Faith Xue Jan 21, 2014
hair myths debunked Bad news: the Easter Bunny doesn’t exist. Not surprised? Hm…let’s try again…oh, here’s one: you should wash your hair before you color. Got your attention now, have we? Today, we’re talking myths – more specifically, hair myths. We don’t know why exactly there are so many widely-accepted hair myths out there, but we do know that we’re here to put an end to them. Below are four of the most common hair myths, debunked. Your hair deserves the truth and so do you…  

Myth #1: Frequent trimming will help you hair grow faster

While trimming your hair might make it look healthier, it won’t help it grow faster. Your hair grows from the roots, so what you do the ends makes no difference on the rate it grows. However, you should still continue to get trims every few weeks; split ends can lead to breakage, making it harder for you to maintain the length of your hair. To keep breakage to a minimum, we recommend using gentle hair elastics and a heat protectant spray like Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist – Heat Protectant Spray before heat styling.  

Myth #2: You shouldn’t wash your hair before a coloring appointment

You may have heard that you should avoid washing your hair before a dye appointment because color adheres better to dirty hair. This is not true – in fact, Matrix celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas states, “It's a myth that hair color takes better to dirty hair; it actually makes it easier for your colorist to see your natural color and find your most flattering hue when it is clean.” Product buildup and oil can make your hair color appear darker than it actually is, so it’s best to give your locks a rinse if you want to help your hair colorist make the best decision.  

Myth #3: You should switch up your shampoo and conditioner because your hair will “get used” to them

This is a skin myth that many people also mistakenly apply to their hair. After you use your favorite shampoo and conditioner for awhile, you may feel like they aren’t giving you the same soft, silky locks as before. In fact, you might notice that your hair is starting to look a bit…dull. Before you chuck your products and search for a new shampoo to pledge your loyalty towards, know this: your products aren’t any less effective than they were the first time you bought them. Your hair, on the other hand, is probably the victim of the b-word: build-up. Some shampoos and conditioners leave behind residue after each wash, leaving your hair looking dull and lifeless over time. To counter this, simply use a clarifying shampoo once every week or so – we like Pureology Purify Shampoo to get our hair back in the shine game.  

Myth #4: You should always lather, rinse and repeat

Beware the danger of over-sudsing – no matter how much you love the squeaky clean feeling after a good shampoo sesh, it’s a slippery slope to go down. Over shampooing your hair strips it of the lipids that make it shiny and healthy. Instead of repeating your lather or shampooing every day, use a dry shampoo like Garnier Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo or Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk to extend the life of your locks instead.   Any other hair myths you’d like us to debunk? Sound off in the comments!   photo credit: thinkstock


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