Monday, 21 February 2011

Hair Myths

There are so many old wives tales out there about hair its hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction. I have come up with a list of the most common urban legends to help put you in the right direction.

1) Split ends can be repaired without trimming:- False. The only thing that successfully treats split ends is having them cut off. While deep conditioning treatments and masks do help to merge the split ends together the result is only temporary, and when not cut they can eventually split all the way up the hair shaft and your split ends will have split ends!

2) Coloring hair during pregnancy is harmful to your baby:- False.  Although some physicians disagree, most believe that coloring the hair during pregnancy will not be dangerous to the baby. When in doubt always get your physician’s permission to color your hair during pregnancy.

3) Salon products are identical to Drugstore products:- False. Salon products are generally manufactured to contain higher quality and more expensive ingredients that are designed to consistently provide more intensive cleansing, moisturizing and conditioning results.Salon products are also more concentrated so you generally need to use a much smaller amount in comparison to a similar product from the superpharm. The cheaper products also tend to contain a higher amount of salt and alcohol which eventually dry out the hair.

4) Hair texture stays the same throughout your life:- False. Pregnancy, medication, chemotherapy, age and other variables can cause your texture to be temporarily or permanently altered.

5) Hair grows at different speeds on your head;-True. There is some scientific evidence that the growth rate of hair may vary on different parts of the head for select people. Usually the growth rate differences are very marginal and will not impact the hair appearance in any way. Generally we have also noticed that the side of your head that rest on your pillow tends to grow faster.

6) Wearing tight braids and ponytails can cause hair-loss and baldness:- True. The result from wearing tight ponytails, cornrows or buns over an extended period of time can indeed cause baldness from causing to much strain on the root of your hair. The medical term for this condition is 'Traction alopecia'

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