Sometimes, beauty tips we’ve grown up thinking to be true turn out to be very false. Over the years, I’ve uncovered a lot of hidden truths on hair care and maintenance that contradict what I was told when I was younger. Hairstylist and personal friend Brittany Hasse is here to identify 5 common hair myths that are in desperate need of debunking.
MYTH #1: It’s good to wash your hair everyday.
FALSE: Most hairdressers agree that the less you’re able to wash your hair, the better. This is because most shampoos and conditioners are made with ingredients that can dry out your hair and scalp. A common complaint is, “But I have to wash my hair every day…It gets so greasy!” Chances are, your hair gets greasy because your scalp is over-producing oil in an effort to re-hydrate what you’ve dried out by shampooing daily. Even though it may seem counter-productive, cutting down to washing your hair only three to four times a week will eventually cause your scalp to normalize, allowing you to enjoy more time to do other things besides washing your hair.
A tip: To help aid that somewhat uncomfortable transition to washing your hair less, invest in a good dry shampoo for the days that you’re not washing your hair! (Suave makes a good one)
MYTH #2: Going without haircuts will help your hair grow out the fastest.
FALSE: Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks is the BEST thing you can do if you’re trying to grow out your hair! The fact is, hair that’s been on your head for a very long time (the ends of your hair) isn’t as strong and is prone to breakage. Once the end of a hair strand breaks or splits, it’s officially compromised. At this point, these compromised ends will continue to break off (making the hair strand shorter and shorter) until you get that haircut you’ve been dreading. If you consistently get healthy trims, your hair will grow out more quickly, consistently, and efficiently.
A tip: When you do decide to go in for your trim, choose a stylist that you trust and make sure he/she is absolutely clear of your intentions to grow out your hair. Make sure the both of you are on the same page of how much length is going to be removed before your stylist even picks up the scissors.
MYTH #3: Super sudsy shampoos are your friends!
FALSE: Many people think that the sudsier and foamier the lather of their shampoo, the cleaner their hair is getting. Though your hair might be getting clean, the ingredient that causes all of that luscious lather is also drying the heck out of your hair. These ingredients are called SULFATES. Sulfates can cause scalp irritation, hair loss, and dry hair problems. Sulfate-free shampoos are becoming more popular and abundant now that people are starting to realize this. It used to be that sulfate-free shampoos were mostly recommended to clients who had just had their hair-colored or chemically straightened. This is because the sulfates in the shampoo strip the outer coating of your hair. Imagine what it’s doing to your hair if it hasn’t been colored or chemically processed. Get sulfates out of your hair diet!
A tip: When looking at a so-called “sulfate-free” shampoo, make sure to check the ingredients. Some companies can get away with calling their products “sulfate-free” even though the products still contain some form of sulfates. If the ingredients include sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Ammonia (Laureth) Sulphate (ALS), TEA Lauryeth Sulfate (TEA), Sodium Myreth Sulfate (SMS)—don’t buy it! (Source)
MYTH #4: Hair is hair; curly/wavy haired guys and gals should get the same treatment as their straight-haired friends.
FALSE: Curly hair is a whole different animal! The two most important differences in curly hair vs. straight hair are in regards to haircuts and moisturizing. When it comes to haircuts, the common routine is getting your hair washed, cut, and then styled. However, those with curly hair should first get their hair cut dry, then get washed, and then styled. In fact, people with curly hair should be seeking out stylists who are trained to dry cut curly hair. Dry cutting curly hair helps the stylist have more control over how much length is removed during the haircut. Dry cutting also allows the stylist to see the behavior of each individual curl so that they can sculpt the shape that they want without disturbing what the curly hair naturally wants to do. Secondly, curly girls typically have drier hair than their straight-haired friends and should definitely eliminate sulfates and silicones from their hair diet. Silicones are ingredients in most conditioners that coat the hair and create a moisture block, therefore locking in dryness. (People with straight hair can benefit from removing silicone from their hair diet as well, for that matter.)
A tip: Do some research on stylists who specialize in working with curly hair. MyDevaCurl is a great brand that offers healthy products for curly (and straight-haired) people and also lists curly hair specialists in your area on their website.
MYTH #5: Coloring your hair is dangerous, damaging and can cause hair loss.
FALSE: Coloring your hair, if done responsibly, is not harmful to your hair and will not cause hair loss of any kind. The key word here is “responsibly.” Professional hair color is made up of chemicals that are intended for specific purposes. There are hair dyes that are meant to cover your gray hairs, another type that is meant to tone your ends, and another meant for temporary hair color changes. A good stylist who understands color theory is going to know when to use a certain color in order to preserve the health of your hair. Some professional hair dyes are even formulated with conditioning agents inside to help hydrate your hair as it colors. However, there are irresponsible ways of coloring your hair that can lead to damage. Box colors (hair dyes that you would buy at the grocery/drug store) often have harmful ingredients that can damage your hair. I strongly recommend staying away from box colors and DIY hair color jobs if you want to retain the health of your hair.
A tip: Trust your stylist on this one: you’re better off leaving the color to them.
Brittany Hasse is currently a stylist at Susan Alan Salon in Porter Ranch, California. She is trained in L’Oreal hair color and cutting techniques. Brittany is a certified DevaInspired stylist, specializing in curly hair cutting and styling. She also specializes in balayage highlighting techniques and is certified in Brazilian Blowouts.
To book an appointment with Brittany, you can contact her at the Susan Alan Salon by calling (818) 360- 2234. Also check her out on Facebook.
Are you guilty of falling for any of these myths? Have you grown up believing any myths that turned out to be false?