Where does this myth/rumor/fact come from?
January 18, 2012 4:51 PM Subscribe
Are stylists telling the truth when they say that professional haircolor after drugstore haircolor will literally destroy your hair?
posted by nataliedanger to clothing, beauty, & fashion (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been told by many stylists (most recently, a friend who's in cosmetology school and my grandmother, who is an instructor at another cosmetology school) say that if you've colored your hair with a box dye within, oh, six months or so, you can't get your hair professionally colored because it will *melt*. Yes, melt. And/or fall out, break off, turn into plastic, etc etc.
Common sense tells me that there is *no* way this can be true, as I have never heard of someone's hair "melting" and I'm sure that many people go to the salon and don't mention that they've used box dye. I'm also skeptical of anyone who has a potential financial gain for saying such a thing.
Additionally: I can't find anything on teh internets suggesting that this happens. Sure, lots of warnings about getting a color you didn't expect and how stylists are more knowledgeable in what will work best with your hair type, but nothing about this whole melting thing.
However, some beauty schools are obviously teaching this as fact, which makes me think that there is some kind of reaction that's possible... I've even been turned away by colorists because of my supposedly inferior dye job, so clearly it's not *just* about money. I'd love to find out if there's any truth behind the rumor.
Mefites: have you ever heard this before? Can you point me in the direction of some articles or at least semi-legitimate sources on the melting hair phenomenon?