The older generations in every family - mothers, grandmothers, aunts - have no doubt a wealth of knowledge and experience they can’t help but pass down to us. From recipes and gardening tips, to age-old wisdoms for just about any situation imaginable, we would all, in many ways, be totally lost without them.
But with this wisdom also comes a plethora of misinformation, especially when it comes to hair care! We have all heard our moms or grandmothers say things like, if you pluck that gray hair two more will grow back in its place. . . No way! Ladies, that's a myth! These misconceptions, or old wives’ tales as some might say, have been going around forever. Here are some of the most common myths, along with some truths, to help set the record straight so you can make the best informed decisions to keep your hair looking and feeling its most fabulous.
1. Do not color your hair while pregnant.
Most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent hair dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. There are only small amounts of hair dye that may absorb into the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus. “If this were true, I’m sure OBGYN doctors would not allow hairstylists to work while pregnant,” assures Tia White, master stylist at The Studio on Elm. Mark this one down as a hair myth!
2. Stress and worry cause gray hair.
Most research shows that your inherited genes are most likely the reason your hair turns gray. However, some research shows that the stress hormone adrenaline may damage DNA in the genes responsible for the production melanin, the pigment that gives the hair color. Because of the hormonal implications regarding stress, this is a hair truth. Trying to get stress under control? Sometimes a midday walk or just ten minutes of deep breathing meditation can be just enough to calm your nerves and reset your brain - try it! It might save you a few grays and make you feel better.
3. Cutting your hair makes it grow faster.
Cutting your hair more often does not make your hair grow faster. However, it does make your hair seem thicker and fuller. You should get your hair trimmed about a ¼ inch every six to eight weeks by a hairstylist. That way, you avoid split ends that, when not trimmed, travel higher up the strand causing even more damage and breakage to your hair. While this is 100% a hair myth, it’s still a great idea to trim regularly in order to preserve the health and style of your hair.
4. Brushing your hair 100 times a day promotes hair growth.
One hundred strokes a day is an excessive amount of brushing that can actually damage the hair and cause breakage and frizz. While brushing is essential, it should be done gently and only as needed to detangle hair. You should also be mindful of the type of hair brush you chose to use. One of our favorites at The Studio On Elm is the wet brush. The wet brush has soft bristles which prevents pulling and tugging (you can find one we love here). This hair myth has been around for centuries - don’t fall for it!
5. Hair grows faster in the summer.
Research suggests that warm weather does have an effect on how fast hair grows. Hair can grow anywhere from 10-15% more during summer months. Researchers believe this happens because of increased blood circulation. Increased blood flow allows more blood to reach the scalp which promotes hair growth. This would definitely be a hair truth. Healthy scalp, healthy hair!