Common Hair Myths
Disclaimer: These are the opinions of our Hairstylist; we do not intend any harm or hate to these remedies or the people who may use them. These are just their opinions that they form through years in the hair industry and personal use/stories.
We all have different things we believe when it comes to our hair, what at-home remedies work the best, what products to avoid, what makes or breaks your hair, the list goes on and on. There are so many myths about hair that it’s hard to keep track of the ones that work and the ones that don’t. Well, you’re in luck today; we are going to be debunking some of those myths you have about your hair!
The first myth to look at is that brushing your hair while the conditioner is in it will damage your hair. No! It’s actually the right thing to do. If you just put the conditioner on your hair and let it sit there, it’s not doing your hair any good. You don’t necessarily have to use a brush; you can just simply rake your fingers through your hair to work in the conditioner. It still works the product in your hair rather than letting it just sit on top of the strands, but if you do want to use a brush or a comb, the best ones we recommend are either a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb if you already use a comb that’s great, but make sure it’s not a fine-tooth one or could lead to the breakage you’re worried about. Another thing you want to do with your conditioner is to avoid putting it directly on your roots, start at the middle of your hair, to avoid having the top of your head look oily.
The second myth is vinegar is a good at-home hair cleanser. No, it is not a hair cleanser, even if it’s diluted; don’t use it on your head. It can lead to scalp irritation, even burns, and can lead to scalp sensitivity. Though we do not recommend using vinegar to cleanse your hair, there are some hair products that have apple cider vinegar in them, which is better than using regular vinegar. One product we do recommend that can help achieve the cleanse you’re looking for is the Aveda Rosemary Purifying Cleanser Shampoo and Conditioner, which gently clarifies normal to oily hair; by using this, your hair will feel squeaky clean, reset, and shiny
Third is that Olive Oil or Vaseline are good ways to moisturize your hair. Olive Oil is used for cooking, not to moisturize your hair, and Vaseline is used mostly for your skin. Your scalp already has natural oils; using these products, can block those pores creating more problems than just dry hair. Just like vinegar, some products contain Olive Oil and are better than using cooking oil. One product to try is Aveda brilliant emollient finishing gloss, which is mainly used for medium to coarse hair; the product is a high-gloss emollient with rice bran oil that smooths ends, conditions, and imparts an extraordinary shine.
The final myth for today is that dry scalp and dandruff are the same things. Believe it or not, they are two different things. Dry scalp is when the scalp does not have enough oil for the skin to be moisturized, it can cause itching, flaking, and irritation, it can also cause the hair to look dry. While dandruff is caused by seborrheic dermatitis, which is a condition that turns the scalp oily, red, and scaly. The white or yellow scales that flake off are dandruff. A product we recommend to help with a dry and itchy scalp is Aveda Scalp Benefit balancing shampoo and condition scalp remedy, this is used for all hair types, and it helps by cleansing your hair and scalp so it can look and feel healthy. For dandruff one product you can use is Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution, this product is a Leave-in daily treatment that reduces flaking and helps prevent reoccurrence while fighting to itch and promoting a refreshed scalp.
All the products listed are from a company called Aveda, which is vegan, cruelty-free, and plant-based, all can be found in our store located at 2332 W Mercury Blvd., Suite A/B, Hampton, VA 23666. Open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.