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7 Hair-Care Myths Debunked

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7 Hair-Care Myths Debunked

By Allison Ford, Divine Caroline

They say a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, and boy, do we take that to heart. Women spend inordinate amounts of time and energy washing, styling, and caring for their hair (and let’s be honest—men do, too), all for the sake of keeping it shiny, healthy, and manageable. Like many areas of modern life, there’s plenty of advice and chatter on how to handle your hair better, faster, and more easily. There’s bound to be some folklore out there, like these points of hair-care “wisdom” sprinkled in with the facts.

Myth 1: Brushing one hundred strokes per night makes hair healthy and shiny.
At one point in hair-care history, someone thought that excessive brushing stimulated blood circulation, prompting lazy hair follicles to work extra hard. The truth is that although individual strands of hair are fairly strong, brushing more than necessary is much more likely to cause excessive breakage and damage than to leave you with thicker, shinier hair. This is especially true if you use a brush with plastic bristles, which can catch and snag. Natural-bristle brushes (like those with boar bristles) can distribute beneficial oils from the root to the ends of the hair shaft. But no matter what kind of combing implement you use, you should leave your hair alone once the snarls and tangles are gone. Want an all-natural, vegan hairbrush? Read Easy Greening: Hair Brushes.

Myth 2: Prenatal vitamins help hair grow longer.
Although some women swear by them, there’s no evidence to suggest prenatal vitamins are particularly helpful for hair growth. Hair does grow longer and thicker during pregnancy, but that’s because of higher hormone levels, not because of the vitamins themselves. Vitamins can be helpful for people experiencing poor hair growth due to a vitamin deficiency, but in those instances, a regular multivitamin or an iron supplement will perform just as well as the prenatal variety.

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6:31AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Excellent article, I am a hairdresser in the UK and found this very interesting thanks

12:20PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

very good article thank you

6:45PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

well, so much information we need to be selective
thank you :)

1:20PM PDT on May 25, 2011

Debunk the debunkers. Great fun!
I quit poos n shiners. I use soap for sensative skin only.
My male pattern is hairy again.
Cold water curls my hair all day.
And It's really true if you rub you're head and wish for a watermelon hard enough, you'll get hungry for a watermelon! No kidding, try it sometime.

5:30AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

thank u

10:23AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Thanks! I need all the tricks I can get!

7:02PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

I want to dread my hair, and my mom says I will ruin it if I do...but I don't think so, hair is hair, and worst comes to worst, I cut most of it off and deal with ahort hair until it gorws out.

One thing I have found, though, is eating lots of vitamin A helps hair grow faster. Mine always goes through a growth spurt after I eat lots of carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, etc.

10:32PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Noted, thanks

12:49PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

thankyou this ias cool

10:23PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

My old Year 4 teacher spiked his hair for about 15 years and he doesn't need to anymore because it's naturally spiky now. He put it down to the fact that he basically trained his hair. :/

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