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10 Busted Myths About Home Remedies For Hair

You’ve heard them all: 100 brush strokes every night, shampoo every day but condition the ends only, use lemon juice to get fabulous high lights. But how many home remedies for hair are really true?

  • Brushing your hair 100 strokes every night makes it grow and adds shine. Excessive or overly vigorous brushing can lead to breakage or tearing. Avoid this by using a boar’s bristle brush and never brush hair when it’s wet. The nightly 100 strokes notion originated in the Middle Ages and the idea was to redistribute scalp oils. Gentle brushing can do this but since most people shampoo daily, oil redistribution is no longer an issue.
  • Comb through lemon juice, sit in the sun and get great high lights. Lemon juice lightens hair in the worst way possible. It’s as drying and damaging as pouring bleach on your hair, Plus, you have no control over how much your hair lightens or where high lights appear. White, fried and dried blotches are the more likely result. Don’t fool with Mother Nature.
  • Split ends can be repaired. Despite hair care products that claim to do this, all they really do is seal the splits, making them less visible temporarily. Cutting them off is the only solution.
  • Hair acclimates to products, and they become less effective. This is a marketing ploy of competing manufacturers. If a product works different, it’s because of changes in your scalp and serum production, or seasonal, hormonal or chemical changes. Prescription medications can change your hormonal balance, body, scalp and hair. Pregnancy causes these changes, too. One caveat: If you color your hair, change to a shampoo for chemically treated hair, Hair doesn’t develop a resistance to anything; it can only be weakened by chemicals and poor treatment.
  • Trimming or thinning hair makes it grow faster or thicker. Your hair growth rate alters with seasons and hormonal changes, but it’s basically the same for everyone: about half an inch a month. Also, the cycles of growth and shedding are consistent in most healthy people. Hair grows for four to five years, rests for two to four months, and then sheds, Normal hair loss is 50 to 100 strands a day; abnormal loss is over 150 strands a day for more than a month.
  • Blow-drying dries out your hair and damages it.  Another insidious myth is that blow-dry damage occurs only if you use excessive heat, fail to continually move the blower and fail to seat in moisture by using a thermal protector.
  • Vitamins help hair grow faster. We’ve all seen the ads for hair vitamins that claim to help your hair grow 6 inches in a month. Like all things, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Biotin, vitamin B complexes and folio acid are all touted as hair-growth miracle workers. While they contribute to the overall health of the body’s systems, they cannot grow hair any faster than is genetically determined in healthy people, and true vitamin deficiencies that are so extreme they inhibit hair growth are rare in modernized nations.
  • Natural products are better for your hair. Almost no “natural” product is 100 percent natural, and even most so-called natural ingredients are actually chemically synthesized molecules that mimic nature. Chemicals can be your hair’s best friends. For one thing, they have molecular sizes that are engineered to get into the hair’s cortex. Kitchen ingredients like avocado and mayo might seal your hair’s cuticle, making it look shiny, but so will a dab of motor oil. Synthetic ingredients may not sound sexy, but they have been thoroughly tested and they work. That said, many natural ingredients have also been tested and proven efficacious; it all depends on amounts used and how they work in a final formulation. Don’t assume all chemicals are bad and all natural ingredients are good.
  • Some hair care products cause breakouts. If you are using petroleum-based products at the hairline, it’s possible to effect the skin’s oil production. But even “blocking pores” is an unproven concept that dermatologists argue about. Hair and scalp purification and control over oil or sebum production matter most.
  • You should shampoo every day. Daily shampooing is not necessary, and if you use water that’s too hot, it can dry out your scalp and skin, which brings home the point that many “hair” problems are really scalp problems. Shampooing every other day is fine for most people and even advantageous to some, including those with fine hair and hairs chemically treated with hair color, relaxers or straighteners. The No Shampoo experiments have proven this to be another home remedies for hair myth busted.

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