Don’t believe everything you hear — especially about your hair. Here are some hair myths, and the truths that accompany them!

“Natural” hair products are better for your hair.  Not only has this not been proven, 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. Also 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.

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 — but many personal anecdotes suggest otherwise. 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.

To learn more, visit Keranique, at HSN.

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