Dandruff aids in hair growth
I heard this Old Wives Tale all my life and it started as a child. Where did I hear it? Not sure but it is just as absurd as it sounds. First of all let me discuss what dandruff actually is.
Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear. Dandruff is a common condition, which is marked by itching. In some cases it can be embarrassing and not easy to treat.
Your hair strand grows from follicles about 1/8th of an inch beneath the surface of your skin. Hair growth is hormonal and nutrients found in your diet and supplements* support hair growth. Hair is comprised of Keratin (protein) and dead skin cells (that have been compressed to form Keratin) that have been forced along the follicle towards the scalp.
Now, how do the two interact to create growth? They do not. There is no scientific evidence that connects dandruff and the hair growth process.
If you are having either minimal or severe dandruff problems you may need to seek out a professional like a Dermatologist, a Trichologist or a Holistic practitioner.There are natural or OTC remedies but just allowing the dandruff to fester is not going to make your hair grow any faster than it already is.
Dirty hair grows faster than clean hair
Can I just say I really hate this one? This one does not make any sense any more than the other two as anything dirty means pollutants and in the case of hair product build-up and dirt. How can that make your hair grow? Never washing your hair is unsanitary and this may have come about because it is believed that black hair does not require the same frequency of cleansing as naturally straight hair.
What is true is that your hair cannot handle the harsh shampoos that some use daily so we try to minimize the use of shampoos, saving it for clarifying and also using essential oils* to protect our hair.
Washing once a week to twice a month (for some) should suffice and remember a clean scalp is a healthy scalp. The bottom line is that dirty hair does not grow any faster than clean hair…period.