Hair Tips

Common Hair Myths

All kinds of myths surround proper hair care. With some sounding completely preposterous and others pretty believable, it can get a little hard to tell fact from fiction. Leon breaks 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. The key to a balanced approach is to 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 can be 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 more 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 hair, get a trim every six weeks.

4.  Hair grows faster when it is trimmed more frequently.
Fiction. The rate or speed of hair growth is not determined by the frequency of trims. Trimming will not make hair 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 75% of both men and women of all ages. Thinning hair car result from genetics, diet, stress, medication, environmental factors, health concerns, chemicals and hot tools.

6.  If you’re planning to wear an up-do for a special event, your hair should be slightly dirty.
Fact. In most cases, freshly shampooed hair does not hold curls as easily and can make the style fall flat. When you schedule an up-do, it’s best to shampoo your 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 use of hot tools. Both can cause damage to the hair and scalp. Hair is protected, even when direct heat is applied, if knowledgeable stylists use the appropriate hair product that maintains nutrients, volume and moisture. Clarifying shampoo removes build-up caused by environmental residue, and an in-salon exfoliating treatment regenerates and revitalizes the scalp.

To learn more, visit Leon and Co. Salon
71-49 Yellowstone Blvd
Forest Hills NY 11375

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