13 Beauty Myths Every Latina Should Stop Believing

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We're all guilty of believing 1 or 2 of these...

Myth: If you have curly hair, you should let it go natural.

Truth: Curly hair requires more time to fight frizz and lifeless curls, so when it comes to products, layer the leave-ins to get the spring back in your bounce. —Marcos Trueba, Hair Stylist at Chris McMillan

Myth: My hair doesn't age the same as my skin.

Truth: We are actually much harsher on our hair, than on our skin, making the aging process faster. Hair ages from natural environmental issues (sun, salt water, air quality) like skin does, on top of added hot tools, hair coloring, and other chemical services. It's important to treat your hair the same way you would your skin, with a nourishing, anti-aging hair regime. —Ashley Streicher, Advisory Stylist for StriVectin HAIR

Myth: Waxing causes skin to burn off or become damaged. 

Truth: Resin waxes are the best option when waxing, minimizing the risk of harming the skin. Nair Wax Ready-Strips are made with resin wax and require no warming or rubbing. It’s also important to use a wipe or dampened wash cloth to sooth after waxing and to remove any waxy residue. —Skin Expert and Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman

Myth: If you want to grow your hair out, stop cutting it. 

Truth: FALSE! The truth is regular trims help prevent the hair from splitting. Once the hair splits, it will continue splitting and breaking, moving up the hair shaft — this is what your stylist may commonly refer to "breakage". The best way to prevent breakage and keep your locks growing is actually by getting small trims regularly. I recommend my clients with long hair goals come in for a quick dry hair cut every 6 weeks. —Matt King, Stylist at Fox and Jane Salon

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Myth: The only sign of aging hair is when it goes grey.

Truth: Your hair can show signs of aging as early as your 20's, in the ways of dulling, dryness, thinning, hair fall, and texture. Tip: start early! Use an anti-aging shampoo and conditioner to fight the signs of aging and keep it under control. —Ashley Streicher, Advisory Stylist for StriVectin HAIR

Myth: Wrapping your hair in a doobie will keep it in tip top shape. 

Truth: This is true, but only if your hair is primed carefully, blown out, and wrapped correctly. If not, expect kinks and inconsistency. —Vanessa Fernandez, Senior Stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon

Myth: Wearing your hair up in a pony like your mom used to, you will make it grow.

Truth: As a Latin man, I remember my cousins having their hair brushed tight into a pony and their moms would say it was to help it grow longer. This couldn't be a bigger myth — if anything wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or up at all can cause the hair to break. So if you see unusual breakage, give the pony a rest. —Marcos Trueba, Hair Stylist at Chris McMillan

Myth: Dandruff indicates dry scalp.

Truth: Actually, dandruff is caused by a type of yeast that often grows in an oily environment. If you cut down on washing your hair, you will actually increase the issue by not cleansing the scalp of its own oils. If your scalp is flaking, get a great dandruff shampoo such as AG's 'Control' and keep cleansing.  —Matt King, Stylist at Fox and Jane Salon

Myth: Depilatories are harmful to the skin, causing rashes and irritation.

Truth: A lot of depilatories goes beyond hair removal to improve the look of skin’s tone and texture. I think that it’s important to exfoliate prior to removing body hair to keep skin healthy. A patch test is recommended 24 hours in advance of using any depilatory product, so you are always left with nourished skin that lasts days longer than shaving. —Skin Expert and Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman

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Myth: Skin pigmentation can't be treated.

Truth: Hispanic and Asian skin share one thing in common — their skin is more sensitive to the sun, however there are different types of pigmentation. Some of them respond to using a bleaching agent and some of them don’t, they respond to what we call “simulative repair" and some of them may require laser and/or peel treatments when skin sensitivity is eliminated. Sun, hot baths and showers, saunas and steam rooms aggravate pigmentation and if the skin is too oily and you do not clean it properly, it will also aggravate pigmentation. So, when you have these issues, it’s better to treat them early and see your doctor, or a doctor trained in ZO Skin Health. —Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi

Myth: You should cut your hair short once you reach a certain age.

Truth: Not if your hair is in great shape. Generally older women tend to crop their hair after years of chemical, heat, and aging damage, but the truth is there are amazing products out there to help you and your hair age. StriVectin’s new line of Haircare has the first thing you need in effective anti-aging hair regimen. Since we wash and condition nearly every couple days, why not use a cleanser that's actually helping your hair get back to its most youthful state?  —Ashley Streicher, Advisory Stylist for StriVectin HAIR

Myth: Conditioner weighs my hair down. 

Truth: Wrong. It's not conditioner that weighs down hair, it's the amount of product or using a conditioner that is not right for your hair. If your hair is feeling heavy, greasy, or flat after using conditioner by focusing on the ends only, then try using half the amount of product and rinsing well. If that doesn't work, consult your stylist to find the right product for your hair. —Matt King, Stylist at Fox and Jane Salon

Myth: Schedule your hair appointments according to the moon cycle and cut your hair during a full moon to promote beautiful, healthy hair growth. 

Truth: There are many who fully believe in this Latina hair myth and will tell you it works. They will follow the cycle  and rave about the results, however as a pro I can't really say why this works since the science is hard to back up. There are also other things to factor in like: diet, haircare habits, hair type, and state/condition, but it's worth a try! —Vanessa Fernandez, Senior Stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon