Common Hair Color Myths Busted
To find out which common hair color assumptions are actually true, I went to the woman who keeps Julianne's red vibrant, Jennifer's cocoa rich, and Drew's blonde believable. Gina Gilbert is Hollywood's go-to hair color guru, and as of late she's available to all on both coasts at Serge Normant at John Frieda in NYC and their new salon in Los Angeles.
See below for a selection of hair color facts and myths. Can you tell them apart? Keep track of your answers, then click through to see what our expert has to say.
1. Each hair color requires its own special maintenance.
2. Grays can only be covered with permanent color.
3. Coloring hair during pregnancy is harmful.
4. Blond hair can go green from the chlorine in swimming pools.
5. Your hair must be colored every four weeks.
6. Professional products designed for color-treated hair help maintain color between salon visits.
7. Celebrities and magazines are most influential in what new service/technique a customer may want to try.
8. In most cases, when going lighter, it's better to opt for highlights than to lift your entire head of hair.
9. Lemon juice is a natural alternative to bleach for highlighting your locks.
10. Virgin root hair should be handled differently than the color-treated ends.
1. True, red hair tends to fade much faster so they must use a very gentle shampoo and they have to maintain color more. Blondes tend to get very light when going in the sun so they have to protect. Gray shows fast on brunettes so they have to cover them sooner.
2. False, semi-permanent hair color with no ammonia can cover up to 60% of gray hair.
3. False, it has never been proven. Semi-permanent color is safe b/c there is no ammonia or peroxide. Highlights are safe b/c they don’t touch the scalp.
4. True, the best thing to do if you don’t have a bathing cap is to rinse your hair before going in the pool. Rinse hair immediately after swimming – the best thing to rinse with is club soda. Do not let chlorine dry in your hair.
5. False, highlights can go as long as 2 ½ months, blondes with gray can go as long as 8 weeks, brunettes with gray can’t go as long b/c gray shows faster.
6. True, professional shampoos are much gentler than normal shampoos so they help color from fading fast and they are not as cleansing.
7. True, most people see their favorite celebrity in a magazine and want to look similar. They get the best ideas from them; you just have to make sure they are realistic.
8. It depends on the natural base color – it also depends on whether you want contrast or an all-over shade.
9. True, squeezing lemon juice will help enhance and bring out your natural highlights while going in the sun.
10. True, colored ends take faster than virgin hair because they are more porous.
And there you have it! How did you score?