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.