Hair Myths: Are they true?

We have all come across at least a myth or two about hair care. Such as, honey turns your hair grey or if you pluck out a grey hair, two more will take its place. But how much truth is there in these myths? Check it out:

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Myth #1: Honey is not good for my hair
Believe it or not, Honey is a great ingredient to add to your hair masks! Did you know that it has been used for hundreds of years to assist in making natural hair easier to manage, style and keep it moisturized? Yes, honey does all this to your hair and much more due to its anti-bacterial and hydrating properties. Honey is a great option if you have sensitive skin and hair loss. However, do not use honey alone on your hair. Use it along with other hair masks, conditioner and hot oil.

Bottom line: Honey is good for your hair, but when mixed with other masks or oil.

Myth #2: Stress can turn your hair grey
This has always been a commonly held belief without any proof, but we’re getting closer to understanding it. Researchers from New York University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine published a study in June which provided evidence that stress hormones can contribute to grey hair, via a complicated stem cell mechanism. However, it was a study done on mice and there are likely many other factors that contribute to going grey, like genetics and illness.

Bottom line: Might be true

Myth #3: If you pluck a grey hair, two more will grow
Each hair follicle can reproduce only one hair strand after being plucked, regardless of the color. In fact, plucking is a bad idea. Think about what happens when you over-pluck your eyebrows. Too much plucking will create a bald spot instead.

Bottom Line: False

Myth #4: Braiding my hair in the night can reduce my hair loss
By continuously wearing braids or ponytails will only result in pulling your hair and this causes tension and hence breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop. Hence, either sleep on a pillow with satin cover and with loose braid or keep your hair loose while sleeping.

Bottom Line: False

Myth #5: Going outside with wet hair when it is cold, can make you sick
We have all heard this one from a concerned mom or grandmother, right? Cold and other illnesses are caused by airborne pathogens like viruses and bacteria. Standing outside with wet hair won’t make you sick, unless someone sneezes on you while you’re standing out there, that is. However, you might end up getting a slight headache if your hair does not dry faster.

The Bottom Line: False

Myth #6: Your hair should be brushed 100 times a day
Sorry, Rapunzels as this is just a myth. Keep brushing to a minimum because if you brush your hair 100 strokes every day you only end up with hair loss and split ends.

The Bottom Line: False

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