CARE - FACT OR MYTH?
CARE - Mother's Wisdom
Girls have learned
about hair from their mothers and
grandmothers down through the ages. Fashion
India has investigated some of these
passed down bits of wisdom to separate the
useful information from mythology. The
following are tidbits that require some
thinking before they are blindly believed.
Myth : A woman should
brush her hair one hundred strokes everyday
to keep it healthy and shiny.
Fact : Useful in its
day. This was a useful practice in the time
when there were not good conditioning agents
for hair. The brushing served to distribute
the natural oils throughout the length of
the hair serving as a natural conditioner.
Now that most of us
have hair that is color treated or permanent
waved, this is not recommended because
excessive brushing can break the hair or
wear away the cuticle layer causing the ends
Myth : Vinegar should
be used as an after shampoo rinse for shine.
This again was Useful in its day.
Fact : The acidity of
both of these products helped to remove soap
residue from the hair after washing. They
left the hair shiny and squeaky-clean.
detergent based, shampoo leaves no soap scum
on the hair and, again, with the popularity
of hair color and permanent waves, the use
of a rinse with this amount of acidity is
Myth : Train your
hair by continually combing it in the same
Fact : Most hair
experts will agree on the fact that research
has found hair to be untrainable. New hair,
growing in, is going to go it's own
direction unless you use styling products,
blow dryer, curling iron or other styling
technique to redirect it. Once you shampoo
the "set" out, you start again.
Myth : Going out in
chilly weather with wet hair can make you
sick. According to doctors, this is a Myth.
Fact : Colds and other
viral illnesses are common occurrences and
there is no evidence that anything other
than exposure to a sick person is the cause.
Myth : Shaving your
legs will cause heavier, darker hair growth.
Fact : Shaving will
not make hair grow thicker or darker. We
have a certain number of hairs growing on
our bodies and this does not change by
shaving. Change of color sometimes may
occur, but is a natural process whether the
hair has been shaved or not.
Myth : Cutting hair
will make it grow faster. Again Myth.
Fact : The rate of
growth, at the root, remains the same.
Trimming the ends from the hair will help it
to grow longer, but only because when split
ends are allowed to remain, they will
continue to split up higher, causing the
hair to break off, thus shortening the hair.
While it is always
wise to learn from our mothers and
grandmothers, it is important take the time
to ascertain whether this wisdom is
something that has outlived its usefulness
or is a myth that has been passed down
through the ages.
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