Hi beauty! Losing hair can be beyond scary. I’ve been there too. It's overwhelming to figure out what’s happening and why. Media and the internet are full of stories about hair loss and what to avoid. But, turns out, a lot of what we hear about hair loss is actually a myth.
Here’s 5 of the top myths about hair loss. Let’s debunk them together!
Myth #1: Cutting your hair makes it grow faster
We hear all the time that you’re supposed to trim your hair every 6–8 weeks. Occasional hair cuts may help your hair health and appearance, but it’s a myth for hair growth. After all, your hair grows from your scalp, not from the ends of your hair. But, with that in mind, remember that overtime split ends can travel up your hair shaft, leading to weak and damaged hair. Bad news for hair growth! So like everything, it’s about balance. You don’t want to go crazy with the scissors, but you also want healthy, happy hair.
Myth #2: Brushing your hair 100 times a day makes it healthier
This myth is one passed down all the way from our grandmothers. But the truth is brushing your hair too much can cause breakage and damage. You want to brush a minimal amount to keep it detangled and healthy. It’s also a good idea to use a hair brush with nylon quill bristles and air-cushioned pad that gently glides through and protects your hair, like a denman hair brush.
Myth #3: Scalp massages will reverse hair loss
A massage sounds like an amazing way to grow hair! Hate to break it to you, but scalp massages won't suddenly give you Rapunzel locks. They can increase blood circulation and feel amazing, but other scalp treatments are more beneficial for hair growth. Using a derma roller is a great option. If you’re new to derma rolling, it’s a treatment where you use a special handheld tool to create micro punctures in the skin to increase circulation, boost collagen production, and stimulate new cell growth.
Myth #4: Hair loss doesn’t impact women
This one I hear all the time, which blows my mind! I remember those terrifying moments when I feared I’d lose all my hair. We hear about men's hair loss, especially male pattern baldness, but until I experienced it, I didn’t realize how common hair loss is for women. Hair loss in women can happen from genetics, stress, pregnancy, our environment, and more. If you are a woman experiencing hair loss, don’t worry — you aren’t alone. And you’ve come to the right place.
Myth #5: Hair loss is irreversible
Thankfully, this isn’t true! Often certain factors can trigger hair loss, such as stress, hormonal changes, or nutritional deficiencies. These are completely reversible with time! You will want to get to the root of your own hair loss — what have you recently changed in your life? Look for the possible triggers and any harmful habits in your life, such as trauma or stress. But when your hair is struggling, you can also give it some love with the right hair nutrients.
What Really Works for Hair Growth
- Nutrition: When I was at my low point and scared to death over my hair growth, I leaned into my background in nutrition. I dove into the research and found that certain vitamins and nutrients played a big role in hair growth. From there the Growth Complex was born… and I was stunned by the results! For the first time in my life, I had hair grow past my collarbone, and I had my confidence back.
- Healthy lifestyle: You hear it all the time I’m sure… eat right, sleep right, and exercise right. But yes, these do matter for your hair growth! Certain foods can promote healthy hair, while too much junk food can just make a bad situation worse. Sleep especially makes a difference. Enough shut eye gives your body time to repair and build, including hair growth. Not to mention that lack of sleep leads to more stress, which, yep you guessed it, means hair loss. All in all, a healthy lifestyle is huge for healthy hair.
- Hair habits: Sometimes, we work against ourselves and put our hair in peril. Look to avoid common hair damage habits, such as overwashing your hair or using a curling iron everyday. Also, be wary of chemical damage to your hair, like bleaching it. If you show your hair some love and give it some much-needed TLC, it will be healthier and happier in the long run.