Wondering what’s true and what’s not when it comes to caring for your hair? UK trichologist and Hair Gain brand ambassador Samantha Stewart MIT uncovers the truth behind the top myths circulating the hair industry.
Flipside PR frequently works alongside UK professionals to boost consumer knowledge and the credibility of our brands and their products. Most recently, the Flipside Team, alongside Hair Gain, wanted to address the myriad of haircare myths circulating the beauty market. This way we could help consumers effectively narrow down and navigate this crowded space. We therefore decided to draw upon the expertise of UK trichologist and Hair Gain Ambassador Samantha Stewart MIT to uncover the truths behind the tresses and offer some valuable insights into the world of effective and reliable haircare.
When it comes to beauty, skincare, and hair they’ll always be ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, and for women, hair, as a stereotypically feminine feature takes a lot of the heat. As we know, there are endless twisted tales and forgotten facts working to manufacture myths and leave us with a whirlwind of misinformation!
Responding to this myth Samantha says: “This is not true. We all have a genetic growth rate that cannot be extended. Regularly cutting hair ensures that we can retain the length that we grow. Once the hair shaft emerges from the scalp it is dead, this means that it is susceptible to damage. Once a hair has broken it will continue to fray until all the damage is removed. This can often make it seem as if the hair is not growing. When hair is trimmed regularly, it is able to grow to its full potential and this may appear like the trimming is making it grow faster.”
According to Samantha: “What some products can do is temporarily seal the split end, which can help decrease further damage. The only solution for split ends is to have them trimmed away.”
Samantha’s expertise suggests otherwise: “This is not true, what can actually happen is certain ingredients build up on the hair shaft or the hair can become damaged meaning it needs change. When the hair has build-up, it can start to change how it looks and feels. Most well-formulated shampoos and conditioners are made not to build up on the hair shaft. But if you do use products that have ingredients that can build up, the addition of a clarifying shampoo to your regime can help prevent this.”
Samantha explains: “The follicle contains multiple hair shafts. If you pluck a hair, it can appear that more grow in its place. But what you are seeing is the normal growth pattern of that hair follicle.”