Common Hair Myths You Didn't Think About

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Coconut oil is good for your hair... MYTH.

Getting a good oil to hydrate the ends of your hair is a great thing to have, but one to stay away from is straight coconut oil. Coconut oil alone is made up of a molecule too large to actually penetrate the hair shaft, which in turn is doing your hair nothing beneficial. In fact, because it coats the hair, it is very difficult to cleanse out of your hair. When you go to heat style your hair after using coconut oil, you’re basically COOKING the oil into your hair. Some other great alternatives would be Sebastian Dark Oil, Pureology Smooth Perfection Serum, Wella Perfect Me, or Wella Oil Reflections Serum you can get them at the salon!

It’s better to come to my color appointment with dirty hair… FALSE! It’s best CLEAN!

I remember hearing through the years that it was better to come with dirty hair for several reasons. However, it’s actually been proven to be better for your hair and your color service if you come with clean hair! When your hair is clean it ensures even application and coverage because the hair cuticle is not coated with your natural oils or hair product.

Henna hair dye is more natural, therefore it’s better for my hair... BIG FAT FALSE.

Any hair color that is not professional grade (aka used in a salon) is not worthy of your gorgeous hair! Box dyes and hennas are always risky because we simply just don’t know what’s in them. And in a lot of scenarios, when you come to get your hair professionally done again, it’s very possible for a chemical reaction to occur on your hair. Hennas in particular are the biggest culprits. They may claim to be more natural, but overall the ingredients they use are very harmful for your hair, and make it so basically you’re only option is to grow that sweet hair of yours out and chop it off before you professionally color it again! For example, my cousin came into the salon wanting to lighten her hair. Almost a year prior she had put a dark blue henna over her already dark hair. You couldn’t even SEE the henna. We didn’t even know where it had grown out to. We did a test strand with lightener before we went all on, and her hair didn’t even lighten... IT TURNED SEAFOAM GREEN. She since has chopped her hair off so we could finally give her a cute new color!

Eyelash extensions will ruin my natural lashes and make them fall out and they’ll never be the same again.... F A L S E.

A BIG myth in the lash world is that. And yes, it WAS true. Before eyelash extensions were regulated by a license, anyone could buy supplies and start doing eyelash extensions. Because there was no training, not real research had been done regarding how to keep lashes healthy and strong. Now, as long as your artist is trained, you should not have to worry about that any more! Yes, your lashes will still fall out, but guess what... IT’S NORMAL! Your lashes go through a natural shedding cycle. A cycle usually lasts about 6 weeks. In that cycle your lashes are going through three phases: a baby stage, a growing stage, and a long, healthy & gorgeous stage. This is why it is important to get a lash fill every 2-3 weeks. Even if they’re staying on great, they’re growing out! Which means most of them will need to be replaced anyway. So do your sweet lashes a favor and schedule your fill appointments 2-3 weeks out.

I found the same professional product in the grocery store, SCORE!


There is a law and regulation that says that any professional product must only be sold in salons or through distributors. Because of that, any “professional” product you see on Amazon, in Ross, Walmart, Smith’s, Target, etc. is a big fat faker. Yes, it could still be the product, but by law, since they aren’t allowed to sell them in those stores, the product is either A) watered down or B) expired. A few weeks ago I found some Pureology shampoo and conditioner on the shelf at Smith’s. The packaging alone told me that it was several years old because Pureology has since repackaged several times since that version that was on the shelf at Smith’s. Make sure you are not spending your money on useless product! Listen to your stylist, they know what’s up :)

AND ANOTHER THING. If you’re investing in your hair at the salon, you PUT THAT PANTENE DOWN! (And all other grocery store products.)

Those products are full of water, alcohol, and other fillers that will fade your color 10x as quick as your professional hair care. It’s almost like buying a spanking new car without an insurance policy! Again, listen to your stylist, we care about your hair!!  

-- Written by Lindsay Amarel