5 Hair Myths You Should Stop Believing

Myth vs. reality: Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. In fact, there’s so much hair misinformation out there that many well-meaning men and women damage their hair instead of helping it. That’s why we’ve gathered five hair myths you should know — and the actual truth behind them. Check it out!

Myth 1: You shouldn’t wash your hair every day — Only hair that is regularly and heavily heat-styled should be washed occasionally — and this is just to limit the number of days per week you use extreme heat on your hair. For most people, it’s perfectly fine to wash it every day. When in doubt, ask your stylist what is best for your hair type.

Myth 2: Buy every product imaginable to maintain your style — If your hair is cut properly it should hold its shape without the need for every product you can fit in your bathroom cabinet. Ask your stylist which two or three products are the most necessary for your cut, and stick with those.

Myth 3: Regular trims will make your hair grow faster — Regular trims will keep your  hair in great condition but won’t result in faster growth. If you are trying to grow your hair, the only benefit to frequent snips is that split ends won’t have the chance to travel up your locks — meaning you won’t need to cut very far up to remove damaged strands. Looking for faster growth? Try our Scottfree Biotin hair supplement, which nourishes hair from the inside out.

Myth 4: The more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be — If you’ve ever groaned at the idea of running a brush through your hair 100 times a day, you’ll like this one: There’s no value in brushing your hair more than you already do. In fact, excessive brushing may do more harm than good, as over-brushing can damage your hair’s cuticle. Brush your hair when it’s knotty, but leave it alone otherwise.

Myth 5: Color-treated hair is unhealthy — Bleaching is indeed one of the worst things you can do to your hair but not all types of color treatments should have a bad rep. Removing color from the hair makes each strand thinner and more prone to breakage but adding color actually plumps up your strands, making your locks look thicker. So, the darker you go, the healthier your hair.

Are You Washing Your Hair Correctly?

If you’re unsure about the right way to wash your hair, you’re not alone. Do you wash it every day? Or, is it only a couple days a week? But wait, isn’t is cool to say “my hair is 90 percent dry shampoo?” So, what’s the deal? The stylists of Scottfree have some advice that will lead you down the path to sudsy success:

Rinse It Out: When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb your conditioner. Rinse first, then shampoo.

Long or Fine Hair? Condition First: Protect fragile ends from drying out and further damage by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing before shampooing. This is also a great option for those with fine hair, which is often weighed down by conditioner after shampooing.

Lather Your Scalp: Lather from roots to ends, as the scalp is the oiliest part of your head — and the ends, the driest. Lather in a vertical direction, which will stimulate hair growth without tangling. And be gentle. Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz — especially at the ends.

Only Wash Once: There’s no need to wash your hair twice. Unless you hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t  lather, only wash once.

Add Conditioner Properly: After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of the hair before you put in the conditioner. Then, let it sit for a few minutes. Again, concentrate on your ends, not the roots. And always finish with a cool rinse. Cold  water will shut the cuticle; translation: shiny hair!

Questions about the best way to shampoo your hair? Consult your Scottfree stylist for your personalized shampoo and conditioner routine.

Feb. 5, 2018

Bangs are back and bigger than ever! 3 ways they can switch up your look

Switch up your hairstyle with a bang! Baby bangs are shaping up to be one of the biggest trends of 2018. Scott Yance with Scottfree Salon joins Real Milwaukee to show us the look — and some other banging looks too.

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Your Winter Hair Care Must List

Is your hair feeling the effects of the cold, dry winter air? Don’t fret — there are several ways to combat the harsh effects that winter has on your hair. Here are a few of our favorites:

Dry It Right: Drying your hair out completely can be a pain, especially if you have long hair. However, you should never put your hair up while it is still damp. Damp hair and scalps attract a lot of problems like dandruff, breakage and split ends. The best way to dry your hair is to gently squeeze the excess moisture out with a towel and then use a blow dryer on the cool setting. If you are using hot air to speed things up, ensure you are holding the dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair. (Above, blowout by Annaliese)

Condition Correctly: Your hair needs all the moisture it can get during the winter months, which makes conditioning a vital part of your hair care routine. Using hair oils and deep conditioning packs at least once a week is essential for maintaining the health of your hair. Always apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. Concentrate on the ends as they are the oldest and most damaged parts of your hair. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes, then rinse it out with cool or lukewarm water.End your wash with cool water as this will seal in the moisture and leave your hair feeling smooth and looking lustrous. (Above, winter hair care picks by Krystal Burns)


Control Frizz: One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. To tackle this, use a vented hair brush that has a combination of plastic and boar bristles while combing your hair. Wash your hair only with lukewarm water, not hot water, as the latter will strip away the natural oils that protect and nourish your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair smooth. (Above, hair by Natalia)

As always, if you have questions about the health of your hair, consult your Scottfree stylist. Your stylist knows your hair and its specific needs — and can create a program that’s personalized just for you.

Jan. 18, 2018

Dry and damaged hair: Ways to revamp your hair routine to bring back the shine

MILWAUKEE — Are you trying to fight the frizz — or maybe save your scalp? Winter brings its own set of hair woes and our stylist, Scott Yance with Scottfree Salon, joins Real Milwaukee to help you take care of them.

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Jan. 5, 2018

This 80’s hairstyle is making a comeback! Here are some tips to make sure it looks modern

One of the hottest hairstyles right now is get this: crimping! And no, we haven’t traveled in a time machine back to the 80’s. Crimped, yes crimped hair is making a huge comeback this season, especially to amp up a ponytail. But there are tricks of the trade that ensure your ponytail is modern.  Scott Yance of Scottfree Salon shows us how to achieve the look at home.

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Nov. 7, 2017

The “wet” hair look is everywhere: What you need to do to rock this high-fashion trend

From the runway to the red carpets, “wet” hair look is everywhere. But not everyone has a Hollywood stylist. Scott Yance of Scottfree Salon joins Real Milwaukee to show us how we can rock this look at home.

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Sept. 28, 2017

Is dirty hair really better? 5 hair myths you should stop believing

You’ve probably heard your fair share of hair care tips and tricks over the years — but some of them are nothing more than old wives’ tales. Scott Yance with Scottfree Salon joins Real Milwaukee with five hair myths you should stop believing.

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Sept. 6, 2017

Recreate the hairstyles you can’t stop admiring in “Game of Thrones,” but how?

Game of Thrones fans may have to wait until 2019 to see how the show wraps up — but in the meantime, why not rock some of the shows hairstyles? Scott Yance with Scottfree Salon joins Real Milwaukee to show us how to do one of Daenerys’ most coveted dos.

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Aug. 22, 2017

Paddle brush, bristle brush or maybe round? Stylist breaks down hairbrushes by hair type

Want to boost the look and health of your hair? Look no further than your hairbrush. Scott Yance with Scottfree Salon joins Real Milwaukee to talk about picking out the best hairbrush for your hair type.

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