what ingredients are in your hair dye, and see if there’s a more natural option to pursue.
Dr. Burkett also recommends avoiding all hair dye during the first trimester of pregnancy, since that is when a fetus’s basic neurological development occurs.
Note: It’s important to also remember that formaldehyde can also be found in Brazilian keratin hair-straightening treatments.
True or False: Change up your shampoo and conditioner for better results.
False. If your tried-and-true shampoo and conditioner don’t seem to be working as well as they used to, don’t rush out to pick up new brands. Contrary to popular belief, hair doesn’t “get used to” products. Instead, build-up and residue are usually to blame for products not working as they should.
“Some shampoos and conditioners can leave behind residue, which might make it difficult to see results over the long term,” says DiCanio. “Use a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks to remove excess build-up in your hair, and you should be able to see continued great results from your favorite products.”
True or False: Cutting your hair will make it grow faster.
False. While regular trims are a great way to keep your hair healthy, monthly snips won’t turn you into Rapunzel.
“On average, hair grows about half an inch every month regardless of whether or not you trim it,” says Jenny Cho, a stylist for Suave Professionals. “While cutting ends will prevent damage and encourage stronger, healthier hair, it doesn’t tell the roots to grow faster.”
However, healthy hair may appear longer, since it’s free from dry, damaged and broken ends. So visiting your salon every eight to 12 weeks is still the key to maintaining healthy, long locks.