Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Sep 20, 2016

Use lemon juice to get highlights. Pulling out gray strays will make more come back. You’ve heard them all, but how many common hair myths are really true?



1. Trimming hair makes it grow faster.

Answer: No. Your hair may grow a bit faster or slower based on the seasons and hormonal changes, but the average growth rate remains the same: about half an inch a month. The cycles of growth and shedding are also the same in healthy people, who are not taking medication. Hair grows for 4-5 years, rests for 2 to 4 months, then sheds or falls out. This means normal hair loss is about 50 to 100 strands a day. Excessive hair loss is over 150 strands a day over a period of more than a month. In other words, trimming doesn’t do anything other than make your hair look better. However, trims are important for healthy-looking hair with no dry ends, and styles that hold their shape.



2. Brushing your hair 100 strokes every night is a good thing.

Answer: No. Excessive or vigorous brushing can lead to breakage or even tear out your hair. Never brush hair when it is wet, unless you use a brush specifically designed for wet brushing. Use a wide-toothed comb instead, and always work from the bottom up. When hair is dry, brushing may redistribute scalp oils down the hair shaft more, making it appear shiner, but today, people shampoo daily or every other day making brushing for shine unnecessary. Read about which brush is right for you here. And, there’s normally no need to massage your scalp or stand on your head to increase circulation. The nightly 100 strokes notion originated in the Middle Ages, when most people took baths seasonally. 



3. Pulling out gray hairs makes more of them come back.

Answer: No. Your hair is genetically programmed to gray in a certain way and nothing will change that, although science claims to be moving toward a pill that prevents hair from graying. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Caucasians tend to gray first (often as early as their mid-30s), followed by Asians and those of African descent. About half of 50-year-olds are at least 50 % gray and pulling out those hairs will only leave sparse patches. Better to do a quick color touch-up.


4. Your hair acclimates to products and they become less effective.

Answer: No. This idea is mostly a marketing ploy. If a product works differently, it’s because of changes in your scalp or sebum production, seasonal changes, or chemical or hormonal influences. Prescription medications can change your hormonal balance, as well as the condition of your scalp and hair. Pregnancy can cause these changes, too—often for the better. Pregnant women frequently feel they have thicker, glossier hair. One caveat: if you color your hair, do change to products that protect color-treated hair. Sometimes, a build-up of styling products or hard water minerals changes results of styling products and even haircolor, in which case, it’s time for a clarifying treatment


5. Heat styling dries out your hair and damages it.

Answer: It Depends.If you use excessive heat, fail to continually move the blower or use direct heat from thermal irons often, you can dry out or damage your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner and thermal protector to help strengthen and protect hair from direct heat damage. Hair is actually very tough, but any direct heat over 356-degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius) will damage the cuticle. When using flat irons and curling irons, start at a low temperature like 200 and move up in increments until you get the look you want. Take finer sections and make more passes with the flat iron, as opposed to holding it in place. Repeated flat ironing can cause the cuticle to break down and its scales to lift and expose the cortex. When it come to blow dryers, you should keep them below 140-degrees Fahrenheit, because higher heat can harm your scalp. 


6. You should/shouldn’t shampoo every day.

Answer: It Depends. Daily shampooing is not necessary and if you use too-hot water, it can dry out your scalp and skin—which brings home the point that many “hair” problems are really scalp problems. Shampooing every other day is fine for most people and even advantageous to some, including those with fine hair. Also, to get today’s textured looks, “dirty” or second-day hair works best. So, if you have an oily scalp or work out every day, you may want to shampoo daily. If you have fine hair or want a blow out to last, you can skip a day or two. Another trend, which comes from women with braids and locs is “co-washing” or conditioner-only washing, which has transformed itself into mainstream products that are supposed to be used as shampoos, but are really conditioners. These do not remove debris or cleanse the scalp the way a shampoo can.  

7. Lemon juice + the sun = great highlights.

Answer: No. Lemon juice lightens hair in the worst way possible. It can be drying and damaging. Not to mention, you have little control over how much your hair lightens, or where highlights appear. Apply lemon juice and go out in the sun, and you could get white, dried-out strands. In the 1800s, women used honey to get sun-inspired highlights, too, but that got messy. The sun itself lightens hair and doesn’t need any help. If you want you keep the highlights you have from fading, avoid sun exposure instead. Hats and UV protectors lead the way. For brighter highlights or more of them, ask your colorist for healthier-hair options.  

8. Drug store haircolor is the same product as salon color, since many of the same companies make it.

 Answer: No. The fact that application matters a lot aside, “box” color isn’t the same as professional salon color products. First off, to work adequately for a variety of women with different haircolor, off-the-shelf color often relies on a stronger developer with more hydrogen peroxide than a salon pro would use. This way, women with light brown and dark brown hair can use the same product. (But they won’t really get the same results.) And, color you bought in the store usually uses more “direct” dyes, which fade off, sometimes to an odd tone. Drug store color can’t account for hair texture, condition or porosity, which can greatly affect color results. Additionally, ammonia-free doesn’t mean chemical free and store-bought color could use a significant amount of an ammonia substitute. If you want dimensional color, something a shade or two lighter or darker than your natural shade or even if you have resistant, wiry gray, you’ll get far better results and avoid costly color snafus if you visit a salon.


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