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Throughout the years we have all heard a variety of rumors about hair and how to care for it.  Some topics are more heavily debated than others, and I'd like to share my newly found knowledge with you.

 

True or False?

1. Frequent trims cause hair to grow faster.

FALSE

puppy loveI once had a hair stylist explain to me, that trimming hair was like pruning shrubbery.  It didn't give me the greatest image, but I got her point.  Truth is, she may have just been looking for more regular business for me (I'm so lazy I only get my hair cut about twice a year...). Michael Wright, senior research scientist at Nexxus Salon Hair Care, debunked this myth by pointing out that hair grows from the roots, so cutting the tips does nothing to stimulate the scalp.  He does suggest that being good to your hair and minimizing heat damage, etc. can help keep hair longer and healthier simply because you won't have so many split ends to cut out.  

2. Brushing your hair often makes it healthier.

FALSE

The opposite is actually true; over brushing hair can strip the cuticle of the hair and cause more split ends and breakage.  Stick to minimal brushing, just enough to keep hair from tangling—which can be as few as only a couple strokes each day.  Using the right tools also makes a huge; experts recommend boar bristle brushes, as opposed to metal or plastic.    

3. Chemical straighteners can change your hair's texture permanently.

FALSE

As untreated hair grows back in, your natural texture will also return.  Chemical straighteners will change the texture of all visible hair, but they cannot penetrate your scalp or alter your genetic makeup to permanently change your hair.  

4. Scalp massages stimulates hair growth.

FALSE

How quickly your hair grows is based on a genetically predisposed rate.  Although massaging your scalp can increase blood flow and even out natural oils in the hair, there is no extra stimulation that will kick start hair growth,

5. Coloring your hair can change the texture.

TRUE

When you have your hair dyed professionally you can expect a more lasting color, partly because the process involves stripping the cuticles so that the color can be absorbed more deeply.  Box dyes or other semi permanent methods are not as harsh and merely deposit a color stain into your hair.  For women with thinning hair or naturally very fine hair, adding color can actually beef up hair texture and add volume.

6. Rinsing hair in cold water adds extra shine and reduces frizz.

TRUE

By adding a shot of cold water at the end of your shower, the cuticles of your hair will flatten down against the hair shaft, smoothing it down.  But just rinsing with cold water won't guarantee you'll have a frizz free style forever.  Deep conditioners and properly blow-drying your hair can make a huge difference.  Heat damage is your number one enemy, and although generally pricier, ceramic tools are said to be the best for hot hair stylers.

7. Hair can build up resistance to shampoo.

FALSE

It is true that your hair can start to feel like it's just not being cleaned by your shampoo anymore, but it's nothing related to your hair.  Shampoo will cause a dull build up on the shafts of your hair over time; it's recommended you switch it up every now and then or get a clarifying shampoo to get your hair back into top condition.  

8. Wearing a ponytail in the same spot can give you a bald spot.

TRUE

Putting constant pressure and stress on the same part of your scalp can break hair and damage follicles so that hair can't grow back after such damage.  It's not limited to ponytails either, braids, headbands and buns can all lead to the same effect.  Try switching up your hairstyles when you tie your hair back to avoid irreparable damage.    

Do you have any tips to share? Would love to hear from you.

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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 8, 2009
    • These are all good common questions.

      My tip would be if you color your hair (professionally or not) you should use only sulfate free shampoos. This will help the color not to fade as quickly.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Aug 8, 2009
    • Thanks Vikki and Melissa, great tips.



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Aug 8, 2009
    • Use a deep conditioner and leave it on over night. Especially in the Fall & Winter.happy



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      Kathy Sall wrote Aug 9, 2009
    • I was just told by a hairdresser friend that if you wash your hair, don’t towel dry it at all. Wring it out with your hands and than put a quarter-size amount of hair conditioner throughout your hair and comb thru with a detangler comb. Sleep on it and in the morning you can either rinse it out or leave it in and style your hair as you normally do. This process will eliminate the frizz hair and make your hair smoother and easier to style.My friend said that towel drying your hair ruins the hair cuticles. I have tried this and immediately noticed a difference in my hair texture. I now even have body in my hair before I style it. Sometimes I don’t even style itand my hair looks healthy and great!
      Kathy



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Aug 10, 2009
    • I like this.  Very informative. So am I to take it that the only way to make your hair grow is to have a genetic make-up that says it would?  

      My hair grows extremely fast but my youngest daughter’s struggles to grow.



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      Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
    • My hair grows fast especially when I want it to slow down so I can save money to put dreads in , but that’s another story.



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      Deprogrammed wrote Aug 10, 2009
    • The trim idea is valid, not because your hair grows faster, but because the split ends are eliminated.  The damaged hair at the ends splits and breaks off; keeping them trimmed keeps the damage from migrating further up the hair shaft.  Your hair is growing at the same rate, but because you are taking better care of it, you are keeping on your head longer.



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