Shave to grow hair?

IMG_9655Liesl-Mae Avin (22 May) 1483

As promised in my last entry that I’ll share more on my little research if there’s any truth to this little shaving tradition.

The tradition, practised by most  Indians & some Chinese, is to shave their baby’s head at 1 month, if not 6 months. This is done with the purest intention for the new hair to be thicker, stronger, blacker and more ‘even’.

We don’t know for sureee if that is true, but well, I have strong, black, and very thick hair since young. And guess what? No shaving. I’ve checked around with some frienys, they’ve confirmed that their beautiful hair is not a result of a shaven head during infancy. However, I do have a friend who claims that his premature balding is due to the failure on his parents part in observing the tradition. So yeah, there’s no real facts and figures that shows that shaving will help hair grow OR NOT!

I guess all parents want their little kiddo to have beautiful hair. Here’s some tips from various sites – some based on research, some on traditions.. just like shaving:

1) Wash baby scalp with an all natural shampoo

2) Apply oil on baby scalp twice daily as moisturize. Jojba oil is recommended to prevent dry scalp without causing an oily head or face.

3) Avoid bad chemicals on baby’s head. These includes Vaseline, inarl oil.

4) Apply good coconut oil – heat it slightly and massage it on every alternate day.

5) And this is the WEIRDEST of the lot – grind curry leaves into fine paste and apply it on hair! To be eaten raw too! (?!?!)

As to WHY shaving may not help.. here’s the best explaination I’ve found so far..

“After you shave body hair, it may feel coarse or “stubbly” for a time as it grows out. During this phase, it may be more noticeable — and may appear darker or thicker. But it’s not.”

” Hair is dead keratin pushed out by hair follicles under the skin. Cutting/shaving hair does not affect the hair follicles–the dead hair has no mechanism for sending a message to the hair follicles saying, ”I just got cut! Grow more!” Hair can’t talk.”

So there you have it. For more beautiful, thicker and more even hair, there’s more to just shaving..!

For reading leisure..


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