Three Myths We Hear in the Salon

Myth #1: Hairstylist’s don’t like to be shown photos.

I can’t tell you how many times I hear, “I  know you don’t like photos buuuut…” as the person sitting in my chair reaches for their phone and opens their Pinterest account. While I can’t speak for all stylists everywhere, I can speak for myself and the girls at Park Avenue, and  we LOVE to be shown photos. Here’s why, If someone just says, “I want my hair balayaged” that doesn’t give much detail. Showing photos as INSPIRATION, is key. Based on the photos you show, we learn the styles that you like, and have a baseline for starting your service. Which usually means some follow up questions such as:

Do you like the amount of hair that is lightened or would you like to see more/less?

Do you like the brightness pictured or want something more subtle?

Do you like some of the color to go all the way to scalp, or to be placed lower like an ombre’ effect?

Do you like the warmer tones as pictured?

Do you like the placement around the face?

All the photos did was give us a great starting point and narrowed in on what you are looking for. The only time photos are not a good idea is if you have unrealistic expectations about what your hair can do. If you have thin, poker straight hair and bring me photos of a voluminous, curled hairstyle a la’ Khloe Kardashian. I’m going to think that you must spend an hour on your hair every morning because I know your hair isn’t going to “wash and go” like that.


Myth #2: When a stylist applies a toner, it means they messed up.

I can’t tell you how many questions I get on this topic. Glosses, glazes, toners, and the many names it goes by, but what is it? What we TYPICALLY use is a demi-permanent color.  So what exactly are we doing, you ask. For starters, when we gloss we can customize your color to your desired result. Do you like a warm, hazelnutty hue? A sandy beige? A glass of Champagne sparkling in the sunset? Okay, just kidding. Kinda. Basically toners allow for us to neutralize any unwanted warmth and deposit specific tones to help us get to your desired outcome.

Now, for some more in-depth education. Lets talk about Porosity, Porosity refers to the hair's ability or inability to absorb water or chemicals into the cortex.  When we do any amount of lifting (going lighter) to the hair it changes the hairs porosity. Think of it like cheesecloth. Those tiny little holes are open and ready to absorb whatever you put on them. This includes heat, minerals from your well water, or that bad shampoo you know you shouldn’t be using. (Tisk Tisk) Applying a demi-permanent color does so much more than just deposit tone. It (1) seals the cuticle, thus preventing breakage and keeping your hair shiny & healthy. (2) ADDS SHINE -come on, who doesn’t want MORE shine. (3) Certain demi-permanent color lines actually deposit fat into the hair, filling in those little tiny cheesecloth holes we talked about earlier.

One question I get a lot is, “ how does this affect my natural hair?” WELL, let me tell you. The color formulation is for your blonde hair, therefore it is toned at that level. It can only deposit into that first little layer of each strand. It doesn’t contain ammonia or properties to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft. (Like a permanent color does). All it will do to your darker hair is make it shiny and healthy and will not change the color at all. Since it doesn’t penetrate into the cortex, so it only lasts 20-30 shampoos ergo, DEMI (meaning half or lesser in french) think of it as going HALFWAY through and then it slowly fades away each shampoo.  

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Myth #3: The Truth About Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is not regular shampoo and it should NOT replace your regular shampoo routine. It doesn’t cleans the hair or remove impurities as a traditional shampoo would. It adds more product which means more build up which means more to cleanse on shampoo day. I’m not saying NEVER use it, if you need to get an extra day out of your style, or help with some post-workout hairline sweat, by all means, use a little. Covering those natural scalp oils that are produced to moisturize your scalp, are constantly being covered and your scalp isn’t getting conditioned as it needs to. Without those natural oils distributed, it can result in dry scalp, which means you’ll likely get some mild dandruff and dry ends as well. We recommend using a boar bristle brush to distributive those oils from the scalp to the ends of your hair to add shine and coat the hair shaft. Overuse of dry shampoo leads to a slew of problems. After a while, the buildup of this combo will be so severe that it'll completely clog the follicle, this will lead to possible hair loss, constant greasy hair, and some type of flak-age happening.

Now, not all dry shampoos are created equally. The Dry Shampoo by Seven Haircare that we use in the salon, uses tapioca starch and aloe vera leaf juice to absorb the natural hair oils. It does not use talc or aluminum starch (which clog the scalp) and is found in a lot of dry shampoos. It’s residue free meaning, no clogging or powdery white color that tells everyone you did not shampoo this morning.  A tip recommended by our experts at Seven, is to use their dry shampoo immediately AFTER it has been washed and dried or right before a workout. Doing it this way, you will likely use less product but as the oils are produced the dry shampoo particles are still in the hair and will start working right away.

Hopefully this cleared up some misunderstandings you may have had about these topics. Feel free to ask us anymore questions in the comments, via email, or at your next appointment as we would love to answer them for you!