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Let's set the record straight on a couple of these common mistakes!

Myth #1: Coming to the salon with greasy/dirty hair is better for your hair for your colour or styling appointment.

I am not sure where this myth came from, but it honestly couldn't be further from the truth. To start, if you are coming for your highlight or balayage appointment, coming with greasy or dirty hair hinders your result.

There are a few reasons why. The main reason being the hair colour or lighter (bleach) now has a barrier it must work through. It can lead to uneven, patchy and incorrect results. Clean saturation, sectioning and backcombing are also affected due to this.

Now with styling, COME WITH CLEAN, FRESH DRY HAIR. If your hair is greasy, there is not a lot we can do to save it for those who got told it's for the extra grit. It's untrue. We have products we do that imitate that without the oil and grease. Hair will not hold well with any spray. Again for the same reasons, much like greasy hair with colour.

Myth #2: The incredible blonde that you left the salon will forever stay that cool blonde.

All hair fades warmly. Nope, we are not making this up. It's science.

At each level, there is an undertone that becomes exposed. When we tone it or correct it, it will forever be temporary. If you got told otherwise, you have been misguided and misinformed. Even the inside of a banana peel is pale yellow. (still warm)

As your colour fades, the underneath tone will become exposed. That is why you need to keep up with glaze/toner appointments and proper at-home hair care.

Myth #3: Purple shampoo makes your hair blonder.

Purple shampoo does not lift the hair. It is a colour depositing correcting shampoo or conditioner.

Meaning it does brighten and, if it does, run away from that product. It will control any unwanted yellow tones in the hair.

It does the opposite of brightening. It will make your hair appear darker. Why? Because cool colours absorb light giving the illusion of darkness. Warm colours reflect light giving the illusion of brightness.

If you want to get rid of orange tones, you need a blue shampoo or a combo of both if you have both.

Myth #4: Thinking you have dandruff. When there is a 99% chance, it is a dry scalp.

Brand marketing was a success when they believed that we all have dandruff, with most of us suffering from dry scalp.

Dry scalp can be triggered by specific things like not a balancing ph shampoo and conditioner, hormones, and environmental (cold weather, dramatic shift in climate). These popular misconceptions can lead to ineffective and sometimes inappropriate treatments and make it even harder on those who have dandruff.

So what is dandruff?

Dandruff is a minor infection of the scalp caused by an overabundance of a micro-organism called Pityrosporum ovale (P. ovale). This yeast-like fungus is part of the normal skin flora. Dandruff is a medical condition, not a cosmetic one. Therefore she treated like so using the correct products by talking to your hairstylist first in identifying it and then you're MD if the issue persists.

Myth #5: Using cooking oils (like coconut, almond, olive etc.) as hair care oils and treatments.

There is a time and place for oils like coconut etc. However, most of these on the hair shaft give the illusion and trick us into thinking our hair feels and looks better.

Cooking grade oil is precisely that. Cooking Grade. It has not been modified to work and absorb safely into the hair shaft. Meaning the molecule size is too big to absorb without being altered. It sits on top of the hair shaft, COATING IT.

Meaning we are back to point one with build-up being on the hair and making any product or colour you are using harder to do their job! You can often tell us there is a waxy residue left on the hair. Making you believe you have softer, shinier hair! DITCH THE OIL!

Until next time!

- Orla

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