1.Trimming Leads to Faster Hair Growth
This myth may not be one hundred percent false. While trimming of hair has no direct effect on hair growth, timely trimming your hair will cer- tainly keep it healthier. Let’s look at what happens when you trim your hair. Average hair consists of a pH level that ranges from 4.5-5.5. An in- crease in the pH level can lead to the risk of losing hair cuticles, which tend to expose the cortex. The cortex then becomes extremely prone to damage, resulting in split ends. These split ends end up looking uneven and eventually contribute to stunting hair growth. Regularly trimming your tresses, therefore, helps in some ways to maintain the health of your hair. Rather than looking at trimming as a way to grow your hair faster, one should recognize how it makes one’s hair healthier and fuller, giving the appearance of a longer mane.
2. Frequent Brushing Could Stimulate Hair Growth
This myth is rooted in the Victorian era, when it was believed that the more you brushed your hair, the longer it grew. However, the fact is that constantly brushing your hair can damage it. Of course, your scalp needs enough blood circulation and stimulation to be able to promote hair growth, and to some extent, brushing serves the purpose. But think about this realistically‒shouldn’t frequent brushing of the hair pull it from the scalp, resulting in eventual damage? Brushing should be done in moderation and only when required. Brush your hair 2-3 times a day to keep it tangle-free. Refrain from brushing your hair while it’s wet.
3. The More You Oil Your Hair, the Faster it Will Grow
This is one of the biggest myths, believed by many with respect to length retention. While oiling your hair will certainly keep it moisturized, main- taining a healthy scalp, it has no direct relation to hair growth. In fact, if you oil your hair too much, it will attract more dirt, resulting in increased breakage of hair. Some of us apply oil only to the scalp while leaving out the rest of the hair. Instead, one should pay more attention to the ends of the hair, which are the weakest and the likeliest to break. Apply a few drops of hair oil every alternate day on the length of the hair, and then use a light oil to lock in the moisture.
4. Using the Same Shampoo Stunts Hair Growth
As ridiculous as it sounds, there are a lot of people who believe this. Some people think alternating between shampoos is the best way to grow hair. But the truth is, you don’t need to rotate shampoos to grow your hair or to keep the scalp clean. However, if you notice that the shampoo you use seems harsh on your hair, switch to a milder sham- poo. If you are currently happy with your shampoo, there’s no need to buy another one. Stick to your favorite shampoo, making sure that you don’t shampoo too often.
5. Sleeping with Your Hair Loose Makes it Grow Faster
This is false! There is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, the truth is just the opposite. If you are already experiencing hair loss or thinning, leaving your hair loose while sleeping will only cause more breakage. When your hair is loose, it is more prone to experiencing tension at the scalp, causing the hair to break easily. It is recommended that you tie your hair loosely back in a plait at bedtime to avoid hair damage.
6. Supplements Guarantee Hair Growth
Certain supplements can, of course, provide the much-needed nutrition you lack, but there is no convincing research to insinuate that any one particular pill will amp up your hair growth. This is because the growth of your hair depends on numerous factors, such as hair care, eating the right food, getting enough sleep, etc. Regular intake of supplements can benefit your body’s health, but it does not guarantee hair growth.