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Myth Or Fact: Does Dirty Hair Grow Faster & Healthier Than Clean Hair?

Myth Or Fact: Does Dirty Hair Grow Faster & Healthier Than Clean Hair?

One of our biggest beauty assets is our hair. Each of us wants our locks to look healthy, thick and glossy. From chewing on hair gummies to trying out several home remedies, we want to have the best for our hair. Some women also believe that not washing hair often would help the hair to grow faster and healthier. Today, we're going to bust that myth!

Does dirty hair grow faster than clean hair?

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There is a common misconception that dirty hair grows faster than clean hair. Some say that frequent hair-washing leads to dryness, brittleness and hair breakage, and while that's true, not washing your hair regularly is not the solution. An unwashed, dirty scalp becomes the breeding ground for bacteria because of hair product residue, sebum and air pollution buildup. 

And don't make us get started on dandruff. Dandruff is caused due to fungal infections on the scalp and an unwashed scalp is usually one of the reasons for it. If dandruff is not treated in time, it will eventually lead to severe itchiness, boils and sores on the scalp. You will either need to use an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains salicylic acid, pyrithione zinc, ketoconazole or selenium sulfide, to treat this hair condition or fix an appointment with your doctor because it is unlikely to go away with home treatments. 

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In either case, whether clean or dirty hair, every month your hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch. And since dirty hair tends to clump together, after a hair wash it can give the illusion of longer hair. However, dirty hair does not grow faster than clean hair. Washing your hair every alternate day though will ensure a squeaky clean and healthy scalp. Think about it, your hair will not only look cleaner but grow healthier as well. 

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So, wash your hair and keep your scalp clean for long and healthy hair. A nourishing hair mask every 10 days is also a good idea. 

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