Your hair is a living and evolving part of your body your hair grows at approximately6cm every two weeks. Your hair contains Keratin which is fed from the scalp inside the hair shaft. Keratin is produced by your glands that secrete this hormone. Hormone secretion takes place inside the body, the human body’s glands act as little factories producing these hormones to supplement the body and ultimately keep it healthy. Glands are all around the human anatomy, to understand your hair you need to understand this process. The glands need certain things in order to produce hormones, these are mainly vitamins. These vitamins are gathered from the consumption of everyday food stuffs.
Let us discuss about myths that must be busted so that you know your hair better.
Hair Loss Mythbusters and Solutions
Everyone has a favourite myth about hair care – and we usually never let the truth get in the way of a good legend! This article examines some of the most widely known – and the reality behind the myths.
1. Excessive washing of hair causes hair loss/dryness.
FALSE: Frequency of washing doesn’t harm hair. Wash it as often as you like, although the recommendation is three times a week. The right shampoo for your hair type and texture will actually add moisture, body and beauty to your hair.
2. More shampoo = cleaner hair.
FALSE: Don’t waste your shampoo! A dollop of shampoo, about the size of a quarter is usually enough for long hair. Very long hair may take a little more.
3. Conditioner helps repair split ends.
FALSE: No conditioner can “repair” damaged hair. What it can do is smooth down the cuticle and make hair seem in better condition. A good conditioner can also prevent damage from occurring in the first place.
4. Blow-drying produces hair loss.
FALSE: Blow-drying can damage, burn or dry hair, which can cause it to fall, but the hair will grow back immediately. This is not permanent hair loss.
5. Sleeping with wet hair causes scalp fungus.
FALSE: Scalp or fungal diseases can’t be caught from sleeping with wet scalps. Scalp infections require prior involvement with infected sources such as humans, tainted hair care tools or animals. Scalp fungus (tinea capitis) mainly affects children, whose immune systems make them more susceptible to skin infections.
6. To get your hair to grow, brush 100 strokes each day.
FALSE: Brushing that much can damage the hair cuticle. NOT recommended! Actually, your hair reacts better to a comb than a brush. Brushing it will only lead to split ends and hair breakage.
7. Sharing combs and brushes can spread scalp diseases.
TRUE: Lice and other parasites can be transported from scalp to scalp through the sharing of combs, brushes and other hair care tools.
8. Cutting hair makes it grow faster and/or thicker.
FALSE: This common misconception comes from the fact that hair is thicker at the base than it is at the tip, so shorter hair appears thicker at first. Cutting your hair does not affect its normal biologically determined growth rate or overall texture. Thin, limp or fine hair will not ever grow thicker in response to a haircut. Plump up your hair by using volume enhancing hair care products, experimenting with a hair fattening blunt cut or getting a texturizing perm or color treatment.
9. Color treatment causes hair loss.
FALSE: Most hair coloring products contain chemicals that can do serious harm to the hair itself if not properly used, but it wont instigate hair loss.
10. Salon products are identical to drugstore products.
FALSE: Although there are exceptions, salon products generally contain higher quality, more expensive ingredients that are designed to consistently provide more intensive cleansing, moisturizing and conditioning results. The quality ingredients found in salon products are not usually found in drugstore brands. If in doubt – read the labels.
11. Long sun exposure favors hair loss.
FALSE: Your hair acts as a shield against the sun. Hair loss appears at the follicle level and so the sun would have to penetrate at this depth to do any damage.
12. Diet is related to hair loss.
TRUE: it’s important to eat right in order to be generally healthy. However, no individual food has been proven to be beneficial or detrimental to hair.
13. Stress causes hair loss.
TRUE: Severe stress (e.g. surgery or a death in the family), can shut down hair production, causing temporary hairloss (alopecia areata). The scalp usually recuperates, though, and hair grows back
14. Wearing tight braids, ponytails or buns causes baldness.
TRUE: Traction alopecia is a very real hair loss condition that is quite common amongst older African American women. It results from wearing tight ponytails, cornrows or buns over an extended period of time. Over time, hair breakage or loss as the result of tight, stressed styles, can become permanent. Avoid this potential problem by opting for looser styles that minimize scalp tension.
15. Smoking causes gray hair.
TRUE: According to J. G. Mosley of the Leigh Infirmary in Lancashire, England in an article in Science News (January 11, 1997) smokers are four times more likely to have gray hair than non-smokers. Even worse, smoking has been conclusively linked to accelerated hair loss.
Now let us discuss about the methods to grow hair stronger.
Easy Methods to Hair Growth
This can help you understand how the human body produces Keratin and also how you can maintain healthy hair. Getting healthy hair is not as simple as it seems it all depends on your state of health how processed your hair has been.
There are several ways to treat your hair to keep it healthy I have broke these down into three types these methods suit every budget. I have made some assumptions that you are not interested in using a shampoo and conditioner combination from a supermarket and that you are starting from the point of view of purchasing and using these separately either currently or you are planning to in the future from a hair salon.
Hair Growth Method 1
This is a combination of using a salon prescribed shampoo and conditioner. Salon prescribed means talking to your hair stylist and asking them to prescribe the best combination for your hair type and style. This may change over time as your style or color changes. This is not a trick for you to buy every shampoo and conditioner in the salon. There are many products on the market and they all can fit different situations. A good tip is use a salon product differently than if you used a off the shelf local store brand. These products are more concentrated and a recommend usage amount is around a pea size to treat a normal hair length. When using a conditioner, make sure you leave in for at least three to five minutes no matter which one you are applying.
Hair Growth Method 2
This is the same as method one but also adding a specialist treatment into the mix. A treatment is a specialist blend of ingredients that have been brought together to target a specific hair problem. It’s possible to skip the conditioning step and add the treatment instead. Wrap your hair in a towel while it goes to work all are different and will advise on the label instructing on the necessary time to leave-in.
Hair Growth Method 3
This is quite a new method and if you use one and two they will generally cure over time any hair problems. But additionally you can add a vitamin supplement to your diet. I advise here that the key is your diet; sometimes a vitamin can have little or no effect on your health. Your glands can only use as much vitamins as they need to produce hormones they will not produce more just because you add more vitamins to your body. There may be exceptions; if you are exercising on a regular basis your body may be producing more hormones to other parts of your body to aid recovery.
The factors that affect your hair are very individual to you and your personal circumstance. Factor’s maybe a recently suffered an accident or trauma this can seriously affect your hair condition. If you are a heavy smoker or drinker this has an effect. During and after pregnancy affect the body’s hormones and glands. Time is a great healer and sometimes by just a change a diet a reducing in drinking and smoking can have a profound effect on your hair as well rest of your body. Unless you a have a specific hormone imbalance which can be identified by visiting a Doctor.
Using vitamin supplements is an extreme way to think you can achieve healthier hair. For the best possible shiny healthy hair ask a hair stylist. They will be aware of your hair type, yourself and what processes you have had treated to your hair.