Hairstyle Tips and the Truths Behind Them

When you go to a hair salon, it’s nice when the stylist explains what they’re doing. Just like when you go to a fine restaurant and they explain the best wine pairing for the evening, you want to know what you’re getting into. Here are a few styling dos and don’ts to help you know how to treat your hair,


Myth: Air Drying Your Hair is Better Than Blow Drying
Maybe you worry about the heat that comes from the blow dryer as your stylist drys your hair, don’t be. For one, your stylist probably uses some kind of thermal heat protectant before they dry your hair. This is essential for protecting your hair from split ends and breakage.

Second, if you feel that air drying your hair when you’re at home is safer, just know that your hair is in its most fragile state when it’s wet. The best thing to do is gently dry your hair on a low heat setting.


Myth: Braiding Your Hair Will Help It Grow Faster
Breakage of the hair can make it appear shorter, loosely braiding your hair can help prevent this. It doesn’t make your hair grow any faster however. Braiding your hair helps strengthen it because it prevents hair from coming in contact with other objects that can cause friction and breakage. Just be sure not to braid your hair too tightly as that can be constricting to the follicles.


Myth: Getting Your Hair Cut Every 6–8 Weeks Makes It Grow Faster
Just like your hair won’t grow faster when you braid it, it won’t grow faster with frequent cuts. The reason that your stylist may recommend that you come in every 6–8 weeks is because regular cuts help keep your hair healthy. Hair itself grows approximately ½ inch every month.


Myth: Styling Products Make Your Hair Thicker
Styling products are designed to support your haircut and hair texture. This way, products can help you get the most out of your style. Needless to say, this doesn’t mean your hair will automatically become thicker. It is always a good idea to ask your stylist what they are using on your hair and what it does, if they don’t tell you beforehand. The important thing to remember about styling products is that their results are temporary and you’ll need to keep applying the product every time you wash your hair to keep the wanted results.