Hair care is something no one can afford to ignore. Forget afford to ignore; who doesn’t want a healthy mane of hair? No matter how wear it, you want it to be lush and manageable.
As we grow older (who loves that word?) our hair goes through a lot of changes. Some of us are lucky to continue to have thick hair, but some of us, not so lucky.
I have neglected hair care due to various reasons. There was a time when I would be up at 4 am to apply my magic mix and wash it off at 6 am, so that when I stepped out of the house to go to work, I would be full of confidence about my hair gleaming with health. Sadly, those days are long gone. I haven’t lost all of it, (yet) but I am certainly becoming conscious about taking care of it, eating a healthy diet and ensuring I look after my overall health. My Mother had gorgeous long hair, up to her knees. She would wear it in tight braids because that was the only way to manage it. She lost most of it during her illness.
Some research brought up the following myths we hear about hair care. I want to share with you. So here we go!
Hair care myths
You can repair split ends
Big ha-ha there. You cannot repair split ends. The only way to bid them goodbye is by cutting them off. Find ways to keep your hair healthy, if not, it is snip snip snippety snip for you.
Your hair will grow quickly if you cut it
Not true. Apparently, hair grows an average one-fourths of an inch every month. Include protein in your diet to push it. What does happen when you cut your hair is, you’ll get rid of the split ends and help it look better. But cutting it, per se, doesn’t help it grow.
Shaving makes your hair grow thicker
Now this is something I believed. I don’t shave (too lazy), but I’ve heard this a lot. The truth is, shaving and hair texture have no connection. The reason why people assume shaving makes your hair grow thicker is because shaved hair does not have the fine end of the unshaven hair. So it looks like it is thicker when it grows back. Also, the new hair seems darker as it has not seen the sun yet. So basically it is an optical illusion.
When you pull one hair out, three grow in its place.
I wish! Imagine, if this was reality then we’d find people pulling their hair out all the time. The hair structure is built in such a way that it follows a growth cycle. So don’t go pulling out your gray hair, because it will not grow back.
Maybe I am going bald
This is a thought that has taken up permanent residence in my head. Fact is, the hair’s cycle is an eight year stint. It grows, it rests for months and then sheds. The frequency depends on many factors such as stress, body weight gain/loss, medication, sicknesses, and so on. So about 10% of your hair shedding is normal. But if you are losing hair in bunches, consult a doctor.
Hmmm. Lucky Rapunzel, eh?
Now some tips for hair care
Dull, Dry Hair
Flat irons and blow dryers are the prime cause of this. The heat on wet hair dries it out and makes it dull. Hair is best when air-dried before you use your blow dryer. Flat irons are for dry hair. If you color it, make sure you use a good conditioner.
This is likely caused by your hairstyle. I am guilty of tight pony tails and wearing my hair pulled right back. Unknowingly, I subject it to sheer stress. The same goes for hair extensions, corn rows, etc. Don’t brush your hair when it is wet. If you have to comb it, use a wide-toothed comb. And that 100 strokes a day is for fairy tales.
Eventually, the pigment fades and hair must turn gray. You have the choice to color it. And if you do, be adventurous!
Nobody really knows why one gets dandruff. It can run in the family, sometimes. Itchy and flaky hair is uncomfortable, besides being unhealthy and unattractive. The bad news is most anti-dandruff shampoos aggravate the situation. If you have to use them, alternate with a mild daily shampoo. If you have a bad case of dandruff, consult a doctor.
What about those bald spots?
Sigh. This is usually caused by our own immune system fighting with the hair root because of stress or maybe environmental factors. There is medical treatment available for this to make it grow back.
Pregnancy and hair
Sometimes, pregnancy hormones can make your hair grow thicker than it was before. Enjoy until things are back to normal. I didn’t experience that. In spite of a hair care regimen, I lost a lot of hair after that time. So it is an individual thing.
Ultimately, hair care is all about – just that – care. Add a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle! Take care of your crowning glory!
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