Answers to your most common hair concerns

 

I think we all know the internet can be a blessing and a curse. Effortlessly, we can find information on any topic in a blink of an eye. As useful as all the information the internet provides can be, it can also be a curse because not all of the information is true. As hairstylists, we so often hear and see people doing things with their hair because the internet tells them they should. We wanted to address those common misbeliefs and questions that we see and hear most often so you guys know what’s right!

First lets address those pesky grey hairs that get so tempting to just pluck and get rid of them. The myth is that you may have heard is if you pluck one, two more will appear. Thankfully that one just isn’t true. One hair grows per each follicle so, therefore, only one hair is going to grow back from where you plucked. With that being said, when new hairs are growing in they send to stick right up while they are short until they get enough weight and length to lay down. This is especially true with grey hairs because they tend to be more course and wirey so they will be even more noticeable. So even though its tempting to just pluck it and instantly get rid of it, it is going to be better for you to leave it alone and let it grow out enough to lay down more. A wonderful option instead of having to deal with those pesky greys, is getting your hair colored! We have lots of options as far as completely covering the greys or blending them!

Another common misperception is that in order to thoroughly clean your hair, you needs lots of suds and bubbles in your shampoo. Most suds come from sulfates which are detergents that are added to a lot shampoos as cleaning agents.  Now sulfates definitely do the job of cleaning well, but the question is does it do it too well? Most sulfates not only clean out the product build up but they also commonly cleanse away all of your natural oils. Natural oils are actually made to be very nourishing for your scalp and hair, they’re not meant to be completely stripped. Using a sulfate free professional shampoo may be in your best interest because of the fact that they will still clean your hair well but they often leave some of the healthy oils on your hair. Secondly, some sulfates can be harsher on colored hair, so most often we recommend avoiding the sulfates on color treated hair! We rely on Pureoloy a lot because they are all sulfate free and protect our guest’s hair color while still cleaning their hair!

Dandruff- this is a tricky one. There are various reasons you could get flakes, some of them being a dry scalp, psoriasis of the scalp, product build up and sensitivity to product. True dandruff is from over production of oil, which is very different from what most people think; most people think that dandruff comes from dry scalp! So the issue with that is if you truly have dry scalp but are treating it with a dandruff product, you could be worsening the problem. Our best recommendation for flakes is to consult with your stylist so that they can diagnose the problem and get you on a regimen to help!

Now this one we hear a ton; should I wash my hair everyday? There really is no right or wrong answer to this because it truly depends on the person. Truly washing your hair everyday is not necessarily a bad thing, of course as long as you’re using a quality shampoo and conditioner. But there are so many benefits to doing a day or two in between. The first benefit is that if you are washing your hair everyday, usually you are using more heat on your hair, which can be very damaging. For a lot of people when they wash their hair, they then blow dry and then possibly follow up with a flat iron or curling iron, whereas if you don’t wash your hair everyday you are at least cutting out the heat from the blow dryer more often. Secondly, washing your hair less is definitely going to make your products last longer because you wont be using them as often, especially shampoo and conditioner. Third, if you get your hair colored you probably already know the less you wash it, the less your color will fade. Sometimes it is a trial and error method to really figure out how often you should wash your hair because it really does vary person to person. Dry shampoo is an amazing invention that helps absorb the oils so your hair feels and looks fresher. Pureology and Redken have awesome options of dry shampoos to try!

Speaking of washing your hair, it is often believed that before recieving a color service or even a style for a special occasion it is best to come in with dirty hair. This one definitely isn’t true, or at least isn’t anymore. In the past, hair color used to be way more harsh so they used to tell people to have dirty hair so that you have natural oils to protect your scalp from the harshness of the chemicals. Professional hair color really has come a long way and is not nearly as intense as it used to be, so there’s no need for that extra layer of oils. Having clean hair when you get your color done actually can ensure better color quality! As far as updos and styling go, we also prefer clean hair! It is true that overly clean hair can sometimes be hard to curl. But dirty hair can sometimes be hard to work with and to combat the oils. If your hair is “too” clean we can always dirty it up a bit with hair products to get the right amount of hold. So overall, clean dry hair is going to be best when coming in for most hair services.

When growing out your hair you shouldn’t cut it. I am sure you have all heard that one before. We can’t stress it enough that it’s actually very important to cut it through the growing process! If you’re not keeping your ends trimmed, it’s inevitable that your hair will get split ends. When you have split ends it doesn’t just break at the bottom, but it keeps splitting up the strand till it just breaks off. So ultimately you will lose more length, which is why some people can not cut their hair for so long but feel like it never actually gets any longer. This can also be the reason for one’s length to look straggly since not all of the hair is growing to the longest length. So as counterproductive getting regular trims while growing out your hair may seem, it really makes a difference!

When reaching for a remedy product for damaged/dry hair it may seem obvious to grab the most hydrating products. While that’s not completely wrong it is actually important to have a balance of protein and moisture in your hair care regimen. When adding moisture to the hair it actually needs protein to hold on to the moisture, so if your hair doesn’t have enough strength then the moisture is not going to stick. Strength and hydration work well together to give you healthy hair.

Pinterest is notorious for showing all of these masks for your hair that all you need is the foods you have in your kitchen! One of the most common ingredients you see to use on your hair is coconut oil. So does it actually do anything for your hair? I mean coconut oil is an oil and of course any oil is going to make your hair shiny, that’s a given. But is it actually doing anything beneficial for your hair? Coconut oil can be nourishing, providing your hair with moisture and softness. On the other side it can also be really heavy on your hair, clog follicles, and be hard to shampoo out. Instead of heading to the grocery store to try out coconut oil on your hair, your best option is going to be to getting a hair product with coconut oil in it that specifically formulated for hair.

This myth isn’t as common but was definitely believed in my household growing up: coloring your hair is going to cause premature graying. Graying is a topic not a lot of people like to discuss but coloring your hair definitely is not going to make that come any faster! Graying is mostly predetermined by our genes. Now there are some outside causes that can contribute to that to a point, but it is mainly going to be genetics. So unless you have some amazing genes, we are all going to go gray to an extent, but everyone’s rates differ. Some start greying as early as in highschool and some not until their 60s or later, but that is going to happen whether you decide to get it colored or not! So might as well live a little and enjoy some fun coloring!

It used to be believed more often that you shouldn’t color your hair while pregnant, is that still true? As I mentioned earlier professional hair color used to be much more harsh than it is now, so the fumes and aggressiveness of color used to be viewed as a risk to pregnant clients. Color has a come a long way, it is not nearly as fragrant or irritant anymore. They even have ammonia free options which is great. So these days more often than not it is just fine to continue coloring your hair in a ventilated place while pregnant. With all that being said we ALWAYS recommend asking your doctor first to get the go ahead from them! Every pregnancy and person is different so your doctor will know what is best!

Most people use heat on their hair in some way shape or form. Something most people look past is using a heat protector. When you think about putting heat on your hair hot enough to cook your pizza, you really start to rethink that. Heat damage is such a common thing we see in the salon and that can be avoidable by two different things. First of all starting to use a heat protector because that is going to act as a barrier between your hair and the heat so that your hair is not being damaged by the heat. We carry a wide variety of heat protectors from sprays to creams, from ones that just feel really soft in the hair to ones with more hold. So there are many options for everyone! Second part of avoiding heat damage is making sure you’re using a hot tool that you can control the temperature on. Most hot tools go way hotter than what most hair types need, so having the option to control that is essential. Your stylist can really help guide you to learn what temperature would be good for you based on your hair density and texture.

I hope you guys all learned a thing or two! It is safe to say that as great as the internet can be, you cant believe everything it says. Your best bet is always going to be asking your stylist about your hair concerns, someone that truly knows your hair best! If you have any questions about any of these topics your stylist would be more than happy to help you at your next appointment!