Have you always wanted luscious locks and a healthy scalp? We are often bombarded with hair care advice that can be misleading or downright false.
Today I would like to separate fact from fiction with some myth-busting truths about scalp care and hair health.
Myth 1: Frequently Trimming Your Hair Makes it Grow Faster
This is a hair care rumor that refuses to go away. While regular trims keep hair looking neat and remove split ends, they do not affect the growth rate of your hair. Hair grows from the roots, so keeping your scalp healthy is the key to promoting hair growth, not the frequency of your haircuts.
Myth 2: Washing Your Hair Daily is Bad for Your Scalp
Not everybody can skip washing for a couple of days. How often you should wash your hair depends on your scalp's sebum production and your daily activities.
If you have an oily scalp or sweat heavily, daily washing with a gentle shampoo can help keep your scalp fresh and prevent buildup. For others with a dry or sensitive scalp, less frequent washing is advisable to retain natural oils present.
Myth 3: The More You Brush, The Healthier Your Hair
Excessive brushing can cause friction on your hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage. Try using a wide-tooth comb for detangling and minimize brushing to when it's necessary. Gentle scalp massages are more effective in distributing oils along the hair shaft for a natural sheen.
While excessive brushing may harm your hair, there are specialized products designed to enhance and support the health of different parts of the hair, such as the lashes. For example, an eyelash growth serum can be a great addition to your beauty routine, providing those delicate hairs with the nutrients they need to grow stronger and longer.
Myth 4: If You Have Oily Hair, Skip the Conditioner
Using a conditioner isn't just for softening hair – it's vital for maintaining a healthy scalp. Even with an oily scalp, a lightweight, volume restoring conditioner applied to the lengths and ends of hair can nourish your hair without increasing the oil production at the scalp.
Myth 5: Natural Oils Can Cure Everything
You might have heard of the healing benefits of coconut and arganoil, while these are great for moisturizing the hair and scalp, they are not suitable for everyone.
For instance, they can weigh down fine hair or worsen an already oily scalp. And while some oils have antimicrobial properties, others may not be as beneficial for conditions like dandruff.
Myth 6: Baldness Only Comes From Your Mother's Side
Balding, or androgenetic alopecia, can be inherited from either side of your family, not just your mother's. The hair loss gene is polygenic, this means it can be inherited from both parents. Scalp care will not prevent genetic hair loss but can keep the scalp in optimal condition, possibly slowing the process.
Myth 7: Dandruff is Caused By Dry Scalp
Although most people believe Dandruff is attributed to a dry scalp, it's actually caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia. While dry skin does flake, dandruff flakes are usually larger and may be accompanied by sebum, oil, and scalp irritation. Anti-dandruff shampoos specifically designed to combat fungal growth are effective in treating it.
Myth 8: Hats Cause Hair Loss
Contrary to popular belief, wearing hats does not cause hair to fall out. However, very tight hats could potentially contribute to traction alopecia over time, where constant pulling can damage hair follicles. As long as your hat fits properly and you maintain good scalp hygiene, your hair will remain unaffected.
Myth 9: Hair Loss Stops After a Certain Age
Hair loss can occur at any age and doesn't necessarily stop as you get older. While the rate may slow down, many men experience thinning hair well into their senior years. Maintaining proper scalp care and consulting with a dermatologist can help manage hair loss.
Shatter the myths surrounding hair care, and hone in on a routine that truly caters to your unique hair needs. With products like Aseir Custom's Auxano Grow V2, you're not just giving your hair a temporary fix but nourishing it at the roots for lasting thickness and vitality.
Cheers to Ageless Vitality,