I thought it would be fun to gather a list of “myths” I hear all the time. Most of you probably already know most of these but sometimes when those little fibs take hold they are really hard to get away from! So just in case, here is my list.
Myth #1: Shaving hair makes it come back in thicker.
Your hair is shaped like a blade of grass. If you cut the top off the stump will appear to be thicker but that is only temporary as the hair is being shed and replaced constantly.
Shave your arms if you like, live it up! Gratefully razors don’t have magical hair growing properties but if they did I bet a lot more bald dudes would be shaving their heads.
Over washing could actually cause breakouts and skin irritation. The tendency is to try to dry your skin out and medicate it as much as possible but your skin is sensitive and might be revolting in the form of …more breakouts! If you are doing everything you can and your skin isn’t getting any better, it might be better to see an esthetician or dermatologist for a second opinion.
I think it is important to be open to the opinions of beauty experts and consider their advice but ultimately what matters most is what you like and feel comfortable in. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am a makeup artist and I hope my advice is helpful to people but I also have my own biased opinions based on my own personal preferences and lifestyle.
A stylist might think you need bangs and love the way you look in bangs but if you disagree don’t assume you must be wrong. It’s your face so you’re kind of an expert as well:)
I understand that this myth is founded on something truthful. If your hair is damaged and splitting at the ends it will break off and kill any growth you are working on. Although, when I used to hear this growing up I’d always picture my hair follicles going on strike because the ends told them they haven’t been cut in longer than 8 weeks:)
Women often times tell me they choose powder foundation because they like a light coverage. Powder can be heavy, it can also be light. The same thing applies to liquid.
Don’t shy away from liquid because you are afraid of heaviness, many liquid foundations are very light!
By using cleanser without moisture it can cause your skin to create even more oil to compensate. Creating a bigger problem. Try using light moisturizers instead.
The land of Pinterest seems to strongly disagree with me on this, with hundreds of pins claiming to show you “the proper way”. While I think its nice to have guidelines and helpful hints I think it’s silly to think that with a world full of different people with different personalities, eye shapes, brow shapes and wildly different opinions on the hotness rating of Ryan Gosling (just kidding I think we can all agree he’s a hard 10 but..still you get my point, right? usually we aren’t all the same) that there could be one way we should all be doing our shadow? I think not. Go ahead, try the proper eye shadow application, but when you get bored with it? Try something totally different. Proper is so boring anyway:)
Here’s the thing: the whole purpose of having healthy hair is because generally healthy hair looks prettier. The whole purpose of most hair damaging (ie coloring, curling, blow drying) is to…make your hair look prettier. So the real goal is to manage your damage depending on your preferences.
For instance my best friend Shelly ALWAYS blow dries her hair. If she doesn’t it never dries right and she has to wash it twice as much. She also colors it every once in a while. Other than that she mostly leaves it alone. Her hair is coarse and strong so she can blow dry it every time she washes it and it’s still very shiny and healthy.
I color my hair regularly and part of the reason I love to do my roots is because I have very fine hair and a little bit of damage on my roots gives my hair body and makes it fall prettier. I also love to curl my hair fairly often. Which means I have to make concessions in other areas. So I almost never blow dry it or use sulfate on it and rarely use hair spray.
Some damage can actually make your hair more manageable, it’s when you do what I did this summer and throw damage caution to the wind for months, that you end up with broken hash browns where luscious locks once were.
You know me, I’m old fashioned and prefer the look of skin with texture and character but if people like their photos better with these edits I’m totally in support of using them. The only problem is when it changes an expectation of what is normal or makes you wonder “why the heck don’t my photos ever look like that!?” in which case you should rest assured, it’s probably an app. (the app is beauty365 if you’d like to play with it, it’s very fun to make yourself look like a crazy 80’s dance party fell on your face and send the photos to your friends)