Researches and studies in the last few years have revealed the truth behind the myths regarding greying of hair..Tried to put them together on one page
Myth~1: Grey hair is coarser!
No…Hair gets finer as we age! So unless its a premature greying, grey hair is usually not coarser. Grey hair may be drier as the oil flow in the roots reduces as we age, this can give an illusion of hair being coarser.
Myth~2: Plucking increases grey hair!
NO…if it was true, it would be an excellent way to make your hair thicker. This action merely damages the hair follicles, it will take longer to regenerate the hair and by the time it does another grey hair begins to grow near it. When the pulled hair regrows, you have two grey hairs.
Myth~3: Bleaching causes greying!
No…Bleaching is very common now a days. There is no medically based evident that it is a cause of greying or whitening of hair but for sure it damages the hair growth and health because of the oxidation process.
Myth~4: Hair turns white overnight!
No…It is impossible! Stress can be a probable reason contributing turning hair grey gradually, but certainly not overnight!
Myth~5: Sun exposure greys hair!
No…There is no scientific discovery found that excessive sun exposure causes hair greying, But grey hair is more susceptible to sun damage due to less melanin, that can be avoided by using hats, head wraps or scarfs. Use of hair products with SPF can save the damage.
Myth~6: Excessive dying turns hair grey!
No…It hasn’t been scientifically proved. But regular use of hair colour causes hair to become dry, brittle and lifeless. When you begin to colour your hair it creates a larger contrast between colored hair and grey hair which makes it appear as if they turn grey quickly!
Myth~7: Daily hairwash prevents grey hair!
No…This is merely another superstitious belief as there are no scientifcally approaches found for the same. Washing just makes our hair germ free and removes excessive oil from the scalp preventing icthy scalp, dandruff and other scalp and hair problems.
Myth~8: Hair greying is reversible!
No…not in every case. There might be some ways to reverse hair greying but these do not have any actual benefits at all. If the problem is genetic or age related, it is unlikely to reverse the process. To be noted that deficiency of vitamin C, vitamin B12, thyroid diseases and bad habits like smoking will ensure greying of hair.
Myth~9: Menopause is a reason!
No…Its more of aging and not menopause, it is also a false approach. Its just that aging reduces the proper production of catalase, so in the old age going grey is normal.