HAIR CARE FACTS AND MYTHS
Is oil the best treatment for damaged hair?
- NO. In fact, you may be doing big damage if your hair is colored. Never put oil on your hair -- it will strip your color! When we fade colors in the salon purposely, we use hot oil. Oil mixtures can contain acidic ingredients, which strip color. Protein treatments are the most effective for damaged tresses.
- YES. Expensive shampoos contain fewer sulfates, the detergents that strip the hair of its natural oils and color. Also, high-end shampoos use finer ingredients at higher concentrations, so a little goes a long way.
- NO. No product on the market can actually repair split ends, although some can temporarily fuse ends together for a smoother look. Harsh reality: the best way to treat split ends is to cut them off.
- Do all-in-one shampoos and conditioners work?
- NO. It's impossible to receive the maximum benefit of cleansing or conditioning when it is combined. One cancels the other out. The only exceptions are super short styles, like a crew cut, that don't require much conditioning.
- NO. Silicone smooths the hair surface, making heat-styling results appear both shiny and silky. The new silicone's are super light-weight, and can even be used on fine hair without the threat of weigh-down.
- YES. Biotin, which is a vitamin that encourages cell growth in both your hair and nails. Biotin can be found at the vitamin store, and you can look for shampoos with it if hair thinning or slow growth is a concern of yours.
- NO. If you take good care of your hair, you can go three months (12 weeks) between cuts. If you're growing your hair out, avoid the salon even longer. You'll never grow it out if you're in the stylist's chair that often. Exception: if you have a short cut, you may need frequent trims to keep the shape.
- YES. You don't want chlorinated water to be the first thing that your hair soaks up. Rinsing your hair with water first prevents chlorine absorption. The ultimate protection is combing conditioner through your hair and topping with a swim cap.
- NO. Any amount of time you can dedicate to deep conditioning is good. It's better than nothing -- just like exercise. Wrapping hair in a warm damp towel will open the cuticle so your hair accepts the conditioner quicker.