5 Hair Care Myths and Musts

Published 7/30/13

Hair Care Myths

You can fake long locks with hair extensions, but, it'll cost you. Or, you can shear locks in a face framing pixie a la Emma Watson. Bear in mind, confidence is a key requirement. But, if it's long healthy hair you're after, there are things you can do, and mistakes not to be made, on the road to growing and maintaining lush locks.

Hair Care Myths 1Myth: Haircuts speed up growth

No true, say experts, although cutting hair may give the appearance of longer locks thanks to the removal of dry, brittle ends prone to splitting.  On average, hair grows 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch per month, so if you snip less length than that on a monthly basis, you can maintain hair health without affecting the length of hair.

Hair Care Myths 2Must: Sleep like a Queen

Surround yourself in silk, or at least switch your pillow case from cotton to silk, and you'll reap the benefits of longer, healthier hair. A cotton pillowcase can tug on hair (and skin) without offering any forgiving "slip" because of loosely knit cotton fibers. Silk, on the other hand, does not tug on hair, skin or lashes allowing for less hair loss as you sleep... and less wrinkles to boot.

Hair Care Myths 3Must: Care for your scalp

Hair growth begins at the follicle and that's why scalp care, and treatment, is the cornerstones of a solid hair care routine. Nioxin, a company known for their award winning thinning hair products, now offers a product called "Scalp Renew," known as a scalp microdermabrasion treatment. Scalp Renew not only promises to unplug clogged hair follicles but also increases blood circulation to the scalp, via scalp massage. Some experts say that by increasing blood circulation at the scalp, hair growth is encouraged. Find a salon that offers Nioxin products and services near you at Nioxin.com.

Hair Care Myths 4Must: Pop a pill

The word on the street is that the supplement Viviscal really works for thickening hair and promoting hair growth. True, you'll have to pop the pill daily for at last three months to begin seeing results, and at the price of $119.95 for a three-month supply at Viviscal.com, long locks don't come cheaply. None the less a host of industry hair care experts -- think Orlando Pitta and Garren -- and celebrity users, such as Reese Witherspoon, have gone on the record to say that Viviscal is actually effective at promoting hair growth.

Hair Care Myths 5Myth: Brush, brush, brush

Brush hair at least 100 strokes a day to maintain its health. Or don't, because the fact is, according to hair care experts, that this long shared hair care "must" is actually a myth.

So while 100 brush strokes may have worked for Cinderella, in the real world, brushing hair minimally with the proper tools is the best way to maintain long locks. Brushing causes friction which potentially damages the hair follicle leading to frizz and breakage, and that's no happy hair ending.

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{Originally published in the Tampa Bay Times print edition.}

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