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5 Hair Myths Busted

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Hair myths have been around as early as the caveman! We know the early Egyptians concocted all sorts of devices to make their hair more appealing. They made combs out of fish backbones and curlers with heated iron bars. The Romans created hair dye from boiled leeks and walnuts as dark hair was chic at the time. In the 1300′s  it was fashionable for European women to shave their hairline in order to give the illusion of a much higher forehead and to style the hair as high as possible to make their necks appear longer. They also took efforts to condition their locks using dead lizards boiled in olive oil . . . Ewe. (Well, we can understand the olive oil!) Shakespeare had it right,”Vanity of vanity’s . . . all is vanity!”

Here are a few hair myths that abound that I’d like to bust once and for all!

“Natural” hair products are better for your hair.  Sorry, but this simply is not proven, as a matter of fact, most of the so called ‘all natural’ products are not ‘all natural’ at all. All you need to do to prove this is to read the ingredients list. It will contain some plant derived ingredients but it also will contain synthetic ingredients . . . the clue to identifying synthetic ingredients is when you can’t pronounce it, it’s usually man made. FYI, using the label, ‘organic‘ or ‘all natural’  in the cosmetic industry does not mean it needs to live up to that claim. The FDA does not regulate the cosmetic industry. So even though many natural ingredients have been tested and proven efficient, the formulation of those ingredients matters. Some chemicals in your hair products are good and  allow the product to penetrate into the hair’s cortex.

Hair develops a resistance to the same products over time. Not proven, and doesn’t make any sense when you understand that your hair is ‘dead’ and is unable to develop a ‘resistance’ to anything. If the shampoo you’ve come to love isn’t doing the job that it once did, the cause is likely to come from a climate change, chemical treatments, new prescriptions or even hormonal changes. If your hair is dry and damaged from blow-dryers and irons, you may need a change in shampoo and conditioners to treat the weakened hair.

Split ends can be repaired. Despite the huge number of  products that claim to be able to repair split ends . . . it’s not true . . . in truth it won’t happen. What a good hair repair treatment or deep conditioner can do is temporarily fuse the ends together which will make the hair look healthier for the time being. But, the splitting hair is still there and will rear it’s ugly splits the next time washed. Cutting the split ends off them is the only cure.

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Vitamins help hair grow faster. Diet, exercises and overall good health contribute to stronger bones, healthier skin, nails and healthy hair growth but taking vitamins have not been proven to help ward off disease or to make your hair grow faster. Vitamin B complex, folic acid and biotin are just a few that have been touted to possibly help hair grow faster (‘possibly’ may be the word to pay attention to here.) Leading nutritionists and dermatologists say to stick with the same foods that are on the food chart as being best for your body and overall health. Foods with high protein, low carbohydrates and goods fats are good for your body and good for your hair.

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Barb Quinn
By: Barb Quinn

Barb Quinn has been a professional hairstylist for over 30 years and was a pioneer as an Internet hairstyle commentator starting her first hairstyle web site in 1999. Since then Barb has established herself as a nationally recognized hair designer, educator, and freelance writer. Thousands of women each day follow Barb's hairstyling wit and wisdom on her highly successful blogs The Hairstyle Blog and Visual Makeover In 2011 The Hairstyle Blog was selected as Top Beauty Blog by BeautySchool.com.