With ALL the information that exists out there — it can prove impossible to pin down what’s best for your hair! And over the years, we can even attest to hearing many myths — from our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, friends, and hair dressers. But today — I aim to help you to get to the very root of some of the most common hair myths — thanks to the beauty experts at BeautyPress — like Else Olsen MD and Valerie Callender MD. So it’s time to think twice about believing everything you “hair.”
“Frequent trims makes your hair grow faster”
We have heard this myth so many times from our hairdressers who are scissor happy. Think about it, if you are trying to grow out your hair, why would you cut your hair so often; you’re just cutting off any new growth. Truth is, hair grows about half-inch per month whether its cut or not. That doesn’t mean stop cutting your hair altogether, adding an occasional trim (when needed) will take care of any split ends and prevent them from traveling higher up the hair- so you wouldn’t have to cut more later on.
“If you pluck out one gray hair, more will sprout in its place”
We all have had that feeling when we see our first gray hair, tempted to pull it but are afraid of this common myth. It’s been proven that pulling out one gray hair will not cause many more to sprout out, but it can eventually damage that root which causes infections and scarring.
“You can mend split ends with the right products”
As much as this pains us to say (and believe) there is no magical product that will mend split ends. There are many products that will make them appear temporarily smoother, but the only way to get rid of split ends is to chop them off.
“You have to constantly switch up your products because your hair will get used to it”
We ourselves used to believe this myth. Truth is, hair cannot tell a difference between brands or build up a tolerance to any product. If you find that your shampoo/conditioner isn’t working its magic like usual try swamping once a week to a clarifying shampoo to remove any excess build-up.
“Natural shampoos are the only kind that are gentle enough for hair”
This is definitely not true. The hair industry has certainly excelled and companies have noted that consumers want gentle options too. There are many shampoos on today’s market that are sulfate free, contain natural oils, and are proven to be gentle enough not to weaken the hair.
“If your hair is falling out, you should be concerned”
This is 100% normal, up to 100 hair sheds a day because your hair is constantly going through a hair cycle. The hair that is shed will be replaced. If you find that you are losing more hair than normal, then visiting your dermatologist will be best to help you further.”
As an added bonus, I’ve taken the liberty to roundup some chic products that will keep your locks healthy, shiny and frizz-free:
Paul Brown — opened his very first hair salon in Honolulu in 1971, and have since grown into six salons and full-service spas throughout Hawaii. The international hair care line provides solutions for all hair types. Paul Brown Salons and Spas delivers 300 stylists, make-up artists and spa professionals.
“From day one, I’ve had a passion for helping my clients look and feel their best, and that’s a passion that hasn’t gone away,” said Brown. “In fact, it’s a core value that is shared among our talented team of stylists, make-up artists, and other staff, and it’s what bonds us together to provide the best service to our clients.”Check out http://www.paulbrownhawaii.com/
HairMax LaserComb — the first and only FDA approved hair innovation, safe enough for home-use. This medical device utilizes laser phototherapy to effectively stimulate hair growth — treating hair loss in women (and men). HairMax also offers a collection of sulfate-free healthy hair care products — all formulated to work synergistically with the LaserComb. Products include an Enhancing Shampoo, Revitalizing Conditioner, Invigorating Scalp Treatment, Hair & Scalp Fortifier and Essential Vitamins — all to compliment the LaserComb, by facilitating the absorption of the laser light energy.
Directions: Simply glide the HairMax LaserComb over your scalp slowly in a combing motion 3 times per week for 10-15 minutes. It is important to move very slowly (about ½ in. every 4 seconds). Cover the scalp 2x per session.
3 models to choose from starting from $295 USD, available at hairmax.com, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
Pureology — turn weak, limb strands into silky sexy tresses with Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil — the brands first Green Seal certified 100% Biodegradable, silicone and paraben-free caring oil.
Precious Oil can be used in multiple ways to achieve versatility:
On Fine Colour-Treated Hair
• For Silky Conditioning: Before shampooing, apply 2 drops on dry hair. Do not rinse. Follow with the Pureology shampoo for your hair type, work into a lather and rinse.
On Medium to Coarse Colour-Treated Hair
• For Exceptional Softness: After Shampooing, apply 1 to 3 drops to towel-dried hair. Layer with any Pureology rinse-out masque. Leave on 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
• For Anti-Frizz Smoothness: After blow-drying, rub 1-2 drops in your hands and run lightly over dry hair. Reapply as needed.
• For Gentle Detangling: Apply 1 to 2 drops in palm and work through clean, damp hair. Beginning at the ends, use a wide-tooth comb and gently work out tangles.
• For Curl Revitalizing: Apply a small amount in palm and run through curls.
All Types of Colour Treated Hair
• For Radiant Shine: Blend or layer 2 drops with your favorite Pureology style and style as usual. Finish with any heat or styling tools.
• For Overnight Treatment: Apply evenly through hair before going to bed. In the morning leave in or rinse out.
On All Skin Types
• For Skin Softening: Apply on clean skin and massage in to moisturize.
“Pureology’s new Precious Oil fills the gap in the colour care market for a versatile hair oil that promises to maintain haircolour while providing exceptional softening, smoothing and shine benefits,” states Steven Henley, Senior Director of US Education for Pureology. “As we all know, water is the biggest enemy of hair colour. The natural state of hair is to be hydrophobic, which means it repels water. However as we colour our hair, our hair shaft weakens and becomes hydrophilic, thus attracting water and causing colour to leak from the hair. Precious Oil penetrates the hair to rebuild the lipid content, thus returning hair from it’s hydrophilic to hydrophobic state. It literally turns back the clock on hair damage!”
Visit http://www.pureology.com/ for more information.