There’s a lot of bad information floating around there. While we never can quite determine where it comes from, we can determine where it doesn’t come from: proven fact. A lot of things get passed down and you might believe some of these things, because your mother and her mother and her mother before her all believed them. The sooner we ditch the myths and the quicker we get acquainted with reality, the more likely we are to understand, appreciate, and love ourselves for what we really are.
There are a lot of myths about what causes our hair to gray. You may have heard that stress causes gray hair, which is completely false. You may have also heard that dying your hair frequently can cause you to go gray young, or even not trimming your ends regularly. There are a lot of really bizarre myths about how what you’re feeling, doing, or not doing can affect how and when your hair turns gray. The truth is, that process is largely biological. The scalp creates it’s own chemical, similar to peroxide, and how much of it you produce determines the color of your hair. People who produce a lot are blonde, and people who produce almost none will have very dark hair. As we age, it begins to build up in our scalp, and eventually will turn most of us completely gray. There are, of course, outside circumstances that can impact the production of this natural chemical, but all of them rely on health and genetics. Live free and do what you will with your hair. When you will start to go gray is largely predetermined.
A personal pet peeve of mine is when people claim that their eyes can change color. Regardless as to how deeply people believe it, the reality of the matter is that it’s just not true. Nobody’s eyes have ever been able to change color on a casual whim. It’s just biologically impossible. They may appear to change color, but that’s just a result of color theory manifesting itself. A color’s opposite on the color wheel will always enhance it. That’s why certain eyeshadow sets come premade to cater to specific eye colors. Red, orange, and yellow toned eyeshadows can all majorly impact the appearance of green eyes, while blue and teal eyeshadows will affect brown eyes. The contrast enhances the appearance of the colors, and even something as simple as drastically changing your hair color can affect the appearance of your eye color. Sometimes, the magic is in the makeup.
If you remember how bad you wanted to start shaving your legs, you also probably remember your parents telling
you that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker. Though they probably believed that was true, they were lying to you. When you shave your legs, it might seem like the hair is growing back thicker and darker, but it isn’t. The hair grows from under the skin, and it has no idea what you’re doing to it on the surface. The reason that how it appears may be deceiving is that a razor will bluntly cut the hair, so when it’s growing back, you’re looking at the middle of the follicle. When a new hair starts, the end is tapered. It’s much gentler and softer in appearance. What you’re doing when you’re shaving your legs is disrupting the growth cycle, and the appearance is misleading. Lather up and shave away, because your leg hair is just going to grow the way it grows.
By Airi Magdalene
Real Life Makeup Artist and MakeupTalk Blogger