As a hairdresser you hear all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas & stories that people have & heard about their hair!
So before you waste your time buying lots of organic produce and mixing it into a hair mask to apply at the full moon take a look at the most common myths that we hear and why they are absolutely not true!
Myth: Frequent trims makes hair grow faster.
Truth: Technically speaking, this is not true! Granted, hair may grow a little faster in the summer but that has nothing to do with the scissors and everything to do with hormones which slightly speed up the growth. Hair grows at the roots, not the ends!
However : One thing a trim will do is eliminate split ends, making hair look healthier by stopping hairs splitting and breaking which gives thicker and more even length. This means that over time your hair will seem to have grown more when in fact you are just keeping the hair and not loosing length to hairs splitting and breaking, so get booked in for a trim!
Myth: You should switch the type of shampoo that you use after it’s finished
Truth: This is not necessary, if you are happy with your shampoo then fear not! It will work the same every time you use it for weeks, months & years – and as the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Just always make sure that you use the right shampoo to compliment your hair type.
However: If you have oily hair or use products which leave residue on the hair then you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up once or twice a week – depending on how much product you use. For a look at our full product range see here.
Myth: If you pull out a grey hair then 2 more will grow!
Truth: Not true! But plucking out those gray strands does no good! You can damage the roots and cause infection in your scalp, leaving a scar. Avoid!
Myth: Rinse with cold water for shiny hair
Truth: This beauty myth is only half false. Cold water does improve the shininess of hair but not dramatically and you won’t see any major changes.
However: It is best to avoid subjecting your hair to very hot temperatures as this can stress the hair. It is best to use luke-warm water (instead of freezing cold!) once a week to increase the circulation around the hair follicles and massage your scalp with the fingertips to stimulate healthy hair growth.
Myth: You can mend split ends with the right products.
Truth: I’m afraid once you’ve split your ends then there’s no going back ! The only thing to be done is to cut them off and regular trims are essential to keeping split ends at bay, particularly if you use a lot of heat on your hair! Split ends are caused when the hair is dry and brittle and so it’s important to keep your hair moisturised with good conditioner & hair oil.
However: Products containing silicone or beeswax can temporarily seal ends together, making hair appear healthier and feel softer & more manageable. Alternatively a Kerastraight treatment does wonders for the appearence of split ends.
Myth: Brush your hair with 100 strokes per day
Truth: All you need is a few strokes with a brush to style hair and spread the natural oils from roots to ends whereas anything extra is unnecessary strain on the hair. Overbrushing weakens the hair and can lead to breakage.
When hair is wet if you need to brush it use a wide toothed comb and comb gently from the bottom up. Remember hair is weakest when wet!
Myth: You must shampoo every day
Truth: Shampooing too frequently can harm hair by drying it out and cause your scalp to overproduce sebum making hair seem more oily.
If you have extremely oily hair and shampoo twice a day, cut back to once. If you shampoo daily, try every other day instead. It can take a few weeks for your scalp to get used to it but it will be worth it in the end – you will save on products and your hair will be less dry, bonus!
Myth: Blow-dry hair from dripping wet
Truth: This will make not only be very difficult and take ages to dry & style your hair but it will cause a lot of heat damage. Always rough dry your hair with cool air before you blow-dry into a style & always use heat protection! Check out our in salon blow-dry treatment here or visit our website.
The cold months can be hard on your hair & scalp with the cool air, central heating and the styling problems caused by wearing hats causing an array of problems.
Follow Anne’s tips to combat dull fly away hair through Autumn and Winter
Dry unruly hair comes hand in hand with cold temperatures with hair losing its shine and styling efforts made pointless the minute that you step outside!
This is down to a few reasons;
- The cold outside air and heated inside air are both low in moisture which can cause hair to dry out and look fly away
- If you are a fan of hats then the material will rubbing against the hair creates static electricity and upon taking it off you may look like you’ve just had a run in with an electrical current!
All of this causes hair to be dull and extra hard work to style (just what you need!) These simple hair care tips will help reverse and prevent the attacks of the winter months on your hair and help you keep your hair and your head in check!
Caring for your hair in the colder seasons
Heat and friction from central heating and wearing extra fabrics mess with the natural structure of your hair in it’s normal state. This aggravates the hair cuticles which damages the hair structure leading to brittle, dull-looking hair.
Prevention: A rich conditioning treatment with plenty of oil extracts keep the hair moisturised meaning it is less prone to damage and will also smooth out any already damaged hairs. It is advisable to invest in a salon treatment 2-4 times a month or good quality hair care products to do your own treatments at home. The exquisite oil range from Matrix is perfect.
* Tip: Add a few drops of exquisite oil to your shampoo/conditioner or work the oil through the ends of damp hair to keep it soft and add shine*
Unruly static hair can be one of the peskiest hair woes we find in winter. Heated indoor air and the contact of your hair with other fibres such as the fabric fibres of hats, headbands, and clothing are to blame. The movement of these fibres on your hair causes static electricity in the same way a balloon rubbed against your hair would, causing it to stand on end! Not good!
- Prevention: The way to prevent this lies in your choice of styling products. You need a product that will weigh the individual hairs down enough to control them while keeping your hair looking bouncy and full of life! Products such as Design Pulse Go Big hair mousse, Get Action wax, and Biolage Exquisite hair oil will do the trick.
- The lack of moisture in the air can also cause a very dry scalp because it will be secreting less sebum, this is the natural oil which is produced to keep your hair and scalp healthy. This can lead to itchy dandruff which can cause anguish, irritation and of course embarrassment.
- Prevention: A good quality anti-dandruff shampoo with proven results. The Matrxi SCALPSYNC range is ideal for any scalp related problems. The anti-dandruff shampoo will leave your hair feeling light and refreshed & your scalp soothed without a single flake in sight.
- Hats are essentials throughout the colder months. This will keep you cozy and your ears toasty but you will often be left with a bad case of hat hair!
Prevention: Try and avoid wearing the hat for too long and with thick heavy fibres if you need to take it off during the day. A volumizing spray spritzed onto your hair before you blow-dry while hanging your head upside down will maximise your volume potential before wearing your hat. To give your hair an extra good shot against falling flat use a volumizing shampoo & conditioner to keep your hair light and carry the spray with you to refresh your style after taking off the hat. Voulmebloom from Matrix Biolage will save you from flat hair all day long!
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Is your hair trying to tell you something about your health?
Sometimes dandruff can suggest at a health problem but more often than not you may just need to take a little better care of your hair and scalp…
White flakes of dandruff?
The very common white flakey dandruff is not a cause for concern as far as your health goes and it certainly isn’t contagious. Doctors aren’t quite sure what causes it exactly but a popular theory is that dandruff results from an overgrowth of fungus. You may be more prone to contracting dandruff if you suffer from oily skin, stress, obesity, cold, dry weather, and having eczema or psoriasis. Although the white flakes are embarrassing and inconvenient essentially dandruff isn’t harmful & can be easily managed with the right products.
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If the dandruff flakes are more yellow and oil then it is possible that you have an inflammatory skin condition that can occur where there are lots of oil glands such as on the scalp and face. This is known as seborrheic dermatitis and can correlate with hormones, fungus, and even some neurological problems. If you do suffer from this then it can be treated the same as white flakey dandruff: with antidandruff shampoos. If you have a more persistent and serious case then an appointment with the doctor may be best.
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SCALPSYNC ANTI-DANDRUFF SHAMPOO
To decrease the buildup of dandruff’s dead skin cells try investing in a good quality professional anti-dandruff shampoo & using it daily. Matrix Anti-dandruff shampoo from the SCALPSYNC range is perfect.
With properties mirroring the anti-bacterial and calming aspects of the mint leaf, Biolage SCALPSYNC Anti-Dandruff Shampoo with Pyrithione Zinc targets dandruff and controls the appearence of flakes.
After continued use you will see the;
● Elimination of dandruff
● No more flakes
● Scalp irritation is relived
SCALPSYNC Scalp Condtioner
This specialist conditioner will compliment any shampoo from the SCALPSYNC range. It weightlessly soothes and nourishes to condition hair and promote a healthy-looking scalp.
With continued use your will see;
● Weightlessly soothing and nourishment of the hair.
● Healthier looking hair & scalp
SCALPSYNC COOLING MINT SHAMPOO
Inspired by the mint leaf this shampoo will very gently cleanse excess oil from the scalp and hair with a cool, refreshing sensation.
After continued use you will see;
● Scalp and hair is cleansed of oil and looks fresh and revitalised
● The scalp is awakened with a cool & refreshing sensation
If you would like to enquire about any of these products then email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively call 01869 248 495 (Bicester) 01865 727 077 (Oxford)