In the hair and beauty industry, facts, opinions, ideas, and fantasies are all jumbled together, making it difficult for people to differentiate myths from facts.
Marketing of hair and beauty products normally features adverts which show products working almost miraculously to achieve the desired outcome. In real life, it is unlikely that the one shave you take will lead to women flocking around you caressing your chin as the adverts may imply.
Although containing small degrees of truth, these myths could lead to you taking unnecessary grooming routines which may have a very minimal effect on your appearance, or may make you miss out on very helpful routines. In order to develop a routine that works for you, it is important that you separate facts from fiction and fantasy and use grooming products and techniques that suit you.
Below are some of the common myths on male grooming debunked.
1. Beards don’t need as much care as other hair
This is a very misleading notion. Beards are closest to the mouth and food literally passes by it every time you take a bite. It is therefore ridiculous to see someone with more beard than head hair shampoo their head and leave out their beard. Both head hair and beards should be washed and groomed regularly.
2. Shaving makes your facial hair grow quicker
Scientifically this is true but to a very small, almost negligible degree. Shaving your facial hair will massage the blood vessels around the area, allowing the hair to receive better circulation and result in a very small increase in growth. The more noticeable effect that shaving facial hair has is making it appear thicker, since by shaving, the new hair grows healthy and undamaged by physical forces.
3. Mixing skincare products cause spots
Spots are not caused by mixing skincare products but rather by the skin adjusting to new products. To reduce the chances of spots occurring, you need to moisturise your skin to prevent the body from trying to moisturise itself using oils. This is what will result in the occurrence of spots.
4. The difference between cheap and expensive haircuts is a cup of coffee
As much as many would like to believe this as an excuse for getting a cheap haircut, it is not true. The more expensive salons charge more because more is invested in your grooming. For instance, the salon is likely to be more well-informed, and the products they use are most likely top-notch. The cheaper salons may not know as much and the products used could be of substandard quality.
5. There is a cure for baldness that works miracles
The sad truth is that there isn’t one just yet. The tablets and caffeine shampoos that are offered as a remedy only work with hair that is already there, seeking to thicken it up or promote its growth. These products do not, however, stimulate the growth of follicles out of nowhere. The closest thing to a remedy is a head massage which works by increasing the blood flow in the scalp to stimulate growth.
With the above information, you are now less likely to follow grooming routines that are based on myths and go for those that really work on your skin type. There are still numerous myths on male grooming out there that you need to watch out for – ensure that you only implement advice and suggestions from people who actually know what they are saying.
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