Superstitions and myths ? Ain’t nobody got time for that ! As the woman of tomorrow, we’ve got SO much to do in so little time, let’s forget the myths of yore and deal with the ones that have kept us in the dark.
1. Hair grows back thicker, darker, and faster when you shave it.
False: Shaving hair is just cutting the end, so it has no effect on root and therefore no effect on growth but shaved hair may look different because the ends are blunt, not tapered.
2. The average woman consumes 6 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime.
False: The average lipstick ingestion amount is 24 milligrams or 0.024 grams of lipstick. If you wear lipstick every day, then on average, you would consume 8.76 grams per year. Let’s assume a lifetime is 70 years: Multiply 8.76 by 70 and you get 613.2 grams of lipstick ingested over a lifetime — or 1.35 pounds. To ingest 6 pounds would mean consuming about 680 tubes of lipstick.
3. Brushing your hair too much will make it fall out.
False: It actually stimulates the follicle and helps the hair to grow. It is generally recommended to use brushes which have silicone bristles to massage and encourage re-growth.
4. Sleeping on your stomach gives you wrinkles.
True: More pressure means more sleep lines which become permanent over time. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to change the way you sleep. So avoid sleeping on your stomach whenever you can, else go with the flow.
5. Wearing hair ties damages your hair.
True: If they’re too tight, they can pull out too much hair and strain and damage the follicle, causing hair loss. Also, wearing them for long periods causes headaches.
6. Toothpaste is an effective way to clear up pimples.
False: You’re better off using over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or resorcinol. The fluoride in toothpaste applied to the skin could actually aggravate acne.
7. Exercise gets rid of cellulite.
True and false: Hormones and genetics are the leading cause of cellulite, so exercise won’t get rid of cellulite, but may reduce it. Cellulite is fat, so the less fat you have, the less noticeable it will be; however, even very fit, toned women can have it.
8. Plucking stray gray hairs causes more to grow in their place.
False: In fact, plucking can do the opposite and create bald patches, so cover grays with cut or color instead.
9. Running leads to sagging skin.
False: Unless you’re running outdoors without sun protection, it absolutely won’t cause wrinkles or sagging skin.
Do you see the light yet ? Let’s get rid of these beauty myths and look our best, no strings attached !