7 Most Common Hair Myths: Fact or Fiction
By Marissa Hicken |
We hear all kind of myths when it comes to our hair. But with some sounding completely preposterous and others pretty believable, it gets a little hard to decipher fact from fiction. That’s why we spoke to NIOXIN lead stylist, Diane Cole Stevens to break down some of the most popular hair myths:
1. Eyebrows should match your hair color.
Fiction. Eyebrows are naturally two shades darker than the hair on your head, which actually gives the face and eyes more structure. When women lighten their hair, they tend to lighten their brows as well, which looks great! Just remember to leave the brows a level or two darker than your new hair color.
2. Exposure to sunlight is the healthiest way to lighten your hair color.
Fiction. Exposure to sunlight is just as damaging to the hair as it is to the skin.
3. If you see a few split ends, it’s best to cut them as soon as you see them rather than to wait for a bunch of split ends to appear.
Fiction. When hair becomes dry or damaged, the hair shaft splits at the end. If you wait too long for a trim, you may have to cut even more off to prevent further damage. If you are growing your tresses, get a trim every six weeks.
4. Hair grows faster when it’s trimmed more frequently.
Fiction. The rate or speed of hair growth is not determined by the frequency of trims. Trimming will not make it grow faster but will keep your hair healthy so it can grow longer.
5. Thinning hair occurs in most people.
Fact. Thinning hair affects over 78 percent of both men and women of all ages due to genetics, diet, stress, medication, environmental factors, health concerns, chemicals and hot tools.
6. If you’re planning to wear an updo for a special event, your hair should be slightly dirty.
Fact. Often times, freshly shampooed hair doesn't hold curls as easily and can make the style fall flat. It's best to shampoo the hair the day before, apply a mousse and blow-dry.
7. Hot tools are worse for hair health than pollution.
Fiction. Environmental factors such as air and water pollutants are just as harmful as the improper or excessive use of hot tools. Both can both cause damage to the hair and scalp. Direct heat on the hair must be protected with the proper regimen in order to maintain nutrients, volume and moisture. Use clarifying shampoo to remove build up caused by environmental residue, and an in-salon exfoliating treatment like Nioxin Scalp Renew, which helps to regenerate and revitalize the scalp.