9 Beauty Myths, Busted!
Separate fact from fiction so you can look your best
You think middle-school gossip is bad, consider the things you hear about makeup and hair products: Lip balm is addictive, hair extensions will make you go bald, snake venom works like Botox?! While some of these are true (you really can get hooked on lip products!), a lot is bunk—and those urban legends could be harming your appearance.
To help you keep your skin, nails, hair, and entire body looking gorgeous, Perry Romanowski and Randy Schueller, cosmetic chemists and authors of Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? (Harlequin, 2012), address nine beauty rumors you’ve likely heard and reveal the not-so-ugly truth. Because gossip about who hooked up last night is much juicier than makeup, right?
Rumor: So-called “salon brands” are only in salons; anything sold in a store is a fraud.
The Truth: The store versions are legit. “Salon brands depend on store sales to boost their profits,” Romanowski says. “They want you to think that their brand is salon-only so it seems more exclusive, but they also want the high-volume sales that they can only get through mass market outlets.” So go ahead and buy that salon shampoo at your local drugstore. “I can safely tell you that the products you are buying are the same as you would get from your stylist,” Romanowski says.