You may love your hair stylist too bits. He or she may make you look like a star or massage your scalp like nobody's business or even embody the very concept of drop-dead genuine flattery.
He or she is also getting paid. Which is not to say you don’t have the thickest, shiniest hair that’s ever been seen? It's simply to point out that what he or she tells you, or doesn't tell you, may not come from a place of absolute objectivity.
Or even absolute knowledge. While some stylists have been taking care of hair for 40 years, others graduated from beauty school five minutes ago.
So below we present you with 10 facts your hair stylist may be messing with, leaving out or not know at all.
Fact 1 - Olive oil works!! – Home items like olive oil can create awesome outcomes.
Deep-conditioning salon treatments can be amazing at times. There's just something about having someone else work with your hair and add flowery goodness to it. Someone who massage it in and rinses it out.
But there's also something about doing it yourself for less money. The truth is, home remedies made from ingredients like avocado, olive oil and coconut oil condition hair fantastically, and there's even some evidence that some can make it stronger.
If the amazingness isn't what's drawing you to your stylist for expensive treatments or products, consider looking in your kitchen. The results can be just as awesome.
Fact 2 - Shorter hair isn't longer hair and hair isn't alive.
The idea that trimming your ends often can make your hair grow faster is oddly appealing. Unfortunately, it's not true.
Hair is not alive, it's dead skin cells. Cutting off the ends doesn't speed up the hair-growth process. It makes your hair shorter. But getting rid of split ends can also make your hair look a lot healthier and give it some extra bounce.
The average rate is 1/2 inch per month, and no number of regular salon visits will change that. Hormonal changes, however -- seasonal or pregnancy-related -- can affect the speed of growth.
Fact 3 - Roots are easy - if your dark roots are messing up your blonde tint, book an appointment with your stylist, now!!
If your hair color actually lasts the projected six weeks, you're one of the lucky ones. Usually for over 30’s those grey roots start to show through long before you're due back at the salon or hairdresser.
You don't need to run to your hair stylist for a root touch-up, though. Today's home kits can do basic grey coverage and match salon colors just fine.
Fact 4 - Normal hair, normal price products - If your hair is normal, normal products should work just fine.
Specialized, "professional" products can cost a lot of madibas. They can even have some really great ingredients that can do amazing things for your hair. If your hair needs them.
If you have perfectly healthy, normal hair that looks lovely using the simple normal stuff, you don't need to switch to the expensive bottle or product your stylist recommends. While salon-grade products can certainly have higher-quality or special ingredients, not everyone needs them.
However, if you have damaged or color-treated hair or a condition like severe dry scalp, those expensive bottles can make a difference.
Fact 5 - Plucking one does not make two - Put aside that old wives' tale and pick up your tweezers.
It's an old wives' tale that has persisted through generations. Someone, at some time, stated that plucking one grey hair caused two to grow back in its place. It's unclear what the scientific basis for this might be. There isn’t any.
If you only have a few greys, you can pluck them. There's no need to start the coloring process for five or six little hairs.
The problem with plucking is that the one grey hair will grow back; leaving you with a short, spiky grey hair rather than a long one that at least lies subtly against your head. So if you have more than a few, coloring or accepting the grey with open arms is the way to go.
Fact 6 - Your product is your product - available at your local store.
If your stylist has told you never to buy your expensive shampoo at the grocery store because it's contaminated, he or she is mistaken. You can get it for less there because, as always, big stores buy in bulk.
Salon-brand manufacturers say they don't sell to normal shops and there's something wrong with the bottles you see there. In fact, the salon-brand manufacturers don't sell to any stores. They sell to distributors and those distributors then sell to salons. And to normal stores. Technically, they're not supposed to sell to normal stores but they do. It's called diverted product and it's the same stuff you find at your salon.
Fact 7 - Home hair color can be great - Your stylist knows more and has practice. But if you're careful, you can achieve similar results for small dye jobs.
Lots of people will tell you to avoid home hair color like the plague. In fact, you can do great things with color at home. You just have to know what you're doing.
That's the big difference between you and a hair stylist: Knowledge and practice.
These days, the actual hair color sold in the store is much like the stuff in the salons, with high-quality ingredients, natural components and added conditioners. The key is what you do with it.
If you avoid the cheapest boxes, follow the directions to a tee and try out a few different products and colors over time to find just the right one. You can come close to a salon result.
The exception is damaged hair or a dramatic color change. In those cases, the customization you find in a salon is worth the madibas.
Fact 8 - Hair does not adapt - If your products work for you, there's no reason to trade them in for something new.
Your hair is not used to the shampoo you've been using for eight months. It's not immune to your conditioner or de-frizzer. It doesn't care if you use the same great products forever.
There's no evidence whatsoever that hair benefits from changing products every six months or every six years. Conditioner isn't an addictive drug; your hair doesn't build up a tolerance to it. If it makes your hair look great, it should always make your hair look great.
Fact 9 - Products can't fuse -Tthere's no miracle product for broken hair.
Split ends are a problem for many and the bombarding of products claiming to treat them. They're on the store shelves and in the salon, and they can't, in fact, do anything about split ends.
There's no product out there that can fuse the ends of your hair. The only thing to do about splits is to trim them off.
Fact 10 - You can cut your own ends but give in to the temptation to trim.
Split ends happen all the time, and they can ruin the look of your hair. It gets all blurry around the edges. You may be tempted to cut them off yourself and skip an expensive visit to your hair stylist.
And you should give in to that temptation.
Unless you have some insanely high-maintenance style in which a quarter-inch off a few hairs changes everything, there's no reason why you can't deal with your own split ends at home.
If you have a whole head-full of them, that's different. Then we're talking about a haircut and visiting the stylist soonest.