Does cutting your hair make them grow faster? Debunking hair lies you’ve heard
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 21, 2023
Hair is much more than just a physical feature. It is an essential part of our appearance and can significantly impact our overall personality. Not only does it add character to our look, but it also serves as a protective barrier for our scalp. However, in our pursuit of looking our best and keeping up with trends, we often end up inadvertently damaging our hair with various styling products and tools.
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While some hair care mistakes are backed by scientific evidence, others are nothing more than old wives’ tales. In order to dispel these common myths and provide you with accurate information, we reached out to Dr. Sonali Chaudhary, an experienced Dermatologist and Cosmetologist.
Myth 1: Combing Wet Hair Helps Detangle it
Fact: Combing our hair is a daily routine for most of us. However, it is important to note that when our hair is wet, it becomes more vulnerable. Wet hair can stretch by 30 percent of its original length and is more prone to breakage. So, pulling and tugging at wet hair while detangling can cause irreversible damage and make it more susceptible to breakage. It is best to comb your hair only when it is dry.
Myth 2: Sunlight is Beneficial for Hair Health
Fact: While sunlight is a vital source of Vitamin D and has numerous benefits for our overall health, exposing our hair to direct sunlight can actually be harmful. Just like our skin, our hair can also suffer from the damaging effects of UV radiation in sunlight. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to dry and rough hair, loss of color and shine, and make it more prone to breakage. So, it is important to protect your hair from direct sunlight and UV radiation.
Myth 3: Oiling Has No Effect on Hair Growth
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, certain oils can actually nourish and repair our hair. While mineral oils are not effective in penetrating the hair shaft, oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil can provide much-needed nourishment. Additionally, oils like peppermint and rosemary oil have been proven to help in reversing hair fall. It is important to note that oiling your ends is just as important, if not more, as oiling your scalp.
Myth 4: Cutting Your Hair Makes it Grow Faster
Fact: The rate at which our hair grows is determined by our individual genetics and overall health. Cutting your hair does not have any direct impact on its growth. Hair growth occurs from the roots, not the tips. However, cutting your hair regularly can help in maintaining its overall health and preventing split ends. On average, hair grows about an inch every two months, regardless of whether you trim it or not.
Myth 5: Natural Drying is Better Than Blow Dryers
Fact: Dr. Chaudhary suggests that using a hair dryer can be less damaging than letting your hair dry naturally in the sun. However, it is important to use the hair dryer in continuous motion and keep it at a safe distance of at least 15 cm from your hair. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause dryness and make your hair more prone to damage.
Myth 6: Hair Dyes or Coloring Do Not Harm Hair
Fact: Hair dyes and coloring can indeed be damaging to our hair. However, certain oils like argan oil and coconut oil can provide some protection and nourishment to the hair shafts when applied before and after coloring. Pre-coloring oil massages may also contribute to shiny hair.
These are some of the most common hair care myths that we have debunked today. By separating fact from fiction, we hope to help you make more informed decisions about your hair care routine. Remember, taking care of your hair starts with understanding its needs and using reliable information to maintain its health and vitality.