We hear all sorts of crazy ideas and recommendations on how to treat, style, wear, and care for our hair. In the end, it’s hard to discern what’s false from what’s true. Well, scientists, doctors, and hair care experts have set the record straight, revealing the reality behind the most common hair myths out there.
Here are our top “Hair Myth” picks:
Myth: The more you brush your hair, the more it will grow.
Reality: Brushing your hair frequently does not stimulate blood flow to your scalp and does not distribute your natural oils, as you might have heard; nor will it add shine or boost hair growth. Brushing can actually cause cuticle damage, breakage, and frizz because of the friction. To prevent this, use a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush with ball-tipped, plastic bristles.
Myth: Rinsing your hair with cold water makes it shinier.
Reality: Hair contains no living cells, so it doesn’t really react to cold -or hot- water. What makes hair shinier, softer, fuller or more manageable is actually the state of the scalp and hair and the quality of the products you use. Experts recommend using hair care products containing oils, for example, to close and smooth the cuticle of your hair. Thank goodness MONAT products are infused with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive!
Myth: The less you shampoo, the oilier your hair will be.
Reality: Generally, genes and hormones determine the amount of oil your sebaceous glands will produce, no matter how often you wash your hair. However, washing your hair excessively may cause it to compensate lost oils with an increase in oil production. On the other hand –and as with all extremes- not washing your hair regularly will cause dirt and oil to accumulate on your scalp and hair follicles, which could in turn cause inflammation and irritation that might halt hair growth.
Myth: Using the same shampoo always will reduce its effectiveness.
Reality: If you are using the right hair care products for your scalp and hair type, there’s no need to switch. MONAT Treatment Systems, for example, are specially formulated to actually improve the condition of your scalp and hair the more you use them!
Myth: Trimming your hair frequently helps your hair grow faster.
Reality: The state of your hair follicles and scalp is one of the factors that affects its growth process; how often you cut the ends of your hair is not! Whether you trim it or not, hair grows an average of a quarter-inch monthly. However, if you want to reduce hair breakage and split ends (which makes your hair look thinner and even shorter), do get regular trims with a professional stylist.
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