The 8 biggest myths about men's hair

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There are so many myths about hair styling and grooming that it is sometimes difficult to determine which things are true and which are not. Some classic fables that have been debunked many times are crazy enough still believed by many men. Unbelievable what a monkey sandwich story can do. We list the 8 biggest myths to get rid of them once and for all.

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1. Hair grows faster if you cut it more often

This myth is a true classic. To our surprise, there are still men who believe it. Even when shaving, this is often thought. But it is a real fable. Our hair grows from the root. That means that the tips we cut off are nothing more than dead material. No matter how often you cut them, your hair will just keep growing about 1.5 cm per month. That's the average. Only hormones, nutrition or your genes can affect how fast your hair grows.

2. You need to wash your hair daily to keep it clean

Shampoo your ware daily. It is counterproductive. It makes your hair dry, dull and brittle. As a result, your hair will get dirty much faster. Your scalp is going to produce much more of the body's own oils. Get your hair accustomed to washing 3 to 4 times a week and you will find that your hair will start to look healthy.

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3. Stress causes gray hair

Okay, honestly, we thought this ourselves for a while. Still, it really is a fable. Hair graying is determined by genes. It occurs with aging. Your body produces less melanin that is responsible for the color of your hair. As a result, new hair turns gray. Stress can speed up aging but it has no direct effect on your hair. There is no scientific evidence for this.

4. Letting your hair dry naturally is better than blow-drying your hair

It's kind of true and false. It is not good to dry your hair with hot air every day. But neither is air drying your hair every day. Research has shown that the hot air from the blow dryer can damage surface hair, but letting it dry in natural air can damage hair in the hair strands themselves. That's even worse. That's because your hair swells from water, putting pressure on the proteins that keep your hair intact after a long time.

It's best to use the least hot setting on your hair dryer. Don't hold your blow dryer too close to your hair and don't focus on one spot for too long. You can also protect your hair from heat by using a pre styler that has heat protection.

5. Gel causes hair loss

Although it dries out your hair and makes it look thinner, it does not cause hair loss. It's all optical. The products you use and how you handle your hair affect how your hair looks. But no hair styling product causes hair loss.

6. Shampoo should lather

Pretty logical to assume this. While a foaming shampoo is nice, it doesn't have to foam to get your hair clean. In almost all shampoos, sulfates provide the foaming effect of the shampoo. But suflates can even cause color to fade in your hair when you have dyed it. Also, there are several discussions about the potentially harmful effect that sulfates can have on your hair. So it is a fable. In fact, many high-quality shampoos do not lather at all.

7. You should not use conditioner if you have oily hair

When you suffer from oily hair, it is not because you make it oily yourself or because you put conditioner in your hair. It occurs when your body produces too much fat itself. A conditioner is also suitable for people with oily hair. It protects the hair and maintains moisture. Reducing washing with a shampoo would have a better effect. There are also conditioners specifically for men with oily hair.

8. Men don't need to use conditioner

This, of course, is nonsense. Taking care of yourself, and therefore your hair is not just for women. A good conditioner does more than just make your hair soft and shiny. It makes your hair. It makes your hair healthier, stronger and more elastic. In short, it certainly helps you create a more beautiful hairstyle in the long run.