Hair myths get past around without any thought to the real truth. So Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist and hair care expert at Philip Kingsley wanted to share her expertise with you. So here’s some real hair truths to set you straight.

First out is, ” A cold rinse closes the hair cuticle, Well that’s not true, water has a neutral PH. A conditioner is slightly acidic so helping to smooth the hair. In fact icy water constricts the blood supply to the hair follicle.

“Shampooing dries the hair and strips away natural oils,” Water actually hydrates the hair and the natural oil that secrets through the scalp just sits on top of your hair. All modern shampoos are soap-less (soap just strips the hair of natural oils) and are formulated with various agents that help condition and strengthen the hair.

“If you pull one grey hair out, two will grow in its place,” It’s one of those myths that’s been around forever. Apart from being painful, it’s damaging to the hair follicle and you could face having bald patches. It’s a total myth your hair will get thicker.

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“Your hair cleans itself”, Well hello i don’t think so. This is a common perception and the opposite is true. Without regular washing a build up of yeasts and bacteria will make the hair smelly, dirty, greasy, and make the scalp flaky. Just like the rest of your body you need to keep it clean. It’s wishful thinking to think your hair will clean itself.

“Shampooing causes hair loss”, Frequent shampooing is beneficial for hair growth. Massaging the scalp helps to release hairs that have stopped growing. The hair has a process of growing and then replacing itself. I’m sure you’ve noticed hair in your brush, on your clothes or on the floor and this is perfectly normal. If you’re having scalp treatment then topical drops or toners wouldn’t be as effective on a dirty scalp. Flakes on the hair scalp tend to trigger hair loss so regular hair washing is imperative.

” Dandruff is caused by a dry scalp”, Well the opposite is true. Dandruff loves an oily environment and is usually oily, not dry. Dandruff can be triggered by stress due to an increase of male hormones which switches on the sebaceous glands increasing oil production.  The yeast responsible for dandruff (Malassezia Furfur) is Lipophilic which means it thrives in an oily environment.  So if you’re thinking of rubbing oils into the scalp it will just make it worse. Choose products that combat the yeast so labeled PK Flaky/Itchy Scalp, Shampoo and /or Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner. Philip Kingsley 

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