By CysterWigs Contributor

When it comes to achieving the hair growth we long for, it isn’t unnatural to want to try something different to achieve results. But sometimes, things may get a bit…well…strange! From copious amounts of brushing to crazy positions to get a few extra inches fast, here are five of the craziest hair growth myths that you should definitely steer clear from.

Frequent trims = faster hair growth

Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Trimming the ends of your hair hold tons of benefits. It gets rid of scraggly and thinning ends, stops split ends from traveling up your hair shaft and of course, makes your ends look thicker and healthier. However, trimming your ends has absolutely no effect on how fast your hair grows.

The truth is this – trimming does have the ability to eliminate damage before it causes major breakage, meaning that your healthy strands are given the chance to grow longer without breaking off at the ends. This in turn creates the illusion that your hair is growing faster, but it actually isn’t! It’s just helping to retain length better.

Eggs are a great source of protein to help your hair grow faster

Eggs are indeed a great source of protein for your hair… if you’re eating them. In fact, the protein molecules found in raw egg are much too large to penetrate into the hair shaft to offer rebuilding and strengthening from within. Instead, they remain on the outside of the hair shaft and wear away bit by bit – by your next hair wash, they may very well be long gone! For a true protein treatment that promotes the hair growth you desire, opt for a product containing hydrolyzed protein.

100 strokes before bedtime?

You’ve either read about it in stories or seen it on television – the image of a woman brushing her hair before bed. But do you really need to brush your hair before bed each night to see growth? Absolutely not. Brushing your hair may make it look smooth and shiny, and makes for a tangle-free mane, but too much brushing or combing of your hair can actually damage your hair strands! This wear and tear is often the culprit of breakage over time…the exact opposite of healthy hair growth!

Head over heels

The ‘inversion method’ has made its name on hair care forums all across the web. It boasts double your monthly hair growth by increasing blood flow to your scalp by turning your head upside down for a few minutes every night for a week. It’s no secret that the scalp needs constant blood flow to bring nutrients to your hair follicles, but you can avoid the dizziness, headaches and nausea that has been known to accompany the inversion method just by giving yourself a good old scalp massage with a stimulating oil like peppermint oil.

Sealing split ends?

There’s only one way to get rid of pesky split ends, and that’s to cut them off. You can mix as much unicorn tears, vibranium and fairy dust as you please, but they can’t be fixed. Your hair will appear much more hydrated and shiny, lessening the appearance of splits, but the only way to really wave goodbye to split strands is to put down the mixtures and pick up those scissors. Sure, your hair will be a bit shorter, but it’ll be much healthier, too.

It’s super easy to get caught up in the newest hair growth fads that pop up every few months, but there’s nothing worse than wasting your time, money and ingredients on hair growth ‘hacks’ that don’t work. Stick to the tried and true methods that have worked for you. You’ll be much happier in the end.

 

From a customer Facebook message:

Today I am wearing the wig I purchased and the front looks frizzy and frayed. Is this normal? It has disappointed me as it doesn’t look authentic at all.

Every once in a while we receive messages like this. I think it has to do with the proliferation of counterfeit items on eBay and other third-party seller sites.

EVERY wig we sell in our store is authentically the brand we say it is.

Every. Time.

In order to sell these products and use their product images, we are required to sign lengthy wholesale contracts that prohibit us from selling items obtained via third parties. This is why we NEVER buy ANYTHING from the general public for any reason. We do not purchase from eBay. (Ask yourself: Why would we, when we can get these items new and directly from the source? Buying from an unknown source would put us in risk of termination of our wholesale agreements!)

How can you verify this? Easy. There are two ways to check for yourself.

1. All of our wigs (unless they’re clearance items) are drop shipped directly from the warehouses of their respective manufacturers. Because of this, their authenticity is never an issue. The easiest way to verify that this is the case is to simply check out the return label on the package you received.

In most cases, the return address will mirror that of the brand of wig you bought, because that manufacturer is shipping this directly to you on our behalf.

We like doing it this way because it often results in you getting your wigs faster than if we shipped them to our location first.

This practice is also why it is fairly common to receive multiple packages from multiple locations to fulfill a single order. Envy wigs ship from Envy, Jon Renau from their location, and so on. They will all arrive in separate packages, depending on the brand diversity of your order.

2. Don’t want to take our word for it? No problem! Simply contact the manufacturer in question directly and ask them!


This is an excerpt from our CysterWigs Knowledge Base. Check it out on our private site to see over 500 articles all about our store, wigs, and how to wear the hair!

By CysterWigs Contributor

As common as hair loss is, you would think that most people understand the basic mechanisms of how it caused and a sense of effective treatment options. However, this is not always the case. There are so many old wives’ tales and fake news articles on the topic that it can be hard to know who to trust or what to do when you find yourself in this predicament.

We’ve taken a few of the most common hair loss myths and debunked them for you. Some are more outrageous than others and they actually might make you chuckle as you read along.

Standing on your head will make your hair grow back.

This inversion method requires you to stand on your head for three to five minutes to allow extra blood flow to your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Some people report that they have noticed upwards of an inch of growth in two weeks. Now before you reach for your yoga mat and head for the nearest wall, remember that the brain is situated just under the scalp and has an ample blood supply. Also, there are no recorded cases of hair loss due to low blood supply.

Male pattern baldness is passed down through the mother only.

Genetic androgenic alopecia is a dominant trait and can be passed down from either parent. Even if you father doesn’t have hair loss but your maternal grandfather did, it is likely you will. Also, there is not just one gene for hair loss. There are many different types affected by several factors which may or may not be genetic. In these cases, it may only be expressed from a small genetic factor and be majority environmental or the other way round.

Shampooing daily will make your hair fall out.

Regular shampooing with good quality products won’t have any effect on existing hair loss or cause your hair to fall out. All it will do is keep your hair clean or in the worst case scenario encourage excess oil production and make it feel a little more greasy. Weird right?!?

Biotin and other supplements make your hair grow back.

There are no scientific studies that show that Biotin has any effect on hair loss. In fact, it can actually cause severe acne and other side-effects in high doses. Supplements should only be taken when directed by physician to treat a deficiency. If incorrect amounts of vitamins and minerals are ingested, they could have negative effects on the body, including throwing off it’s sensitive balance.

Cutting your hair will make it grow back faster.

Your hair grows from the roots not the tips, so cutting the ends will not have any effect on the rate of hair growth. It is important to note that if you suffer from breakage, trimming the hair can prevent split ends and damage to the hair shaft. If your hair is damaged, it will seem like your hair isn’t growing.

So now when you hear these myths about hair loss, we hope you’ll be able to hit people with a few truths and educate the masses.

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Synthetic-safe care products will not damage the human hair in these blended-fiber wigs, but human-hair products may damage the heat-friendly synthetic fiber of the blend. We recommend that you use the same care techniques that you would for synthetics, since that material generally makes up about 70% of the wig.

Heather’s personal care routine for these wigs:

Use just a little fabric softener in lukewarm water and swish the hair around. There is no need for any scrubbing or harsh chemicals.

Rinse by filling a basin with clean, cold water and gently swishing. Repeat until water is clear.

Condition with a leave-in conditioner, such as Jon Reanu’s HD Smooth Detangler.

You may also want to consider using a silicon spray (like the Simply Stylin’ spray in our store) to restore the protective silicone anti-static coating on the hair between washings.

Gentle is the name of the game for keeping these wigs looking their prettiest!


This is an excerpt from our CysterWigs Knowledge Base. Check it out on our private site to see over 500 articles all about our store, wigs, and how to wear the hair!