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Hair Sense: Dispelling Hair Myths
Senior Press Pass Correspondent
Last week I addressed the factors affecting hair growth and length. These included genetics, hormones, nutrition, exercise, stress and excessively scratching the scalp (among other factors). This week however, I will be looking at two myths about hair growth and the approach we should take to our hair in order to have a better understanding of it and also treat it more appropriately.
Have you ever heard the saying that trimming your ends will make your hair grow faster? Well, I have news for you; this is not true! When you trim the ends of your hair, the hair at the root doesn’t suddenly start to grow faster. Hair is dead, hence the reason it does not hurt when we cut it! There is no connection between the ends of your hair and the roots to communicate to the roots to tell it to shoot out hair faster. Hair, on average, grows approximately a quarter inch to a half an inch a month which is equivalent to about three to six inches a year. Individual hairs usually have a fixed growth rate until senescence and it depends on what you do or don’t do to it that would allow you to retain its length. Another popular myth about hair is that all hair grows at the same rate.
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