Almost every day at The Barber Place we are faced with the task of answering many of the common myths about men's hair. Guys think they can train their hair to go back when it grows forward or they won't let us trim their eyebrows because they think it will make them grow back faster. We are here to set the record straight on the most common men's hair myths and facts.
Myth: I can train my hair to do anything.
Fact: Your hair's growth patterns are determined by the hair follicle. No amount of blowdrying, combing, or styling can "train" your hair to grow differently. Certainly, you can use a dryer and/or styling products to temporarily change your growth pattern, but permanent change is not possible. If your hair has a natural cowlick or part, there's not much you can do about it.
Myth: Shaving will make my beard grow thicker or faster.
Fact: Hair is basically protein and keratin and has no blood supply or nervous system. Your body does not know that your beard is shaved (or two inches long for that matter) because it has no way of communicating this information to your body. People often believe that shaving causes the beard to grow faster or thicker, but facial hair typically grows thicker and faster as you age so it's only a coincidence.
Myth: Trimming my eyebrows will make them grow faster.
Fact: See the answer to the myth above. Same rules apply.
Myth: Plucking gray hairs will make more grow back in in their place.
Fact: Hair has color because cells in our hair follicles called melanocytes create pigment (color) in the hair. When these cells stop producing the pigment, the hair loses its color. Plucking out one gray hair will not affect the melanocytes in the other hair follicles, so other hairs will not turn gray as a result. Gray hair can occur as a result of age or a medical condition.
Here is another interesting fact: Your "gray" hair is actually transparent, but appears gray due to the dead cells that make up the strand.
Myth: Growing my hair longer will hide my baldness.
Fact: Actually, in almost every circumstance, growing hair longer makes the thinning and baldness appear much more noticeable. When the sides and back are worn fuller, it makes the top appear thinner. The rule of thumb: If you can see scalp on the top, cut the sides short enough so you can see an equal amount of scalp. This will give an overall uniform appearance and take the emphasis off of the thinning areas. Guys with comb-overs are only fooling themselves.
Myth: Baldness comes from my mother's side of the family.
Fact: Complete myth. Hair loss can be inherited from either side of the family and it may (or may not) skip many generations. It is entirely genetic and can come from either side of the family.
Myth: Wearing tight hats causes hair loss.
Fact: In order for that to happen, the hat would have to be so tight as to cut off circulation to the follicles. If that were the case, the hat would likely be much too tight for you to wear comfortably, so it's not likely. Wearing a tight hat can, however, cause hair breakage and damage.
Now that you know the facts behind the common men's hair myths,
please let your barber trim those eyebrows!