Hair Truth or Hair Myth?…Part Two

#6 Truth or Myth: Chlorine in pool water turns your hair green

Well I suppose this could be a bit of a trick question.

While it is true that excessive exposure to chlorinated water seems to leave some users with a haircolor oddly resembling baby grass, it is not the actual chlorine that is appearing green.

In these cases, the chlorine is only acting as a damaging agent…turning the hair both hard and brittle…crazily, it also gives it a high sheen….a tell-tale sign of chlorine exposure…

The actual green “color” that develops, is typically the result of copper compounds attaching to the hair where it has been damaged the most…this attraction can result in the hair “absorbing” up to 200 times more of certain minerals than are normally present in healthy hair.

(Surprise—Even brown hair with repeated exposures can “dull” out or take on a very unattractive, greenish-brown appearance).

Where is the copper coming from?…some from pipes… but mostly from the algaecides used for water “treatment” in pools.

Verdict…..Myth—well, sort of


#7 Truth or Myth: Are your split ends really split

The vision of the old “exploding cigar” always comes to mind when I think about split ends…

Unfortunately, that’s more of what you would get when the hair actually breaks off somewhere along the shaft.

Real hair is made up of many micro strands all wrapped around themselves to make an amazingly strong

“natural rope”…this woven inner cord is then enveloped by 5-7 layers of long “sheaths” (cuticle layers) running down length of the hair—stacked on top of each other like common house shingles.

So at the “ends” of the hair, you have the cuticle layers plus the inner hair exposed to both natural and man-made stressors.  The cuticle layers wear down and get thinner with actual “scales” being lifted when enough damage occurs. The inner core is quite strong, but the proteins and other components that maintain durability will eventually breakdown and the ends actually start to unravel, more than split.

There are only 2 really good options available for this problem…Cut them off— or use the best treatments and conditioners that work for your hair—-they can work to re-adhere some of these layers together & replace lost structural elements.



#8 Truth or Myth: Blowdrying can make your hair fall out

Different camps may be divided on this one, but I fall squarely in the “not likely” group.

Sure, you can use too hot of a dryer… or over-stretch the hair and get breakage, but I have seen no cases of hair loss from simple blowdrying (unless there is an underlying medical issue)…

I do understand though, that when individuals are going through periods where hair loss is accelerated (see above)… they can become hesitant to use any “strong” forces on the hair.

What I believe, is that a hair that is going to let go during the normal shedding process is going to fall out with very little coaxing from you…

Assuming you are not experiencing extreme hair loss currently or have special follicle issues, normal blowdrying should be of no major consequence to losing hair.

Note: Again, if your hair is longer, curlier, or needs more aggressive “brush” work… and/or you have more delicate strands from coloring…you can certainly expect to see more hair both in your hands, or in the brush when styling.



#9 Truth or Myth: Blondes have the least amount of hair

During the high volume “perm era” of the 1970s-80s, designers frequently mentioned how poorly many blondes reacted to that process. It was not unusual to get so-so, to lousy curl formation, even with the right applications…it often created a difficult situation for the development of fullness and curl retention…seemed like such a pity, since blondes regularly have such fine hair in general…

It was this fine hair that took up so little “space” that lead us to believe that blondes didn’t have as much hair as other haircolors…

Well, we were wrong…..the averages below tell the true story about “hair density”:

1st Place for density goes to blondes with approx.140,000 hairs per head

2nd Place for density goes to black hair and brunettes with approx. 110,000 hairs per head

3rd Place for density goes to redheads with approx. 90,000 hairs per head



#10 Truth or Myth: Flat irons make your hair flat

While it is true that a flat iron can make your hair very flat, sleek and shiny…this is not why they are called flat irons.

They got their name from the fact that the 2 heated surfaces that close together are “flat”… compared to the round and curved surfaces of ordinary curling irons…

Both stylists and customer regularly use the flat iron to create waves, curls and flips in the hair…it actually can be a simpler appliance to handle for most individuals…

If you are not sure how to use the flatiron for different effects…ask your designer when they have a moment, to show you the ins & outs of the tool….you just might love the different kind of looks it can create…



#11 Truth or Myth: If you cut your hair it will grow faster

If one meant that it would get longer more quickly… in absolute terms….not happening.

It will NEVER make the hair change its natural growth rate coming out of the scalp.

However, in a bit of irony, cutting the hair can actually help facilitate growing longer & healthier hair.

Why is this?

Since hair can start to unravel at the ends, simply letting it grow without maintenance trims can lead to the hair growing at the scalp but “whittling” backwards at the ends, causing one to have a smaller “net” gain in actual length each month.

The same is true for conditioning and deep treatments helping…

Skipping them or using less effective products for an extended period of time, can subject the “growing” ends to more irreversible damage…forcing consumers to cut off more of the total length…simply to restore the lost shine and strength for both styling and visual reasons.

(Note: Once a steak is made well-done, it can’t be made rare again…so always stay on top of the treatment regimen recommended by your professional designer…

Some hair is so fragile in areas, that even a single treatment or conditioning holiday (where you run out of prescribed products, skip using them for awhile or make inferior substitutions over a period of time) may allow a certain degree of irreversible damage to occur…

This scenario may make it nearly—if not impossible, to “bring-back” hair to its previous state of condition…

Verdict…..½ Truth and ½ Myth


Look your best…..

Laurence Seybold



Carenza Color Cutting Experience

Creative Director

Carenza Media

Regional Director

ViSalus Sciences


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