Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hair myths debunked

This article was written by Lauren Grice on behalf of Hershesons, the go-to-experts for stylish hair. Get on-trend this season and transform your look from drab to chic with Hershesons hair accessories.

Can using beer on your hair really help? Is it just a myth that has transcended boundaries and oceans to fool consumers (like me), or is it an alternative hair remedy that actually works? There are so many folklores circulating the internet about what's good for your hair - but what is the truth?

Myth 1: Cutting your hair often helps it grow

Sorry to say, but frequently trimming your hair doesn’t affect the follicles in your scalp. Follicles determine how fast and how much your hair grows and whether you cut it or not, your hair will only grow a quarter of an inch, per month on average. However, regularly trimming your hair can help to get rid of split ends and reduce hair breakage, making it look fuller and healthier.

Myth 2: Olive oil and mayonnaise are great conditioners

Before I say anything else, please don’t go grab a bottle of mayonnaise from the kitchen cupboard and squirt it onto your hair. Likewise, I don’t recommend you grab some olive oil and tip it onto your head either. That’s just silly.

However, these ingredients do contain moisturising properties so applying them correctly can actually help. If you have really thin hair, it will only make it greasy but if you have quite dry, thick hair, concentrate a mixture of the two on the ends and leave it for at least half an hour. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your hair afterwards!

Myth 3: You’re pregnant, so you can’t dye your hair

It has long been foretold that you can’t dye your hair whilst pregnant. But, there aren't actually any studies that have proved that hair dye is dangerous. Anyone who is pregnant will be concerned about what they expose their baby to, and with good reason so if you're worried, speak to your hairdresser to find out what ingredients and products they use.

It has been widely reported that pregnant women should steer clear of formaldehyde. What's more, foils are said to be safer than the cap, because the hairdresser has greater control over application of the dye.

The NHS states that it is safe to use colour on your hair, as long as you wait until after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the risk of harming the baby is much lower. If you are doing it yourself, make sure you wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated room.

Myth 4: Beer is great for your locks

Who hasn't heard that washing your hair in beer can help you to get shiny, luscious locks? Well it's actually true! Alcohol is a cleansing agent that can soften your hair and make it shiny and the protein can help to boost your hair’s volume while the sugar tightens cuticles. Just use it like any other hair mask; the smell can be a bit off-putting but the results will be worth it!

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