10 Must-Read Hair Myths and Facts
Hair is simple in structure but has important functions in social functioning. Hair is made of a 90% protein known as keratin. Keratin is a protein built up by a combination of 18 different amino acids that you get through your diet. Together with collagen (the other protein that hair consists of) keratin forms the hair shaft which is the hair strand itself, as well as make up the hair root and form a protective layer around the hair follicle. Blood vessels nourish the cells in the hair bulb and deliver hormones that modify hair growth and structure at different times of life.
Together with collagen (the other protein that hair consists of) keratin forms the hair shaft which is the hair strand itself, as well as make up the hair root and form a protective layer around the hair follicle.
Facts about hair:
1. The average person has 100000 to 150000 strands of hair.
2. A person shed around 50 to 150 strands of hair per day.
3. Hair is the second fastest growing tissue after the bone marrow.
4. A healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% when wet.
5. A new hair starts growing as soon as it is removed from the follicle.
6. A single hair strand has a lifespan of five years.
7. A strand of hair is stronger than a rod of copper of the same diameter. This occurs because of its high tensile strength.
8. When we feel cold or scared, goosebumps when the muscle of each hair contracts.
9. At different times 90% of hair is growing and 10% of it is resting.
10. Hair is made of keratin. Keratin is the same material found is horses hooves, tails and mane.
Myths & Facts about hair:
1.Myth: Brush 100 strokes a day for healthy hair.
Brushing is a form of friction that, if done in excess, will damage all hair and make them weak. However, brushing stimulates scalp circulation and help distribute natural oils from roots to tip. A few strokes with a natural bristle brush on dry hair does it.
2. Myth: Stress turns your hair gray.
No, if that were true, then we would have been grey by high school. Hair turns grey only when the cells producing colour are not functioning correctly. There is no scientific proof that stress accelerates greying of hair.
3. Myth: Your hair gets used to the same shampoo.
Yes and no. If your shampoo and conditioner are not doing its job, then there is a need to change it. It happens because your hair needs have changed.
4. Myth: Ponytails, dreads and braids are a stylish daily choice.
Absolutely! Its a good choice but constant tension on hair by styles can cause a receding hairline or breakage that weakens the hair and destroys it.
5. Myth: Black hair is stronger than blonde hair.
Despite this widespread belief, particularly among African Americans, black hair is one of the most fragile. Nor is it true that braiding and beading the hair makes it grow more quickly. Tight braids and beads can damage the hair.
6. Myth: Dandruff signifies a dry scalp.
Actually, it is the opposite. Dandruff is caused by a yeast that thrives in an oily environment. So if you are worried that washing your hair daily could make them dry, then you should use a medicated shampoo.
7. Myth: Trimming your hair every 6 weeks makes it grow faster.
Hair growth happens at the scalp. The frequency of trims has nothing to do with how fast (or slow) your hair will sprout. The reason why you’ve heard this tip so much is because regular trims prevent split ends and breakage–the nemeses of anyone who is trying to go long.
8. Myth: Air is better than blow drying.
One study revealed that while blow-drying hair causes more damage to the hair’s surface, air-drying hair can cause damage within the strands themselves. When your hair is exposed to water for extended periods (let’s say, the hour it takes for your hair to dry on its own), it swells up and puts pressure on the proteins that keep your hair intact.
9.Myth: Natural oils are good for hair.
Most raw food ingredients (like avocado oil, coconut oil, and honey) are incapable of penetrating the hair shaft deep enough to make any lasting improvement. They can leave a sticky residue and make strands feel greasier.
10. Myth: The dirtier your hair is, the faster it will grow
Some people assume that dirty hair grows faster—less washing and styling means fewer chances for breakage, right? But don’t go skipping showers in hopes of longer hair just yet; this is a silly myth that will only give you greasy locks and an unpleasant odour.