6th MARCH 2017
The Myth About Cutting Your Hair
BY J.S. VON DACRE
Most likely, you have heard time and time again about how important it is to cut your hair regularly to ensure that it grows quicker and healthier. But how much truth is in this?
The hair on your head is already dead, so technically hair isn't "healthy" per se.
Providing that you do not have damaged hair as a result of chemicals, the only thing that determines the (natural) quality and length of your hair is the hair follicle itself. And this is mainly down to your genetics, and all the haircuts in the world would not change that.
So, you do not need to have your hair cut every time your see your hairdressers (unless you want it shorter or fancy a change).
There are, however, some things you can do to help your hair follicles to be healthier.
1. As with most things, nutrition is extremely important. Follicles need to be stimulated by nutrient-rich blood near the capillaries. Ensure that your diet consists of lots of Iron, and Vitamin A, B and C.
2. Zinc is responsible for the protein in hair follicles, which changes its structure. Take daily zinc supplements to help promote healthier follicles.
3. A contributing factor to split ends is the type of brush or comb used. Plastic is notorious for being harsh on the scalp and causes damage to the follicles. Swap for a comb that is wooden (which is also soothing on the scalp).
4. Use natural hair masks and massage them into scalp while applying them. There are many homemade and cheap options that you can use.
5. Avoid heat (such as hair dryers and straighteners) and avoid using tight bands (in ponytails or braids) as these promote breakage.
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