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Beauty Busters: Hair Myths

Mar. 12 2009, Published 11:31 a.m. ET

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Remember all those old-wives tales we grew up with, like brushing your hair a 100 times will make it shine? NOT. It will actually cause breakage. Here’s a few hair myths debunked.

Hair Gets “Used to” Shampoos and Conditioners

False: Take a look at most of our showers and its chock full of different shampoos and half-used bottles of conditioners. Shampoos and conditioners tend either to either be light and clean or heavy and conditioning. If you use one product line exclusively, your hair can become overly clean and fly away or excessively conditioned and weighted down. It is best to have a couple of different hair care lines in your shower so you will always be prepared for your hair needs

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Beer Adds Shine and Body to Hair

True: Warm flat beer in a spray bottle is a great setting lotion that adds shine. The scent of beer dissipates as the hair dries, leaving you with a smooth and glossy finish. Now this doesn’t mean the next time you’re in a bar you should douse yourself -- intentionally --with Bud Light.

Make Your Own Conditioner at Home with Mayo and Olive Oil

False: Don’t try this at home! It’s messy, stinky and you’ll never get the mix out of your hair. By the time you’re on your sixth wash; figure you’ve stripped your locks of any beneficial oil. There are plenty of commercial products which add just the right amount and easily rinse out.

Lemon Juice Makes Your Hair Blonde

False: Lemon juice only works if you use it in the sun. And if your hair is a light brown shade or darker, lemons can turn your hair orange. Forget lemons; use one of the many hair color contains toners and conditioners which can put those sun-burnished streaks in your hair and still keep it in great condition.

Satin Pillow Sheets Keep your Blow Out Intact

True: After spending a small countries national budget on your cut and blow -out, you don’t want to sleep on it but trying to get your Z’s sitting up isn’t working. Satin material works because it won't absorb your hair's natural oils and will not mat your hair while you sleep. This minimizes breakage and helps hold on to your hair's body and style. We took this as an excuse to buy all satin sheets and pillowcases.

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Never Wash Your Hair before Going to the Colorist

False: When your hair is dirty it is harder for the colorist to determine the exact color of your hair, whether it has oxidized, and if subtle changes might have occurred during the course of the touch-up. Clean hair enables your colorist to have a clearer picture of the proper adjustments that need to occur to keep your color perfect. Hair color also takes better on clean hair. If20you do have a sensitive scalp and are worried about a reaction to the coloring process, gently wash your hair. Do not scrub your scalp!

One You Start Coloring Your Hair You’ll Be Stuck Coloring it Forever

False: Besides, roots are in! Just look at Sara Jessica Parker and Madonna. If that’s just not you your look, you can easily color your hair back to your natural shade using a semi-permanent color. Over time tinted hair will slowly grows out and is eventually cut off. People with more than 25 percent gray will experience a more difficult transition.



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