Hair Myths and facts: Uncover what’s good and bad for your hair

Myth: Not cutting your hair will make it grow faster.

Although you might notice a gain in length if you go without a trim for an extended period of time, that won’t last long. If hair is not trimmed regularly, the ends will eventually get weak and begin to split and break. This process leaves the hair looking brittle on the ends and perhaps even shorter. It may even seem like your hair has stopped growing, when in fact your hair is still growing at the same speed as before — only now it’s breaking off at about the same rate.
Fact: Hair grows faster in summer than in winter.

It’s true! The summer sun and heat stimulate blood flow in your head and scalp, which nourishes hair follicles and enables hair to grow faster — about a quarter inch faster — than in the cooler winter. Hair normally grows at an average rate of about a half inch a month.

Hair Myths and facts: Uncover what's good and bad for your hair

Myth: You have to shampoo every day to keep hair clean and healthy.

In fact, shampooing too much can rob your hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy. When you do wash your hair, rub shampoo in close to the scalp and then bring it quickly through the ends. This process helps to avoid dry and brittle ends, and is especially helpful for those with long and/or color-treated hair.

Fact: It’s normal to lose some hair every day.

It’s considered normal to lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day. Increased hair loss could be the result of stress or illness. If stress or illness is not to blame, you may simply need a haircut — hair that goes untrimmed is more likely to split and break off.

Myth: It’s best to brush your hair when it’s wet.

In fact, hair is more fragile when it is wet. Handle hair with care, brushing and combing gently when wet. It is best to style hair when it is somewhat dry.

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