School taught us that sunlight is important for our growth. It gives a very important nutrient to the body – Vitamin D. This protects us from a lot of deficiency diseases but one thing that nobody discusses is what effect does sun light have on hair? While my grandmother said, it helps the hair grow faster, my mother says, it doesn’t! Stuck between these 2 ladies, I started the research on my part and came up with the following 5 points...
It’s more of a Myth...
It’s an ancient myth that your hair grows faster in summer. As per the research by Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a hair doctor (trichologist) at the legendary Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City, this myth strengthens its root because of the fact that people in the medieval times had an easy and quick approach to fresh fruits, green vegetables, and sunlight in warm weather, which substantially helps hair grow faster and stronger. So, its not the sunlight or summer that helped the hair grow, it was the diet they followed!
Yup, you may see a "slight increase in the growth rate because of sun exposure, but this increase is hardly significant as compared to other factors of hair growth", adds Elizabeth.
Let me take you through the hard truth of effects of sunlight on our hair.
Everyone knows that UV rays of the sun can burn the skin. Do you know how these rays affect our hair? The hair consists of pigments; and UV rays have the capability to bleach out these pigments and hence cause severe hair damage. This kind of bleaching is more ultra-fine and takes comparatively more time than chemical color change BUT is nevertheless quite as detrimental to the hair with prolonged sun exposure.
Do consider the Genetic Factor
According to Elizabeth, if we consider the bigger picture, genetic factor plays a more critical role when it comes to how fast and long one’s hair grows. And the growth rate is more or less directly related to your genetic code. One who is pre-coded can grow her hair to her ankles, and one who has fewer codes can grow only up to her shoulders. Summing it up – if you cannot grow your hair, blame it on the genes!
Plants grow faster in sun than Human Hair
Unlike plants that use sunlight for synthesis of food and gaining strength and height, human hair does not have the natural ability to do so. The effect sunlight has on the growth of hair is so little that even a plant can grow faster than hair by spending the same amount of time in the same amount of sunlight. However, if you can train your hair to photosynthesize, you might have a chance to quickly grow your hair.
Other alternative than the Sun
There are ample ways to grow your hair faster rather than sitting in the sun. One such way is using a shampoo and body butter instead of a conditioner. Once you shampoo your hair, let them dry and then use Melanin Mermaid's body butter to add moisture to your hair. Body butter will work well on your hair as well as scalp. But do not use it in excess else your hair will look greasy. Also try Melanin Mermaid's Jamaican Sands Intense Growth Serum
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