Fact or Fiction?
There are so many beauty myths, some reasonable and some ridiculous, that I felt it was time we set the record straight. I have consulted my beauty expert colleagues at K Bella to come up with the most common myths we are confronted with. If I happen to poke fun at the gullible believers of some of these myths (suckers), please do not be offended, lighten up, it’s all in good fun. With all due respect, some of these myths are better understood by us licensed gals, so I will not pick on you for those…or maybe I will, I’m in quite the mood today. This list is not coming to you in any particular order of importance or absurdity, but if I must stress my feelings about the importance of any given example, I will emphasize with capital letters, exclamation marks (excited marks as my son calls them), or swear words. Kidding, no swear words.
1. Getting your hair cut helps your hair grow faster.
False. The hair itself is not a living part of the body and its growth is determined under the skin in the follicle. If you do not trim your hair regularly, it can lead to breakage and thinning toward the ends, which may lead you to believe that growth has slowed, but this is not the case. Keeping your body and skin healthy and balanced is the real secret to more rapid hair growth.
2. Shampoo and conditioner lose their effect over time and need to be changed.
False. This is only remotely possible if you are using JUNK! (If you noticed I used both an excited mark and capital letters, so I really mean it). Let me elaborate on my statement. Let’s say that you are using a low-quality conditioner that causes buildup on the hair. Over time the buildup seals of the hair to any good things coming in (moisturizing ingredients for example) and to any bad things that need to come out (mineral buildup). In this case, you will find your hair feeling less than fabulous over a period of time with this certain product.
3. When you reach a certain age (will not create enemies by naming an age), you must cut your hair short.
False, with one exception. If you are aging yet your hair remains thick and beautiful, then wear those long locks with pride! Here is the exception. If your hair is thinning, it is a good idea to keep it shorter. I can empathize that thinning can be quite discouraging, so wearing a shorter style makes the issue less evident. Now here is where the grey area comes in…if your hair is thick and beautiful and you continue to wear a long braid to your knees every day, cut it. This obscene length will make you look OUTDATED, therefore older. So I suppose this myth is considered false..ish.
4. Facial and body waxing caused hair to grow in thicker and darker.
False. Truth is, pulling hair out of the follicle repeatedly over time causes that follicle damage to the point that the hair will eventually not grow back. This is why your dear Aunt Pearl spends so much time penciling her brows in. If you are noticing a significant change in how dark or thick your body hair is growing in, your hormones are typically to blame, not your esthetician.
5. A stylist has long hair, therefore is not good at cutting shorter cuts. Your stylist has straight hair, therefore cannot cut curly hair. A certain stylist sports funky color, zapping her powers to create a more natural color for someone else.
False, False, False. Here is how this works…In cosmetology school, students learn about ALL hair types, ALL skin types, ALL colors, ALL textures of hair, and ALL basic cuts and services rendered in a salon or spa. In saying that, it is true that hairstylists may excel in certain areas of hair design, making them more desirable for performing certain services. So, when you call to make an appointment at K Bella, please don’t act like your curly hair is some alien extension of the beauty world, all of our stylists are capable of cutting it (I do not speak for all hairdressers outside of our salon, some are just not that great at their job in general, as with any profession).
6. Stylists prefer you to come in with “dirty” hair for an updo.
Are you kidding me? False. I wish I could understand where this one came from. I wish to plug a little common sense into this myth. Let’s use an example. Does your dental hygienist think it is easier to clean your teeth with a 3-day layer of plaque on them, or with freshly brushed teeth?? I rest my case.
I have many more myths I would love to dive into, there are plenty out there. I figured I would leave you with childlike anticipation for the next list, which I will write…sometime in the future. Thanks for being a good sport as I mock some of the very myths you may have believed to be true, or sorry if you weren’t a good sport!