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Updated: July 5, 2012 11:23 AM | By Plush Studios/Chris Gramly/Getty Images
10 Common Hair-Care Myths

Think brushing your hair 100 strokes each night is healthy? Will frequent trims really make your hair grow faster? Read on to discover the simple truths behind great hair



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Myth: Frequent trims make hair grow faster
Truth:
"Hair grows a half-inch per month, whether you cut it or not," says John Barrett, owner of the John Barrett Salon in New York City. Hair may grow slightly faster in the summer, but that has nothing to do with the stylist's scissors and everything to do with hormones, which do speed growth a little. One thing a trim will do: Eliminate split ends, making hair look better.

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