Did you have a good holiday weekend? I did. I never take a day off. As a freelancer, sometimes it feels like I work every minute of every day. But I took two days off! On Saturday, I didn't even turn on my laptop. I read a book, Gone Girl, and took a nap.
We live a few miles from the town with the best fireworks around, so we set up chairs and watched from the back of the property. The kids played with sparklers and the things that go POP when you throw them down. Then, the best part, when it was over we didn't have to fight the crowd to get home!
Last week, I blogged about makeup tips and tricks. Today, we are going to talk about common hair myths debunked!
10 Hair Myths Debunked
1. Regular trims make your hair grow longer.
Totally false because we all know that hair grows from the root and not the end! There is some basis to this common hair myth though. Trimming removes split ends. Split ends and damage can make your hair appear less full. Keeping your hair trimmed keeps split ends at bay, which makes hair appear fuller.
So how often do you need a trim? That depends on how healthy your hair is, what products and appliances you use, and how long your hair is. If you use a flat iron and hair dryer lately, you'll probably need a trim every 6-8 weeks to remove dead ends. If you're a brush a go girl, then you could go longer if your hair looks good.
2. You can repair split ends.
The only way to permanently cure split ends is by cutting them off. Many products claim to repair split ends, but they work temporarily.
I post a lot of hair masks, and they work by sealing the hair shaft. This makes hair look shinier and smoother. You have to reapply them because they only work for a few days. If you have long hair, you can make it look better by using a hair mask like this hair mask for damaged hair or this coconut oil and peppermint hair mask.
3. Your hair won't change over your lifetime.
Very, very false. I had poker thin, straight hair as a child. So thin that I couldn't wear any barrettes or use any hair bows. It got thicker as I grew older. Then I had my first child, and my hair was wavy. After two more kids, I have very thick, very curly hair. It also went from way too oily to the dry side of normal.
4. If you color your hair, you have to color your brows.
Not necessarily. If you are a brunette and go light blonde, you might look a little...off. But if you're just going a few shades lighter, leave your brows alone. Having brows a few shades lighter than your hair will frame your eyes.
5. Washing your hair every day dries it out.
This is true -- if you are using the wrong shampoo and conditioner. Use formulas made for your hair type. You might have to experiment with a few brands and use them for a few weeks to decide.
6. Using the same shampoo for too long makes it ineffective.
Not at all true. If you find one that you love, use it forever! The only grain of truth to this myth is that sometimes your daily shampoo can't get rid of product buildup. Once a week or so, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup that can weigh your hair down.
If I don't make my own clarifying shampoo, I use this one by Neutrogena.
7. Salon products aren't any better than drugstore products.
Not true. Salon products are generally made with higher quality ingredients, and they are more concentrated. You'll actually use less of a more expensive shampoo than you will a cheaper formula.
Some women can use drugstore shampoo and have great hair. These women are lucky! If drugstore brands aren't doing it for you, splurge on a salon formula. Ask your stylist for recommendations and samples.
8. Plucking gray hair makes more gray hair come in.
I'm not even sure where this one got started because it's so far out there. Plucking your hair irritates the hair follicle, so you shouldn't do it often. But if you've got one stubborn gray hair, plucking it won't make five appear around it.
9. Organic products are better.
Sometimes. Not always. Organic is a buzz word, and so many companies are trying to make money off of it. I'm not suggesting that they are mislabeling their products, but as consumers, it's important to understand what the labels mean. I covered this in an earlier post about organic skincare. A product can be labeled organic and still have up to 5 percent inorganic ingredients, including preservatives and other chemicals. Read the label carefully before you buy.
10. Comb your hair from root to tip.
This makes sense, right? Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. But if you have long hair, you should start at the bottom. Trying to remove all of the tangles and knots from a section of hair can cause a lot of damage. So start a few inches from the bottom and get rid of those tangles. Then move up a little. Repeat until all of the tangles are gone from a section.
What hair myths were you told?
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