- Fact – Worry causes grey hair
Unfortunately, it’s true. Worry can have an effect on the cells that produce melanin, the pigment that creates colour in your hair. Adrenaline, a hormone released during stressful situations, can damage the cells, resulting in grey hair.
- Myth- Cutting your hair under a waxing moon makes it grow faster
Yes, it’s a myth that following the moon’s cycles is the secret to faster hair growth. Although many still believe in this ancient practice, the truth is that your hair will not grow faster because you cut it – even if you are under a waxing moon.
- Fact – In summer, your hair grows faster
You weren’t imagining things when you noticed your hair getting longer more quickly during the summer – it’s true that warm weather makes hair grow faster. Higher temperatures mean that your body does not have to work so hard to keep you warm, so blood circulation to the skin improves. The improved blood circulation helps to stimulate your hair follicles, resulting in faster growth.
- Myth – 100 strokes a day equals healthy hair
For decades, mothers told their daughters that brushing for 100 strokes a day was the secret to healthy locks. Today, experts tell us that excess brushing can actually do unnecessary damage. Not only do you risk scratching your scalp, but also pulling out or breaking healthy, growing hair.
- Fact – Stress can cause hair loss
Yes, it’s a fact that stress can make your hair fall out. During stressful periods, hair follicles can react by going into their resting phase early. They remain in this state for around three months before moving into the shedding phase, which is why you might notice more hair loss than normal some time after a stressful experience.
- Myth – A severe shock can turn your hair grey
Though you may have heard anecdotes about people whose hair turned white after a severe shock, this is simply not scientifically possible. When the hair leaves the head, its cells are dead and the pigment cannot disappear.