4 Hair Myths Guys Should Stop Believing ASAP
Making every day a good hair day is easier said than done. Bad haircuts, greasy strands, air pollution, and a lack of time can make adequately caring for your mane even harder.
What’s more, there’s a ton of hair misinformation you’ve probably heard from guys at work or the gym. Some of these myths have been around so long, we’ve accepted them as truth. Others are wildly exaggerated claims that even damage your hair more. Follow this guide to avoid falling victim to these myths.
Myth #1: Hair needs to be shampooed daily
Many of us grow up thinking that just like the rest of our body, our mop requires daily cleansing, too. Overshampooing can cause dryness and brittleness.
Even a guy with a short buzz-cut shouldn’t shampoo every day. Everybody’s hair produces sebum or oil at different rates. For some people that could be daily, for others, it could be up to a week. Rather than wash your hair every day, make it a habit to shampoo only when your hair starts to feel oily and look flat.
Myth #2: Getting frequent haircuts can boost hair growth
Men’s haircuts are a low-cost means of improving your appearance. The right haircut and treatment plan can accentuate your best features, and even conceal signs of a receding hairline.
Unfortunately, cutting your hair often will not make it grow any faster. Hair is a protein fiber and cannot be stimulated by external actions like cutting. Your genes and your lifestyle choices largely determine the rate at which your hair grows. If you want to lengthen your strands, eat a protein-rich diet, drink vitamin C, and avoid smoking. For hair thinning problems, use products that can add volume to individual strands, therefore creating an illusion of thicker growth.
Myth #3: Plucking gray hair causes more to grow back
Hair color occurs due to a pigment called melanin produced Your hair follicles produce melanin which is the pigment that gives your hair color. Over time, hair follicles make less melanin, which results in gray hair. This is why gray hair is more likely to appear with aging, often when a person reaches his 30s. As such, plucking out one gray hair will not affect melanin production and lead to more gray strands.
However, some conditions could cause your hair to go gray sooner. These include thyroid disease, Vitamin B12 deficiency, and alopecia areata, which is the sudden loss of patches of hair only to grow back in gray rather than their natural color.
Myth #4: Hats and man buns lead to hair loss
You’ve probably heard from some people that man buns, and hats can suffocate hair which causes breakage and loss. To be fair, wearing tight braids or ponytails could put pressure on your scalp, which results in traction alopecia. But no scientific evidence says that wearing hats and styling your tresses up in a bun can cause hair loss.
Male baldness is directly associated with genetics, vitamin deficiencies, and specific medical conditions. As long as you’re following a healthy diet and drinking your supplements, there’s nothing to worry about.
Misinformation is dangerous. While it’s easy to fall back into old grooming habits, knowing what works and what doesn’t will help you better understand your hair. And the more you what’s going on with your body, the better you can take care of your health, wellness, and appearance.