The 5 Biggest Hair Myths, Busted
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The 5 Biggest Hair Myths, Busted

Is Plucking Gray Hairs Okay?

You know that old saying that for every grey hair you pluck two will grow back in its place? Not true! If you have only a few gray hairs, I recommend you cut them rather than tweezing. Constant plucking over time will damage the follicle causing the hair to simply stop growing -- and you might need that hair someday.

Are Perms Permanent?

We hear it all the time in the salon, "When I was in high school I permed my stick-straight hair and it's been curly ever since!" Not true. The texture of your hair is determined by the shape of your hair follicles, which may change as your body evolves over a lifetime. It's not unheard of for hair to go from straight to curly and then back again. The same is true for curly hair that has been straightened.

I Just Don't Look Good with Curly Hair

Not true! Curly hair, more often than not, will make your features look softer and more youthful, as straight styles can be severe and aging. Every curly-haired woman has the potential to love her hair -- if you don't, try finding a stylist who specializes in curls to teach you how to make them work for you.

More Myths

Will a Cool Rinse Add Shine?

A cool-water rinse is a common last step during a salon shampoo to make the hair shinier. While it may reduce some frizz by sealing the cuticle, the real value of the cool rinse is actually to the scalp. Like the pores on your face, cleansing with warm water opens up the hair follicles, which allows your scalp to release oil and toxins. A quick shot of cool water helps seal them up again to keep your scalp balanced.

They're Just Cowlicks, Right?

Many women believe that they have straight hair with just a few dysfunctional pieces called "cowlicks." But usually you'll find those pieces aren't misbehaving after all -- hair can simply have varied textures throughout. Even women with straight, fine hair can have some curl hiding within. If you have hair like this, a layered cut is a great way to help mix different textures and encourage hair to spring up instead of lying flat -- which makes textured areas stand out instead of blending in.

Originally published on, December 2008.