your favorite shampoo and conditioner.

8. Gray hair can be caused by smoking.
True: In some recent studies it was found that smoking does cause premature gray hair. This is another good reason to give up that bad habit.

9. Baldness is only inherited by your mother’s side of the family.
False: Baldness or hair loss can genetically be determined by either side of the family. If both sides of the family have a lot of bald heads, sorry to say but the chances of you joining them is pretty high.


10. You can spread scalp diseases by sharing brushes and combs.
True: Lice and parasites can be transported from scalp to scalp by the sharing of combs and brushes. So be very careful when sharing your brush or comb.


How many did you get right? If you are unsure if a hair care tip is a myth or not consult with your hair stylist, they are your hair experts!!

Written by Empire Beauty School

Empire Beauty School is a leading cosmetology and beauty educator with 89 beauty schools and cosmetology schools in the United States. Empire Beauty School offers a variety of beauty programs and cosmetology courses including cosmetology, esthetics, make-up artistry, and cosmetology educator training.

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