Whether you’ve been coloring your hair for years, or are considering it for the first time, you’ve no doubt heard a myth or two hair, haircare and coloring. Below are some common myths and the truth about them.
You should wash your hair right before coloring.
FACT In order for the color to effectively bond to your hair, it needs to be somewhat clean and product free. Why? The color needs to penetrate the cuticle, so your hair needs to be free of any built-up product (especially oils and wax). Any build up can prevent the color from distributing evenly. It’s best to wash your hair 24 to 48 hours prior to coloring, the natural oils will protect your scalp from any irritation.
Red hair fades faster than blonde & brown.
FACT The color molecules for red pigment are much larger and do not fully sit in the hair shaft the way other color molecules do. Because about half of the molecule stays on the surface of hair, it washes out faster than other colors. To help keep red color longer, wash hair less frequently, and use color protecting products.
Split ends can be repaired.
FICTON Once the ends of hair have split, there’s no way to put them back together. You can help prevent split ends by getting your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks, using a brush for wet and dry hair, and avoiding hot tools as much as possible.
You need to wait at least a day before washing your hair after coloring.
FACT After the initial washing in the salon, it is best to wait at least 24 hours to wash hair again because the product needs time to set into hair. Washing too soon can pull the recently applied color out of hair. Try giving the hair color some bonus time and wait 48-72 hours for that first post-color shampoo.
Frequent trims will make hair grow longer.
FICTION Trimming your frequently will not make it grow at a quicker pace. Follicles in the scalp are the only thing that determines speed of hair growth. Regular trims may make hair appear as if it is growing longer faster as it eliminates split ends, which make hair look thin at the bottom or can even break off, making hair look as if it’s not growing.
Make sure you rinse out all the conditioner.
FICTION Rinsing out all the conditioner until defeats the purpose of conditioner rinsing away the nutrients you just applied. If you’re worried about greasy feeling hair after shampooing, don’t add to your scalp instead applying conditioner to the ends.