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Hair Myths–Fact or Fiction

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Over the course of your life, you've probably heard all kinds of things about hair. Well, listed below you'll find out the truth behind some of those myths. If you don't see your favorite on the list, let us know and we'll try to find the answer. In the meantime, here we go:

1) Cutting Hair Makes It Grow Faster and/or Thicker
FALSE. Shorter hair often looks and feels thicker but cutting your hair won't alter its normal (biologically) determined growth rate or overall texture. Thin, limp or fine hair will never grow thicker in a response to a haircut. Plump up your hair by using volume enhancing hair care products, experimenting with a hair fattening blunt cut or getting a texturizing perm or color treatment.

2) Split Ends Can Be Repaired Without Trimming
FALSE. The only successful treatment for removing split ends is with scissors. While some hair care products may temporarily merge split ends together, this fix only lasts until your next shampoo. Keep in mind that damaged ends tend to grow slower than healthy, well-maintained, trimmed hair.

3) Smoking Cause Gray Hair
TRUE. According to experts, smokers are four times more likely to have gray hair than nonsmokers. Even worse, however, is that smoking has been conclusively linked to accelerated hair loss.

4) Wearing Tight Braids, Ponytails or Buns Causes Baldness
TRUE. Traction alopecia is a very real loss condition that may result from wearing tight ponytails, cornrows or buns over an extended period of time. Over time, hair breakage or loss as the result of tight, stressed styles can be permanent. Avoid this potential problem by opting for looser styles that minimize scalp tension.

5) Hair Develops Immunity to the Same Shampoo Over Time
FALSE. Many people swear that their hair will become immune to the benefits of the same shampoo used over time. There is no scientific evidence to prove this myth.

6) Hair Should Be Washed Every Day
FALSE. There is no correct schedule for washing hair. Every person should shampoo according to the specific needs of their hair type and texture. While some people do benefit from a daily shampoo, others benefit from a variety of shampooing schedules.

7) A Sun Burnt Scalp Can Lead to Hair Loss
TRUE. Severe sunburn or a series of burns that occur over time may damage delicate hair follicles at the root level. People with a genetic predisposition towards hair loss may accelerate the onset of hair loss activity. Avoid scalp burns by applying sun protection products to your scalp along with your hair.

8) Lemon Juice Will Bleach Hair Blond
FALSE. While some naturally light haired people may notice a slight lightening or brightening after prolonged sun exposure after hair has been treated with lemon juice, the vast majority of people will not see any obvious change.

9) Swimming Pool Chemicals Can Turn Hair Green
TRUE. Frequent swimmers with natural blond hair or chemically highlighted hair that is extremely porous may experience the development of green tints and shades over time. This problem can be prevented with regular use of moisturizing shampoo and conditions which provides a natural barrier to chlorine and related chemicals.

10) Hair Care Products Advertised As Natural Are Chemical-Free
FALSE. Not all hair care products sold in health food establishments are completely natural and may contain chemicals such as SLS. When in doubt, be sure to read the label.

So stop into your nearest Hair Cuttery and experience our signature WOW Service for yourself. Now, that's a fact!

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