Hair Dos and Don'ts
Have you ever heard “if you cut your hair, it’ll grow faster”? Most of us have—it’s one of many common hair myths. But how do you know which ones are fact and which ones are fiction? We thought we’d answer some of your burning questions to keep you ahead of the crowd. Let’s get started!
DOES MY HAIR NEED TO BE CLEAN FOR MY COLOR OR BALAYAGE APPOINTMENT?
Many people think it’s best to come into the salon with dirty, greasy hair. If you’re only getting a root touch-up and you know for sure your color contains ammonia (not applicable to ammonia free color) or all-over color, that may be fine. But with the current trend of balayage, it’s important to make sure your hair isn’t too oily so your stylist can work on a clean canvas. When the hair is too oily, it sticks together, making it more difficult to achieve a smooth balayage application and desired results.
IF I KEEP CUTTING MY HAIR, WILL IT GROW FASTER?
Many people have heard that if they keep cutting their hair regularly, it’ll grow faster. Cutting the hair doesn’t speed up growth, but it does keep split ends at bay. If you wait too long to trim split ends, they can travel up the hair shaft, meaning you’ll need to cut more hair off when you do get a trim. Keeping the ends clean ensures the length grows more consistently and healthier. The amount of time between cuts depends on your hair and how well you take care of it. Your stylist will be able to recommend what’s best for you.
ARE CHEAP DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS THE SAME AS EXPENSIVE ONES?
Many people believe salon products are more expensive because of fancy packaging and/or so the stylists and salons can make more money. But that’s not true. In fact, stylists actually care about the products you’re using at home to maintain the health and vibrancy of your hair. It’s not about the money. In-salon products have higher-quality ingredients and are often more concentrated, giving you longer-lasting quantity and quality! Many drugstore products contain harsh ingredients that’ll strip your color and create buildup on the hair over time.
CAN MY HAIR LOOK LIKE A PINTEREST OR INSTAGRAM PICTURE IN REAL LIFE?
When bringing pictures to your stylist, it’s important to keep in mind that many photos on Pinterest and Instagram are highly edited or filtered. Your stylist should be able to tell you what’s achievable with your hair, but keeping realistic expectations is key! You can’t compare a picture taken with probably a professional camera and good lighting, good angle and you selfie in your bathroom or office and say why my hair is not the same as pictured.
WHY DOES MY HAIR LOOK DIFFERENT IN MY BATHROOM THAN IT DID IN THE SALON?
Lighting is a HUGE factor in what your hair color looks like. It may look different from the salon chair to outside to your bathroom. Many lights cast a warm, yellow glow that makes the hair look more golden, while natural light gives it its truest tone. This also applies to pictures—the same hair color may look different from one photo to the next depending on the lighting.
What other hair questions keep you up at night? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer them for you!