An old wives’ tale is a term indicating a superstition or something deemed to be untrue and to laugh at by men. Old wives tales have been told for centuries, usually to warn people away from things rather than providing correct information. The tales usually concern urban legend, and were passed down from generation to generation. Many tales concern hair growth, particularly with growing thicker, glossier hair. BioThik has researched these old wives tales and have found five of the most popular ones regarding thicker, healthier hair.
Shaving Effects Your Hair Growth
It’s not true! Shaving has nothing to do with the thickness of your hair. There is no evidence found of any effects on your hair growth after shaving, plucking, or waxing. The stubbly feeling after shaving your hair is caused by the alteration of your hair when it is cut short. However that feeling goes away and the hair becomes softer and lighter as it grows longer and is exposed to the sun.
One Hundred Nightly Brush Strokes Will Make Your Hair Glossier
False! Studies have shown that extensive hair brushing will actually damage your hair, rather than make it glossier. People who spend hours brushing their hair risk causing split ends. It is recommended to brush your hair for about a minute every night to help distribute the natural oils from you hair from roots to ends. This, as well as regular washing, will keep your hair nice and healthy.
A Half Inch Trim Makes Your Hair Grow Faster
Not true! Many people believe regular trims will make your hair grow faster, but it doesn’t! However, the good thing about a monthly haircut is that it eliminates split ends, making your hair grow thicker.
Beer Will Make Your Hair Thicker and Glossier
This one’s actually true! Because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, and has natural barley and hops, it does contain nutrients for helping to develop healthy, thicker, and glossier hair. While beer does not help to grow hair, it does thicken existing hair. Simply let it sit in your hair for 3-4 minutes, then rinse it out with a sweet-smelling conditioner to get rid of the yeasty alcoholic smell.
Glossy Hair depends on the Season
Maybe! According to an old wives tale, hair grows slower in the winter, leaving it flat and dry. However, due access to the fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer season, the vitamins you consume contribute to your hair. It’s been proven that what you eat determines the condition of your hair, which means that comfort eating in the winter would lead to greasy, oily, flatter hair. During the summer months your hair is naturally and healthy looking.
Whatever the season or how long you brush your hair for, old wives tales should only be used as a guideline. Everyone’s hair is different, and it’s up to the individual to find out the best way to grow their thicker, glossier hair.
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