Guest Post by The Grits Blog: 10 Beauty Myths

Today I'm pleased to introduce Ash from The Grits Blog. I love how her blog has a little bit of everything--just what you need to make me a daily reader! You're going to love her and her post today. Don't forget to stop by her blog!

Oh hey! I am Ash! I write The Grits Blog. It's about all things crack, diets gone wrong, and hair teasin' tutorials. I am sharing ten of the most common beauty myths. I hope I see you over at my neck o' the woods - just click right here and I will see ya there!

(1) You have to wash your hair daily

When I hear people say this I just want to be like NOOOOOOO!!!!! Stop stripping your hair peeps! When you continually strip of your of its natural oils every day, it causes your glands to overproduce and thus you create greasy hair. In between washes I like to use Batiste dry shampoo (it's the best, I have tried almost all of them). Typically, I spray it all over my head and then section and re-blow out my (dry) hair using a ceramic round brush.

For proof that this works - click here. I hadn't washed my hair in three days when I took the pictures for this post.

(2) Product is EVERYTHING when it comes to getting that perfect hair texture.

SO NOT TRUE! If you want to build texture in your hair all you need is a teasing comb, THEN you set with hair spray so that it holds. If you don't know how to tease your hair, check out my tutorial that can be found here.

BUT if you do want to use product to build texture then I suggest a root powder.

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(3) You have to use bleach to get your hair that perfect shade of blonde.

NOOPE! See how blonde my hair is here:

I - well my stylist - got my hair this blonde by using a brand of color called Scruples. This product works by lifting and then depositing color. Here is the gist of it that I got from my hair stylist:
  • Because permanent color is deposited - instead of stripping color - the tone and color last longer. 
  • Scruples doesn't damage hair like bleach does because it's doesn't use anything higher than a 20 vol developer - the minimum for bleach is 20. 

(4) The only way to straighten your hair is with a flat iron.

You can get the same effect using a ceramic round brush when you blow your hair out in layers. I use this one and love it!

(5) Lipstick feathering is what it is and there is nothing you can do about it.

A primer - specifically this primer - will solve all of your problems. I have been using it for months and don't know how I survived without it!

(6) You have to buy an expensive foundation to get that perfect base.

Nope! Not true! The key to a good base is your primer. For a moisturizing primer I like to use Laura Mercier Oil-Free primer and for an all day (or all night) primer I highly suggest Benefits 15-Hour primer.

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Then you add a breathable foundation - these are a few of my favorites. I use all of the interchangeably on a regular basis. For a more sheer look I go with the Tarte powder foundation, for a full-face look I use the Revlon, and for when I am on the go but want something in the middle I use the Smashbox foundation.
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(7) You need ten bajillion products for your daily makeup routine.

Ten products. I use ten products and that's it.

I use a primer - one of the ones listed above, I use a foundation - one of the ones listed above, concealer, a powder to set, blush, highlighter, mascara, brow filler, lip primer, and lip stick.

This is what I wear most days:

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Sometimes if I am feeling frisky I will add eyeshadow and eyeliner - but most days I am in a hurry and just wear the basics.

(8) The only way to get a good pigment from an eye shadow is to buy the expensive shadows.

Not true!! You can get all the pigment you want if you use a good primer. My favorite primer is by Urban Decay. My favorite inexpensive eye shadow palette is by NYX and Covergirl is a close second.  Almay is good ALL the time - so when in doubt just go for them.


if you are feeling splurgy I can't suggest enough the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I got one for Christmas and don't know how I survived all these years without it!
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(9) You can get more product of your mascara tube if you pump it.

This actually dries out your mascara - don't do it! Plus, if you are at that point in your mascara tube, that means it's time to go shopping!

(10) Buying that $50 hair product will miraculously heal your split ends.

There is no cure for split ends other than a hair cut. Sorry, but it's true. So don't waste your hard earned cash!

What are some beauty myths you have heard of? Did you know of any of these listed before reading this post?


  1. Really fun post!! Great way to debunk some of those myths!!

  2. Loving this post! I'm definitely going to have to look into that lipstick primer!

    <3, Pamela

  3. This is all such great information! I am beauty challenged, but I think i need that lipstick primer! I do actually have the Laura Mercier radiance primer - go me!


  4. This is awesome! Now I need to go shopping for a dry shampoo and a good primer!

  5. Incredible post! I really need to go and get the Naked palette!

  6. Thank you for having me girl! This was so much fun to write!!

  7. I get keratin treatments in my hair, so I can't wash it daily even if I wanted to. It has to be at least every 2 days, but they recommend only washing it 2x a week.

  8. Love this!! Such amazing tips!! I really need a good lipstick primer!

    <3 Shannon

  9. This is such a great post, very educational too! I need to check out that lip primer. xx

    Reflection of Sanity

  10. Cool tips from Ash:) Thanks for sharing. And yeah....don't wash your hair everyday!

  11. Great post!!! I need the Naked palette for Christmas!!! Dear Santa, help a sister out!

  12. Great guest post! I need to try out that lip primer from Mac!

  13. Sounds like my type of blog! I'm following her now. :) Thanks for the recommendation.

  14. This post is great, I love that you refute only fancy eye shadows since I love some of the ones I find at drug stores!




  15. So good!! Thanks for sharing.


  16. Great tips, Ash! :) Love your primer recommendations!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  17. I used dry shampoo this morning! Hehe! I love Maybelline and Coastal Scents eyeshadows, much better than some overpriced ones.

  18. Wow, so many good tips and tons of info. Great post!

  19. These are such good tips! Sounds like I need to do some primer shopping! I always skip that step.

  20. love all of these, especially the ones where i don't have to buy expensive stuff :) i am a cheapy by nature and i just don't like spending a lot of money on stuff! that being said thenaked 3 palette is one of the best things i ever bought - i want to try the original one!

  21. never knew there was lip primer. So going to have to look in to them.

  22. Love her! Great beauty advice - I'm a big fan of the no hair washing daily rule!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  23. Love this! I'll be following her now :)


  24. I love this!! These are some amazing tips!


  25. Excellent post, I will 100% be checking out your blog as I NEED to learn to tease my hair, it's so flat!!

    Heather x

  26. Amazing post and advices, Ash! I totally agree about #10! =)

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  27. Love this post! Such great tips! Just followed you on GFC, follow back?

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  28. Great post! I'm guilty of thinking if it's expensive, it must work!


  29. Loved reading this! Primers before foundation have made all the difference for me!

  30. Ash's wisdom is right on! I, too, use a teasing comb and I ADORE it! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  31. Lipstick primer is one thing I've never used, now I want to try one!

  32. I love Big Sexy Hair's Root spray! I haven't tried this powder, but I bet it's great too!


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