Fact or Fiction? 5 Major Hair Myths Uncovered

With so much information and so many products, it is hard to know what to believe. It can be frustrating to continue purchasing products that simply don’t deliver. This infographic tackles 5 hair myths, separates the fact from fiction; and lets you know what ingredients to look for to help get a handle on your hair.

Beauty Myths

What hair myths have you uncovered? What products do you love to use? Let us know in the comments box below!

Dandruff? How to get to the Root of the Problem

Dandruff can be such a nuisance to deal with. Not only can it be itchy and uncomfortable, but it can also be very visible and annoying. Dandruff can be caused by a variety things including stress, build up of hair products, weather changes and hormones. 
There are a number of products sold that deal with dandruff, but there are also some natural approaches you can take to help keep the dandruff at bay. 
Brush your Hair Regularly

Brushing your hair has a variety of benefits including that it stimulates your hormone and oil-producing glands keeps the pores of your scalp open which allows them to breathe and retain their natural oils. Brushing your hair will also massage your scalp and evenly distribute oils to keep your scalp naturally moisturized. 

Keep your Scalp Moisturized

If you live in dryer or colder climates, your dandruff may be caused by your environment. That is why it is important to keep your scalp moisturized. People who are prone to oily hair may wonder how to moisturize their scalp without causing grease

Get back in Balance

This may be the least pleasant suggestion (because of the smell) but this tip really works! Use Apple Cider Vinegar on your scalp. The acidity of this vinegar helps balance the pH of your scalp and breaks down the dandruff. It may smell unpleasant – but the results are worth it! Plus, the smells go away when your hair dries.

Heat it Up

Heat up some oil (you can use olive oil from your kitchen) and use a cotton ball to dab and rub the warm oil into your scalp. This will help remove any dandruff and get the oil right at the root of the hair. The hot oil will open pores and also lock in moisture. 

Toxic Shampoo Ingredients to Avoid

Although it may only take you a minute or two to wash your hair, doing it multiple times a week over your entire life adds up quickly! That is why you want to be sure that you aren’t absorbing tons of toxins.

Many of the chemicals in products haven’t been tested, and certainly haven’t been tested in conjunction with each other. So it is important to be aware of chemical ingredients and the harmful effects so that you can shop to avoid them.

Dioxane is found in shampoo and many other personal care products. Some baby shampoos even contain this toxin! This chemical is harmful to the kidneys, liver, brain and central nervous system.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a big part of what makes the shampoo lather. This ingredient is also used to clean car engines! This chemical in some shampoo formulas can alter your skin’s structure allowing the chemicals to penetrate deeper which makes it easier for the chemicals to get into your bloodstream.

Propylene Glycol is an active ingredient that is also found in antifreeze, tire sealants, paints, adhesives, enamels and engine coolants. This is a strong skin irritant that can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

You’ve probably heard of Parabens. It’s been a buzz word in beauty products for a while. There are many different types of parabens (methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben etc.) and they act much like estrogen which can cause metabolic, developmental and hormonal disruption.  

Ammonium Chloride is an eye irritant that can be harmful when inhaled.

Formaldehyde is suspected to be a human carcinogen that can cause respiratory problems, headaches and DNA damage in some individuals.

Finding an Alternative

Although many products will claim to be “natural” or “organic” it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. A product that is labelled as natural, may include one or two natural ingredients, but still contain many chemicals. The only way to truly know is to read the label carefully.

Opt for plant-based and petroleum-free products. These products don’t lather easily, but with practice, you will get the hang of it! Although these products can be more expensive and have a shorter shelf life, but it is worth it to avoid the chemicals.