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10 Hair Myths Debunked, by Sexy Hair Artistic Creative Director Rafe Hardy

March 19, 2014

1. If you pluck one grey hair, will two more grow back in its place?
The only thing plucking will do is remove the hair temporarily. It will grow back as long as the
follicle is healthy. What you do to one follicle does not affect others.

2. Does stress really turn hair grey?
Everyday stress has very little or no effect on turning hair grey. Very stressful events can upset the natural growth period, and change the color-producing molecules. Because of this, unordinary amounts of stress have been known to result in color changes due to the over-abundance of stress hormones. It’s also interesting to know that grey hair isn’t actually “grey”, it’s colorless hair.

3. Should you brush hair with 100 brush strokes a day to make it grow longer?
Brushing hair too often can stress and actually pull hair out of the head. In the past, women would brush their hair 100 strokes a day to spread the oils from their scalp to the hair shafts, which in return would help condition the hair, not necessarily make it grow.

4. Does olive oil really help with damaged hair?
Yes, olive oil has been used as a natural conditioner since ancient times. Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians used olive oil as a beauty treatment to moisturize skin and condition hair. Extra virgin olive oil is best since it is the lightest and can actually penetrate the hair shaft. Thanks to technology though, professional hair care products like Soy Renewal are packed with high performance conditioning agents that moisturize just as well as olive oil.

5. Does wearing a hat cause baldness for men?
If a hat is worn too tight the hair may suffer, but wearing a cap does not cause baldness. Balding is a genetic trait and is not directly linked to anything you wear. The gene is believed to be obtained from the mother’s side of the family. If your maternal grandfather was bald, then chances are you may show some signs.

6. You should wash your hair every day to help it grow.
Washing hair unnecessarily will only deplete the natural oils on the scalp and in the hair, which in return can cause breakage and not help the hair grow. If you have to shampoo every day then use a gentle formula and moisturizing conditioner. However, a great scalp massage does stimulate blood flow which nourishes the follicle.

7. Will rinsing hair in cold water make it shinier?
Yes, rinsing in cold water helps close the cuticle layer and make it flatter to the hair shaft. Shampooing in cooler water is also best for the hair since the cuticle stays closed through the process there are less chances of damage.

8. Does wearing your hair in a ponytail cause bald spots?
If the band is too tight it will cause breakage/thinning. If the hair is constantly pulled too much, damage may occur to the follicle and hair loss will happen. Tying hair with a ribbon or a softer coated band is much kinder. A loose twisted bun held with a chopsticks or large bobby pin is also a gentler alternative.

9. Should you really not color your hair when you’re pregnant?
There is limited evidence proving that it is harmful. The Organization of Teratology Information Services provides info on potential reproductive risks and it reports that there are no cases of hair dye causing changes in human pregnancies. It is better to wait until the second trimester when the baby is less vulnerable. There are also other alternatives such as vegetable dyes as well as henna.

10. Do blondes really have more fun?
Marilyn did when she became one! Any color can be fun!

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